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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  • Craig Parker
    signed 2017-11-03 21:03:58 -0600
    Classical 89 is a part of my life and has been for many years. It is better than any online classical music stream because it interweaves a local touch – even local news after BBC news – it is great! I remember one of my professors at the U would keep it on in his office almost all day. I like to listen to it at work, too – because it is music that enables concentration.
  • Judy Dixon
    signed 2017-11-03 21:01:03 -0600
  • Caryl Hepworth
    signed 2017-11-03 19:17:52 -0600
  • Thomas Christensen
    signed 2017-11-03 18:22:25 -0600
    I think it would be a tragic mistake to take Classical 89.1 off the air. There is no good alternative. What surprises me the most is that BYU Broadcasting did not poll their audience before making such an impacting decision. Isn’t that audience what keeps them in business? I personally don’t want to listen to other programming. I listen to 89.1 all day because I like classical music.
  • Dale Burns
    signed via 2017-11-03 17:01:37 -0600
  • Robert Burns
    signed 2017-11-03 16:33:22 -0600
  • Dalene Anderson
    signed 2017-11-03 14:53:01 -0600
  • Melanie Smith
    signed 2017-11-03 14:02:44 -0600
    We NEED this station!!!
  • Jared Colton
    signed 2017-11-03 13:23:36 -0600
  • Ann Bekker
    signed 2017-11-03 13:14:07 -0600
    Ann Bekker
  • Janice Clayton
    signed 2017-11-03 13:06:27 -0600
    Classical 89 has been a source of culture and light for many more years than most of us have been alive. It is a shame that popular sports broadcasts, talk shows, and shallow entertainment is being chosen over classical music that has blessed humanity for centuries. It’s another example of toppling statues because they don’t fit current popular political trends.
  • David Christofferson
    signed 2017-11-03 12:59:11 -0600
    There is absolutely no replacement to Classical89 available on the radio. If I wanted to listen to pop, talk, country, or anything else these are all available to me from several different sources. However, there is only ONE classical station. Please do not get rid of it. It is literally almost the only thing we listen to in to the car.
  • Sherri Coster
    signed 2017-11-03 12:13:25 -0600
  • Steve Harmsen
    signed 2017-11-03 09:25:27 -0600
  • Nathan Rackliffe
    signed 2017-11-02 23:54:22 -0600
  • Alan Barnett
    signed 2017-11-02 22:56:06 -0600
    Alan Barnett
  • Tyler Oliphant
    signed 2017-11-02 15:35:29 -0600
  • Suzanne Judd
    signed 2017-11-02 14:59:00 -0600
    I love Classical 89, please don’t take it away!
  • Karen Martineau
    signed via 2017-11-02 14:12:55 -0600
    Karen Martineau
  • Tricia Lucas
    signed 2017-11-02 13:11:09 -0600
  • Harold Sears
    signed 2017-11-02 11:44:48 -0600
  • Carmen Jones
    signed 2017-11-02 11:18:58 -0600
    We need classical music on the air. Please don’t stop it !!
  • Gerry Jones
    signed 2017-11-02 11:01:15 -0600
    Please keep classical music on the air - we need it.
  • Diana gardner
    signed 2017-11-02 10:55:26 -0600
  • Lila Abersold
    signed 2017-11-02 09:39:29 -0600
    We need to keep KBYU classical music alive. Without this classical music there is not much to listen to on the radio. As a supporter of many years, I implore you to find a way to continue broadcasting the programs and music you have offered to the public.
  • Jake Carpenter
    signed 2017-11-02 08:26:20 -0600
  • Liz Eames
    signed 2017-11-02 08:14:03 -0600
    Liz Eames
  • Donald Findlay
    signed 2017-11-02 06:12:59 -0600
    Without this resource, Utah will be without public access to quality radio.
  • Samantha Martinez
    signed 2017-11-01 21:13:45 -0600
  • Lillian Heil
    signed via 2017-11-01 21:06:04 -0600
    Lillian H. Heil