KLRU Receives $1 Million Capital Grant from The Moody Foundation

Grant Supports Infrastructure for Local Production and Programming

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has received a capital grant of $1 million from The Moody Foundation. The funding will allow KLRU to modernize the technology and equipment used to produce and broadcast original content.

“This grant is an investment in the basic building blocks of KLRU’s identity as a local community resource and a national ambassador for Austin,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager.

KLRU has long been a leader in locally-produced content: while best known for growing Austin City Limits into the longest-running music series in television history, KLRU is also home to award-winning programs like Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith, and BBQ with Franklin.  These series are all produced by KLRU and distributed nationally to PBS stations across the country.

But as KLRU leadership worked to develop a new strategic plan last year, it became clear that existing infrastructure was limiting the station’s ability to produce such content and program a localized broadcast schedule—in other words, the core activities at the very heart of KLRU’s mission and service.

Now, with this significant gift from The Moody Foundation, KLRU will begin replacing outdated editing technology and field production equipment, and will also implement modern systems for archiving and broadcast automation.

In addition to boosting efficiency at the station, the gift ensures that thousands of hours of content will be properly preserved, and presents exciting possibilities for additional field-based projects out in the community.

About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established in 1942 and is a charitable organization that makes grants primarily in Austin, Galveston and Dallas, with an emphasis on education, social services, children’s needs and community development.  The Moody Foundation was created by Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Moody Jr. to benefit, in perpetuity, present and future generations of Texans. and, today, is governed by three trustees: Robert Moody, Ross R. Moody and Frances Moody-Dahlberg.

About KLRU
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues —by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

KLRU receives grant to implement early learning partnerships

CPB and PBS Receive Ready To Learn Grant From the U.S. Department of Education; Project Includes Community-based Activities in Central Texas Through KLRU-TV, Austin PBS

CPB and PBS to Develop and Distribute Science and Literacy Content to Help Prepare Children for School; KLRU to Implement Early Learning Partnerships Locally to Support Low-income Families

Austin, TX, September 10, 2015 – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS have received a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. The grant will provide $19 million in year one of a five-year grant to fund CPB and PBS’ innovative science and literacy media initiative to support the learning needs of children in low-income communities. The grant will provide resources to 11 PBS stations, including KLRU, to implement local partnerships in underserved communities in Central Texas.

“KLRU is honored to be a part of CPB and PBS’ Ready To Learn-funded project,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO of KLRU. “This grant will help KLRU continue to serve Central Texas-area families with high-quality early learning content and services to set them on the path for a successful future.”

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Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Give Gift to KLRU

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have made a significant donation in honor of three key individuals who have tirelessly supported public broadcasting in Central Texas for more than 40 years:  Lady Bird Johnson, Sandy Youman and Catherine Robb.

“As a child of the LBJ administration, PBS is family for us.” said Luci Baines Johnson. “So it just seems right to make a gift in its honor, and to honor its dearest friends and ours: my mother Lady Bird, my niece Catherine, and our friend Sandy. We had intended to do this in our will, but decided we wanted to enjoy our station and celebrate our loved ones during our lifetime.”

The gift honors three notable women while extending the impact of public broadcasting in Central Texas:

Lady Bird Johnson served as First Lady when her husband, President Lyndon B. Johnson, signed the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967 into law; she remained an avid viewer, supporter and friend of PBS throughout her lifetime.

Johnson family friend Sandy Youman has been associated with KLRU for over 20 years.  Retired from KLRU in 2005 after a career at the station spanning two decades, Youman was instrumental in building membership, increasing major donors and in creating the Producers Circle.  She continues to actively support KLRU’s work in the community.

Catherine Robb, granddaughter of Lady Bird and Lyndon B. Johnson and niece to Luci Baines Johnson, currently serves as Chair of the KLRU Board of Directors, following many years of advocacy and volunteer service.

The Johnson-Turpin gift will support several key objectives at KLRU, strengthening the organization’s future and advancing innovative new projects.  Johnson also expressed the hope that this gift will serve as inspiration for the public to join her in giving generously to KLRU.

