Save Classical 89!

Help us save Classical 89, KBYU 89.1!

In a world full of darkness and tragedy, Classical 89 heals wounds and lifts souls through the power of music. Classical 89 is the sole classical music radio option in Utah. For many of us, the loss of Classical 89 is tantamount to losing a friend. We must have Classical 89 to preserve the importance of this kind of music for future generations. Utah's cultural scene is varied and renowned and yet the loss of a classical music station is unfathomable. Classical 89 is one of the nation's top classical radio stations. We need it for Utah, and we need it to be available to its listeners around the world.

Classical 89 is a keystone of Utah's arts and humanities sector. Together as cultural businesses, we employ over 51,000 Utahns, generate over $3 billion in earnings, and have more private music teachers per capita than any other state. Indeed, our state supports many musical nonprofits: Utah Symphony | Utah Opera; Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theatre in Logan; Moab Music Festival in Moab; dozens of chamber music groups such as Nova Chamber Music and Intermezzo Chamber Music Series; even a group that champions music by Utah composers, Salty Cricket Composers Collective; choral groups such as Utah Chamber Artists and SL Choral Artists; regional orchestras such as Timpanogos Symphony and Utah Valley Symphony; and much, much more.

We ask you, Michael Dunn and all decision makers at BYU Broadcasting, to listen to the requests of the thousands of listeners who want 89.1 to remain as primarily classical music programming. 

(If you have signed any of the other Classical 89 petitions such as this or this, you don't need to sign this one because we have decided to combine forces!)

Thank you for considering our request,


The boards and staff of Utah Cultural Alliance, Utah Cultural Advocacy Alliance, Utah Federation of Music Clubs, and,
the undersigned individuals and organizations.

(If you would like to add your organization's name as a formal signer of this petition, please contact [email protected])

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  • Lise Brunhart
    signed 2020-04-25 13:19:07 -0600
    Lise Sorensen
  • Cathie Jones
    signed 2018-08-06 16:05:02 -0600
    Please keep this station public and free
  • Msrilyn Grover
    signed 2018-07-23 00:14:52 -0600
  • Matt Horton
    signed 2018-06-11 11:49:27 -0600
  • Andrew Stiff
    signed 2018-05-16 17:37:45 -0600
    This station has brought me great joy, and I look forward to listening on a daily basis. I like the presenters, and I feel at peace. Please save this station!
  • Sally Gilbert
    signed 2018-05-15 21:23:33 -0600
    Many of us have given to BYU when they were asking for help and so it is not too much for BYU to return the favor to bless the lives of those who care about a better life.
  • louis allen
    signed via 2018-04-28 18:16:55 -0600
  • Michela Miller
    signed 2018-04-26 16:37:05 -0600
  • Bruce Markosian
    signed 2018-04-21 11:19:03 -0600
  • Kristine Baird
    signed 2018-04-20 12:11:38 -0600
    You might think that classical radio is obsolete because you are be able to listen to classical music on an I-music account etc but you can not look for and listen to what you have never heard! It is impossible to replace the vast knowledge and library that is freely shared on classical 89. Thank you for many years of awesome, uplifting, intelligent, programming! Please don’t let it go!!
  • Sandra Osburn
    signed 2018-04-16 17:07:03 -0600
  • MaryAlice Dunbar
    signed via 2018-04-11 15:14:57 -0600
  • Emma Wilkins
    signed 2018-04-11 12:58:00 -0600
  • Amy Sabin
    signed 2018-04-10 21:48:00 -0600
  • Dr. Carl Eric Scott
    signed 2018-04-10 21:08:31 -0600
  • Lyle Gunderson
    signed 2018-04-09 11:14:30 -0600
  • Thea Brannon
    signed 2018-04-05 11:16:31 -0600
    Losing Classical 89 in its entirety is a disaster for all music lovers. It is shameful that BYU will not honor the incredible classical music tradition in Utah. Yes, there are other options, but this one was OURS,! A wonderful service to be proud of, showing that the state of Utah supports classical music far more than outsiders would imagine., along with our terrific symphony and opera companies. BYU, please keep classical music programming on for at least part of the day!
  • Michael Abel
    signed 2018-04-04 13:10:54 -0600
    It is madness to destroy a very successful and much needed and appreciated cultural powerhouse only to replace it with talk and other insipid programming such as have been mentioned. We have enough of that already.
  • Jane Smith
    signed 2018-03-31 11:45:55 -0600
  • Connie Holmes
    signed 2018-03-30 07:29:59 -0600
    Connie L Holmes
  • Michael_T Packard
    signed 2018-03-21 13:53:30 -0600
  • April Meservy
    signed 2018-03-13 15:00:11 -0600
  • Sarah Uhle
    signed 2018-03-10 08:49:44 -0700
    My husband and I are devastated at the thought of losing Classical 89. We have lived in many cities in this country, including Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington, DC, all of which have admirable classical music programs, but Classical 89 is better than all of them! It is hard to understand why the decision has been made to cancel it, especially in a city which supposedly values good music. Please reconsider. Your listeners would be eternally grateful.
  • Sean Cox
    signed 2018-03-06 22:10:22 -0700
  • David Allred
    signed 2018-03-05 09:35:23 -0700
    Our household gives over $100 a year to 89. That is going away the minute 89 ceases to be classical
  • Gabriel Gordon
    signed 2018-02-26 14:16:05 -0700
    Gabriel Gordon
  • Mitchell Pilkington
    signed 2018-01-31 11:13:56 -0700
    BYU, your decision to drop Classical 89 is regrettable. You are eliminating one of the few local resources available for classical music education and appreciation. One which is easily accessed, and “free” alowing enjoyment to anyone with a radio.
  • Stacy Bryce
    signed 2018-01-31 06:31:16 -0700
  • Bruce Neibaur
    signed via 2018-01-26 08:00:09 -0700
  • Karina Velarde
    signed 2018-01-25 21:27:10 -0700