“I am still a PBS Kid.”

As Jessica Michallick recently told KLRU, being visually impaired meant missing out on certain experiences, when she was in school.

“I didn’t get to participate in the science fair,” she recalls. “I didn’t get a chance to do experiments in school.”

It’s no surprise that this memory still stands out to her. One of Jessica’s favorite shows at the time was Bill Nye the Science Guy on her local PBS station.

“[It] just gave me such interest in science. I would do little experiments at home. My parents would always find weird things that I was freezing to see what would happen to them.”

At school, Jessica also experienced bullying from other students, but another PBS favorite, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, provided a sense of acceptance and belonging.

“[Mister Rogers] did a song called ‘It’s You I Like’ . . . I felt like he was really my friend. Like I would communicate with him through the TV.”

Like Jessica, many of us still remember exactly how it felt to be bullied as kids—even decades after the fact. Furthermore, as parents, many of us are now guiding our own children through struggles with bullying.

Jessica is a member of KLRU today because she knows firsthand that PBS provides space for all children to feel care and respect—and to learn how to deal with differences.

Parents can count on KLRU for children’s media that communicates empathy and builds self-esteem—all without advertising. In fact, parents continue to rate PBS KIDS as the most trusted and safe channel for children to watch. Read more about how PBS KIDS benefits children and parents. And PBS KIDS is now available 24/7!

Today, Jessica is all grown up, but she hasn’t forgotten what a difference these programs made in her life.

“I am still a ‘PBS Kid,’ ” she says.

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Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

Your feedback is essential. Take KLRU’s Annual Survey!

It’s time for KLRU’s Annual Viewer Survey and your feedback is essential!

Each year KLRU asks Central Texans to tell us what we’re getting right and how we can improve. These surveys allow us to both check in with individuals while also fine-tuning bigger picture ideas for the upcoming year. The more feedback we receive, the better we can serve the community.

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The survey should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. Please note that all information collected for this survey is for internal use only and will not be shared or sold to anyone.

And be entered into a giveaway for a KLRU Fan Kit when you take the survey today!

Thank you so much for participating!

 

UPDATE: Sustainer Challenge

With less than 3 days left to take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge, only 40 more Sustainers are needed to meet the goal by this Friday!

Because of your overwhelming response, we met our original goal of 200 and have a new stretch goal to reach 350 sustainers by THIS FRIDAY!

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

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When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.

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Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Please accept this challenge today because we’re giving you back even more of the programs you love by cutting a full week off the August Fund drive! 

Together, we can meet this stretch goal and ensure that KLRU continues to thrive!

Thank you for making an impact!

Thank you Central Texas for making an impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving!

With the generous support of over 200 donors, KLRU was able to meet the $20,000 challenge match made possible by Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation. Not only that, but YOU helped raised over $55,000 to help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community.

Everything we do at KLRU is possible because of you! Thank you for standing with us.

Challenge Match Deadline: Your participation is critical

KLRU’s Day of Giving ends at midnight tonight! This means you have less than 6 hours left to make an impact and help us meet our $60,000 goal.

With less than $30,000 left to raise, your participation in our Day of Giving is critical.

And you don’t want to miss out on our $20,000 challenge match going on right now – every dollar received up until midnight will be automatically doubled, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! Many thanks to Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation for making this possible.

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With the future of federal funding for public television in jeopardy, the foundation for everythingKLRU does counts even more on community support.

And the best way to give is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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Your support is more important than ever! Thank you for standing with KLRU.

2x Challenge Alert: This news matters!

These days, as big events, big changes and big issues come at us fast, the trusted sources of news you find on KLRU take on even more value and importance.

PBS NewsHourFRONTLINE and Washington Week in Review offer the kind of reliable reporting and analysis you need – thoughtful, thorough, civil and TRUSTED.

At a time when the future of federal funding is in real danger, YOUR viewer support is absolutely vital! And longtime KLRU supporters Lonnie and Polly Cooper couldn’t agree more.

