KLRU Appraisal Fair- Part 2

This is part two of our video from the KLRU Appraisal Fair, next week we’ll post some pictures. We also want to thank everyone who donated to participate in the event and all of the appraisers who volunteered their time.

Visit www.klrusupport.org/appraisalfair for a complete listing of the appraisers who made the day possible.

The KLRU Appraisal Fair will return for its second year in 2012, so stay tuned to KLRU for your chance to attend!

KLRU Appraisal Fair

At the first KLRU Appraisal Fair, over 500 fans and supporters of public television braved the stormy weather to come to the KLRU-TV studios to have their treasured antiques and collectibles appraised by volunteer appraisers and antiques dealers from Austin.

For a gift of $120 to the station, donors could bring up to three items to be appraised – items included jewelry, furniture, paintings, clocks, glassware, dolls, quilts, and much more. There were a lot of surprises throughout the day and we captured some truly special items on video.

We want to share our videos and photos from the event with you all, so for the next couple of Mondays we’ll post something new from the day. We also want to thank everyone who donated to participate in the event and all of the appraisers who volunteered their time!

Visit www.klrusupport.org/appraisalfair for a complete listing of the appraisers who made the day possible.

The KLRU Appraisal Fair will return for its second year in 2012, so stay tuned to KLRU for your chance to attend!

Public media funding in jeopardy

There are several bills pending in Congress that would eliminate all federal funding for public broadcasting. Debate and a vote in the House of Representatives are likely to occur next week.

KLRU and stations all across the country rely on this funding to ensure that public media will continue to enhance the quality of life of our local communities through its offerings of children’s programming, news and public affairs, local cultural programming, non-commercial educational programs.

We hope you will call your Members of Congress – their contact info is listed below – and tell them what you think of public broadcasting and the proposed cuts. It is important that your elected representatives hear directly from you about whether or not funding for public broadcasting should be continued.

You can also show your support by visiting 170millionamericans.org and sign up to receive updates. KLRU has joined the efforts of this grass-roots campaign, a collaboration of public radio and television stations, listeners and viewer’s throughout the country.

Our viewing area covers many districts, find your representative here.

District 10- Michael T. McCaul
Phone: (202) 225-2401
Fax: (202) 225-5955

District 11- Michael Conaway
Phone: (202) 225-3605
Fax: (202) 225-1783

District 20- Charles A. Gonzalez
Phone (202) 225-3236
Fax (202) 225-1915

District 21- Lamar Smith
Phone (202) 225-4236
Fax: (202) 225-8628

District 25- Lloyd Doggett
Phone: (202) 225-4865
Fax: (202) 225-3073

District 28- Henry Cuellar
Phone (202) 225-1640
Fax (202) 225-1641

District 31- John Carter
Phone: (202) 225-3864
Fax: (202) 225-5886

If you would like to write your representative, click here.

In Memoriam- Robert F. Schenkkan

In Memoriam
Robert F. Schenkkan
1917-2011

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert F. Schenkkan. Schenkkan was the founder of both KLRU and KUT, and a true pioneer in public broadcasting. He was also a good friend and advisor.

Here’s a touching tribute to him, his career and his family from 2007.

The Austin American Statesman had this tribute this morning and KUT filed this report.

New Year's Eve on KLRU Q

Ring in the New Year from one of the most famous musical streets in the world, Beale Street in Memphis, TN, the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock & roll.

KLRU-Q will present LIVE! Beale Street on New Year’s Eve, from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This special live event will provide a unique look at the rich history of Beale Street through video segments, live interviews and, of course, the live view from Beale Street itself.

The broadcast includes a traditional countdown to midnight with fireworks and the dropping of the Giant Guitar. Revelers will also be invited to “come bury your blues” by dropping mementos and notes into a symbolic coffin. (Viewers at home will be able to bury their blues by emailing buryyourblues@bealestreet.com). The celebration continues after midnight.