Deseret News
Letter to the Editor

As a 17-year-old high school student, it troubles me that BYU broadcasting decided to get rid of the only classical music station in Utah. Several of my friends discovered classical music through Classical 89. It has taught us who we are and what is important in life. By replacing calmness with political and social issues, sports broadcasts and comedy shows, a new generation won’t get the creative nutrition of classical music.

It is important to note that the station wasn’t doing poorly. According to the Feb. 12, 2016, governance meeting, it was reported that its total raised funds in 2015 surpassed any previous year. Additionally, Classical 89's ratings ranked in the top five classical music stations in the nation for percentage of listeners in a market.

A hit like this affecting a future generation would dampen this prideful achievement. Classical 89 is necessary to save the diversity of future Utahns and protect our culture.

Why get rid of something educational, worthwhile and successful?

Ryan Stenquist