KKHR-FM was originally licensed at 3,000 watts in the late 1980s as part of the FCC's docket 80-90 initiative to provide more local radio stations to communities in the US. The stations original call sign was WHXS and was signed on by Susan Lundborg. The station has a countty format whose moniker was "Kicks 106". In the early 1990s the station fell into receivership. During that time it was managed for the receiver by local Abilene entrepreneur Dave Boyll. Boyll adopted a beautiful music format consisting almost entirely of his own collection of instrumental recordings. In 1996 the station was sold to the owners of KBCY-FM. A year later the station was sold again to Cumulus Broadcasting. Cumulus combined KHXS into a cluster of four FM's in the Abilene market along with KBCY,KCDD,and 102.7 FM which retained the KHXS call letters. In 2000 Powell Meredith Communications Company(PMCC), a local Abilene concern whose primary business model surrounded Hispanic programming, agreed to buy the station. PMCC was headed by Scott Powell and Amy Meredith. As part of the transaction, Cumulus purchased PMCC's original station on 98.1. All that occurred on the air was that the two station changed positions on the dial. PMCC, then filed an amendment with the FCC increasing the power from 3,000 watts to 50,000 watts using the same transmitter site at Abilene Christian University. PMCC sold KKHR to its present owner in 2005.