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KBYU-FM (Radio station : Provo, Utah)


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-).

Brigham Young University telephone directory, 66-67: p. 2 (Gene Henderson program director) 70-71: p. 7 (Leland H. Stott, Jr. manager) 73-74: p. 5 (Jay Sheldon Monson program manager) 79-80: p. 5 (Walter B. Rudolph program manager)

Classic 89, website viewed August 1, 2011 (nonprofit and listener-supported; provides inspiring and enlightening programming; began broadcasting in 1946; Owen S. Rich started using Provo power-lines; BYU construction warranted FM switch; first began on FM as KBRG; serves over 110,000 listeners)

A History of Broadcasting Education at Brigham Young University to 1962, 1973: p. 130 (Lynn McKinlay station manager)

Found in 15 Collections and/or Records:

Brigham Young University vice-presidential records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 933
Scope and Contents

Administrative files of W. Rolfe Kerr, executive vice president at BYU, 1980-1984. Includes files relating to athletics; special events; student leadership, clubs, and dress-and-grooming standards; public relations; campus security; Media Services; KBYU (radio and television); and other topics. Includes correspondence, reports, and other information, some predating Kerr's appointment.

Dates: 1976-1983

BYU Magazine collection of reminiscences

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 864
Scope and Contents Contains responses to an advertisement placed in the BYU Magazine requesting recollections by students, faculty, and alumni about notable university and world events. These include reminiscent accounts concerning the assassination of John F. Kennedy, the space shuttle Challenger explosion, campus working experiences, social life, Y Bell, Y Days, university mascots, lighting the Y, dating, places of hangouts, Persian Gulf War, Intermountain Association of College and University Residence...
Dates: 1937-2012

College of Fine Arts and Communications records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 821
Scope and Contents Contains outlines, handouts, and packet materials relating to communications courses; brochures, programs, form letters, forms, and advertisements concerning Department of Communications; advertisements for High School Press Workshops; four issues of Comm World magazine, 1986-1989; two issues of Communications Newsletter, 1972; two issues of Alumni Update, 1982-1984; KBYU-FM Radio brochures, circulars, and correspondence; KBYU TV brochures, logo, report, and promotions; sequence coordinators...
Dates: 1968-1989

Documentary on "All Faces West"

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231234474]
Identifier: UA 895
Scope and Contents

Contains a commentary on the conception, development, and persons involved with the musical "All Faces West." The music for "All Faces West," written by Roland Perry, words written by Helen Talmage Perry, and produced by the city of Ogden (Utah). Broadcast includes excerpts from interviews with Igor Gorin, who played Brigham Young, and other persons involved with the musical.

Dates: Broadcast: 1997

KBYU-FM audiotapes and other material

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1311
Scope and Contents

Collection contains KBYU reel-to-reel tapes and photographs, dating from 1934 to 1983. These tapes include program logs, negatives and slides, talks given at Brigham Young University, and films of various campus activities. The tapes also include broadcasts and speeches regarding important moments in American history.

Dates: 1934-1983

KBYU-FM records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1878
Scope and Contents

Typewritten radio scripts for news broadcasts with handwritten corrections.

Dates: 1978-1979

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.

Dates: 1980-1992

KBYU-FM scripts

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197231027332]
Identifier: UA 75
Scope and Contents

Collection includes mimeograph, stencil, and carbon copies of typescripts. Includes radio scripts titled "The Challenge," "World Series of Basketball--1954," and "Why Do I Love You?"

Dates: 1954

KBYU meeting minutes, 1972-1987

Identifier: UA 1017 Series 2 Sub-Series 2
Scope and Contents note

Contains minutes of governance, staff, and advisory meetings by both KBYU-TV and KBYU-FM. Materials date from between 1972 and 1987.

Dates: 1972-1987

KBYU reel-to-reel tapes, 1934-1983

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1311 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains reel-to-reel audio tapes produced by KBYU from 1934-1983. Recordings include the "Rise of the American Nation" series and recordings related to John F Kennedy.

Dates: 1934-1983

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Collection 12
Archival Object 3
Colleges and Universities 12
Education 12
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 3
Audiotapes 3
Letters 3