In a random chain of events, Mystery SEO and I happened upon the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Studio. Our office is located in the same building as the Studios of Las Colinas. I took Mystery SEO to Texas Bar and Grill for lunch by the canal yesterday. After eating too much, we walked around to see what else was going on in the area. I’m walking by these office windows when I see Shout Out! written on a piece of paper taped to a window.

With KKITM on the brain these days, I instantly thought of JC and Kidd Kraddick’s morning show. Peering into the dark windows, I saw nothing. Ten feet further on was a door with Kidd Kraddick in the Morning printed on the glass. Seriously? How did I not know that Kidd and the gang were this close? I always pictured them out in the middle of nowhere like Denton or Gainesville.

I woke up this morning at 5:30 (radically early for me), and wrote a blog about the Wall Street Journal’s article on reputation management. I couldn’t go back to sleep, so I showered and dressed and headed for Las Colinas. I showed up in my infamous yellow long-sleeved shirt. It’s the same shirt I’m wearing in my DanielthePoet photo online.
I was a little surprised to actually see the morning show crew live and right there in the window. Big Al was chillin’ in his plaid shorts and flip flops, lookin’ like he’s ready to hit the beach. Kidd was hopping around the studio because he got his foot butchered at the doctor’s office yesterday. JC looked a little younger than I expected, but he’s got this easy going playful attitude like he doesn’t have a care in the world. He also was the one who looked outside the most, as if to see if we (the people outside) were laughing at the same things. Kelly was a surprise. I expected her mannerisms to be a little bit more stern and motherly. She actually has an endearing cuteness about her that caught me by surprise. Taylor had her back to the window the whole time, and only turned around to wave at two girls in the audience. She seemed down to earth, and less frilly than I expected. Shannon was the biggest surprise of the group. She wasn’t nearly as strange looking as everyone’s comments suggested. She’s a cute girl who could use a little more morning cheerfulness.

Honestly, looking at everyone, they look a little less thrilled than I expected, as though their Starbucks subscription just expired. They looked like they need a caffeine injection, but you couldn’t hear it in their voice. Maybe it’s just what happens when you do a radio show for years. They turn it on when they need to, but they don’t force it.

Good first impression. Maybe I’ll check them out again soon.

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