“We are so grateful to Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin for their generosity to KLRU with this gift.” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “And we are even more pleased that it recognizes three women who have worked so tirelessly on behalf of public broadcasting to ensure that President Johnson’s vision continues for many more decades to come.”

KLRU receives CPB American Graduate community service grant

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, has been awarded a $200,000 American Graduate community service grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). The grant’s purpose is to raise awareness in Central Texas about the true costs of our youth leaving school before graduation, as well as efforts conducted in our region to reduce dropout rates.

High school graduation rates are an important indicator of the community’s health, and high dropout rates have serious economic consequences. The E3 Alliance, one of KLRU’s partner organizations, has estimated that the cost of a single class year of dropouts in Central Texas is $435 million. “The time, energy, and resources we invest now to address this challenge will pay important dividends in the overall social and economic health of our community,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO and general manager of KLRU.

In a celebration and launch of the grant, KLRU is participating in CPB’s American Graduate Day on Saturday, September 27, and will host an all-day programming special from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that will include national and local panels, content, and discussion regarding education and graduation topics and issues. Learn more about American Graduate Day.

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KLRU receives grant from the Texas Bar Foundation

Admissions on Trial documentary gets update
and resource-filled website thanks to $7,500 grant

Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces the Texas Bar Foundation has granted the station $7,500 to help update the documentary Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education after a recent US Supreme Court decision. The Texas Bar Foundation grant will also be used to assist in the creation of an educational website to allow public study of the case.

Admissions on Trial: Seven Decades of Race and Higher Education, narrated by Dan Rather and produced by Lynn Boswell, examines the case of Fisher v. Texas, which challenges the University of Texas’ use of race as a consideration in admissions.   When first aired on KLRU in March 2013, the documentary considered the case prior to its consideration by the Supreme Court. The case was heard by the Court in its last session and remanded to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals for further consideration. The Texas Bar Foundation grant will allow the producer to update the documentary to reflect the Fifth Circuit’s ruling and the case’s possible return to the Supreme Court. With this update, the film will be set for distribution to PBS stations nationwide for broadcast.

Admissions on Trial presents the Fisher case and the larger policy questions raised, in light of a series of historic decisions also involving The University of Texas. The documentary traces the history of affirmative action in higher education admissions back to 1946, when an early civil rights case called Sweatt v. Painter challenged the admission policies of The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Law. That case, decided  in favor of the Plaintiff, Heman Sweatt, laid the foundation for desegregation of schools nationwide, and set precedent that was central to the landmark desegregation case  Brown v. Board of Education.

The accompanying website will provide additional material on the subject of race in admissions and can be used by researchers and in classrooms nationwide to give more in-depth details about the cases featured in Admissions on Trial.

“Thanks to the generous support of the Texas Bar Foundation, KLRU is able to present this important documentary to the nation with additional analysis on the recent Supreme Court action,” said Bill Stotesbery KLRU CEO and general manager. “In addition, the website supported by this grant will allow us to augment the educational experience and make the project a true resource for educators.”

The Texas Bar Foundation solicits charitable contributions and provides funding to enhance the rule of law and the system of justice in Texas, especially for programs that relate to the administration of justice; ethics in the legal profession; legal assistance for the needy; the encouragement of legal research, publications and forums; and the education of the public. Since 1965, the trustees of the Texas Bar Foundation have awarded more than $15 million in grants to charitable organizations across Texas. Grants are made possible by the generosity of Fellows and charitable gifts from individuals and law firms across the state. The Texas Bar Foundation and its members are committed to the mission of Advancing Justice in Texas…by providing opportunities to support the rule of law in Texas.

The original Admissions on Trial documentary was funded in part by The William and Salome McAllen Scanlan Foundation, The RGK Foundation, The Meyer Levy Foundation and an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign. The film can be watched online at klru.org.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique – whether music, arts or public issues – by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts In Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at klru.org.

