Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

I am saddened to hear of BYU’s decision to eliminate Classical 89. Classical 89 has long represented solace from commercial radio. It is a steady source of peace and a beacon of culture in the community. The beautiful music inspires and calms in a world often filled with trouble.

I will never forget the morning on the first anniversary of Sept. 11 in 2002, Bruce Seely read a letter penned by Abraham Lincoln to a mother who lost five sons in the Civil War, then followed the words with “Shenandoah” from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. I was inspired then and continue to be. Their programming extensively explores music, art and culture. Classical 89 showcases beautiful performances of our Utah Symphony and fills a valuable niche whose void cannot be replaced by more talk radio or other entertainment that is already part of the radio dial.

Classical 89 states, “All music was once new.” The music of past composers is as valuable as hit music today. Classical 89 is an important station to the Wasatch Front and the community it serves. Don’t abandon Classical 89.

Ben Anderson

Salt Lake City