Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

The positive reach and impact of Classical 89 isn’t limited to its FM audiences of the greater Salt Lake Valley and outlying areas. The live streaming available on has unmatched potential to “engage the public in ennobling experiences that are traditionally associated with classical music masterpieces” — one of Classical 89’s primary purposes.

Don't be fooled by assurances that the new programming lineup will still include a reasonable allocation of classical music. According to statements given by the new managing director of BYU Broadcasting, Michael Dunn, he anticipates some loss of classical fans and hedges that there “may be a classical component” in the new schedule such as “a music appreciation hour.” If you don’t want content of this caliber to be a tiny slice shoved into the new menu of live sports, entertainment, talk and other genres of music, then speak up now.

Of all the possible content to disseminate to the world, surely classical music, with its rich, complex and communicative power, should be a top choice when BYU considers how to meaningfully bless the lives of its audience.

Although I recognize the plan to consolidate BYU's channels may be a smart business decision, our community needs quality classical music programs to have a greater presence in the future scheduling and online streaming than has so far been indicated.

I respectfully petition Brigham Young University to save the programming currently available on Classical 89, to extend its decades-long mission to encourage “intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth and improvement” through classical music. Please continue this public service as a show of the university’s stated commitment to worthy art and helpful ideas.

Marissa Empey