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Classical 89 will continue
as classical station

BYU Broadcasting has announced it has entered into a purchase agreement for an FM radio station that will allow it to broadcast BYUradio over the air in Utah. The move also means that Classical 89/KBYU-FM, a much-loved classical music radio station, will remain on the air in Utah.

This fall, in an effort to simplify and consolidate its operations, BYU Broadcasting announced plans to focus all of its efforts around the development of two broadcast properties, BYUtv and BYUradio. Under this banner, BYUradio (on SiriusXM Satellite Radio) and Classical 89/KBYU-FM were to become a single radio network, BYUradio. However, following a thorough strategic review of its nationwide broadcast and digital channels and seeking a way to keep classical music in Utah based upon listener feedback, BYU Broadcasting became aware that KUMT-FM, which provided a coverage footprint that included most of the Wasatch Front, was up for sale.

The strategic decision by BYU Broadcasting to enter into a purchase agreement with KUMT-FM in early April will preserve an over-the-air classical music station in Utah and allow Classical 89 to continue to operate on its current frequency at 89.1 and 89.5 (Southern Utah County) on the FM dial. BYUradio will offer its current mixed format of talk, public affairs, and education in Utah on 107.9 KUMT-FM. The station can be heard in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Bountiful, Provo, and Randolph. The pending purchase is subject to technical compliance and FCC approval.

“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.”

BYU Broadcasting purchased KUMT from Community Wireless of Park City, that also owns and operates KPCW in the Park City area. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.