||This article needs to be updated. (January 2013)|
|Broadcast area||Greater Houston|
|Branding||CBS Sports Radio 650|
|First air date||October 1957 (as KRCT)|
|Power||250 watts (Daytime)|
|Callsign meaning||KIcK (former country format branding)|
|Former callsigns||KRCT (1957-1961)
|Affiliations||CBS Sports Radio|
(sale to Entercom pending)
(CBS Radio Texas Inc.)
|Sister stations||KHMX, KILT, KILT-FM, KKHH, KLOL|
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."
KIKK changed formats in July 2004 to Hot Talk under the moniker KickAss 650, which became the Houston home for the The Howard Stern Show. After Stern's move to Sirius Satellite Radio in December 2005, KIKK switched 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 then took 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 AM WSM shares the same frequency as KIKK, which precludes the Houston station from broadcasting during nighttime hours.
- Clifford Pugh, "Houston mornings get a shock; Stern's show gives KIKK listeners a rude awakening", The Houston Chronicle, July 1, 2004.
- Larry McShane; Associated Press, "Assorted radio-network hosts replacing Stern", The Houston Chronicle, October 26, 2005.
- "Talk 650 KIKK announces new programming lineup", mikemcguff.com, July 1, 2011
- Barron, David (June 21, 2012). "KIKK (650 AM) to become city’s fifth all-sports station as part of new CBS network". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved June 22, 2012.