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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  • Patrick de Freitas
    signed 2017-10-24 17:26:34 -0600
  • Sheri Barber
    signed 2017-10-24 17:24:51 -0600
  • Daniel Young
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  • Mary McKinley
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  • Adriana Hardy
    signed 2017-10-24 17:19:23 -0600
  • Kathleen Sykes
    signed 2017-10-24 17:17:32 -0600
  • Life Story Library Foundation
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  • Steven Labrum
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  • Nick Harker
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  • Michelle Andersen
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  • Brandon Cressall
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  • Suzi Montgomery
    signed via 2017-10-24 17:00:49 -0600
  • joanne Rowland
    signed 2017-10-24 17:00:46 -0600
    I am heartbroken to think of the end of the brilliant Highway 89 program on which some of the world’s finest pianists have performed while in town for the Gina Bachauer International Piano Foundation — There are other GREAT programs that we will miss. Please reconsider the damage you will bring by eliminating something REALLY world-class to make room for something also valuable — but ???
  • Karen DeMille
    signed 2017-10-24 17:00:00 -0600
  • Carter Durham
    signed 2017-10-24 16:58:05 -0600
  • Tina Ruga
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  • Elisabeth Nebeker
    signed via 2017-10-24 16:57:26 -0600
  • David Duggar
    signed 2017-10-24 16:57:15 -0600
    I was shocked and saddened to hear that Classical 89 is planning to drop classical music. The last oasis of beautiful music will be disappearing from our air waves, leaving us with less of that which has stood through time as truly Great and Significant, and more of what will be quickly forgotten and lost in the babble that fills the air waves now. It is a frightening sign of what is coming as those who provided that which can enrich our souls are disappearing. I remember that when KUER dropped Classical music I was saddened but also comforted knowing that I could still hear it on KBYU-FM. Then KUER dropped Jazz (which I couldn’t replace on the radio), but I could still listen to Classical 89 in the evenings. Now even that is leaving so I have to listen to Pop songs or talk radio when I am in my car since I don’t have a radio that will receive other than what is broadcast locally. Someday I will, but until then I’m in the desert. I’m thinking I may end my Classical 89 sustaining membership when the classical music ends. Please don’t let this happen.
  • Don Peterson
    signed 2017-10-24 16:57:13 -0600
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  • Andrew Wilson
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  • Aubree Clark
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  • Charles Greenland
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  • Lisa Jensen
    signed 2017-10-24 16:45:59 -0600
  • Melissa Miller
    signed 2017-10-24 16:45:52 -0600
    Classical music has a rich history that we need to celebrate by keeping it alive and on the radio, it’s also very calming and beautiful. Please don’t take it off the air.
  • Janis Ferre
    signed 2017-10-24 16:45:17 -0600
  • Elise Butterfield
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