Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through! by Kim “Kid” Curry Offers a Rare, Authentic Glimpse at the Life of a 33-year Radio Phenom and his Life-Altering Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis

In his deeply moving memoir, Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through!, Kim “Kid” Curry shares the powerful true story of his 33-year radio career halted by the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis. The book follows his career path and the diagnosis, offering an eye-opening look at the true cost of being disabled in America.

Kim “Kid” Curry is the author of Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through!; The Death of Fairness; and Bonnie’s Law: The Return to Fairness.

A renowned radio broadcaster for 33 years, Kim worked in some of America’s finest cities including: Pueblo, Knoxville, San Antonio, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Miami. He was a DJ in different time slots and the Program Director of two of America’s legendary stations: KTSA-AM San Antonio and Power 96, Miami. As a DJ, creative freedom and owner trust led to huge ratings for Kim, where he consistently scored the highest market rating in his time slot. As Program Director, Kim led Power 96 to the highest ratings in the station’s history and achieved the most significant cumulative audience in the Southeast United States.

In 2005, Kim was forced into retirement after being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Sixteen years later, modern science offered hope and a path to recovery. In his debut memoir, Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through!, Kim details his celebrated radio career and devastating diagnosis. This one-on-one interview shares Kim Curry’s background and experience in writing the book.

Tell us about Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through!

Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through! is a deeply personal memoir that follows my career path from hometown, part-time DJ to Program Director of Miami’s most listened-to radio station to the health diagnosis that changed my life forever.

At the height of popularity for radio stations and DJs in the 70s and 80s, I blazed a trail for myself as “Kid” Curry. My iconic, “Bed Check” segment, helped propel me to star status in Miami, and followed me during my 20+ year path to the dream job of Major Market Program Director. The perks of the job included hanging out with music legends, being invited to the White House, meeting Johnny U and a Watergate burglar, traveling around the world to find the next “Number One” song and, the best part, helping listeners in need.

Life was on track, but Multiple Sclerosis had other plans.

After dismissing early warning signs of the disease, the eventual diagnosis halted my lifelong career and extinguished my dreams. But, attitude is everything. With the love and support of my incredible Cuban wife and her assurance of, “We Got This Papi,” I learned to embrace this new challenge, discovering that life can be good, even in the face of adversity.

What inspired you to write Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through!?

During my successful radio career, everyone wanted to get next to “Kid Curry.” After my diagnosis, no one wanted to be next to the guy on crutches, or in a wheelchair.

This was a real mental challenge for me.

However, what temporarily dampened my spirit, eventually became a driving force for writing my memoir. As a medical change led to a halt in the progression of my disease, I was inspired to reinvent my identity and create a “new” me.

Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through became a two-year writing education that doubled as therapy. In the book, I chronicle my career, the diagnosis, and the harsh reality that it is expensive to be a disabled person in America. Writing has been a cathartic experience, helping bring awareness and education on how to live a full life with MS. After writing my memoir, I continued writing and have now published two other books.

How did your background and experience influence your writing?

The moment I stepped into a radio station in high school, I knew I was destined to work in the industry. I’m a radio guy. My dad was a radio guy; he got me my first part-time job.

To listeners of a certain era, a radio DJ was a big thing, and the details of a radio career can be attractive to radio listeners. I had a great career with lots of stories to tell.

My eventual diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis focuses on America’s failed (and, sometimes humorous) healthcare system. It’s a reminder that what happened to me can happen to anyone.

What is one message you would like readers to remember?

Life can be whole and exciting, then one day, everything can change.

Your vote is related to quality healthcare. Vote like your life depends on it.

Purchasing the Book

Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through! has received positive reviews from well-known literary organizations, experts, and reviewers around the world. Jo Maeder, author of When I Married My Mother writes, “Caregivers and those with a debilitating condition, or who know someone with one, should read this…even if you don’t know anyone disabled, read this and see the world through their eyes. They are all around you, have so much to give and should not be ignored.”

Powerful, poignant and moving, Come Get Me Mother, I’m Through!, is available for sale on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Nook,  and other online bookstores. Readers are encouraged to purchase their copy today:

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