 

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KLRU Launches Smart Screen Time Initiative For Summer

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KLRU announced a Smart Screen Time / La Pantalla Inteligente Initiative to connect Central Texas families and kids to PBS content, videos, games and apps and to use them to explore the world beyond the screen.  “We know that as school ends more and more kids are going to be watching television, playing games on tablets and using their parents’ phones to play apps,” said Ben Kramer, VP Educational Services at KLRU,“ and we want to encourage families to be smart about their choices.”

Smart Screen Time is about finding good content, using it in smart ways, and knowing when to turn off devices. KLRU has developed five guidelines for parents and caregivers to follow when watching a television show or playing online with their kids.  They are:

  • Knowing the difference between “smart time” and “silly time.”
  • When the brain slows down, turn the screen off.
  • Talk throughout the day with your children.
  • Watch and play on screens together.
  • Read at home every day.
    Get more details about each of these guidelines

To combat the summer learning loss KLRU will be offering 11 hours of uninterrupted non-commercial children’s programs each weekday as well as launching klrukrids.org.  www.klrukids.org connects learners of all ages 2 and up to a plethora of curriculum-based video, games and apps that teach math, literacy, and more.   These resources in both English and Spanish, will allow kids to have Smart Screen Time while also having fun.  All of the activities featured on klrukids.org embody the PBS Kids spirit that “anytime is learning time” and “learning can be fun.”

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Stotesbery added Latino Public Broadcasting board

KLRU’s Bill Stotesbery named to national Latino Public Broadcasting board

Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that CEO and General Manager Bill Stotesbery has been elected to the Latino Public Broadcasting Board of Directors. In his announcement, letter Edward James Olmos, President of the LPB Board, wrote that Stotesbery’s “leadership and expertise will greatly contribute in helping our organization grow.”

Under Stotesbery’s leadership, KLRU has worked on several projects with focusing on the Latino community, most recently the addition of VMe, an all-Spanish language public television service, on KLRU’s digital cable channel 18.4.

“I am pleased to be included in this vital public broadcasting organization ,” said Stotesbery. “The LPB is very active in ensuring the diversity of PBS offerings and making sure Latino filmmakers have their stories heard.”

“As Latinos become this nation’s largest minority group, we face an exciting time ahead of us as we help bring diverse talent and content to public broadcasting,” Olmos said. “The programs we support bring new audiences to public television and have a recognizable impact on a broad range of viewers; present a diverse subjects and viewpoints from a variety of Latino producers across the country; and both complement and challenge existing public television offerings.”
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KLRU Endowment Receives Gift From Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin

KLRU Endowment Receives Gift From Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin Recognizing Longtime Supporters Sandy and Dudley Youman

Gift In Honor of Station’s 50th Anniversary

Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, announces that Luci Baines Johnson and Ian Turpin have created the Sandy and Dudley Youman Fund within the KLRU Endowment honoring two of the station’s key supporters and the station’s 50th anniversary.

“PBS’s success depends on having best friends, and KLRU, Ian, and I have all survived and thrived because of the selfless service and extraordinary talent of our unsung heroes Sandy and Dudley Youman,” Johnson said. “Their tireless commitment of time, talent and treasure has been a blessing beyond measure to PBS and to us and we know the greatest way to thank them is to give back to the cause they love.”

“Sandy and Dudley certainly have a place at center stage in the history of KLRU, and I’m very happy that this gift recognizes that and helps us continue the station’s great work into the next 50 years,” said KLRU CEO Bill Stotesbery.

The Sandy and Dudley Youman Fund, part of the KLRU Endowment, will be used to help support KLRU programming and events. The KLRU Endowment was established in 1991 to provide a permanent fund that furthers KLRU’s vision to make Central Texas the most vibrant, informed, and engaged community in the country through the creative use of educational and inspirational content.

Sandy Youman retired from KLRU in 2005 after a career at the station spanning two decades. While at KLRU, Youman was instrumental in building membership, increasing major donors and in creating the Producers Circle. Sandy and Dudley, a physician, have continued to support KLRU and other non-profit organizations in Austin through their boundless volunteer activities.

