On November 16, 1986, a fire destroyed a block of buildings in Redfield, including the studios of KQKD. Four other businesses were destroyed in the fire that left 20 people homeless and killed a 17-month-old girl. The wirestory in the San Jose Mercury News included a note that the radio station was then celebrating its 25th anniversary.
In October 2004, KQKD was acquired by Aberdeen Radio Ranch Inc. (Robert J. Ingstad, co-president) from Robert E. Ingstad as part of a reorganization by the Ingstad family. This deal also included stations KGIM, KGIM-FM, and KNBZ-FM. The price for this four-station deal was undisclosed. According to Broadcasting & Cable, at this time KQKD carried a Country music/Talk radio format.
In November 2004, Aberdeen Radio Ranch reached separate agreements to sell KQAA-FM to the Educational Media Foundation, and KKAA (1560 AM) and KQKD (1380 AM) to Family Stations, Inc.