KKXL-FM signed on in 1981 in Grand Forks with a Top 40 format. The station rivaled with now co-owned KQHT "Magic 96" during the late 1980s and 1990s, competed with KYTN "Y95" during the late 1980s, the short-lived KZLT-FM "More Music 104.3" during 2006 and 2007, and currently with KZGF "Z94.7"
Former on-air personalities include Blair Nelson, Captain Jack, Popeye Jones, Josh Jones (now at KYCK), Bree Carey, Pat Ebertz (formerly of KDWBMinneapolis, MN), "Jam Master" J. West, Lisa Love, Mike Powers (now at KZGF), Stacey Q, Johnny Cage (now on air in Denver), Shannon Stone, Jenny Wylde, Brook Stephens (now at KZPKSt. Cloud, MN), Mike Danger (now at WPXYRochester, NY), Jodi Lynne, Levi (now at KEEYMinneapolis, MN), Bob Lewis, Crystal Blue, Matt Montgomery, Michael Knight (Cruze) (now at WZPL in Indianapolis (Z99.5), Storm Davis (now at KS95 Minneapolis), Collin Davis, Pat Mars, Kory Lee, Mace Fox & Joey Rhodes (now at KGGI-FM Riverside, CA).