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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org). The celebration continues after midnight.
Fun in the studio continued all weekend long as Central Texans showed their support for Austin City Limits and Masterpiece Mystery.
Saturday night KLRU aired the Pearl Jam episode in the regular time slot with special guests ACL producer Terry Lickona and photographer Scott Newton. We heard great behind-the-scenes stories of their many years with the show. Phone volunteers for the evening were veteran ACL volunteers. No one needed to tell them where the restrooms were located, they know their way around the studio as well as we do!
Sunday in the studio revolved around “A Study in Pink,” the Masterpiece Mystery episode voted for by KLRU viewers. Members of the Sherlock Holmes Society of Austin (aka Waterloo Station) and the Sisters in Crime Heart of Texas Chapter graciously answered phones and helped us with Sherlock trivia. Artist and Sherlock Society member Trish McCracken brought a beautiful print reproduction of Sherlock Holmes’ residence at 221B Baker Street, London which was included in the 2009 book “The Sherlock Holmes Companion: An Elementary Guide.” One lucky viewer who knew their Sherlock trivia was able to take home the print after answer a trivia question correctly. Thank you Trish! Austin mystery writer Janice Hamrick shared information with viewers on her upcoming book and why supporting KLRU is important to the Austin community.
A big thank you goes to local writer and actor Owen Egerton who had us laughing all night long. To see more of Owen, catch his Master Pancake Christmas show happening the next couple of weekends at different Alamo Drafthouses.
Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening with David Brancaccio and Ellen Spiro on their documentary Fixing The Future.
In Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, David Brancaccio visits communities across America, including Austin, using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. After the economic meltdown of 2008, the nation stands in urgent need of economic growth that’s not based on risky financial bets placed by Wall Street. Brancaccio talks to working Americans who are re-engineering the future, built on American values of commonwealth, shared prosperity, fairness, wellness, sustainability and creativity. Here are ways to get involved.
Special thanks to our sponsors Austin Community College, Live Oak Brewing and Texas Coffee Traders.
Wednesday night, Austin viewers were lucky to be serenaded by the beautiful voices of the Conspirare Children’s Choir. The Children’s Choir was created as an extension of Austin-based Conspirare, a professional ensemble of adult choral singers featured in the evening’s broadcast of “A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert,” which is a production of KLRU and has been shared with a nationwide audience. Please take time to support this program and local productions at KLRU. Conspirare will be performing their Christmas concert this Monday at the Long Center. They put on an amazing show and their Christmas concert is an annual tradition for many Austinites.
Everyone in the studio was very impressed by the discipline and talent of the singers who gave a very moving performance. Posted below are some pictures from the evening and clips from the Children’s Choir singing two holiday songs.
Another thing that made last night special was the support of the garden community. Central Texas Gardener has many fabulous fans and some of them came to help us answer phones. Many of them have their own blogs or community programs so check their sites listed below if you’re looking for inspiration.
Tonight we will be live in the studio during “A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert.” Our special guests will be the Conspirare Youth Choir who will be performing throughout the evening. The fun begins at 7p!
KLRU’s December fundraising drive is off to a great start! We appreciate everyone who has supported KLRU so far, especially during last night’s Antiques Roadshow. As a thank you we offered tickets to the January Appraisal Fair and it was wonderful to hear the phones ringing off the hooks as folks from all around Austin snapped up tickets. It’s not to late to secure your spot, donate to support Antiques Roadshow before the end of our fundraising period because this is an event you won’t want to miss.
During our live breaks KLRU staff and professors from St. Edwards helped answer the calls. They looked extra snazzy in new phone headsets the make it easier to interact with callers. We discovered one downside of the headsets though, it’s hard for the director to tell who is one the phone!
Tonight on KLRU we are pledging live in the studio for Newshour at 6pm, followed by Michael Pollan’s Botony of Desire at 7pm. We’ll have some special thank you gifts, including tickets to see Michael Pollan in person. We’ll also be joined by some fabulous Central Texas Gardener fans and garden bloggers. Don’t forget, everyone who donates now until December 12th is eligible to win an iPad.