KLRU, for my family and yours…


We must raise $20,000 more to meet the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. Catherine Robb, grandaughter of President Lyndon B. Johnson and KLRU Board Member & former Chair of the Board, shares why she’s committed to supporting KLRU through the Board Challenge Match.

My family and I have had a lifelong love affair with KLRU. Beginning with my grandfather, who signed the Public Broadcasting Act in 1967, and continuing through multiple generations – – we have all loved watching, and have enjoyed learning from, the entertaining and educational programming found on our local PBS station.

Growing up, public television was the one thing I always knew I could turn on when I was with my grandmother, especially PBS Newshour, which was “her” show. I knew we would see interesting, quality programs that would leave us glad we had taken the time to watch. And more recently, my nieces got really excited when they saw me carrying my Odd Squad totebag; they were quite impressed that I knew about this PBS Kids show. I actually get positive comments on my tote quite often, demonstrating the substantial love for PBS in our community.

Personally, I consider my involvement with KLRU to be one of the highlights of my time in Austin and one of the many reasons that I am so glad I decided to stay here after law school. This dedication to KLRU is not only for the many ways it benefits me (I also love the Newshour, as well as local programming like Austin City Limits, Overheard, and many many others), but also for its ability to impact the larger Central Texas community. It is one of those rare organizations where our supporters and the people we serve are quite often the same people.

This is why I’m committed to supporting KLRU and I’m asking you to support as well. And as a Board Member, I’m excited to share that we’re in the final days of our $50,000 Board Challenge Match and need to raise just $20,000 to reach it! So make your gift of any amount now to double your generosity and its impact on our community.

Supporting KLRU really is giving a gift to yourself as well as to your neighbors. And the vast array of programming means there is something for everyone in my family, and yours. Won’t you join me in making a gift of support to KLRU today?


Catherine Robb
KLRU Board Member & Former Board Chair
Granddaughter of President Lyndon Baines Johnson

A powerful connection with KLRU


Christy Carpenter, daughter of Liz Carpenter and  KLRU Board Member & Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, shares why she’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

I cannot imagine life without public television – it provides essential daily nourishment for my mind and spirit. It’s my go-to place to gain a clearer perspective and better understanding of my community and my world. From public affairs to history to culture to entertainment and more – it enhances and enriches my life. It’s like a good friend that I can count on.

The fact that KLRU is not commercially driven makes all the difference. It addresses us as citizens rather than as consumers and focuses on quality rather than ratings. KLRU provides a kind of community glue – tying us all together, celebrating what makes Austin unique, keeping us informed about Central Texas issues and healing us in times of tragedy. Moreover, the station’s educational outreach and area partnerships magnify its impact in ways not visible on the screen. This kind of connection is powerful and unique.

Your donation helps KLRU produce outstanding programming right here such as Austin City Limits, Overheard with Evan Smith and BBQ with Franklin – showcasing Austin life and culture to viewers not only in Central Texas but throughout the country. Your support also helps bring PBS programming to our entire community, reaching all ages, from our youngest learners to our long-time fans.

These are the reasons I’m committed to supporting KLRU during this fundraising drive, and I’m asking you to join me. As a Board Member, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 challenge match from the KLRU Board of Directors. For every dollar you donate, KLRU’s Board will contribute the same amount up to $50,000, potentially raising $100,000 for the station during this drive!

Supporting KLRU is a way of demonstrating your appreciation for what makes our public television station so special. Won’t you make your gift today so everyone in Central Texas can continue to benefit from KLRU’s quality, educational and informational programming?


Christy Carpenter
KLRU Board Member
Former Vice Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
Daughter of Liz Carpenter & Fifth-Generation Texan


Special offer: Tickets to see Andrea Bocelli Live in Austin


This December, don’t miss legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli when he performs at the Frank Erwin Center as part of only 8 concert dates on his U.S. tour. KLRU is in the midst of a fundraising drive and we have a one-of-a-kind opportunity for our viewers to attend this exclusive performance on December 8th at 7:30pm.

Donate $500 today for a pair of upper level tickets. Donate $650 today for a pair of lower level P2 tickets. Or donate $1,000 today to receive a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the show.

Want to make it a true night on the town? Be one of five people who donate $1,500 today for a gift certificate for “dinner for two” at The Capital Grille and a pair of lower level P1 tickets to the performance – some of the best seats in the house!

