On March 21, 2002, more than five years after first applying for the frequency in January 1997, Friendship Communications Inc. was awarded a construction permit for 89.1 FM over fellow applicants American Family Association and the University of Northern Iowa. The station began broadcasting as a simulcast of KWOF in July 2002. KWOF-FM applied on July 11, 2002 for a license to cover and a waiver of the "main studio" rule that requires that a broadcaster maintain its main broadcast studio in its city of license. This waiver request was denied and thus the license to cover request was also dismissed. On May 17, 2004, Friendship Communications again applied for a license to cover and this was granted on July 7, 2004.
In March 2008, Extreme Grace Media (Chris Behmlander, president) reached an agreement to purchase KWOF (AM) and KWOF-FM from Friendship Communications (Michael Facciani, president) for a reported sale price of $160,000. The transfer was approved by the FCC on April 23, 2008 and the deal was consummated on July 18, 2008. In June of KXGM's license was transferred to Educational Media Foundation, and it began airing the Air 1 Christian CHR format.
^Mracek, Karen (2006-08-16). "Radio station in Hiawatha, Iowa, moves closer to core audience". Cedar Rapid Gazette. "What started as KWOF, a AM radio station in Waterloo in 1997, is now also an FM broadcasting station in Hiawatha. The Spirit added the FM station in July 2002, but moved to the Corridor earlier this year to be closer to its biggest audience."
^Graham, Emily (2002-04-02). "Waterloo, Iowa, Radio Station to Extend Into Hiawatha, Cedar Rapids". Waterloo Courier. "Friendship Communications Inc, the nonprofit owner of KWOF 850 AM Today's Christian Hits, was recently awarded a construction permit to place 89.1 FM on the air in Hiawatha. The FM frequency had been sought by Friendship Communications, The American Family Association of Tupelo, Miss., and KUNI at the University of Northern Iowa for the last six years."