Letter: We need a format to promote classical music

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  • Rebekeh Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 7:02 p.m.


    I 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?

  • 2 bits Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 12:38 p.m.

    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.

  • jennprimephonic New York, NY
    Nov. 1, 2017 12:28 p.m.

    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 out!

  • Blue Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 7:38 a.m.

    If money is the only lens through which we view the world then we are doomed.

  • Holcin Springville, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 7:36 a.m.

    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 this decision.

  • Freiheit Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 7:18 a.m.

    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?

  • Ninjutsu Sandy, UT
    Nov. 1, 2017 7:00 a.m.

    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?

  • Ultra Bob Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 31, 2017 6:09 p.m.

    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?