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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  • Sarah Davis
    signed 2017-10-29 09:46:02 -0600
  • Gary Price
    signed 2017-10-29 09:08:52 -0600
  • Garry Garff
    signed 2017-10-29 09:07:51 -0600
  • Mellanie Horne
    signed via 2017-10-29 09:00:50 -0600
  • Maureen Ford
    signed 2017-10-29 08:22:40 -0600
    Please continue Classical89—it’s one of the only stations I ever listen to!
  • Ken Payne
    signed 2017-10-29 08:21:12 -0600
  • Anne Beus
    signed 2017-10-29 08:11:12 -0600
    PLEASE keep classical music in Utah. There are many stations with jazz, rap, gospel, talk, etc. but only one classical. I have traveled across the country from D.C. to Utah searching for good music and can rarely find anything after leaving WGMS in DC. Maybe that doesn’t exist anymore either… I have given a monthly donation for several years even after my income lessened. PLEASE keep it as it is.
  • Jacob Price
    signed 2017-10-29 08:08:07 -0600
    Truly a staple for all of us!
  • Peter Clement
    signed 2017-10-29 07:59:16 -0600
    Please save this station! It calms my kids in the car when they are upset!
  • Ginny Vielstich
    signed 2017-10-29 07:24:12 -0600
    Unless cladsical 89 continues in it’s current format, you will no longer receive any donations from me.
  • Irene Peters
    signed 2017-10-29 06:21:01 -0600
  • Philip Snow
    signed 2017-10-29 00:56:30 -0600
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  • Gary Clement
    signed 2017-10-29 00:09:15 -0600
  • Janna Springer
    signed via 2017-10-28 23:32:56 -0600
  • Jill Sundberg
    signed 2017-10-28 23:24:34 -0600
    I love listening as a way to escape the noise of everyday craziness. It is my source for calm when I need a break from the tragic news and bickering and gossip on other stations.
  • Tammy Putnam
    signed 2017-10-28 22:43:17 -0600
    Please don’t take away the ONLY radio station that’s worth listening to!!!!!
  • Karen Betten
    signed 2017-10-28 22:21:39 -0600
    I was heartbroken to hear that 89.1 is being changed. I listen to it often and LOVE it. Please, please save it!!!!
  • Judith Nelson
    signed via 2017-10-28 22:11:24 -0600
  • Walter Baker
    signed 2017-10-28 22:07:27 -0600
  • Bradley Clark
    signed 2017-10-28 21:51:59 -0600
  • Derek Vawdrey
    signed 2017-10-28 21:43:11 -0600
  • Diana Jones
    signed 2017-10-28 21:01:13 -0600
    I was a contributing listener for years; my husband and I went on an LDS mission serving far away in Saipan. I was so homesick until one day I found streaming on my lap top for KBYU fm!! I was overjoyed! It was like having an important part of my family with me whenever I could listen to it.

    In every part of my life the programming on this classical radio statio has lifted me when I was down and celebrated with me when I was up!

    I, like many others, cannot imagine life without it.

    I think we can trust that Michael Dunn (whom we served with in the U student stake in about 2003) and others involved will do what is most beneficial for our community and the world in still preserving much of the programming …. if not all, of what we have loved for decades.
  • Jennifer Christensen
    signed 2017-10-28 20:55:02 -0600
  • I. Cleeo Wright
    signed 2017-10-28 20:00:52 -0600
    Truly a great classical radio station!
  • Aaron Schow
    signed 2017-10-28 19:38:15 -0600
  • Christy Connelly
    signed 2017-10-28 19:36:57 -0600
  • Sheila Porter
    signed 2017-10-28 19:28:26 -0600
  • Anita Thompson
    signed via 2017-10-28 18:29:44 -0600
  • Kellie Mecham
    signed 2017-10-28 18:29:20 -0600
  • Michelle Omer
    signed via 2017-10-28 18:26:23 -0600