KIKK (650 AM) is a daytime-only station in the Houston, Texas area and broadcasts a sports radio format under ownership of CBS Radio. Despite different owners, KIKK and KHOU-TV maintain a strong partnership (as KHOU is the local CBS television affiliate). Its studios are located in the Greenway Plaza district, and its transmitter is located in Pasadena, Texas.
KIKK started as KRCT and licensed to Pasadena. On May 1, 1961, KRCT changed call letters to the current KIKK. For many years in the 1970s and 1980s, 650 was a country music station. It often simulcasted with its FM sister station, the former KIKK-FM. In the late 1990s, 650 AM flipped to business news as "Business Radio 650."
Former CNN 650 logo used 2005-2010
KIKK changed formats in 2004 to a Hot Talk/Comedy station under the moniker KickAss 650, which became a home for the The Howard Stern Show. After Stern's move to Sirius Satellite Radio, KIKK switched back to a news format and was affiliated with CNN Headline News. Their early evening schedule was composed of Adult Standards music until 2008, when Headline News completely took over the rest of the schedule, but that network's continuous move away from rolling news to focus more on personality talk has caused the station to seek other programming such as the Clark Howard Show, which now takes up most of the station's schedule. In 2010, the station flipped to a local personality-emphasizing talk format (branded simply as "Talk 650"); however, it switched to an all-syndicated lineup in July 2011.
KIKK dropped its talk format on January 2, 2013 and became a sports radio station affiliated with CBS Sports Radio. The network's national programming compliments the locally-focused sports format on sister station KILT.
KIKK begins daily broadcasts at local sunrise Houston time (typical of daytime only AMs) but usually is on the air by 6AM CT in most cases. The station carries the entire daytime lineup of CBS Sports Radio, with the broadcast day ending at sunset. Nashville, Tennessee "clear channel" radio station 650 AMWSM shares the same frequency as KIKK, which precludes the Houston station from broadcasting during nighttime hours.
When the AM station signs off after sunset, the programming, which is also broadcast on the HD3 channel of KKHH, switches to a simulcast of the HD2 channel of KHMX, which is a smooth jazz format.