KQRI is one of the newest additions to the Albuquerque radio market, having moved into the area in 2004 from Grants, New Mexico. The 105.5 frequency in Albuquerque was previously translator K288CX, which had re-broadcast the programming on various stations in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe market over the years. In 2012, KQRI-FM1, a 16,000 watt effective radiated power booster on 105.5 in Albuquerque came on the air.
105.5 was originally KQLV and had aired EMF's "K-Love" format. In the spring of 2009, KQLV had moved to the recently upgraded facility at 90.7 FM Santa Fe. KQRI and the "Air 1" format had previously aired on 90.7 in Belen, which had moved to 91.1 to make way for the Santa Fe station on 90.7. KQRI moved to 105.5 in June 2009 while 91.1 became KQGC airing a Christian country music format. Since this change, KQRI is now vying for area listeners with locally programmed heritage station KLYT previously known as "M88". That station, however, has rebranded as "Static Radio" playing Christian rock bands alongside some selected secular alternative rock songs.
This format is also aired on KDRI out of Grants, New Mexico on 90.3 FM, which can also be picked up in Albuquerque on some radios (usually in cars). This station was previously KLGQ from 2005 until August 15, 2012 when it changed to KDRI. The station broadcasts at 20,000 watts at a site off of Mount Taylor.