Halfway there

KLRU is halfway to our goal, but the need for resources remains. In the last seven days, our community has given $122,000 towards our goal of $240,000. We have 10 days to go.  Give your gift now to help us reach our goal.

Tonight, we’ll be broadcasting live in the KLRU Studios for the fourth night this week. The list keeps growing: Newshour, Antiques RoadShow, Nova, The Story of Darrell Royal, Washington Week, Need to Know. We’re broadcasting the programs that matter to you most, but you make them possible through your support

Our ability to provide you the highest quality PBS programming, local productions, one-of-a kind events and community activities depends on you. We help you explore your world, and your support makes that exploration available to everyone.

Thank you for supporting and watching KLRU!

Highlights 8/8 to 8/14

Special guests Linda Eder and Ruben Studdard join Clay Aiken in his hometown of Raleigh, North Carolina, for Clay Aiken: Tried and True Sunday at 9:30 p.m.

Victor Borge: 100 Years of Music and Laughter Sunday at 8 p.m. features the legendary comedians funniest and most memorable skits including timeless classics like  “The Opera Singer” with Marylyn Mulvey.

Big Band Years Monday at 7 p.m. and Wednesday at 9 p.m. mixes vintage live, rare, and unreleased footage from the Big Band days.

Hallelujah Broadway Monday at 9 p.m. features some of the most uplifting songs from the world of musical theatre.

Through a Dog’s Eyes Tuesday at 7 p.m. follows the life-changing journey of people with disabilities getting service dogs to help them reclaiming their independence.

Seeing, Searching, Being Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. centers on the quest for meaning, spirituality and truth by existentialist William Segal, done in collaboration with Ken Burns.

Phyllis McGuire, Pat Boone and Nick Clooney host this nostalgic warm trip back to the 1950s featuring classic moments from Perry Como, Debbie Reynolds, The McGuire Sisters and more on Magic Moments: Best of 50s Pop
Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Wayne Dyer explains his philosophy on changing bad habits to become more effective on Dr. Wayne Dyer: Excuses Be Gone! at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Ed Sullivan’s Rock And Roll Classics: The 60s Friday at 9 p.m. presents classic song performances from 1963-1968 including the Beatles’ American television debut and the Doors’ infamous appearance.

What’s the plant that killed Lincoln’s mother? Find out on Central Texas Gardener at noon on Saturday. Meet NY Times best-selling author Amy Stewart for wicked plant revelations. On tour, see how a designer captures the spirit of an historic home.

A cappella phenomenon Straight No Chaser perform a mix of classic hits from the 1950’s and 1960s, the Motown era, as well as contemporary pop hits with the classic SNC twist at 5 p.m. Saturday.

16-year-old singer Nikki Yanofsky, who performed during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, shares some of her favorite songs on  Nikki Yanofsky: Live In Montreal at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

KLRU premiers a new British Comedy, After You’ve Gone at 9:40 p.m. Saturday. Jack-of-all-trades Jimmy Venables is probably the only man in Britain who gets divorced and ends up with his mother-in-law. After You’ve Gone stars Nicholas Lyndhurst (Only Fools and Horses, Goodnight Sweetheart) and Celia Imrie (Nanny McPhee, Mr Harvey Lights a Candle).

Story of Darral Royal tonight on KLRU

Tonight we present The Story of Darrell Royal at 7 pm. Narrated by Matthew McConaughey, this documentary features Willie Nelson, Earl Campbell, George W. Bush, Larry Gatlin, Keith Jackson, Ed Marinaro and many more.

KLRU’s guest tonight in the studio is Jenna McEachern.  She is the author of 100 Things Longhorn Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.  McEachern, is also the co-author of What It Means To Be A Longhorn, and is currently finishing a book project with Edith Royal for UT Press on letters sent to Coach Royal at his 85th birthday.

The first eight people to call in tonight and give $500 will receive a football signed by Coach Royal.

Membership drive update

KLRU is off to a great start, but the need for resources remains.  In the last four days, our community has given $81,000 towards our goal of $240,000.  We have 13 days to go.  Give your gift now to help us reach our goal and return to uninterrupted programming early.

Last night was a great example of how KLRU is changing the way we think about on-air fundraising.  We pledged ANTIQUES ROADSHOW live in our studios at its regular time.  Instead of offering expensive thank you gifts, KLRU offered tickets to an event that brings the community together.  By giving $120 in support of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, you can receive 2 tickets to the KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair in January. You’ll be entitled to bring up to three items to the event to have them appraised by local antiques experts. Help us continue to provide great content like ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by giving a gift now at this link.

A total of 80% of our funding comes from right here in Central Texas, at an average gift amount of $80.  Our ability to provide you the highest quality PBS programming, local productions, one-of-a kind events and outreach activities depends on you.  We help you explore your world, and your support makes that exploration available to everyone.

Thank you for supporting and watching KLRU!

Tsang and Nel concert airs August 26

Cellist Bion Tsang and pianist Anton Nel make their PBS broadcast debut as cello/piano collaborators on Thursday, August 26, at 8 p.m. on KLRU.

The half-hour IN CONTEXT special was recorded in February 2010 in KLRU Studio 6A, home of the venerable live music series Austin City Limits. KLRU’s IN CONTEXT art series presents performances from some of Austin’s leading artists and cultural organizations.

“KLRU is fortunate to bring audiences this longtime musical collaboration between Mr. Tsang and Mr. Nel as part of our ongoing commitment to presenting the arts in Central Texas,” says Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO. “Live audiences from Seattle to Boston have appreciated their camaraderie, shared intuition and communication as musicians. Their musical relationship is palpable on stage, and this vibrant performance is sure to please their admirers and earn them new fans as well.”

For this IN CONTEXT special, Tsang and Nel perform selected movements from works by Luigi Boccherini (Sonata in A major); Sergei Rachmaninov (Sonata in G minor, Op. 19); Dmitri Shostakovich (Sonata in D minor, Op. 40); Ludwig van Beethoven (Sonata in A major, Op. 69); and Johannes Brahms (Hungarian Dance No. 1 in G minor, WoO1).

“I’ve lived in Austin since 2002, and it is a thrill to play in the Austin City Limits studio, where so many legendary musicians — Willie Nelson, B.B. King, Stevie Ray Vaughan to name a few – have inspired audiences,” says Tsang. “For decades, public broadcasting has played a significant role in bringing classical music to audiences across the U.S., and Anton and I are proud to perform for KLRU.”

New web music series tapes Quiet Company, announces release schedule

** Update: RSVPs are at capacity. We’ll have information about future tapings on the blog as they occur. *

ACL Presents Satellite Sets is a new web music series produced by KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the station responsible for the iconic PBS series Austin City Limits. Like its forerunner, ACL Presents Satellite Sets features intimate performances by bands from all genres. The web series also features interviews by the performers about their songs and creative inspiration.

Austin’s Quiet Company will tape a performance for Satellite Sets on Friday, August 13, at 7:30 p.m. The taping is free but an RSVP is required to ensure admission. RSVP at klru.org/satellitesets Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the taping will take place in KLRU’s studio 6A.

The show’s website will soon feature song and interview clips of Sarah Jaffe on 8/13 and Brazos on 8/20. Other bands coming up on the site include Lost in the Trees, David Garza and Leatherbag. The Quiet Company performance will also be available this fall.