These are special seats reserved just for KLRU donors! Tickets are limited so don’t miss this incredible opportunity to see Andrea Bocelli onstage with conductor Eugene Kohn, guest artist Katharine McPhee and soprano Ana Maria Martinez.

Your choice is clear with KLRU


Matt Winkler,  KLRU Board Member and Chairman & Founder of Asuragen, shares why he’s committed to supporting KLRU through the $50,000 Board Challenge Match. 

Here’s a question: where does a curious mind go for stimulation? With your TV remote in hand, there is so much out there competing for our attention, including KLRU. Why choose public television when there’s so much else? 

I believe viewers like you and I choose KLRU because it gives us a window to more—more choice, higher value and true discovery. I choose KLRU because I depend on its diverse and interesting content which is available nowhere else. Few have the freedom to travel the globe, but with KLRU we can all explore the world, be entertained with phenomenal international hits and dig into ground-breaking discoveries, all from home.

KLRU gives me the choice to support and enjoy a channel that is driven by community, not commercial interests. Perhaps KLRU has given you the choice to sit down with your child in front of programming you know is safe and educational. Or maybe KLRU has given you the choice to watch locally sourced and produced shows that highlight the diversity and beauty of our Central Texas home. For me the choice is clear. 

During this month’s fundraising drive I’m committed to supporting to KLRU, and I encourage you to join me. As a member of the Board of Directors, I’m pleased to participate in the $50,000 Board Challenge Match, so when you give a gift of any amount to KLRU, your donation, and its impact, will automatically be doubled.

Will you help our Central Texas community preserve our only public television station so we ALWAYS have this wonderful choice? Please make your gift of support now. 


Matt Winkler
KLRU Board Member
Chairman and Founder, Asuragen

Here’s your chance to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live!


Engage with KLRU to enter to win a pair of tickets to see Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! at the Long Center on October 16, 2016!

The legacy of the beloved “Mister Rogers” lives on with the hit television series, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, from The Fred Rogers Company and airing daily on KLRU. Now, Daniel and all of his friends are hopping aboard Trolley to delight live audiences with DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD LIVE! Donning his iconic red sweater, Daniel takes the audience on an interactive musical adventure as he and his friends explore the vibrant world of their much-loved Neighborhood of Make-Believe, sharing stories of friendship, helping others, and celebrating new experiences. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing, laughter and “grr-ific” surprises will warm the hearts of multiple generations.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is sure to create a lasting memory for your family so make your contribution below to enter or engage with your community-supported PBS station the following ways to enter in for a chance to win a pair of tickets!

Here is how it works:
Post a video or photo across Facebook, Twitter or Instagram of you and/or your kiddos watching or interacting with Daniel Tiger. It can be a photo with favorite Daniel Tiger toy, book or even a screenshot of your favorite character and WHY Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood is so special to you and your family!

Note: On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter & Instagram, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

We’ll contact the winner on September 6th! 

Announcing the $50,000 KLRU Board Challenge Match


Tyson Tuttle, Chair of the KLRU Board of Directors, announces a $50,000 Challenge Match to the Central Texas community from the KLRU Board of Directors. 

PBS has been a part of our household for years. Before our kids were born, Austin City Limits helped give us an introduction to Austin. As parents, PBS was the only channel on our TV with quality, educational television that entertained and stimulated our kids. And as people involved in the community, we’ve benefitted from news and public affairs, local and beyond.

KLRU brings quality, inspirational programming into your home and mine. KLRU tells stories about Austin that resonate here and elsewhere. And KLRU looks for ways to use stories and information to positively impact the region and this growing city we call “home”.

Your support allows KLRU to be an essential voice in Central Texas, and a lifeline for the entire community. And considering that the vast majority of KLRU’s support comes from Central Texas, it’s up to you, and me, to make sure KLRU can continue to provide the quality and diversity of programs and experiences we’ve come to expect.

This is why as the Chair of KLRU’s Board of Directors, I’m pleased to announce a $50,000 Board Challenge Match in support of this fundraising drive. If KLRU can raise $50,000, the Board of Directors will match it by making a generous $50,000 contribution, potentially bringing in $100,000 for the station. I encourage you to make your gift right now so we can meet this match by the end of this drive.

KLRU provides access to thoughtful and wide ranging programs that bring new ideas and experiences to our homes, and especially to our kids. Won’t you join me in supporting this organization that is dedicated to actively pursuing a better community?


Tyson Tuttle
Chair, KLRU Board of Directors
President and CEO, Silicon Labs

We did it! Thanks to YOU!


