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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  • Ann Jones
    signed 2017-12-18 22:32:19 -0700
    Listening to Classical 89 throughout my day is something I always look forward to. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of turning on the radio just as your favorite movement of a symphony or a piece you have played before comes on. I have found countless new works and composers to love through this station. It’s difficult to find me without hastily jotted times on my hand so I can check the schedule later and learn the name of the beautiful music I was listening to. I hate the thought of losing Classical 89 and all the good it brings.
  • Denia Ollerton
    signed via 2017-12-16 11:36:12 -0700
  • Chris Johnson
    signed 2017-12-15 22:56:44 -0700
  • Amy Ollerton
    signed 2017-12-14 09:02:04 -0700
    Yes! Classical 89 is an icon!
  • James Ogilvie
    signed 2017-12-09 11:28:11 -0700
    James Ogilvie
  • Andrew Luker
    signed 2017-11-29 14:11:13 -0700
    I have loved Classical89 for many years, and it breaks my heart that some people would want to make it go away. If this isn’t uplifting music that is good report and praiseworthy, then I don’t know what is. Please please keep Classical89 on the air! We need this in our community!

    Classical 89 is the only locally curated classical music station in Utah, and the only one on the dial for the vast bulk of home and car radios. Yes, there is KUER 90.1 HD3, but it is a national stream with no local curation, and requires an HD radio. Also Sirius XM has a classical channel, but again that requires a subscription. Both of those in my opinion pale in comparison to Classical 89 in all that it is and has been. There is also Pandora, but again the curation is not there, and the quality is low, and you can’t really use it in the car. A great many Classical 89 music listeners are not up to speed with technology to be able to acquire these options anyway.

    Could KBYU instead leave Classical 89 where it is on the dial, and create a NEW channel for the type of content that is desired? That would allow classical music to still be available 24/7 like it is, and has been, while still allowing for the new program that is desired.
  • Christian Perry
    signed 2017-11-29 10:50:23 -0700
  • Anne Juenger
    signed 2017-11-29 07:37:10 -0700
    89.1 classical music calms me when I am driving. I am shocked and saddened that a major city like Salt Lake would eliminate it’s one classical station.
  • Tanya Gibson
    signed via 2017-11-28 21:49:43 -0700
    I listen to Classical 89 everyday. My mother listened to classical music when I was a child. I play classical music for my children now and they love it.
  • Tom Bates
    signed 2017-11-27 18:28:39 -0700
    Please don’t let the new managing disector proceed with his plans to dumb down our radio station. I have my radios tuned to 89.1 constantly in my car and in my shop. I love to listen to “Over the Top”, “Piano Puzzler”, “Performance Today”, and all of the other programming. Heaven help us if everything has to look and sound like “Extinct” and “Studio C”.
  • Michele Adams
    signed 2017-11-25 13:23:26 -0700
    Regardless of the immovability of Michael Dunn and his board regarding saving Classical 89, the notion that whatever programming they provide can compete with PBS and the “89” traditional format. is exactly that: a mistaken notion. All one had to do was tune in on Thanksgiving Day to listen to the NPR special. I have listened to both local productions and NPR productions. There is NO viable comparison. No forums, talk shows, or local features with a little “Nacht Musik” on the side can rival the messages found in the entire classical repertoire that has been preserved over decades and centuries. Music speaks for itself. Music IS experience. Mr. Dunn’s reolute, stance may very well cost BYU Broadcasting many loyal followers and achieve an undesired outcome that even they couldn’t anticipate.
  • DaNece Lyman
    signed 2017-11-22 22:53:20 -0700
  • Jasmin Graham
    signed 2017-11-22 12:02:24 -0700
    We need this music!
  • Teresa Dickson
    signed 2017-11-21 06:30:26 -0700
    I feel very concerned that we are making it much more difficult for children to be introduced to and immersed in classical music. There are so many options out there that are not morally or spiritually elevating. Why are we taking away an option that inspires excellence and that is uplifting? Especially in light of all that the current educational climate deprives our students of as far as artistic expression is concerned. This decision is very confusing and devastating to me. It seems strange to assume we can create something greater and more elevating than this time tested content of classical music. More talk shows certainly won’t do it.
  • Kathy Riches
    signed 2017-11-20 17:08:13 -0700
    When I was a teenager in the early 70’s, I was very ill and had to stay home from school for a couple of days. As I lay sick in bed, my mother turned my radio on to Classical 89. At the time I wasn’t too happy that she did so. The favorite trend for my age group was rock-n-roll. But, I was too sick to change the station and my mother knew it was time to broaden my horizon of music. I should have known better, especially since my father, my siblings and I had learned or were learning to play musical instruments. Ever since then, I’ve appreciated the wonderful variety of beautiful classical music and while raising my own three children, I exposed them to different types of worthwhile music – especially Classical = Classical 89. All three of my children (now adults) appreciate classical music and have some favorite programs that Classical 89 broadcasts. We heard about the decisions that have been made to the future of Classical 89 and are so very sad that the fine programming that Classical 89 has brought to listeners over the many years. could be lost. To those with the knowledge and know-how to save Classical 89 or to create another radio station with the same classical music programming, please see what you can do. Classical 89 is my go-to radio station when driving my car to and from work and listening at home any day of the week. Thank you.
  • Elizabeth Braithwaite
    signed 2017-11-19 17:31:34 -0700
  • Susan Thomas
    signed 2017-11-18 08:17:06 -0700
    Please, please retain classical programming on the radio station. It meant so much to me as a college student not only to hear the wonderful programming and thoughtful, educational commentary by Eric Glissmeyer and others, but also to have a connection to local events and music making. My own ensemble performances were often featured there. I no longer live in the area, but it is the first thing I turn on in my car when I visit. Please do not remove this amazing gift to the community.
  • Mariska Martin
    signed 2017-11-17 15:48:39 -0700
  • April Long
    signed 2017-11-17 07:58:58 -0700
    April Rachelle Long
  • Jani Wall
    signed via 2017-11-16 15:08:10 -0700
    I LOVE Classical on the radio!
  • Bill Meaders
    signed 2017-11-15 14:36:27 -0700
    William A Meaders
  • Nathan Winters
    signed 2017-11-14 10:30:18 -0700
  • Noelle Call
    signed 2017-11-13 20:40:00 -0700
  • Kendall Gifford
    signed 2017-11-13 14:32:17 -0700
  • Shara Young
    signed 2017-11-12 21:35:16 -0700
  • Darla Frandsen
    signed 2017-11-12 20:47:58 -0700
  • Anne Ebert
    signed 2017-11-12 16:22:40 -0700
  • Alison Posel
    signed 2017-11-11 11:35:53 -0700
    Alison Posel
  • Karen Shragge
    signed 2017-11-10 17:10:40 -0700
    Having been listened to and donated to KBYU, I view the loss of Classical Music on this station will be a great loss. Streaming the music is fine, but the quality is not there. While many listeners may not have the ability to stream, the stations’ decision completely leaves that group out. Very unfair. I would hope this decision will be reconsidered.
  • Courtney Marden
    signed 2017-11-10 15:51:19 -0700
    Courtney Marden