@JennprimephonicI will check it out because I love access to
classical music. However, one of the best parts of classical 89 is the
educational piece. The DJ's truly know their stuff and I always learn a
piece of musical history when I tune in. I seriously hope they rethink this
decision. In the meantime, best of luck to your station. Consider
an education piece?
Barbara,Instead of threatening to withhold your donations, maybe you
should offer to significantly increase your donations to public radio if they
keep the format you like?If the classics format was getting lots of
donations I assure you they would not be considering changing it. That's
the problem. Not enough people were donating to keep it going. They had to
change something.They are not changing just to make you mad, or to
hurt people, or because they don't like people who like classical music.
The donations were not there (for a long time now).Call them and
tell them you are going to significantly increase your current donations and
hope they think about keeping the format.Threatening to withhold
donations from what has frankly become a very small contribution pool...
probably won't get them to switch back to the format that wasn't
bringing in enough donations to keep the operation going.If
contributions don't increase they have to change something. Contributions
to classical music format stations has been shrinking for a long time. This
isn't the first one to change.
It's a shame that a pure classical music station is being removed from your
local public radio offerings. So sorry to see this!We're not
specific to Utah culture and life, but Primephonic just launched a new 100%
classical music streaming service which is working to bring value back to the
genre and industry. Searching by composers, artists, and eras. Compare works,
explore back catalog, and we pay per second streamed. That's monetary value
to the recorded industry and intrinsic value of a thousand years of classical
music history to listeners.It could be a way for you to continue to
enjoy classical music with the loss of your favorite radio station. Check us
If money is the only lens through which we view the world then we are doomed.
Barbara, I couldn’t agree more. I have written a letter to Classical 89
with very nearly the same content. Like you, I am hoping that they will reverse
Public tax money supports all sorts of things, golf courses, parks, sports
arenas, county and state fairs, libraries, which are not economically
profitable, but are still seen as beneficial to the community. The classical
music format of KBYU-FM is a similar public asset. The loss of an easily
accessed educational tool of this quality is measured in more than just dollars
and cents. What is the economic value of a richer life?
UltraBob said “If classical music ceases to be economically profitable,
should it be propped up and paid for by public tax money?”For
the same reason that public education, environmental protection, law
enforcement, fire department, and armed forces need public support. Since when
is value determined by profitability?
We need a format to promote classical music. Why. If classical
music ceases to be economically profitable, should it be propped up and paid for
by public tax money?