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KBYU-FM records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7932

Scope and Contents

Contains bound record catalogs from the dates 1980, 1985, 1987-1989, and 1990. The records also include photocopies of record labels, cue sheets for the radio program "Speaking of Music," Utah Symphony Syndication sheets and other material pertaining to the broadcasts of KBYU-FM spanning the dates 1980-1992.


  • 1980-1992


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the KBYU-FM records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

KBYU-FM (1946-) is a nonprofit, listener-supported radio station in Provo, Utah, dedicated to providing inspiring and enlightening programming that reflects the timeless standards of Brigham Young University.

KBYU-FM (Radio station: Provo, Utah), also known as Classical 89, began broadcasting in 1946 as KBYU-AM 660. It was run by programming students just on the campus of Brigham Young University.

Professor T. Earl Pardoe first proposed the idea of a campus radio station to a student named Owen S. Rich who previously worked as a studio engineer. Rich, having just returned from serving as a radio and radar technician for the Coast Guard in World War II, decided to work with the city of Provo in using the power-line network as the radio station's antennae, and in 1948 KBYU became available citywide.

In 1958, just as FM transmissions were emerging as the industry standard, various BYU construction projects meant that KBYU studios would lose access to Provo power lines and a new means of broadcasting needed to be found. Owen Rich, now a member of the BYU faculty, received approval in 1960. However, the KBYU call letters were assigned already to a liberty ship, so in May of 1960 BYU began FM broadcasts as KBRG, but was eventually assigned as KBYU-FM in November of that year.

KBYU-FM now serves over 110,000 listeners in the Greater Salt Lake Valley and in Utah, Davis, Weber, and Box Elder counties, as well as some additional outlying areas. Managers for KBYU-FM have included: Owen Rich (1960), Lynn A. McKinlay (1960-1963), Gene Henderson (1963-1966), Leland H. Stott, Jr. (1970-1973), Jay Sheldon Monson (1973-1979), and Walter B. Rudolph (1979-).


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Retained in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by KBYU-FM (Radio station: Provo, Utah) in 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; KBYU-FM (Radio station: Provo, Utah); 2003.


Administration (University Archives Collection Development Policy, V.b.v.2.a, October 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa James; August 2011.

Register of KBYU-FM records
Melissa James
2011 August 1
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US