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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  • Mark Barraclough
    signed 2018-01-21 16:25:20 -0700
    It is really troubling to me why a program that has been so important and successful to so many listeners, is being changed due to the so call powers that want to change the time proven beneift of classical music to the soul and the effects it has how it actually heals and soothes our intellect! Why change something that isn’t broken and has such far reaching benefits for all who are looking to be uplifted! For the sake of another talk host program, surely someone is being mislead!
  • Jon Burbage
    signed 2018-01-18 09:01:59 -0700
  • Jill Meyer
    signed via 2018-01-13 12:01:41 -0700
  • Xesenia Ramirez
    signed 2018-01-12 04:23:33 -0700
  • Christine Bliss
    signed 2018-01-11 23:55:09 -0700
  • Marla Gault
    signed 2018-01-11 12:18:21 -0700
    Surely Thr Church can afford to support the continuation of Classical 89
  • Kari Spicer
    signed 2018-01-09 17:37:58 -0700
    The truly unique and treasure of Classical 89 is the history and the background that is given prior to the playing of a particular piece of work. I turn on Classical 89 to avoid all of the “noise” that is on the radio. It gives me peace. It clears my mind. It would be a huge loss to not have this refuge for so many people that want the tranquility that classical music offers.
  • Joe Petersen
    signed 2018-01-08 17:30:40 -0700
    BYU could easily invest resources into operating their BYU Radio on a second FM frequency. This doesn’t need to be a this/that argument.
  • Adrienne Thomas
    signed 2018-01-08 15:32:19 -0700
  • Betsy Nagel
    signed 2018-01-06 11:21:13 -0700
    What a twrrible loss this would be for the utah classical music lovers. Also for those who listen on line around the world.
  • Abby Messick
    signed 2018-01-05 16:45:14 -0700
  • Ryan Lee
    signed 2018-01-05 13:33:32 -0700
  • Scott Mills
    signed 2018-01-05 08:51:30 -0700
    I am an organist, Pianist, Church musician and faithful listener of Classical 89. I have supported classical 89 over the years, financial, volunteer, been interviewed on the air, etc… Classical 89 has been there with music, both which I wanted to hear and NEEDED to hear. I listen to Pipe dreams. Please keep classical 89 on the air. It is the best radio station in the world.
  • Mike Parks
    signed 2018-01-05 04:55:14 -0700
  • Kirsten Whetstone
    signed 2018-01-04 23:02:01 -0700
    Save Classical 89!
  • Melissa Parkin
    signed 2018-01-04 22:42:57 -0700
    Although many (but not all) can play classical music through a streaming service, Classical 89 additionally provides background information on the composition, world events, composer and performing artist that is highly educational and adds great detail to the musical experience. Losing Classical 89 will be a tragic loss. Many young people will not access quality music and be exposed to the intricacies classical music offers.
  • Lyman Losee
    signed 2018-01-04 22:04:22 -0700
    Lyman Losee

    In the past we lived out of the state in the southern united states. We greatly missed the Utah culture , especially the classical music availability. It was such a relief to come back and hear it again. Please to not let us lose this precious gift.
  • Bridget Johansen
    signed 2018-01-04 18:28:28 -0700
  • Karen Anderson
    signed 2018-01-04 17:45:24 -0700
    Having a classical station puts a powerful message to the community of a broadness of culture and a wanting of peace and upliftment that can come only from classical music. I hope that this decision can be reconsidered. Thank you.
  • Ruth Barnes
    signed 2018-01-04 16:48:45 -0700
  • Ann Pascoe
    signed 2018-01-04 16:09:01 -0700
    Ann Pascoe
  • Tiffany Horrocks
    signed 2018-01-04 12:55:54 -0700
    I love Classical 89. As a music teacher, it is a gem I hope continues!!
  • Rebecca Bennion
    signed 2018-01-04 12:40:46 -0700
    I listen to Classical 89 to broaden my exposure to classical music and to enjoy old favorites. I’m heartsick to think of losing this valuable resource.
  • Steve Ortgiesen
    signed 2018-01-04 12:38:08 -0700
    I can’t imagine driving in my car without being able to listen to Classical 89. I guess I’ll just have to stop driving!
  • Susan S. Goodfellow
    signed 2018-01-04 12:31:38 -0700
    KBYU has enriched this city for so many years. We will all be much poorer without it.
  • Bonnie Gritton
    signed 2018-01-04 12:27:33 -0700
  • Stephanie Hinckley
    signed 2018-01-04 12:03:03 -0700
    Stephanie Hinckley
  • Terry Peterson
    signed 2018-01-04 11:42:53 -0700
  • Daniel Heath
    signed 2018-01-02 23:32:57 -0700
  • Melanie Wilcox
    signed 2017-12-31 19:48:11 -0700