To preserve the classical format on the FM dial, Brigham Young University is purchasing a second FM in Salt Lake City. The university has struck a deal to buy adult alternative “107.9 The Mountain” KUMT from Community Wireless of Park City.
The move will allow BYU’s “Classical 89” KBYU-FM to remain untouched as the school puts its BYUradio brand on KUMT and several booster FMs around the Wasatch Front.
Last October, the university unveiled plans to consolidate its radio and TV operations. Under that plan, “Classical 89” and BYUradio—heard previously only on SiriusXM Radio and via digital platforms—would combine operations and be known as BYUradio on KBYU-FM. But after classical listeners chimed in on the plan, BYU Broadcasting says it learned that KUMT was for sale. The new plan is to leave KBYU-FM’s classical format alone and put BYUradio’s mix of talk and public affairs programming on the 107.9 signal and a network of booster FMs.
“We are delighted that we can now showcase our national radio product right here along the Wasatch Front," Michael Dunn, managing director of BYU Broadcasting, said in a release. "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 a win-win for all."
Once the sale closes Community Wireless of Park City will still own news-talk/adult alternative KPCW (91.7) in the Park City, UT area.