I agree with the letter writer, Classical 89 will be sorely missed on the radio
Agreed. As I've mentioned in previous comments, Classical 89's website
states that its "...purpose is to expand BYU's public reach as an agent
of good by (1) engaging the public in ennobling experiences that are
traditionally associated with classical music masterpieces, (2) showcasing the
university's commitment to worthy art and helpful ideas, and (3)
encouraging intellectual, spiritual, and physical growth and improvement."
Apparently these objectives are no longer of primary importance to BYU in its
radio format. On BYU Brodcasting's recent posting about Classical 89's
demise, they state that classical music is "going away" in favor of the
new format. It's like they're giving it the boot, as if it were an
undesirable, unwanted vermin. "Classical 89 has over 110,000
listeners" along the Wasatch Front, as mentioned on its webpage...no small
amount considering the size of the marketplace it serves and the dedication and
love these listeners have for classical music.BYU, please reconsider
this drastic format change and the diminishing effect it will have on the
exposure of our youth and others of all ages to the beauty, inspiration and
peace offered by classical music.
I am not privy to the factors leading BYU to discontinue Classical 89, but it is
a serious blow to cultural Utah. The benefits of not having readily available
classical music must have been very compelling. If Classical 89 listeners failed
to support the station financially then we are also to blame.