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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.

Swim Team preview screening 8/21

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of Swim Team from the documentary series POVThe screening is free with an RSVP and takes place Aug. 21st at 7 pm at the SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR CULTURE at 1805 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Swim Team
August 21st – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – October 2nd
Filmmaker – Lara Stolman
RSVP FOR AUGUST 21st

Parents of a boy on the autism spectrum form a competitive swim team, recruiting other teens on the spectrum and training them with high expectations and zero pity. Swim Team chronicles the extraordinary rise of three diverse young athletes, capturing a moving quest for inclusion, independence and a life that feels like winning. A co-presentation with the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM).
Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Festival.

 

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?

KLRU NEXT Night: Going Batty on 7/27

Head down to the water at the beautiful Waller Creek Boathouse on Thursday, July 27th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to learn about the bats that help make Austin so unique.

Fly like a bat, explore a cave and more with Samsung’s exciting VR Gear. Then glide over and snap a photo with the Galaxy S8! Show off your best pose at our bat wing wall, and craft some batty accessories to take home. Enjoy beer, wine and tequila cocktails from Twin Liquors.

Did you know bats are prolific pollinators? Grab a popsicle from GoodPop, made of watermelon and agave, two ingredients we can thank bats for!

Then it’s time to fly – at the end of the night, head down to the dock for the best view in town to watch the 1.5 million bats take flight!

Cost for this event is $15 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today!

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services.

LBJ Presidential Library On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting exhibit opening event 6/24

Meet & Take Photos with walk around Elmo from Sesame Street, experience The Joy of Painting with Art by Bob Ross and remember A Prairie Home Companion at the LBJ Presidential Library On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting exhibit opening event on June 24th.

On June 24 from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. the LBJ Presidential Library will also feature free admission and parking and small Wonders Puppet Theater shows at 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. Plus enter for a chance to win two passes to attend a taping of the Austin City Limits TV show and behind-the-scenes tour. Walkaround Elmo will be visiting only on June 24.

Fifty years ago, on November 7, 1967, President Lyndon Johnson signed into law the Public Broadcasting Act, creating the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Act established PBS and NPR as the national distribution networks for public television and radio, transforming our national media landscape.

The new exhibit at the LBJ Presidential Library, On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting, is co-sponsored by KLRU-TV Austin PBS and NPR station KUT90.5. It brings iconic artifacts from treasured television and radio shows under one roof.

On the Air: 50 Years of Public Broadcasting runs through November 12, 2017. During that time, visitors can take photos with Big Bird, Oscar the Grouch, and Count von Count, on loan from Sesame Workshop. Turn the corner and there are more places to visit and take photos: visitors can stand by the Sesame Street stoop and step into Big Bird’s nest. Also featured in the exhibit are: Mister Rogers’ sweater, sneakers and trolley; artwork by The Joy of Painting host Bob Ross; and an autoharp used by Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion.

“Sesame Street was created to provide early access to education for all children, which is as vital now as ever,” said Jennifer A. Perry, Sesame Workshop’s Vice President and Publisher of North America Media Products and Publishing. “PBS has made our program available to all Americans for almost 50 years, playing a vital role in helping the most vulnerable kids get access to quality preschool education. As a longtime partner of PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Sesame Workshop is proud to participate in this exhibit.”

Interesting facts:
• Sesame Street reaches children in 150 countries
• Each month, more than 95 million people watch their local PBS stations.
• The first show broadcast on NPR was All Things Considered on May 3, 1971
• More than 37 million people listen to NPR each month.
• The Corporation for Public Broadcasting provides federal dollars to approximately 1,500 TV and radio stations.
• KLRU-TV Austin PBS provides a free 24/7 children’s programming live stream through pbskids.org and the PBS KIDS Video App.
• More than 600,000 people listen to KUT and KUTX in Central Texas each week.

Raising Bertie preview screening 7/10

KLRU has partnered with the Austin Film Festival to present preview screenings of Raising Bertie from the documentary series POV. The screening is free with an RSVP and takes place July 10th at 7 pm at the SANTA CRUZ CENTER FOR CULTURE at 1805 E 7th St, Austin, TX 78702.

Raising Bertie
July 10th – 7PM
PBS Broadcast Premiere Date – August 28th
Filmmaker – Margaret Byrne
RSVP FOR JULY 10TH

Raising Bertie is an intimate portrait of three African American boys as they face a precarious coming of age in rural Bertie County, North Carolina. Like many rural areas, Bertie County struggles with a dwindling economy, a declining population, and a high school graduation rate below the state average. This powerful vérité film weaves the young men’s narratives together as they work to define their identities and grow into adulthood while navigating complex relationships, institutional racism, violence, poverty, and educational inequity. A co-presentation with the National Black Programming Consortium (NBPC).

Presented in partnership with the Austin Film Festival.

The Wild Kratts are coming back to Austin!

KLRU & Texas Performing Arts are proud to welcome back Wild Kratts Live! to Bass Concert Hall on January 28, 2018! Martin and Chris Kratt come to life at Bass Concert Hall in a classic Wild Kratts story.

Animated Kratt Brothers, Martin and Chris, “come to real life” in a classically Wild Kratts story. Off “To the Creature Rescue!” the Kratt Brothers activate some fan favorite Creature Power Suits to confront a comic villain. Through hilarious pratfalls and amazing animal ‘wow facts’ the Wild Kratts team rescue their favorite invention from Zach’s clutches so the animals of the creature world are safe once again.

Tickets on sale this Friday, June 16th at 10am. For more information, please visit TexasPerformingArts.org.

KLRU NEXT Night: The Great British Baking Show! 6/15

A new season of The Great British Baking Show returns this summer to PBS and, to celebrate, we’re hosting a night where dessert comes first on the menu!  Our KLRU Next Night will take place clock Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mercury Hall, Get your tickets now!

Sample treats from some of our favorite pastry chefs and dessert spots in town:
Juliann Stoddart, Pastry Chef for Parkside Projects
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
SRSLY Chocolate
Soraiya Nagree, Owner of La Pâtisserie

Decorate your own dessert with Kellie’s Baking Co. while you sip rosé and drink beverages by local favorite Live Oak Brewing Company.

Cost for this event is $20 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services

Alamo Drafthouse & KLRU release A Song For You: The Austin City Limits Story 6/14

On June 14, 2017, the Alamo Drafthouse and KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, the creator of Austin City Limits, will screen Keith Maitland’s feature length documentary A SONG FOR YOU: THE AUSTIN CITY LIMITS STORY about the longest running music series on television. Called “a documentary 40 years in the making” by Paste Magazine, KLRU and Maitland’s film showcases the history and evolution of the series, featuring interviews with music luminaries including Willie Nelson and Sturgill Simpson. Tickets are on sale now

Screening at Alamo Drafthouse locations in Austin, Brooklyn, San Francisco, Kansas City, Omaha and Mason Park for one-night only, many of the screenings will also feature local musicians as a nod to the live performances made famous by AUSTIN CITY LIMITS television show.

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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!