Classical 89 is here to stay in Utah.
BYU Broadcasting announced Thursday that it had entered into a purchase agreement with a FM radio station to air its stations in Utah. With this agreement, Classical 89/KBYU-FM will remain on the air in Utah.
“We are delighted that we can now showcase our national radio product right here along the Wasatch Front,” said Michael Dunn, managing director of BYU Broadcasting. “And I am just thrilled for what this means to our thousands of ardent Classical 89 fans we have in this market. This acquisition is truly is a win-win for all.”
In fall 2017, BYU Broadcasting announced plans to develop two broadcast properties: BYUtv and BYUradio. This shift in focus was going to combine BYUradio (on SiriusXM Satellite Radio) and Classical 89/KBYU-FM into a single radio network. However, the merging was met by protests from long-time listeners of the classical music station.
Listeners launched multiple Change.org campaigns, where people can sign petitions online, to challenge the end of Classical 89. One petition had nearly 14,000 signatures.
Mitchell Atencio, a West Jordan resident who started the “Stop the Elimination of Classical 89,” was one of the leaders in the protest. When BYU Broadcasting announced Classical 89 would continue broadcasting in Utah, he called the announcement an “incredible victory.”
“Today marks a momentous occasion: BYU Broadcasting announced its decision to maintain Classical 89 indefinitely,” wrote Atencio on his Change.org petition page. “This would never have become a possibility without the constant work of individuals reminding BYU Broadcasting how much we appreciate its patronage of the arts and support for it in our community.”