Highlights 12/27 to 1/2

The Drakensberg Mountains are Southern Africa’s Alps and the subject of this week’s Nature at 7 p.m. Sunday. Each spring, rains destroy grasslands at the base of the mountains, forcing animals to climb straight up sheer cliffs of volcanic rock, through gauntlets of storms and snow, to reach the grassy plateau.

In episode two of Masterpiece Classic, Cranford is beset by a crime wave—Dr. Harrison’s housekeeper discovers a leg of mutton has been stolen the same night as storeowner Mr. Johnson is mugged Sunday at 8 p.m.


KLRU's three channels

KLRU offers three channel streams for viewers in the Central Texas area. All three channels are available for free and can be received with a DTV antenna.

KLRU 18.1
KLRU’s main channel airs on 18-1 over the air. KLRU reflects, celebrates and inspires Central Texas through creative excellence, community engagement and lifelong learning. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming from PBS and other sources.

KLRU Create 18.2
More often called “ do-it-yourself”, the program genres seen on Create TV include viewers’ favorite public television series and specials on cooking, travel, arts and crafts, gardening, home improvement and other lifestyle interests. Create TV, airing on 18-2, was launched to serve viewers’ increasing interest in “do-it-yourself” programs. Create was designed for round-the-clock broadcast of the most popular lifestyle and how-to programming seen on public television – where lifestyle programming got its start!

KLRU-Q 18.3
In July 2009, KLRU launched a new locally-programed channel called KLRU-Q featuring entertaining and inspiring shows about history, music, science, nature, food and more. Q, which airs on 18-3, is structured in ‘blocks’ of programming throughout the day, with genres chosen specifically for the Austin audience. For example every day at 11 p.m. you can tune to Q and find a music program like Austin City Limits or an American Masters documentary on a music legend or every Thursday at 8 p.m. you can watch Q to find a program on the theme of Sailors, Soldiers and Spies like Battlefield Britain, M15 or Carrier. Other Monday to Friday highlights of this channel are the morning and afternoon tea Britcom blocks at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.; the talk show block featuring encores of Charlie Rose and Tavis Smiley at noon; the Newshour at 7 p.m.; and the morning and afternoon stretch with some of your favorite PBS fitness programs at 6 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Up to date schedule information can be found here.

KLRU, United Way Capital Area team up for film series

Join KLRU and United Way Capital Area for a special film screening and discussion on education issues in Austin on Thursday, January 28, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. in KLRU’s Austin City Limits Studio 6A.  RSVP here

Right now, 1 in 4 AISD students entering ninth grade won’t graduate. Austin’s youth are our greatest natural resource, but are we investing enough in their future? To explore this issue, KLRU and United Way Capital Area invite you to a special screening of It All Adds Up.

This documentary, produced by Academy Award-winning director Sue Marx, on the academic enrichment and mentoring program called Math Corps. The film features engaging and heart-warming interviews with alumni and current campers who testify to the life-changing impact of this project. Austin education leaders will discuss how to apply these principles in Central Texas.

You can change the course of Austin’s future, and it starts with knowledge. RSVP now!

Highlights 12/20 to 12/26

Nature journeys in the footsteps of the men who first explored Yellowstone, realizing that everything from the unique crystals of individual snowflakes, to the grand sweep of Yellowstone’s Hayden Valley, this is a Christmas like no other 7 p.m. Sunday.

This Sunday at 8 p.m. Masterpiece Classics chronicles the absurdities and tragedies in the lives of the people of Cranford during one extraordinary year. In part one, Mary Smith flees a crisis at home in Manchester to stay with two spinster sisters in the small, rural town of Cranford.

The Nutcracker’s charming story, dazzling choreography, and magnificent Tchaikovsky score has made it one of the most popular and enduring ballets worldwide. The San Francisco Ballet does its own version on Great Performances 8 p.m. Monday.

Tony Award-winner Brian Stokes Mitchell joins the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square for a magnificent Christmas With the Mormon Tabernacle celebration featuring some of the season’s most beloved songs 10 p.m. Monday, and 8 p.m. Thursday.


Local Choirs focus of In Context: Voices of Light

In Context: Voices of Light
Airs: Sunday, December 20, at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, December 23, at 7 p.m.;
Monday, January 11 at 8 p.m.

KLRU celebrates the arts with this special focusing on Austin-area choirs.

In Context: Voices of Light features songs by Austin Chinese Choir and Capital City Men’s Chorus and the choirs from East Austin Baptist, Abiding Love Lutheran Church, The Lakeway Church and Barton Hills Elementary School. The diverse lineup illustrates that regardless of differences, the desire to express the experience of life through music is a common goal.

This special airs Sunday, December 20, at 6 p.m. and Wednesday, December 23, at 7 p.m. An encore presentation is also scheduled for Monday, January 11, at 8 p.m.

December 2009: Biscuit Brothers Special

KLRU has great programs for kids and great programs for adults, but it’s not easy to find programs that all family members can enjoy together. Each month, KLRU identifies a Family Choice program from our schedule that will interest and engage family members, ages 7 and up.

This month, KLRU features The Biscuit Brothers holiday specials starting at 5 p.m. on Sunday, December 20.

Musical Celebrations at 5 p.m.
Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Hispanic tradition, birthdays and other holidays and celebrations are explored after Tiny Scarecrow accidentally releases all the holiday melodies from Melody Garden. This song filled special shows how a “holiday” can be a good time to learn about other cultures and traditions and a great time to share your culture and traditions with others.

Merry Musical Christmas at 5:30 p.m.
The whole family will sing and laugh along with this heart-felt musical nod to traditional Christmas specials of the past. Join the Biscuit Brothers and company on Christmas Eve as they use music to celebrate on the magical, musical farm and try to cheer up Tiny Scarecrow who sits high atop Symphony Barn waiting for snow.

We did it!

We did it together!  KLRU has reached its goal of $230,000 for the December Fundraising Drive.  Our current total is $248,808.  If you were among the thousands of KLRU supporters who gave a gift this December, thank you.  If you’d planned to give in support of your PBS station, but didn’t get around to it, take a moment and give a gift now.  This is your last chance to take advantage of our fantastic list of December thank you gifts.

We are less than $1,200 from reaching $250,000.  Help KLRU extend its reach Beyond TV by giving a year-end gift in support of the programs and services that improve lives in Central Texas.

Thank you once again for supporting and watching your public television station.  Your support this December has made a big difference.

Bill Stotesbery
President & CEO

KLRU Reaches December Pledge Goal

We did it together! KLRU has reached its goal of $230,000 for the December Pledge Drive. Our final total is $253,948. If you were among the thousands of KLRU supporters who gave a gift this December, thank you.

Your pledge of support ensures the continued strength of PBS programs like the PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Nature and Nova; engaging local productions like Texas Monthly Talks and Central Texas Gardener; a new series of arts specials highlighting the best in Austin’s performing arts community; events that enliven debate like the KLRU Community Screening Series and the KLRU Community Town Hall Series; and outreach programs aimed at educating Central Texas children like Ready To Learn and Teacherline.

KLRU staff night

For the final night of the December fundraising drive KLRU staff volunteered to man the phones while their co-workers worked to produce live pledge breaks during Nature.

Between live tv breaks we gathered around the monitors and watched the episode which was called “Born Wild: The First Days of Life” and highlighted struggles the animal kingdom face from birth.

Many of us at KLRU have animal babies in our lives so in honor of Sunday’s episode of Nature we present these furry members of our families: