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On August 1, 2002, Bonneville International LDS Radio Network became BYU Radio. It is a radio station which provides music, talks, and devotionals for members of Mormon Church, and is an ever-growing station. It is now carried on Dish Network, the Internet, and cable systems throughout the U.S.
History of BYU Radio
In 1992, Bonneville International, the media company owned by the Church, started a radio station, first known as Bonneville International LDS Radio Network, which was first broadcast over FM subcarriers in several major cities where Bonneville owned radio stations. In Salt Lake, it was carried over the subcarrier of KISN-FM 97.1. The subcarriers were discontinued in 2000.
In 1995, Dish Network began carriage of the network, and it has remained a part of the service ever since. Internet streaming began around 1996. For a brief time, it was also available on KEEF-LP, Channel 17, in Las Vegas, Nevada, by way of it's Second Audio Program, or 'SAP' signal.
In 2002, the network was turned over to BYU Broadcasting, and renamed BYU Radio, and was programmed to complement BYU Television. Major technical, programming, and other improvements were made soon after.
In 2006, KBYU-FM 89.1 Provo began a high definition radio stream as its second broadcast channel over the air. This second channel is popularly called an 'HD2' channel.
Programming on BYU Radio
BYU Radio content includes BYU devotionals and forums, BYU sporting events, Church Educational System (CES) and Church firesides, General Conference broadcasts, Education Week and Women's Conference addresses, BYU musical performances, Music and the Spoken Word, BYU and CES symposiums and discussions, LDS themed music, and other related performances. There is also a separate Internet stream known as BYU Radio Instrumental that features LDS hymns and other instrumental pieces. All of this programming is generally the same as what was broadcast on the Bonneville International LDS Radio Network.
Listening to BYU Radio on your computer
To play BYU Radio from your computer, visit BYURadio.org and click on "Get BYU Radio;" then scroll down to "On the Internet." Click on the hyperlink, and you will be brought to BYU Radio streaming. You can choose to listen to BYU Radio or BYU Radio Instrumental. It will be live streamed through Windows Media Player. If you do not have Windows Media Player, you will have to download it. This can be done from the Streaming page as well.
Other ways to hear BYU Radio
KBYU-FMs 'HD2' signal: KBYU-FM began carrying BYU Radio on its 'HD2' side channel in 2006. To receive the signal, you must have a radio capable of receiving 'HD Radio' signals. These are becoming available for car and home at various electronics retailers. The fact that BYU Radio is available on the KBYU-FM HD2 channel is not mentioned on either of the station websites.
KWBR-LP 105.7 St. George, Utah: A low power FM radio station, carries BYU Radio full-time.
A few cable systems offer BYU Radio as part of their service, either as a second audio program (SAP) on a channel, usually BYUTV, or on an unused channel. See byuradio.org for more details.
Dish Network—Channel 980: Must be subscribed to as a package that offers the audio-only music channels.
BYU Radio International
In October of 2007, BYU Broadcasting began testing, and it is likely going to be continuing, a new service called 'BYU Radio International.' This station will provide air programming in both Spanish and Portuguese, and will reach many people in the Spanish and Portuguese-speaking world of Latin America, South America, and Brazil.
Official LDS Streaming
On May 18th, 2009, the Church officially launched what is to be known as 'The Mormon Channel'. With material drawn from a number of Church sources, this will be available online as well as a number of Bonneville-owned FM radio stations via their 'HD' channels on at least one station in any market that Bonneville owns radio stations. Programming is available around the clock seven days a week. For more information visit the station's website at http://radio.lds.org/