“In a mounting world of noise and political agendas, KLRU and PBS is one of the only media outlets that earns our trust and appreciation each and every day. It’s important to us that PBS presents a multitude of perspectives on a viewpoint, issue or event in history.”

This is why Lonnie and Polly Cooper are committed to making a big impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving with a $15,000 challenge match to the Central Texas community. For every dollar received today, the Coopers will contribute the same amount up to $15,000, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $30,000 (that’s halfway to our $60,000 goal)!

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Your ongoing monthly gift or one-time contribution will help ensure that the funding for this essential news coverage stays strong:

$20/month or $250 donation = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$40/month or $500 donation = 1 hour of trusted public affairs programming
$80/month or $1,000 donation = 2 hours of trusted public affairs programming

There’s simply no substitute for the independent, public mission that stands behind our commitment to bring the best in news and public affairs.

And there’s no substitute for YOU in this mission. YOU make these essential programs possible.

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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24 hours to make an impact!

You have 24 hours to make an impact starting tonight at midnight!

Over the past several drives you’ve allowed KLRU to shorten the amount of hours spent fundraising on-air, giving you back more of the programs you love. And this August we’re doing it again by cutting a full week off the on-air drive! But we need your support to make it happen…

KLRU has just 24 hours to raise $60,000! August 1st begins KLRU’s Day of Giving and I’m officially challenging you to make an impact by making a donation.

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And the best way to accept this challenge is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and will make a lasting difference in your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

Giving Day only gifts! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before they run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

The future of KLRU and its public mission belong to you. Please show your support for the programs you love on KLRU now with your contribution.

Quick. Easy. Take the challenge today!

We’re 5 days in and already halfway to our goal! Will you step up and take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge today?

With the future of federal funding for public television in jeopardy, the foundation for everything KLRU does counts even more on community support.

Help us meet the Sustainer Challenge goal of 200 Sustainers by August 11th to keep this irreplaceable service strong and thriving.

Our form makes it quick and easy!

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

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When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.

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Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Please accept this challenge today because we’re giving you back even more of the programs you love by cutting a full week off the August Fund drive! 

Your generous support now will return to you over and over, every time you turn to KLRU.

Are you ready to take the Sustainer Challenge?

Want to watch more of your favorite KLRU and PBS programs this August? Then take the Sustainer Challenge today!

Over the past several drives you’ve allowed KLRU to cut down our on-air fundraising, giving you back more of the programs you love. And this August we’re doing it again by cutting a full week off the on-air drive! But in return, KLRU must get 200 new Sustaining Members by August 11th.

Your monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

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Now more than ever, it’s important to support public media. If you love PBS and want more of your dollars going directly to quality educational programming and vital community services for Central Texans, take the Sustainer Challenge right now!

When you take the challenge and become a KLRU Sustaining Member, proudly show it around town with our KLRU Fan KitDonate at any monthly amount and we’ll send you bumper stickers, pins and more as our way of saying thanks.

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Are you a current sustainer? You too can take the KLRU Sustainer Challenge by switching your gift to direct debit or increasing your monthly gift amount before August 11th. Just fill out the Sustainer Challenge donation form to update your monthly gift (this will replace your existing monthly contribution) and we’ll send you a KLRU Fan Kit too! 

Will you be one of the 200 essential donors that joins the ranks of public television sustaining members by taking the Sustainer Challenge today?

We did it! Thanks to YOU!

There’s no better way to say it… other than to say THANK YOU!

Raising $100,000 in five days, with no program interruption: that’s a tall order. But we saw firsthand how much public television means to Central Texans, raising over $108,000! You and 800 other donors gave because you believe that your only community-supported public television station is a vital local resource.

Your gift and and your stories made KLRU’s online fund drive a sincere success. The drive may be over, but the work of public television continues, and the challenges remain. Keep sharing “What’s #YourKLRU?” with others and we’ll continue responding with quality educational programming, local productions and important community services.

Thank you!