The station was authorized in late 1991, and was licensed in late 1994. It replaced the station that had been on the 95.3 dial position at the time, KSSA-FM. That station had begun broadcasting in 1969 under the call sign KAWB. KAWB moved to 106.9 to allow the 94.9 station at Arlington, TX (then known as KHYI) to upgrade from class C1 to class C, and raise power from 36,000 watts to 100,000 watts. The 95.3 channel was moved outward to the unserved town of Howe, where the new station operates to this day.
KHYI is the new commercial broadcast home of University of North Texas football and men's basketball broadcasts, starting with the 2012-13 season.