People said it couldn’t be done…$100,000 in just 5 days. But we raised that and then some and it’s all thanks to YOU!

Your gifts rolled in online, over the phone and in the mail to support more programs and fewer interruptions this June. And now that all is said and done, KLRU was able to raise over $108,000 from 875 Central Texans!

We are humbled by your support and so very thankful to be a part of the generous Central Texas community. Thank you for Shaping the Future of #YourKLRU!

⌚ Been waiting long? Last chance to support #YourKLRU!


Over 750 Central Texans have stepped up to support KLRU’s transformational second annual online giving drive and helped raise over $89,000 in just 4 days! But we still have $11,000 to raise to meet our goal! And we can’t do it without YOU!

What’s more is that we have a really fun giveaway to encourage YOU to make that gift of support now! James Taylor & His All-Star Band is coming to the Frank Erwin Center on Wednesday June 22nd at 8:30pm and we want YOU to be there! Donate any amount until midnight tonight to be entered into a giveaway for 2 tickets!

So far, you’ve been able to help us meet over $23,000 in challenge matches and raise over $2,700 for Overheard with Evan Smith, $100 for PBS Kids programming, $1,100 for Central Texas Gardener and $290 for NEXT, KLRU’s Young Professionals group.

With less than 12 hours to go, this is your last chance to show your support for more programs and fewer interruptions! Can I count on you to get us to our $100,000 goal by midnight tonight?

Thanks to YOU, KLRU had a historic March fund drive!


Thanks to YOUR enthusiastic support, KLRU had a historic March Fund Drive…surpassing our $220,000 goal to raise over $250,000 in just 17 days!

You and over 1,300 other Central Texans generously invested in your community-supported public television station and gave to your favorite KLRU and PBS programs. And YOUR support goes directly to provide quality educational programming and vital community services to everyone in Central Texas. Thank you!

You also helped us turn $20,000 into $40,000 thanks to the generous matching gift challenge from Lonnie & Polly Cooper. We’re pleased to announce that the challenge was met in less than 6 days with the help of your fervent and immediate response.

Best of all, your support continues to help us transform and innovate the way we fundraise on-air by allowing us to engage with a broader audience to raise more dollars online and through sustaining monthly memberships. We really couldn’t do this without YOU!

Thank you for investing in YOUR KLRU!

KLRU Passport: New On-Demand Streaming


KLRU is pleased to introduce KLRU Passport, a new member benefit offering extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. KLRU Passport provides donors access to current and archival programs from both PBS and KLRU and is available via the KLRU website, PBS.org and other digital platforms.

There are over a thousand hours of content available to donors through KLRU Passport and the library will continue to grow over time. Current titles include Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall and other dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as favorites such as Vicious, Makers, Earth a New Wild, How We Got to Now, The Great British Baking Show, Austin City Limits Season 41 and many more.

In addition to the KLRU website, KLRU Passport is also available to members when they identify KLRU as their local PBS member station on PBS.org and the PBS Video apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as the PBS app on AppleTV. KLRU Passport will be available on more platforms in the future.

KLRU Passport is our newest member benefit available for donors with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. Station members must activate their account before they can access KLRU Passport.

Here’s some FAQs to help YOU get started with KLRU Passport:

I am a member of KLRU and currently donate $60 or more a year. How do I access KLRU Passport?

Current members who donate $60 or more annually and have an active email address on file with the station will receive an email from PBS and KLRU inviting you to begin the activation process. There’s a chance the email may get filtered into your spam box so be sure to look for a message from PBS & KLRU with the subject line: Your KLRU membership now includes more on-demand programming. If you’re a current member and you don’t have an active email address on file with us, please contact Member Services at membership@klru.org or (512) 475-9032 to provide an email address and begin the activation process.

I think I am a current member of KLRU that qualifies for KLRU Passport, but I’m not sure. And I’m not sure you have my email address on file. How do I find out?

To see if your KLRU Passport membership has been activated, visit this site and enter your email address to see: http://www.pbs.org/passport/lookup/ Follow the instructions on the screen.

I am not a current member of KLRU. Can I donate to receive immediate access to KLRU Passport?

Yes. You can make your monthly ongoing or annual contribution on this donation form to immediately begin the activation process for KLRU Passport. You may also access this donation form through any video that has the KLRU Passport logo. Click “Sign up for KLRU Passport” and donate to begin the activation process.

Click here to see the complete KLRU Passport FAQ.