|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|
|Callsign meaning||Brigham Young University|
|Owner||Brigham Young University|
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.
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.[better source needed]
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.
On August 9, 2016, Greg Wrubell joined BYU as the Director of Broadcast Media. Among his responsibilities were moving BYU athletics flagship from KSL to BYU Radio and making his coaches shows turn into a TV/radio simulcast for BYUtv and the Nu Skin BYU Sports Network radio affiliates. With his new responsibilities at BYU Wrubell left KSL, though KSL remained part of the BYU Sports Networks affiliates. With the change BYU Radio officially became the flagship station for football, women's soccer, and men's basketball broadcasts, though ESPN 960 remains the flagship carrier of women's soccer matches that conflict with football or men's basketball broadcasts.
On October 23, 2017, Brigham Young University announced that KBYU-FM would drop its classical music programming and become a full-time carrier of BYU Radio beginning June 30, 2018.
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.
- Worlds Awaiting: Helping build a lifelong love for literacy in children of all ages.
- 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.
During the regular sports season, BYU Radio broadcasts live coverage of BYU football, women's soccer, and men's basketball games through the Nu Skin BYU Sports Network. The station also airs some BYU baseball (simulcast from ESPN 960), softball, and volleyball games, and airs women's basketball games live.
- Israelsen-Hartley, Sara (April 20, 2011). "BYU Radio now on Sirius XM satellite radio". Deseret News.
- Israelsen-Hartley, Sara (April 20, 2011). "BYU Radio now on Sirius XM Satellite Radio". Deseret News. Retrieved April 20, 2011.
- Cunningham, Nate (August 9, 2016). "Greg Wrubell named director of broadcast media at BYU". The Daily Universe. Retrieved August 9, 2016.
- Pierce, Scott D. (October 23, 2017). "KBYU-TV will no longer be a PBS station in 2018 — and KBYU-FM will abandon classical music". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved October 23, 2017.
- Harmon, Dick (July 1, 2011). "Shackles off as BYU, Utah say good-bye to MWC". Deseret News.