We are out of of time and need to reach our goal

We have come to the end of our 17 day pledge drive and are $44,220 short of our goal. KLRU is not alone. We’ve heard from a number of PBS stations across the country who are stretching to reach their August fundraising goals. Many will choose to extend on-air fundraising, instead of returning to regular programming. KLRU remains committed to keeping our pledge drives short, so we have returned to the regular schedule you depend on.

If you’ve already made a giftthank you. If you haven’t, now is the time we need you the most.

Tell your friends, neighbors, and co-workers that KLRU needs them, too. We are Austin’s only locally owned and operated television station and we need everyone – and especially you to survive.

Please take a minute, make a donation, and spread the word.

KLRU announces Hardly Sound

KLRU is excited to announce a new addition to KLRU Q’s 11pm music block, Hardly Sound. The documentary series focuses on Texas underground music and artists but goes beyond the recording studio to tell the story of the band members with insight into the creative process.

Meet the Creators from Hardly Sound on Vimeo.

In episode one, follow Austin twang wave band, The Bye & Bye in their quest to understand their future through the telling of their past. Future episodes will feature The Bad Lovers, Royal Forest, Emcee Eats, and Ralph White

New episodes air the first Monday of the month at 11pm on KLRU-Q, beginning with the Bye & Bye airing this Monday. To keep up with Hardly Sound visit http://hardlysound.tumblr.com/.

KLRU Civic Summit: Arts in Context

Video segments from the KLRU Civic Summit: Arts in Context are now posted.

Economic Impact of Austin’s Creative Sector from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

Living & Working as an Artist in Austin, Texas from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

The Future of Arts in Austin from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

Why do you think we should fund the arts?

KLRU shines spotlight on Austin leaders

KLRU to share 8 more stories of local women making a difference
in the 2012/13 Women and Girls Lead: Austin project

Last night in Studio 6A, KLRU together with ITVS announced the next group of women and girls to be profiled for Women and Girls Lead: Austin.  Nationally, Women and Girls Lead is a public media campaign spearheaded by ITVS that uses the power of storytelling to spark conversation, debate and action on the challenges faced by women and girls in the 21st century.  KLRU’s digital shorts shine a light on stories profiling local women and girls who serve as models of leadership in their communities.

The women to be featured in 2012-2013 are:

    Katherine Craft
    Julieta Garibay
    Rina Hartline
    Peggy Kelsey
    Amy Koch
    Esther Reyes
    Ndeye Boury Silla
    Marissa Vogel

Complete bios below.

Special thanks to everyone who attended KLRU’s announcement event.


Highlights: August 26- September 1

On Sunday at 6 pm Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert at the O2 celebrates the 25th birthday of the legendary musical with an extraordinary one-off concert at the O2 Arena in London. The 25th Anniversary concert hosted a company of over 300 actors and musicians.

Alfie Boe: Live from the Royal Festival Hall in London on Sunday at 10pm features  the star of Les Miserables showcases his mesmerizing and outstanding voice with the  a selection of uniquely inspired renditions from some of the best-loved musicals of all time.

Watch Alfie Boe: Live from the Royal Festival Hall on PBS. See more from pbs.

NewsHour‘s special coverage of the Republican Convention airs Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 7pm with veteran journalists Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff anchoring live coverage of the Republican national convention in Tampa.

In Mobile, Alabama, Antiques Roadshow host Mark Walberg and appraiser David Rago visit the Mobile Museum of Art on Monday at 10pm.

What does the evocative symbol of a bird dropping a bomb mean? Did two patches with the symbol belong to a World War II unit? Find out on History Detectives on Tuesday at 10pm.

Experimental modern rock rules on Austin City Limits on Wednesday at 10pm and Friday at 10:30 with Florence + the Machine and Lykke Li.

Each week, retirees from Georgetown, TX, give heartfelt thank yous to soldiers reporting for duty at Fort Hood as well as those injured in combat. Operation Appreciation at 10 pm Thursday tells these volunteers’ story.

Chet returns to Bastrop to talk with locals about the wildfires and visit the Lost Pines in recovery on The Daytripper at 10:30 pm Thursday.

On Friday at 9pm, Conductor Gustavo Dudamel leads the world-renowned Vienna Philharmonic under the stars in the magnificent gardens of Austria’s Imperial Schonbrunn Palace for Great Performances: Vienna Philharmonic Summer Night 2012.

