Docubloggers at SXSW

Program: Docubloggers
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, April 16
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The Docubloggers Team Covers the 2009 SXSW Festival and features special moments from the Interactive, Film and music festival. Hear from SXSW producer Janet Pierson, and learn more about director Craig Brewer’s web only episodic, 5$ Cover.

Goodbye to Analog

Tonight, one minute after midnight, KLRU will cease analog transmission. Our chief engineer David Kuipers has the honor of ending the analog signal and as a tribute to the station’s history he will air KLRU’s original sign-off.

Before stations were broadcasting around the clock they were required to “sign off” before ending the broadcast day. These were often patriotic images put to the music of the Star Spangled Banner. The KLRN/KLRU sign-off is no exception and it will be a trip down memory lane for many of our staff. David will air the sign-off on its original 2” tape, eschewing our fancy digital technology one last time.

We Shall Remain


I’ve always been interested in the story of Thanksgiving. It seemed as though that was such a perfect story of the hope of friendship between pilgrims and Native Americans, that just never fit in with what the rest of history told us. First they’re the good guys, next we’re at war for centuries.

In this first episode of We Shall Remain, American Experiences’ sponsored history of American Indians from Thanksgiving to today, producer Sharon Grimberg delves into that first feast – exploring the friendship that began and what went wrong.

The episode, “After the Mayflower,” uses great cinematographic reenactments along with expert interviews to explain to viewers how it all began, giving, as it says in the beginning of the episode, an epic history of America through native eyes.

What I loved about it, though, was the fact that it gave background information not only for American Indians, but also the Pilgrims and other Europeans, clearly defining the motives behind decisions that ultimately lead to a war between the two peoples.

The main focus of this episode is Wampanoag sachem Massasoit and his tribe, advocates of the English until the 1670s. Grimberg really tells the story of Massasoit well, revealing documents about his struggle to compromise with the English as they populated his land by the thousand, as well as examples of his faithfulness to them until his death.

I can only anticipate what the next four episodes will be like, but I’m sure that they will be shot beautifully and supported wonderfully by interviews, documents and rare footage, and by the amazing reenactments that tell the story without distracting from it.

This film completely represents what PBS documentaries are about – truth, teaching and a great story, and I am excited to see how it progresses.

— Maggi Davis

Maggi Davis is a University of Texas student, who has worked at KLRU for three years primarily in the communications department. She will graduate in May.

Technical Difficulties

KLRU is experiencing intermittent interruptions due to equipment issues which can leave the station temporarily off the air. Our engineers are working on the problem and hope to have it fixed ASAP.

Highlights 4/12 to 4/18

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday looks at the majestic Andes, home to a multitude of environments from an ice desert to mile-high geysers.

Masterpiece Classic at 8 p.m. Sunday presents the third installment of “Little Dorrit,” as the Dorrit family leaves their life of drama for upper-class idleness in Italy.

Docubloggers features Jared Dunten

Program: Docubloggers
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Date: Thursday, April 9
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I’m not an art critic, nor am I an expert. I can’t talk art history, and I can’t compare genres. I can, however, go to a museum and find myself moved by the images staring back at me from the walls. That’s how I appreciate art – by appreciating it. By letting it into my head to bounce around, and waiting to see what affects it triggers.

When I heard about Jared Dunten and how he paints with his mouth, I was impressed. When I saw what he painted, I was blown away. His art isn’t good because of how he paints. It’s great because Jared is an amazing talent.