“As I told Luci,” Sandy Youman said, “This is a real ‘grace-gift,’ defined as thoroughly unexpected, unnecessary at a level of such magnitude, but certainly really appreciated! I am humbled and thrilled that through this fund we can continue to play a part in making a difference for KLRU; not only inspiring the next generation of Youmans, but for the KLRU families throughout Austin, Central Texas and beyond.”

About KLRU
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, presents quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities, resulting in a more vibrant community and a higher quality of life. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show Austin City Limits, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including Overheard with Evan Smith and documentaries like Citizen Architect and Last Best Hope. Get more information about KLRU at klru.org.

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KLRU brings students and developers together to create new educational games


National contest challenges students and professionals

Austin, TX — KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, is one of 12 stations nationwide chosen to participate in the National STEM Video Game Challenge grant. KLRU will bring local middle school and high school students together with game developer mentors and education experts to create new games to compete in this national contest.

Inspired by the Educate to Innovate Campaign, President Obama’s initiative to promote a renewed focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, the National STEM Video Game Challenge is a multi-year competition whose goal is to motivate interest in STEM learning among America’s youth by tapping into students’ natural passion for playing and making video games.

In early 2012, KLRU will bring mentors from Austin’s vibrant gaming community together with youth from one area middle school and one high school. The teams of students will work to create games to be entered into the national contest. KLRU will also document the creative process on the station’s blog. Game developers who would like to participate in the mentoring project should contact KLRU at 471-4811.

The National STEM Video Game Challenge has four categories — Middle School, High School, Collegiate, Educators — and is open to any U.S. citizen or legal U.S. resident  To participate in the challenge as an individual or a non-KLRU team, please see the rules and guidelines for each level on the competition’s website at stemchallenge.org. Deadline to enter is March 12.

About KLRU:
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, presents quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities, resulting in a more vibrant community and a higher quality of life. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including OVERHEAD WITH EVAN SMITH and documentaries like CITIZEN ARCHITECT and LAST BEST HOPE. Get more information about KLRU at klru.org.

KLRU programming helps families plan for economic hardship

November 10, 2011 — This month’s Literacy Night/Meals for Minds at Pickle Elementary on Tuesday, November 15th, will focus on the KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, program Sesame Street’s Food for Thought. The project will help approximately 400 families in the Austin area.

Sesame Street’s Food for Thought, a bilingual, multimedia program, is designed to help families coping with uncertain or limited access to affordable and nutritious food. With a focus on families with children ages birth to 8, the project provides resources including recipes, menu guides, shopping lists and tips for families. Sesame Street’s Food for Thought also features one of the show’s newest characters that will help children learn about food issues.

“It’s an important sign of the times that Sesame Street has introduced a new Muppet, Lily, who lives with food uncertainty, and that the nationwide reaction to Lily has been so strong,” said Ben Kramer, KLRU’s Director of Educational Services. “We’re thankful to take part in this project, a remarkable collaboration of Austin organizations tackling hunger, nutrition, and education.”

November’s Literacy Night/Meals for Minds at Pickle Elementary takes place from 5-7:30 p.m. on November 15th and includes dinner for the invited families, teaching activities and food distribution. The event is part of a Target and Capital Area Food Bank grant called Meals for Minds, which brings food to feed elementary school students and their families most in need. With nearly 1 in 4 Texas children now living at risk of hunger the Capital Area Food Bank in partnership with Target, created this program to combat childhood hunger, and its impact on children’s education, while increasing parental involvement in their child’s education. Other sponsoring agencies include Austin ISD, City of Austin Parks and Recreation, Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department, Austin Public Library.

About KLRU:
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, presents quality multimedia content that engages people in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities, resulting in a more vibrant community and a higher quality of life. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest-running live music television show AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including OVERHEAD WITH EVAN SMITH and documentaries like CITIZEN ARCHITECT and LAST BEST HOPE. Get more information about KLRU at klru.org.