You helped us surpass our goal and raise over $250,000!

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We wanted to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our members and viewers who supported us during our Winter fundraising drive. We are so humbled that over 1,400 people helped us raise over $250,000 in less than a month. It’s your generosity that gives us the ability to continue to tell stories that educate, entertain, inspire and change lives each and every day.

We also want you to know that Your Favorites week was a success! You did your part and we raised over $50,000 in support of your favorite PBS programs that help you explore your world and make connections in your community.

Thank you for strengthening your investment in KLRU this holiday season!

Double your impact this #GivingTuesday

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We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. And when you make a donation to KLRU on this day of giving, your generosity will instantly double because of a $25,000 match from an anonymous donor of KLRU! 

As your only community-supported public television station, we know you rely on KLRU to help you explore your world and make connections in your community every day. Bringing you the best quality programming that educates, entertains and inspires, KLRU is creating a stronger community one story at a time.That’s why strengthening your investment is so important.

Make a one-time gift or ongoing, monthly gift online now to take advantage of this generous donor match!

This #GivingTuesday, will you step up and do your part to bring great programming to everyone in Central Texas?

Double your generosity – Support Your Favorites!

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You spoke and we listened! We’re kicking off our Winter Fundraising Drive this week, but we want you to know that we’re doing things a little bit different this time around.

In an effort to keep more of your favorite PBS programs on-air during fundraising periods, this drive, we’re pledging to provide one full week of your regularly scheduled primetime shows, like Antiques RoadshowNova and Masterpiece TheaterIt’s a full week of YOUR FAVORITES and we’re counting on you to do your part to support the shows you rely on each week, helping us transform the way we fundraise on-air and in turn, making this fundraising effort a success.

Best of all, we have an exciting challenge that begins today – a $25,000 match from a generous donor of KLRU! Your gift of any amount will be matched dollar for dollar from this challenge, effectively doubling your generosity in an instant.

Make a one-time gift or an ongoing, monthly gift online now to take advantage of this generous donor match!

You can be the BIG DEAL 2015

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One lucky Texan gets access to the best music and entertainment events in Austin in 2015. For only $25 you can purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win. 100% of the proceeds benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS. Support your public television station for a chance to be the BIG DEAL today! Buy tickets and get complete rules and regulations

What’s the BIG DEAL?
It’s a year full of prizes, all awarded to one winner, including:

  • 2 3-Day VIP Passes to the 2015 Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • 2 Music Badges to the 2015 SXSW Conference
  • 4 Passes to 1 (one) Austin City Limits taping – Season 41
  • 2 Producers Badges to the 2015 Austin Film Festival
  • 2 3-Day Ultimate Smooth Passes to Fun Fun Fun Fest 10
  • 2 Tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Benefit Concert
  • 2 Fan Passes to the 2015 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
  • 2 Tickets to KUTX Birthday Party Concert
  • 2 VIP Passes to TMBBQ Fest
  • 1 Night Stay at the W Austin
  • 2 Tickets to an ACL Live at The Moody Theater show

Buy tickets and get complete rules and regulations

Bring on the beef ribs!

Season 1 of BBQ with Franklin sparked something big, reaching over 2 million views on YouTube. KLRU and Aaron Franklin have walked you through the steps to make your own brisket, smoke a turkey and more. And now it’s time for season 2! For the last six months we’ve been cooking up new instructional videos but we need your help in finishing them.

We’re looking for community support to fund this project. Response from the first web season of BBQ with Franklin was smoking and we’ve been getting messages everyday asking for new videos. We want to deliver them as soon as we can, so money raised during this campaign will go directly to the finishing costs and post-production of the second series.

We’re just shy of raising half of our $20,000 goal. And when we hit the $10,000 mark, we’ll release the much anticipated beef ribs video. But we can’t do it without you! And when you support, we have some wonderful ways to thank you including koozies, bumper stickers, t-shirts and of course MEAT!

So help us throw another rack of ribs (beef ribs to be exact) on the smoker and share even more of Aaron’s vast expertise and knowledge of Texas barbecue with you. For more information about this project and to give, please visit the indiegogo campaign site at www.indiegogo.com/projects/bbqwithfranklin/

ACLTV 40 Guitar Auction benefits KLRU

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Own a Piece of Austin City Limits 40th Anniversary history with a signed Fender Stratocaster from the 40th Austin City Limits Anniversary Celebration taped this June.

