B-52s wish KLRU a Happy 50th

B-52s With The Wild Crowd! – Live In Athens airs Monday, March 12, at 9 pm on KLRU-Q This special was filmed in the B-52s’ hometown of Athens, Georgia at a show that commemorated the band’s 34th anniversary of their first-ever live show on Valentine’s Day 1977. Filmed with 8 cameras in stunning high definition and directed by Bruce Green, this concert delivers a sizzling performance that turned Athens’ Classic Center into a cosmic dancehall! Wig-wearing, boa-draped, glitter-covered fans came from near and far to celebrate this historic event, and a B-52s live show is always the best party in town! In front of their hometown crowd they even managed to turn it up a notch further, delivering high-spirited versions of their classics “Love Shack,” “Rock Lobster,” “Give Me Back My Man,” “Funplex,” “Roam,” “Planet Claire,”, “Pump”, “Private Idaho” and many more.

A Repeat of ARTHUR's NEW Episodes!

Buster and Fern on a park benchIf you missed the new episodes of Season 15 which launched October 2011 — TUNE IN!

Monday, March 5, 3-3:30 p.m.
Buster tries to track down his secret admirer in “Buster’s Secret Admirer,” while James lets new-found power goes to his head in “The Last King of Lambland.”

Tuesday, March 6, 3-3:30 p.m.
Binky gets caught doing the uncoolest of all the uncool things in the world – holding his mom’s hand in “I Wanna Hold Your Hand.” And in “Whistling in the Wind,” the Tibble Twins learn they aren’t exactly the same when Timmy can’t whistle quite like Tommy.

Thursday, March 8, 3-3:30 p.m.
Muffy and friends learn how to survive without using money in “Cents- Less” and Buster learns that others’ privacy is something to honor and respect in “Buster the Lounge Lizard.”

Monday, March 12, 3-3:30 p.m.
Muffy and friends learn how to survive without using money in “Cents-Less” and Buster learns that others’ privacy is something to honor and respect in “Buster the Lounge Lizard.”

In the Studio: Jill Abramson tapes Overheard 3/12

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with
Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times
DATE: March 12
TIME: 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 1 p.m.)
LOCATION: KLRU’s Studio 6A (map).
RSVP: The event is free but an RSVP is required. RSVP now

Abramson became executive editor last fall, and has described her new job as like “ascending to Valhalla.” She’s a New York native who says the paper was like religion in her home growing up. She’s also the first woman to head the Times – an important milestone for a paper with a history of lawsuits and anecdotes alleging discrimination. Abramson worked as a deputy bureau chief and investigative reporter at The Wall Street Journal before joining the Times in 1997. She rose quickly, becoming Washington bureau chief in 2000 and managing editor in 2003. Abramson is the author of several books, including Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas and The Puppy Diaries.

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues a second season of great conversation with fascinating people, always on the news and always with a sense of humor. The show features in-depth interviews with a mix of guests from politics, the arts, literature, journalism, business, sports and more, and reaches PBS viewers from California to Florida. We’d love to see you in the studio for the interview, and for a chance to join the audience Q&A after the interview. Watch past Overheard interviews at klru.org/overheard

It’s our birthday wish to raise $270,000 during our March pledge drive!

For 50 years now, KLRU has inspired Austin with television programs, community projects and educational initiatives that spark creativity, exploration, and understanding, both locally and around the world. We invite you to wish KLRU a Happy 50th Birthday by giving a gift in support of our March fundraising drive.

This month, KLRU must raise more than $270,000 to continue to provide you with more than 30,000 hours of programming, that for FIVE decades, has been the best on television. We hope you can watch, and support, this weekend:

TonightInspire Understanding by giving a gift for Moyers & Company at 8pm (Welcome back, Bill!)

Inspire Creativity with a gift for a VERY special episode of Austin City Limits at 8pm – Season 37 Highlights: Some of our favorite moments from Season 37. Tune in for your chance to get tickets to see Radiohead tape a performance for Season 38 – every gift made will automatically be entered to win 1 of 5 pairs of balcony tickets to the Tuesday night taping. We also have a limited number of guaranteed tickets to offer for donations of $500 – but the only way to secure those is by watching Saturday night and calling in!

Inspire Exploration by supporting our smash hit Downton Abbey at 7pm – We’ll be airing a behind-the-scenes special and a fan-favorite episode from Season 2. Take your exploration even further by entering the Masterpiece Sweepstakes to win a trip to Britain and tour the castles that inspired Downton Abbey.

They say you only turn fifty once, but with the help of supporters like you, we feel like we’re just getting started, and that KLRU’s best work is still ahead of it. Give your Birthday gift to KLRU right now!

If you are not interested in one of our fantastic thank you gifts, I hope you will consider giving a gift of $50 in honor of KLRU’s 50 years of service. That’s just $1 for each year that KLRU has inspired Austin.

Thanks for watching and supporting KLRU-TV!

Highlights: March 4-10

The Story of the Costume Drama at 6 pm Sunday is a celebration of 50 years of small-screen historical drama, the genre that has brought bans in America and complaints from the Royal Family while creating massive stars in some of the most memorable series ever broadcast on PBS.

Downton Abbey – Behind the Drama reviews the action-packed storylines of the first two seasons of Downton Abbey at 7 pm Sunday. Relive pivotal moments from the series, and get insight into the characters from writer Julian Fellowes and the actors who bring Downton to life.

Masterpiece Classic presents Downton Abbey at 8 pm Sunday. As the war nears its end, Downton’s aristocrats and servants put their lives back together.

