By CLARENCE TANG
KBYU-FM and the BYU Museum of Art begin a new lecture series tonight at 7 p.m., in the Museum of Art Auditorium.
The lectures on various subjects will be at the Museum of Art and be broadcast on KBYU-FM.
“The focus is those who are connected to the campus,” said Christine Nokleby, KBYU-FM media relations representative. “This offering is our way of being more of a service to the campus community.”
KBYU-FM is a public radio station, operated by BYU as a service to the campus and the community at large.
“We are committed to events that happen at BYU and to extending the BYU experience beyond the edge of the campus,” said Walter Rudolph, KBYU-FM’s general manager.
KBYU-FM can be heard across Utah at 89.1, except for in Southern Utah, where it is found at 89.5. The station is also broadcast on the Web, and it has received responses from people as far away as Hungary and Brazil, Rudolph said.
“We’re a classical music format as far as music is concerned,” Rudolph said. “We’re the only 24-hour-a-day classical music station in the state.”
Besides classical music, they also provide many other services.
“We broadcast devtionals and forums; we also broadcast education week, women’s conference and general conference,” Nokleby said.
KBYU-FM has broadcast isolated lectures in the past, but has never organized a series of lectures.
“This … series is a thrilling opportunity to be associated with the people on this campus,” Rudolph said.
The first of the lectures for this semester features David Boone, an associate professor of church history and doctrine. He will discuss the evacuation of LDS missionaries from Europe at the onset of World War II, especially missions in Germany, Holland, Czech-Slovak and Denmark.
“I’m excited for it,” Boone said. “It’s a big deal and I want to do justice to it, because these missionaries really have a marvelous story to tell.”
The second lecture takes place on Nov. 18, presented by Thomas Rogers, professor of Russian. He will relate his experiences as president of the Russia St. Petersburg Mission from 1993 to 1996. He will also host a book signing for his recently published journal.
On Dec. 16, a special Christmas presentation of story and song will be presented, including costumed readers and musicians. The lecture will also include a display of Christmas Dolls from the McCurdy Doll Museum in Provo.
Winter semester feature an essay competition for students in celebration of the 200th anniversary of J.S. Bach’s birth. The winners will be given the opportunity to read their entries in the February lecture.
“At BYU, we have some of the most wonderful, intriguing people anywhere in the world, who have done so many unusual and diverse things,” Rudolph said. “We are looking for those people who have tales to tale and trying to provide an outlet.”
The lectures all take place in the Museum of Art Auditorium and are free and open to the public. They will not be broadcast live, but will be recorded by KBYU-FM to be broadcast at a later time.