The guitar is signed by the evening’s performers including Sheryl Crow, Jeff Bridges, Bonnie Raitt, Gary Clark Jr, Kris Kristofferson, Robert Earl Keen, Joe Ely, Jimmie Vaughn, Brittany Howard, Doyle Bramhall II, Peter Stroud and more.

Visit the auction site now at acltv.com/auction

The guitar auction starts September 23 and runs through October 8 at Noon CST. Proceeds benefit KLRU, Austin PBS.

See the stars that signed the guitar in action during the  2-hour 40th Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years special on PBS Friday, October 3rd!

Thank you for investing in YOUR community!

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We wanted to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our members and viewers who supported KLRU’s June Pledge Drive. We are so humbled that over 900 people helped us raise over $130,000 in less than 10 days. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

Haven’t yet had the chance to give? With many of our thank you gifts still available, now is the perfect time to make a donation. Make your donation online here.

Your gift is an investment in YOUR community. Thank you for your incredible support.

Support your community, give a gift today!

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Summer is here and we’re celebrating the imminent arrival of the Central Texas heat by kicking off our June pledge drive. We need to raise $100,000 in the next 10 days so we can provide over 35,000 hours of free, high quality programming each year in the areas of education, arts & culture and public issues to everyone in Central Texas. With your gift of support, we have some wonderful ways to thank you, including some fabulous ticket offers and a number of fantastic books from UT Press, our pledge drive partner!

Volunteer for Antiques Roadshow this Summer!

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Antiques Roadshow has announced its 2014 Summer Tour destinations and they’re making a stop at the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, June 28, 2014. To successfully run the appraisal event, Antiques Roadshow relies on local public television stations to help recruit volunteers from the local community. Volunteering for Antiques Roadshow is a great way to meet new people, have fun and participate in public television. Those individuals who volunteer can even have two items appraised!

Interested? Here’s some more information to know about volunteering for Antiques Roadshow:

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 18.
  • Volunteers are assigned various tasks including crowd control, welcoming guests, production assistance and more.
  • All Antiques Roadshow volunteer positions require standing or walking throughout the 12 hour event. Please ensure that you are able and willing to participate in this physically demanding day.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and Antiques Roadshow polo shirts will be provided to all volunteers. Volunteers are required to wear the Antiques Roadshow polo shirt throughout the event.

All volunteers must attend a training session on Friday, June 27 from 4-6pm (the day before the event) and should plan on arriving at the Convention Center at 6:30am on Saturday, June 28. At check-in volunteers must show a government issued ID. Please note: attendance at Friday’s volunteer training is mandatory and volunteers must commit to assisting for the entire day on Saturday from 6:30am to approximately 7pm.

If you’re interested in volunteering for Antiques Roadshow, please register to be a volunteer at klru.org/volunteer.

If you would like to attend Antiques Roadshow but are unable to volunteer, we have a limited number of general admission tickets available for your $400 donation to the station.

We truly appreciate your support of KLRU and can’t wait to see you at Antiques Roadshow!

Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years All-Star Benefit Concert 6/26

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UPDATE: This concert is now SOLD OUT

KLRU announces Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, an all-star benefit concert on Thursday, June 26 featuring some of the brightest stars in the show’s history returning to the Austin City Limits stage.

The star-studded evening, hosted by Jeff Bridges and Sheryl Crow, will feature Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark Jr., Joe Ely, Robert Earl Keen, Kris Kristofferson, Lloyd Maines, Bonnie Raitt, T Bone Burnett, Jimmie Vaughan, Grupo Fantasma and Doyle Bramhall II along with musical performances from Bridges and Crow, celebrating Austin City Limits legacy as an American music institution over the last four decades.

Commemorating the trailblazing music series 40th Anniversary, the evening will benefit KLRU, which created Austin City Limits in 1974 and still produces the show today.  The concert will take place at ACL’s home, ACL Live at The Moody Theater, and will be taped as part of a two-hour primetime special, Austin City Limits Celebrates 40 Years, airing Friday, October 3. ACL continues its remarkable run, kicking off its milestone 40th year with the series season premiere on October 4. The complete broadcast episode schedule for Season 40 will be announced at a later date.