Central Texas Gardener at noon and 4 pm Saturday visit two gardens that swapped lawn for inviting living spaces and water resourceful plants. Explore the psychology of gardening and see how to create tomorrow’s gardens right now.

The Dave Matthews Band performs at 7 pm Saturday on Austin City Limits.

Support KLRU during August and see Norah Jones in October!

We’re so excited that Norah Jones is returning to the Austin City Limits stage for the third time and we want you to have the opportunity to be there in person on October 18.

Give a gift of $350 to KLRU during the August Fundraising Drive and you’ll receive as a thank you, two (2) balcony tickets to her October 18 taping, plus her limited edition ACL commemorative poster. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss and we only have a few more of these spots available for donors like you so act fast!

Give online here or call 1-866-910-KLRU to give your gift over the phone.

A gift of any amount in support of Austin City Limits will also enter you into a drawing to win Radiohead’s ACL commemorative poster.

Thank you for your support of KLRU!

Spark Truck is coming to Austin!

SparkTruck is an educational build-mobile sponsored by the PBS Kids Go! show Design Squad! The truck and its crew are traveling across the USA with cool 21st-century shop tools, spreading the fun of hands-on learning and encouraging kids to find their inner maker.

They will be visiting a number of elementary and middle schools during the week of August 27th through 31st and we have two open events that all informal educators and volunteers can join.

The first is on Tuesday, August 28th, when SparkTruck will be at IBM B/045 from 4:00 to 6:00 for you to experience the activities and talk with its staff.  You do not need to register for this event,  just join.  Please use the Domain Drive entrance off Braker and keep to the right on Domain Parkway.

The second is on Thursday, August 30th (noon – 3 pm), when SparkTruck will be at the 3M Innovation Center for the Central Texas Discover Engineering kick-off for the 2012-2013 school year.  You need to register for this event.

Please join one or both events and have fun with hands-on learning!

The Spark Truck’s local appearance is supported in part by The STEM Council at Skillpoint Alliance and Central Texas Discover Engineering.

New Children's Schedule

KLRU is excited to announce the following changes to our schedule for children’s programs, to begin September 3:

Daniel Tiger Neighborhood

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is a new show from the Fred Rogers Institute (Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood.) Daniel is the grandson of the original Daniel Tiger, and many other relatives from the original show are present in the Land of Make Believe. The show focuses on Daniel’s communications with friends and family, especially when things don’t work out the way he wants them to! [Monday-Friday, 10am and repeats Monday-Friday, 12:30pm and Sundays at 8am.]

Sesame Street characters
Sesame Street will have many new episodes and Elmo will star in a new segment highlighting music and creativity. [Daily at 7am and repeats Sunday at 5am]

Cyberchase characterSciGirl characterWild Kratt brothers
We will have lots more Math and Science content during the after-school times, including new episodes from Cyberchase [Monday-Friday at 1:30-pm], SciGirls [Friday at 4:30pm], and the Wild Kratts [Monday-Friday at 4pm]!

Martha Speaks
In the morning before the start of the school day, kids can get a vocabulary blast from Martha Speaks [Monday-Friday at 6:30am and repeats Monday-Thursday at 5pm]

Signing Time will run Monday through Friday at 1pm to help infants and toddlers communicate with caregivers.

Dino and Tiny from Dinosaur Train
Saturday mornings will have a special 8-9am Train Hour, starring Thomas & Friends and Dinosaur Train.

Go to www.klru.org and click on “Schedule” to see when all KLRU shows appear on all four of our channels!

Sat., Aug. 25: KLRU joins with Whole Foods and PBS Kids in Fantastic Organic!

PBS Parents has recently launched a new website with Whole Foods called Fantastic Organic where you can find collected tips, ideas, recipes, videos and games to encourage you and your family to explore organic produce and foods.

KLRU is joining in the fun, too! Saturday, August 25, the new Whole Foods Market at Arbor Trails in South Austin will have a fun run, an in-store organic scavenger hunt, and our very own Biscuit Brothers! The events start at 8:00 am with the fun run at 8:00 am, then yoga at 10:00 am. The Biscuits take the stage at noon as the scavenger hunt commences. While there, pick up a schedule of our fall PBS Kids lineup, including the debut of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, and consider the KLRU Explorers family membership!