My Music: Superstars of Seventies Soul Live at 9:30 pm Sunday and 9 pm Friday is a once-in-a-lifetime gathering with the legends of 1970s Motown, R&B and soul artists – all original performers, singing their greatest “jammin’ oldies” hits.

Dr. Wayne Dyer offers viewers a detailed explanation of how to manifest that which is most important to them on “Dr. Wayne Dyer – Wishes Fulfilled” at 7 pm Monday.

Idina Menzel Live: Barefoot at the Symphony at 7 pm Tuesday features the Tony Award winning Broadway, television, and recording artist with an orchestra masterfully led by legendary composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch from The Royal Conservatory’s beautiful Koerner Hall in Toronto, Canada.

Carol King and James Taylor: Live at the Troubador at 8:30 pm Tuesday and 9 pm Saturday is an entire concert from the extraordinary 2007 Troubadour Reunion that brought them all together again.

Accompany physicist and acclaimed author Brian Greene on a mind-bending reality check and journey to the frontiers of physics to see how scientists are piecing together the most complete picture yet of space, time and the universe on Nova at 7 pm Wednesday.

An American favorite from his role in the hit TV series “House,” the versatile British actor Hugh Laurie showcases his musical side in an atmospheric special filmed on location in New Orleans on Great Performances at 8:30 pm Wednesday.

3 Steps To Incredible Health! with Joel Fuhrman  at 10 pm Wednesday directly addresses the crisis of obesity and chronic disease plaguing America.

Arts In Context presents Elle King at 7 pm Thursday. King performs her soulful songs with a unique voice.

Just days after the release of her record-breaking sophomore album, “21,” British sensation Adele performed for Live from the Artists Den at 7:30 pm Thursday.

In 1986 the legendary Peter, Paul and Mary marked their 25th anniversary. Now, two and a half decades later, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the group in the famed Greenwich Village, this joyous yet deeply moving live concert is being re-broadcast at 9 pm Thursday and 7 pm Saturday.

Q Night at the Movies for March

KLRU Q Night at the Movies spotlights a classic film each Saturday night at 8 p.m. This month’s feature films will be:

3/3 – Hoosiers
A college basketball coach leaves the Navy in 1951 and becomes coach of an underdog Indiana high-school team.

3/24 – Local Hero
An oilman goes native in a quirky Scottish town his Texas boss expects him to buy.

3/31 – West Side Story
In this homage to Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, two young lovers (Richard Beymer, Natalie Wood) attempt to overcome the fact that they are from rival gangs in New York. Winner of 10 Academy Awards.

Austin City Limits Signed Poster Auction!

The tapings for season 38 of Austin City Limits are starting up, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still revel in the great times from season 37 – and what better way to remember the incredible line up than owning one (or all!) of the limited edition band posters.

To kick off the KLRU March fundraising drive, we have organized an eBay auction of signed, limited edition band posters from ACL’s season 37 – the auction will be up until March 10, so bid now and bid often to get your favorite performer’s poster into your personal collection.

Posters currently available for bids
(click on band name below to visit auction site)

Arcade Fire


Florence & The Machine

Gillian Welch & The Decemberists

Jeff Bridges

Miranda Lambert

Randy Newman

Raphael Saadiq

Steve Miller Band


All proceeds will go directly to KLRU to inspire creativity, exploration and understanding in Austin – and beyond.

KLRU Endowment Receives Gift From Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin

KLRU Endowment Receives Gift From Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Recognizing Longtime Supporters Sandy and Dudley Youman

Gift In Honor of Station’s 50th Anniversary

Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have created the Sandy and Dudley Youman Fund within the KLRU Endowment honoring two of the station’s key supporters and the station’s 50th anniversary.

“PBS’s success depends on having best friends, and KLRU, Ian, and I have all survived and thrived because of the selfless service and extraordinary talent of our unsung heroes Sandy and Dudley Youman,” Johnson said. “Their tireless commitment of time, talent and treasure has been a blessing beyond measure to PBS and to us and we know the greatest way to thank them is to give back to the cause they love.”

“Sandy and Dudley certainly have a place at center stage in the history of KLRU, and I’m very happy that this gift recognizes that and helps us continue the station’s great work into the next 50 years,” said KLRU CEO Bill Stotesbery.

The Sandy and Dudley Youman Fund, part of the KLRU Endowment, will be used to help support KLRU programming and events. The KLRU Endowment was established in 1991 to provide a permanent fund that furthers KLRU’s vision to make Central Texas the most vibrant, informed, and engaged community in the country through the creative use of educational and inspirational content.

Sandy Youman retired from KLRU in 2005 after a career at the station spanning two decades. While at KLRU, Youman was instrumental in building membership, increasing major donors and in creating the Producers Circle. Sandy and Dudley, a physician, have continued to support KLRU and other non-profit organizations in Austin through their boundless volunteer activities.

“As I told Luci,” Sandy Youman said, “This is a real ‘grace-gift,’ defined as thoroughly unexpected, unnecessary at a level of such magnitude, but certainly really appreciated! I am humbled and thrilled that through this fund we can continue to play a part in making a difference for KLRU; not only inspiring the next generation of Youmans, but for the KLRU families throughout Austin, Central Texas and beyond.”

About KLRU
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, presents quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities, resulting in a more vibrant community and a higher quality of life. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show Austin City Limits, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including Overheard with Evan Smith and documentaries like Citizen Architect and Last Best Hope. Get more information about KLRU at klru.org.