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Dinges: Fox 7’s ‘Dish Nation’ features radio host Kidd Kraddick

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com
Texas radio host Kidd Kraddick now has a TV gig, too. He’s a regular on ‘Dish Nation,’ a syndicated celebrity gossip show that airs locally on KTBC Channel 7.

This Kidd’s pretty darn busy.

Nationally syndicated radio host Kidd Kraddick, who calls the Dallas area home, is now a TV star, too.

He’s one of several DJs featured on “Dish Nation,” a celebrity gossip show that debuted this fall on stations across the U.S., including Austin’s KTBC Channel 7. It’s doing especially well locally, with ratings much, much higher than the program it replaced, “Access Hollywood.”

“When they first came calling, I said, ‘Have you seen me?’” Kraddick laughed. “I never really wanted something like this.”

Seriously, though, this isn’t the first time TV producers have come knocking. This time, Kraddick and his sidekicks said things just felt right.

“They’re doing an astounding job,” he said. “The radio show is our bread and butter and we didn’t want to do anything that’d get in the way of that.”

While Kraddick’s radio show has been heard on Central Texas stations before, it’s not currently being broadcast here. The TV exposure, he believes, could help “Kidd Kraddick in the Morning” land back on Austin’s airwaves one day — and in bunches of other places, too. Right now, it runs weekday mornings in about 100 cities coast to coast and is streamed on the Web at kiddnation.com.

“The best compliment we’ve been getting so far is, ‘You’re not on enough,’” he said. “There’s a lot of new TV shows out there, and this one’s really catching on. We think that, as people get to know us better, maybe more radio stations will start to pick us up.”

F1 ratings are in

An estimated 500,000 people tuned into the Speed cable network on Nov. 18 to catch Austin’s inaugural Formula One race, according to newly released Nielsen ratings.

The live broadcast from the Circuit of the Americas track had far more viewers than a comparable race that took place last year in Brazil, according to Speed, drawing 40 percent more households, 70 percent more men in the ages 35-54 demographic and 75 percent more men in the ages 18-49 demographic.

Next year’s Austin race, scheduled for Nov. 17, will be shown on NBC affiliates nationwide, including Austin’s KXAN Channel 36.

KLRU’s really Big Deal

The folks at KLRU Channel 18 have one heckuva of a raffle going on right now.

For $25, you’ll get a chance to win a prize package valued at more than $7,000 that includes passes to the 2013 Austin City Limits Music Festival, Austin Film Festival, South by Southwest, Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival, and Fun Fun Fun Fest, as well as a one-night stay at downtown Austin’s W Hotel, a gift certificate to Waterloo Records and bunches more.

All proceeds will benefit KLRU, Austin’s PBS station.

Tickets are on sale through Jan. 4, and a winner will be announced Feb. 1. Learn more at klru.org/bigdeal.

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