Just for kicks and giggles, here’s aletter I just read, written in 1949 by Leah D. Widtsoe (granddaughter of Brigham Young, wife of apostle John A. Widtsoe). Addressed to Radio Station KMUR in Murray, Utah, Leah writes:
Unfortunately, I have had a cold for the last week and I have enjoyed listening to your music, mostly because there is not too much jazz in it. Your music for luncheon between twelve3 and one o’clock is lovely. I have enjoyed it so much.
I have a radio, F.M., but that doesn’t come on until three o’clock so I have enjoyed your music, which gives me pleasure frequently before that hour.
I hope you will not be tempted to use this modern “stuff” that is neither music, melody, nor harmony. It is just noise.
Hoping you will be able to avoid the horrible Jazz that KNAK and some of the other stations use, I am
LEAH D. WIDTSOE
So remember, if you’re hollering at your kids to turn down their speakers, or you can’t stand the noise when you chaperone a youth dance, you have Mormon precedent with an unsurpassed pedigree. And get off my lawn, you whippersnappers!