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CitySanta Ana, California
Broadcast areaGreater Los Angeles
BrandingRadio VNCR
Frequency106.3 MHz
First air dateFebruary 6, 1960[1]
ERP6,000 watts
HAAT92 meters (302 ft)
Facility ID29020
Transmitter coordinates33°45′21″N 117°51′18″W / 33.755833°N 117.855000°W / 33.755833; -117.855000Coordinates: 33°45′21″N 117°51′18″W / 33.755833°N 117.855000°W / 33.755833; -117.855000
Callsign meaningCali and later Ca Li
Former callsignsKFIL (1960-1964)[2]
KYMS (1964-1996)[3]
OwnerMulticultural Broadcasting
(KALI-FM Licensee, LLC)
WebcastListen live

KALI-FM (106.3 FM) is a Vietnamese language radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to serve the community of Santa Ana, California, United States. KALI airs musical and entertainment shows. In addition to Vietnamese language programming, the station broadcasts a Japanese talk show during weekday mornings.


In 1958, Phillip F. Brestoff received the construction permit to build 106.3 FM in Santa Ana. After selling the permit to Gus Malpee, KFIL signed on February 6, 1960.[1][2] Malpee went bankrupt in 1963, and KFIL went silent. George W. Smith bought the station out of bankruptcy the next year and changed its call sign to KYMS.[2] The new station broadcast from studios in the Saddleback Inn Hotel in Santa Ana, with "prestige-type" easy listening music.[4] It also received a first-of-its-kind authorization from the Federal Communications Commission to rebroadcast news programs from the BBC World Service received via shortwave.[5]

In 1968, KYMS was sold to Southwestern Broadcasters. The station aired a progressive rock format in the early 1970s.[1][6] On March 15, 1975, with the station $10,000 in debt a month,[7] KYMS adopted a Christian contemporary format.[8][9][10] The station aired music by Calvary Chapel's Maranatha! Music and carried some of Calvary Chapel's concerts.[8][9][10] It also carried block programming from Christian ministries, including The Bible Answer Man, with Walter Martin.[10][11][12] General manager Arnie McClatchey later joined with Paul Toberty to form Interstate Broadcasting System, buying KYMS as well as Christian AM stations, KRDS in Phoenix and KBRN in Denver, for $3.8 million in late 1981.[7]

In 1985, the amount of programming devoted to Christian ministries was reduced and inspirational songs by secular artists were added to the station's playlist.[11]

In 1995, KYMS was sold to Multicultural Broadcasting for $9.1 million and it switched to a brokered Asian format.[13][14] On January 22, 1996, the station's call sign was changed to KALI-FM.[3]


  1. ^ a b c 1971 Broadcasting Yearbook, Broadcasting, 1971. p. B-28. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c History Cards for KALI-FM, fcc.gov. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  3. ^ a b Call Sign History, fcc.gov. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "KYMS to Begin Operation In July". Tustin News. July 2, 1964. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  5. ^ "A Broadcasting First". Tustin News. September 10, 1964. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Hall, Claude. "Vox Jox", Billboard. July 31, 1971. p. 30. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  7. ^ a b Hastings, Debi (February 9, 1982). "Ex-Disc Jockey Helps KYMS-FM Find Its Station". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  8. ^ a b Baker, Paul (1979). Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music?: Jesus Music--Where it Began, Where it Is, and Where it Is Going. Word Books. p. 158.
  9. ^ a b Eskridge, Larry (2013). God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America. Oxford University Press. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  10. ^ a b c Cusic, Don (2009). Encyclopedia of Contemporary Christian Music: Pop, Rock, and Worship. p. 69. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  11. ^ a b Lewis, Randy. "Two Stations Converted to Christian Use", Los Angeles Times. April 19, 1985. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  12. ^ Johnson, Ted. "'Bible Answer Man' Martin Dies", Los Angeles Times. June 27, 1989. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  13. ^ "Transactions", Radio & Records. June 16, 1995. p. 6. Retrieved June 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "Format Changes & Updates", The M Street Journal. Vol. 12, No. 24. June 14, 1995. p. 1. Retrieved June 10, 2019.

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