Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

For many years I have listened to Classical 89 in the car (where, as a mom, I spend a fair amount of my day) first thing in the morning, and in the evening on my clock radio. Classical 89 has been my first choice for culturally enriching, interesting, informative programming.

While reading an article about BYU Broadcasting's decision to discontinue Classical 89, I smiled at the suggestion that Classical 89’s listeners should simply learn how to use platforms such as Spotify, Pandora, Amazon Music, etc., to find classical music. While I regularly use Spotify, playlists uploaded to my smartphone, Amazon Music and Pandora to listen to music, these platforms drain a phone's battery and can use monthly data; they don't carry unique programs like Performance Today, Sunday Choral Classics and Exploring Music, and they don't promote the arts in our community, including the Utah Symphony, Ballet West and Salt Lake Choral Artists, with which I sing.

I feel that now, more than ever, classical music is needed in our culture, where entertainment is often shallow and transient. I’ve donated to Classical 89 in the past because it provides something that I can’t get anywhere else. If Classical 89 goes away, I suspect that my Classical 89 donation money will be going to a Spotify Premium account rather than to whatever new programming is to be found on FM 89.1 on June 30. I hope that BYU Broadcasting will reconsider.

Rebecca Crandall