But in the 1990s, a civil war in Somalia forced hundreds of thousands to flee, many to immigrate. In the last decade more than 100,00 African immigrants have come to America, and over 7% of them came to Minnesota, about 10,000 new citizens. The little burg of Willmar, with a total population of only 20,000 is now home to over 1,500 Somalis. [SOURCE]
This unexpected demographic micro-surge has led to a change in local media. In September of 2015, a Somali music and Somali language talk station signed on. 101.7 KALY-FM chose the Eid al-Adha holiday for it's debut. The name translates to "Festival of the Sacrifice." It honors the willingness of Abraham (Ibrahim) to sacrifice his son to god (Allah), and is now an occasion to sacrifice a sheep or a goat. [SOURCE] Don't judge, goats are very tasty.
Through the Midtown Phillips Neighborhood Association and the Somali American Community KALY received $26,000 from the city of Minneapolis’ Community Innovation Fund. Director Mahamed Cali has also said the station will also feature language programs to help Somali-speakers learn English. In return, the city of Minneapolis has welcomed them. ABC Channel 5 News paid the
station an on-air visit shortly after it's sign on. The Minnesota Post, and the
Star Tribune both gave the station nice write ups.
Mohamoud Treek, known on air as Wiilwaal. A second Somali program, "Somalida Maanta", debuted on KFAI in January of 2012, hosted by Salah Barre. The shows air back to back on Sunday nights.