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])

15,000 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 1135 reactions

  • Sterling Keyes
    signed 2017-11-10 08:25:49 -0700
    As a music teacher and the Performing Arts Director for the State’s largest School District I wish it known that Classical Music needs to survive the onslaught of change in the world. Classical Music uplifts and instructs in ways that other music never can. Classical 89 has been a gem in our community. I loath the thought that our society has digressed the point that sustaining such programming options is no longer viable. Let me know how I can help.
  • Natalya Rapoport
    signed 2017-11-08 23:36:29 -0700
  • Cheri Hancock
    signed 2017-11-08 15:49:39 -0700
    Classical 89 is a shining light in a dreary world. It brings me peace and joy everyday when I listen.
  • Taryn Johnson
    signed 2017-11-08 12:19:23 -0700
  • Destry Govito
    signed 2017-11-08 11:51:34 -0700
  • Paul Caldarella
    signed 2017-11-08 05:04:14 -0700
  • Jane Holt
    signed via 2017-11-07 20:24:32 -0700
  • Andrejs Treibergs
    signed via 2017-11-07 19:30:58 -0700
  • Chris Newton
    signed via 2017-11-07 17:21:18 -0700
  • Hilde Mueller
    signed via 2017-11-07 15:31:08 -0700
    Please, please leve it!
  • Beat von Allmen
    signed via 2017-11-07 14:33:27 -0700
  • erica allmen
    signed via 2017-11-07 14:26:45 -0700
  • cornelia von allmen
    signed via 2017-11-07 13:43:05 -0700
    We have donated for many many years to this station which lifts up our souls on a daily basis. Please do not take away this important part of Utah culture
  • Teri Stoker
    signed 2017-11-07 13:05:41 -0700
  • Richard Lambert
    signed 2017-11-07 11:10:41 -0700
  • William Tribe
    signed via 2017-11-07 10:26:23 -0700
    You have a sacred Duty to keep Classical alive on 89.1 The only other choice is From Holland at Classic FM. Don’t let the Legacy of Gene pack die as the UofU did. There is nothing like Peter VanDe Graph and your Daytime Hosts, for this breath of Fresh Air Without Terry Gross.
  • Bonnie Mays
    signed 2017-11-06 22:36:40 -0700
  • Caroline Apodaca
    signed 2017-11-06 21:03:00 -0700
    I love listening to classical music on 89, it helps give me a calming atmosphere for dealing with stress from my Generalized Anxiety Disorder.and to focus on a task.Whenever you play guitar or accordion pieces it reminds me especially of my Grandma Toni “The Living Legend of New Mexico” and when you play opera it reminds me of when my Uncle would sing zarzuela. I hope to hear more from your station in the future.
  • Stacey Govito
    signed 2017-11-06 12:11:45 -0700
  • MaryAlice Bagaley
    signed 2017-11-05 23:25:55 -0700
    We NEED a Classical “RADIO” Station! Not a list of websites and apps to stream what we have supported for decades.
  • Annie Grow
    signed 2017-11-05 21:29:31 -0700
  • Melody Yang
    signed via 2017-11-05 21:17:15 -0700
    Hsiu-Ying Yang
  • Beverly Jensen
    signed 2017-11-04 22:12:41 -0600
    There’s no substitute for Classical 89!
  • Engracia Dougherty
    signed 2017-11-04 17:12:33 -0600
    I can already listen to talk radio on U of U. There is no alternate for classical radio
  • Megan Torgersen
    signed 2017-11-04 15:54:55 -0600
    Megan L Torgersen
  • Alison Smart
    signed 2017-11-04 11:09:48 -0600
    Having classical 89 music playing in our car is like a source of calm in our busy lives. I love the format of short, beautiful selections. Whoever chooses the selections is amazing. I love the tidbits of information about the selection or composer by the wonderful announcers. Stopping Classical 89 would leave a void in our lives. If there is anything I can do to help it continue I would love to help.
  • Dustin Hill
    signed 2017-11-04 07:26:55 -0600
  • Jayden Drake
    signed 2017-11-04 07:10:28 -0600
  • william Jones
    signed 2017-11-04 02:08:25 -0600
    D. Karen Jones
  • Stephanie Moore
    signed 2017-11-03 21:59:08 -0600
    Stephanie Moore