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What is Top Of Mind?

There is a lot that can't be said in 140 characters. In an age when ideas are reduced to memes, tweets and vanishing Snapchats, it's good to find a place where we dig deep for intelligent, thoughtful, in-depth analysis of the issues people are talking about.

Recently, Julie Rose talked to an investigative journalist who worked on the Panama Papers investigation that had international leaders squirming about their personal investments. And noted Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen defended his famous theory of "Disruptive Innovation." And we found out that opera diva Reneé Fleming loves jazz and isn't afraid of making "horrible" sounds when she practices. 

But we also chat with people who teach us lessons we didn't even know we needed to learn. Take for example, the guy pictured above, Prof. Byron Adams of Biology here at BYU. He was just back from a couple months in Antarctica and explained that we can learn a lot from nematodes about surviving changes in climate. Or how to launch yourself back into the workplace​ after taking significant time off: look for an internship, or a "returnship," as one of our guests calls it. 

 These conversations go beyond the soundbite. Join us weekdays from 5-7 pm ET for a new look at the world around you. If it's top of mind, we'll talk about it. ​

H89 Studio Specifications

BYU Broadcasting (BYUB) is a television, radio and online media production and distribution operation serving international, national and local audiences. From the Provo facility, five television and two radio entities – among them BYUtv, BYUtv International, KBYU Eleven, Sirius XM 143 BYU Radio and Classical 89 KBYU-FM – are produced and distributed via broadcast, cable, satellite and the Internet. There is no other building like BYUB on any other campus in the USA.

HIGHWAY 89 is recorded in BYU Broadcasting’s new state-of-the-art performance studios, STUDIO 6 & its counterpart STUDIO 6B. Occasionally larger groups are recorded in STUDIO C with an audience.


Designed by Russ Berger Design Group

Length 22’ x Width 25’ x Height 12.5’

A selection of mics including: Neumann & Schoeps

Thiel CS2.4 speakers with Bryston amplification

7' Steinway Model B


24 Channels of ProTools HD

Avid D-command Console

Altiverb 7

Lexicon Plug-in Effects Suite

(3) Grace M801 (8 channel) preamps

Apogee Symphony I/O with resolution up to 24 bit 192k

Monitoring through a 5.1 Bowers & Wilkins system comprised of 800, 802 and 805 Diamond speakers along with a matching DB1 dual 12" subwoofer. The 800s and 802 center are each driven by a McIntosh 501 (500 watt monoblock amp). The 805s are driven by a stereo McIntosh 402 amp (400 watts per channel) 


Fully wired for radio and television production

4000 (sq. ft.) floor space

260 retractable theatre seats

27’ Stewart perforated movie screen

12 fiber-optic connections for studio cameras

Crestron Digital Theatre Control System

Christie 10,500 Lumen HD projector

90+ remotely controlled studio lights

Variable color LED floodlights

Applause signs

Sixteen 36”, high volume, ultra-low noise cooling vents

Full in-house audio mixing capability

JBL Professional Cinema Speaker System

18 individual speaker enclosures

7.1 speaker arrangement

8,700 watts of speaker power

Four 18” ported, subwoofer drivers

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