The station was assigned call sign KSPW on 1998-03-06. On 1998-08-21, the station changed its call sign to KQOL. On 1998-10-05 to KMCG. On 1999-03-19 to the current KKTL. Prior to 1998 the 1400 frequency had been KATI 1400AM that started off as a Country and Western radio station in 1956 and then became a top 40 station in 1960. The station would dabble with radio station format changes. Going back to the Country and Western Format in 1983 and then switching back to top 40 in 1984. Then they went middle of the road and adult contemporary formats in 1986. The station went silent in 1987 due to the station filing bankruptcy. The station had been in legal disputed with former owners since 1985. The station was bought out by the University of Wyoming in the Spring of 1989 and became a sister station to their FM Station. The station would eventually last till the spring of 1993 and then go off the air. The 1400 AM frequency would be back in business in 1998 with talk radio and sports radio.