Return to 24 hours … equipment test

KLRU will be testing a new automation system which will allow the station to return to broadcasting 24 hours a day. The test will begin tonight (Wednesday, September 16). We will no longer sign off the air at 1 a.m.  You can get the full schedule of overnight programs at klru.org/schedule.

During this testing period, please let us know if you notice any technical difficulties by posting a comment below or calling 471-4811 and leaving a message. We expect it could take a few weeks for the automation system to function without glitches.

Fiestas Patria

Fiestas Patria, originally uploaded by KLRU-TV.

KLRU staff and AmeriCorps volunteers handed out over 500 books to children while Mia and Miguel entertained the crowd at the annual Fiestas Patrias ponsored by Univision at the Travis County Expo Center on Sunday, Sept. 13. Click on the image for more photos from the event.

Vote for KLRU in The Big Give

We have an exciting new opportunity for you to show the larger community that you care about and support KLRU.

For its second anniversary the “I Live Here, I Give Here” campaign is holding a contest that will award one Central Texas nonprofit The Big Prize of $10,000 for excellence in donor relations at The Big Give Event. The Big Prize will be awarded to the agency with the most support of their donor relations practices. From September 1 – September 30 show your support for KLRU by voting at the “I Live Here, I Give Here” web site. The winner will be announced at The Big Give event on October 22 at 7 p.m. in KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio. Cast your vote for KLRU here.

We need your support to show Central Texas how much KLRU means to you. Vote now for KLRU in the Arts and Culture category or the Education/Training category.

Highlights 9/13 to 9/19

Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday documents the return of the grizzly as a conservation success story that comes with a price.

Inspector Lewis investigates a serial killer who seems to be targeting a religious group and begins to question his trust of Hathaway on Masterpiece Mystery! at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Could the large rusty rocks beachcombers found on the Oregon Coast actually be cannons from the 1846 shipwreck of the USS Shark? Tune into History Detectives Monday at 8 p.m. to find out.
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David Garza added to KLRU Community Screenings panel

Tuesday, September 15
Screening starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.
KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A
RSVP here


Musician David Garza will join Michael Crockett, host of KUT’s Horizontes, and Rich Garza, cofounder of the Pachanga! Festival, in a discussion of Austin’s Latin Music scene immediately follow the preview screening of Latin Music USA. The screening and panel are part of KLRU’s Community Screenings.

The purpose of KLRU Community Screenings is to use television programs to create discussion around important topics. Each month KLRU invites the community to come together to get a sneak peak at an upcoming show or series and to get a chance to connect with others. All programs will be free and open to the public.

KLRU’s first Community Screenings event is a preview of Latin Music USA on September 15 at KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio. From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, Latin Music USA tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll — and on all of American culture. This documentary will be broadcast on KLRU in October.

KLRU.TV solution to missed programs

Last Friday, the weather along with some lightning caused an interruption to our broadcast schedule that night. I received an e-mail from a viewer about re-broadcasting the Friday programs. It is difficult trying to find another time to re-broadcast programs interrupted by weather or technical problems on KLRU. So a solution to this is going to klru.tv. There you can go online to view many of your KLRU favorities like Newshour, Washington Week to Frontline. With time, we are adding more PBS programs to this site. It also features many of our local programs as well. So when you have a chance, check out klru.tv. I think you will like it.

— Maria Rodriguez, KLRU’s Senior Vice President of Programming

The Economy and Families

Program: A Place of Our Own and Los Ninos En Su Casa
Time: 1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Date: Week of Sept. 7
Find out more online at www.aplaceofourown.org

The current financial crisis is impacting children, families and child care providers throughout the country. KLRU presents a special week of A Place of Our Own and Los Ninos En Su Casa providing tips and advice to help families and child care providers not just endure, but thrive during these difficult times.
Monday, Sept. 7: “Protecting Kids Emotionally During Tough Economic Times”
Tuesday, Sept. 8: “Financial tips to help families cope”
Wednesday, Sept. 9: “Trimming your family’s food budget”
Thursday, Sept. 10: “Caregivers coping in hard times”
Friday, Sept. 11: “Week in review”

Highlights 9/6 to 9/12

Experience Death Valley, one of the most inhospitable places in the world, on Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday.

Tune into Masterpiece Mystery! Sunday  at 8 p.m. to watch Inspector Lewis investigate the death of a prominent Oxford don.

Find out if a newly discovered bridge in South Carolina marks the location where the Confederates burned the bridge to thwart General Sherman’s attempt to cross into Columbia to continue his scorch-and-burn campaign Monday at 8 p.m. on History Detectives. more

KLRU Community Screenings: Latin Music USA

Tuesday, September 15
Screening starts at 7 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m.
KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A
RSVP here

This fall KLRU will launch a Community Screenings project. The purpose of KLRU Community Screenings is to use television programs to create discussion around important topics. Each month KLRU invites the community to come together to get a sneak peak at an upcoming show or series and to get a chance to connect with others.  All programs will be free and open to the public.

KLRU’s first Community Screenings event is a preview of Latin Music USA on September 15 at KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio. The free screening starts at 7 p.m. A panel discussion on Austin’s Latin Music scene featuring Michael Crockett, host of KUT’s Horizontes, and Rich Garza, cofounder of the Pachanga! Festival, will immediately follow the screening.

From Latin jazz and mambo to salsa, Tejano, Chicano rock, Latin pop and reggaeton, Latin Music USA tells the story of the rise of new American music forged from powerful Latin roots and reveals the often overlooked influence of Latin music on jazz, hip hop, rhythm and blues and rock ‘n’ roll — and on all of American culture. This documentary will be broadcast on KLRU in October.

Cooking on KLRU & KLRU Create

If you watch the Top Chef series and the most recent episodes featuring Master Chefs, you must have noticed that the final three chefs featured had a PBS connection.  Yes, Rick Bayless, Hubert Keller and Michael Chiarello have been on KLRU.

Michael Chiarello’s Napa was first featured by KLRU in 2001.  So many of you might remember seeing young Chiarello before he went over to the Food Network.

If you are interested in seeing Hubert Keller cook, you can watch his series, HUBERT KELLER:  SECRETS OF A CHEF on KLRU Create, Digital Channel 18-2 on Sundays at 1 pm and 7 pm.  Chef Keller presents the current culinary rage in France called verrine, or serving foods in different shaped glasses. It’s both practical and beautiful, allowing guests to easily carry their food at a gathering. He’s making everything from salad to dessert and serving them up in some pretty spectacular presentations.

I thought Hubert had a great chance of winning the Top Chef Masters especially after watching him win the first challenge making all of his great food in a college dorm room.  And each week, he did a masterful job of staying in the competition. more