BYU Radio

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BYU Radio
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Broadcast area United States (Satellite Radio)
Slogan Talk About Good
Frequency SiriusXM Channel 143
KBYU-FM 89.1 MHz HD2
First air date August 1, 2002
Format Talk
Callsign meaning Brigham Young University
Affiliations BYU Athletics
Owner Brigham Young University

BYU Radio is a talk radio station run by Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.

Operating at Sirius XM channel 143[1] (and in northern Utah on 89.1 MHz HD-2), it is known on-air as BYU Radio. The station features entertaining and scholarly talk programming.[2]


Prior to 2002, there was a satellite music format known as 'Bonneville International LDS Radio Network.' When Bonneville International decided to discontinue the format, it gave the station to BYU. The university continued adding programming to the station.

BYU Radio launched as a streaming radio on August 1, 2002. The original format featured a selection of music by Mormon artists and alumni of Brigham Young University. A second stream, called BYU Radio Instrumental, launched in 2003. A third stream, BYU Radio International, launched in 2008 featuring Spanish- and Portuguese-language programming.

In 2006, KBYU-FM "Classical 89" began broadcasting in 'HD Radio' with its main signal. This allowed 'BYU Radio' to rebroadcast its service on KBYU-FM's HD-2 signal.

BYU Radio expanded its reach by finalizing an agreement with Dish Network to broadcast its programming on Channel 980. This is available to subscribers to the 'Top 120' or higher programming tier.[3]

On July 1, 2011, BYU Radio dropped its Mormon-themed inspirational music format and relaunched as a national talk-format station. BYU Radio began broadcasting on Sirius XM satellite radio, assigned to channel 143 on both the Sirius and XM lineup.

On October 17, 2011, Brigham Young University discontinued two of its Internet streams: BYU Radio International and BYU Radio Instrumental. The university said listeners would stream the music as background music causing high bandwidth costs for BYU. Those two services were not broadcast on Dish or SiriusXM, and were only available online.


The talk format reaches into Brigham Young University's depth of academic experts and topics. The station's slogan, "Talk About Good," reflects the station's mission to cover the broad spectrum of "good" topics which are regularly overlooked in political and religious talk programming.

BYU Radio has a weekday line up of over 25 hours of original programming each week, which includes:

  • BYU Sports Nation: An hour of daily Cougar sports talk and analysis with Spencer Linton and Jarom Jordan.
  • The Matt Townsend Show: A relationship communication coach who explores the fun and trouble of being human.
  • The Apple Seed: Tellers and stories from the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and around the world.
  • Thinking Aloud: A show that explores deep academic topics with leading experts with host Marcus Smith.
  • The Kim Power Stilson Show: Learn something you may not know from cool regular people who do.
  • Traveling with Eric Dowdle: An upbeat, lighthearted tour of the world through the eyes of a folk painter.
  • This'll Take A While: An academic, but often digressive discussion with BYU film professor Dean Duncan.
  • Highway 89: A showcase of live music performances from BYU Radio's Studio 6.
  • Top of Mind, with Julie Rose: Smart, informative conversations and interviews that go beyond mere headlines and sound bites.
  • Through the Garage Door: If you love rock & roll, you'll love this show.

The station also carries inspirational programming, including BYU's campus devotionals live on Tuesdays, and Sunday programming consisting of audio from BYU Television programs and from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including the long-running radio program Music and the Spoken Word.[4]

During the regular sports season, BYU Radio broadcasts live coverage of BYU football and basketball games through the BYU Cougars Sports Network.[5] The station also airs some BYU baseball, softball, and volleyball games, and airs women's basketball games live.

The station streams online at


Coordinates: 40°15′N 111°39′W / 40.250°N 111.650°W / 40.250; -111.650