- BYU Broadcasting
- Michael Dunn
Stop the Elimination of Classical 89
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On the early morning of October 23, 2017, BYU Broadcasting announced its decision to eliminate Classical 89 before the summer of 2018. Apparently all of the donations, high listenership, and ratings within the top 5 of its kind nationally remain not enough to show BYU that we love and need this integral staple of the arts in our Utah community. Join me in fighting this and informing BYU that free classical music radio is too important to give up.
Entries in this petition will be forwarded to our collective petition, located at http://www.utahculturalalliance.org/save_classical_89
- BYU Broadcasting
- Michael Dunn
Dear Dr. Dunn,
This morning, many in our community became extremely saddened to hear the announcement of BYU Broadcasting's plans to eliminate Classical 89 in June of 2018. In just over 12 hours, more than 1,500 individuals (at the time of sending) signed a petition showing our support for Classical 89's brand and services, and to demonstrate the community support that the station has. We as community members have made it clear through our listenership, resources, and regular contributions at quarterly fundraising drives that we absolutely care that this service be continued, and that we love and appreciate all that Classical 89 brings to our community. The following comments come from some of the signatures collected today and represent a miniscule sampling of the hundreds of supporting signatures—again, collected only since late this morning:
"Classical 89 is a treasure for our state. I encourage the administration of BYU to consider the greater value of music to the community, rather than thanking in terms of music as profit." Robert Baldwin, Millcreek, UT
"If no one hears classical music, how will they come to love it? A University's mission should be to provide education and culture." Rosemary Hoffman, Ogden, UT
"Classical 89's programming is too good to lose! The Sale Lake-Provo corridor (and beyond!) needs the programming that Classical 89 provides. It enriches lives, it educates its listeners, and the kill off a top 5 national rated station is short sighted. Keep Classical 89 on the air!" Julie Edwards, Salt Lake City, UT
"I remember listening to Classical 89 in the car with my mom. I grew to love classical music. Now I listen with my kids. It breaks my heart to think they won't be able to grow up listening to such a wonderful station. the programs on Classical 89 are fantastic; please don't go!" Dawn Tanner, Pico Rivera, CA
"Classical 89 introduced all 4 of my children to high quality music that has changed their lives. They are musicians and passionate about classical music because of what they grew up listening to on Classical 89. We don’t need more talk shows, we need something that brings the best in music to another generation." Debbie Quigley, Orem, UT
"Classical 89 is one of the easiest ways to access music otherwise unavailable to some people. It is a Utah institution that will be a loss to the community." Alyssa Arellano, Salt Lake City, UT
"I teach music in an elementary school and have seen the difference that classical music can make in children’s lives. Don’t take that from them." Melissa Voorhees, Salt Lake City, UT
"I am surprised with their rating that they would even consider dropping Classical 89. It is unfathomable really. Why scrap something that is doing so well. They variety of programs is great. Moving toward the future is more like having an app that streams classical 89 - at least don't get rid of that. But for those of us that tune in every day on the way to or from home it would be a very odd drive to hear static on 89.1." Michael Gates, Salt Lake City, UT
"This is The only radio station I listen to and I throughly enjoy it. I truly believe classical music can enhance/change people’s lives and wthey need it more than ever!! Please consider keeping classical 89 station.
-BYU alumni" Jeeyun Park, Herriman, UT
"For decades KBYU-FM has made a point in its broadcasts and especially in the donation drives that they are one of the few stations of this nature in the whole United States, and I have always been proud to be a supporter in their fund raising every year. This is like taking away the arts from school. I hate this decision and cannot even remotely support it." Edward Scriven, Layton, UT
"It is also important to enhance one’s appreciation of the arts and culture which are of the very substance of our civilization. Can anyone doubt that good music is godly or that there can be something of the essence of heaven in great art? —Gordon B Hinckley" Dale Boman
"Classical 89 is a staple to so many people. It is the only radio station worth listening to and is a great way of extending BYU's wonderful influence across the world. Losing it would be a tragedy." Stephanie Egbert, Pleasant Grove, UT
The signatures gathered today were not done so with any type of fundraising or paid sponsorships; all transmissions are purely word of mouth and online sharing. Classical 89, this establishment and staple in our community, is so integral to who we are as people; what we as a community consider being worth resources and finances; and the identity of our region and state as an important champion of the arts. We, the loyal long-time listeners of Classical 89, implore you to reconsider this decision. We invite you to read through the remarks in the linked petition. And please, we ask that you do not take away something so incredibly important to all of us here—free access to beautiful local programming and classical music.
Mitchell Atencio, on behalf of the listeners of Classical 89
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