Thank you…and you…and you….

Proud to be community supported - Thank you!

1,530 individuals supported KLRU during this winter pledge drive and as of this morning, we have raised $218,486 that will help us continue providing extraordinary programming and services to this community. Thank you to everyone who contributed online, by phone, or by check during this 17 day fundraising period. Each and every one of you got us closer to our goal, so no matter how big or how small your gift, you truly made a difference!

If you didn’t get around to it, there’s still time to donate to help us reach our $240,000 goal – your gift today could be the one to get us there!

With much gratitude,

KLRU Membership Team

Local arts and adventure Thursday night on KLRU

We’ll be live from Studio 6A tomorrow night for an exciting evening of local arts and adventure !

Starting at 7pm, we’ll be live in studio 6A with a great line up of KLRU Collective highlights. If you haven’t visited our online arts portal, KLRU Collective, then tune in tomorrow to see our favorite videos of local movers and shakers in our creative community. And we’ll literally be moving and shaking with special guests from the Austin Samba School joining us!

Austin Samba School from KLRU Collective on Vimeo.

Following our mix-tape of KLRU Collective, we’ll premiere the brand new Arts in Context episode,  All My Friends Are Vampires, which documents Fantastic Fest,  the largest genre film festival in the country, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from around the world held each year in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar. We’ll have Tim League, founder of Fanstastic Fest and the Alamo Drafthouse, in studio with us and we’ll giveaway a 2013 Fantastic Fest badge and an Alamo movie theater experience for you and your friends.

All My Friends Are Vampires Trailer from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

You’ll probably be hungry at 8:30pm, so we’ve planned a special Daytripper hour of the best in Texas BBQ. Chet joins us with the inside scoop on taking daytrips and brings some great gifts when you support the station, like a 2013 Daytripper BBQ Calendar, Daytripper Koozies, and a subscription to Texas Highways magazine.

Give during the KLRU Winter Pledge Drive

 

 

 

 

Thank you for supporting the Countdown Campaign!

Thank you to everyone who has joined our Countdown Campaign so far!

After a huge outpouring of support yesterday, we went from having $115,000 left to raise this September to $93,000. So many folks have mailed in checks, called in with their gifts, or given online and we’re so appreciative of your effort and your generosity – thank you!

The Countdown Campaign ends on September 30, the end of KLRU’s fiscal year, and we need your help to end the year with a balanced budget. We sincerely appreciate everyone who supports us throughout the year – this is your public television station and couldn’t exist without you. If you’re able to make an additional gift this week (or join for the very first time), it would make a huge difference to KLRU right now.

Keep the Countdown Campaign going and donate today!


This is your Austin. We are your KLRU.

September 30 is the end of our fiscal year and we need your help to reach that date with a balanced budget. Please take a minute and join our Countdown Campaign to raise $115,000 in the next 7 days. As we celebrate 50 years of public television in Central Texas, we know that there are so many of you that value KLRU, but now we’re asking you to support us with a gift - any amount you can give will make a huge difference to KLRU right now.

KLRU is Austin’s only locally owned and operated television station. With over half of our support coming from individuals like you, we take very seriously our commitment to inspire – and be inspired by –  everyone in Central Texas. We are public television so KLRU is your station.

I hope you’ll take this opportunity to reflect on how much you value KLRU’s commitment to keeping Austin entertained, informed and educated and join our Countdown Campaign right now by:

  • Making your first gift ever to KLRU right now because your children love Sesame Street, Word Girl, and Dinosaur Train.
  • Renewing your support of KLRU this year because you can’t live without new episodes of Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, and Doctor Who.
  • Casting your vote for your favorite local programs like Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith, The Daytripper, and Arts in Context.
  • Giving an additional gift to KLRU because your trust PBS Newshour, Frontline, and Washington Week.
  • Telling your friends to support the Countdown Campaign because this is their station, too.

We are diligent stewards of our limited resources, consistently trimming expenses while at the same time preserving the strength of our content and community. Despite our best efforts, we’re approaching the end of our fiscal year with a deficit. We need your help, right now to reach our Countdown Campaign goal by September 30th.

Please join us and thank you!

KLRU donors tour the Wine Roads of Texas

A few weeks ago we had the pleasure of taking folks who donated during our June pledge drive on a tour of some great wineries and vineyards in the hill country. Inspired by the Wine Roads of Texas series on KLRU, we toured (and tasted!) Duchman Family Winery, Becker Vineyards, and Solara Estate Winery.

We were lucky to have some expert wine folks on the bus with us including Wes Marshall, author of the travel book Wine Roads of Texas; Alphonse Dotson, owner of Certenberg Vineyards; Ron Yates, owner or Spicewood Vineyards; and Jay Knepp from Salt Lick Cellars.

Thanks to everyone who donated to KLRU and to the generous winemakers and owners who donated their time to really make our experience special.

Last Chance

Today is the day you can help KLRU reach our goal and raise $25,000 by August 31. Some of you have made a gift this drive already – some of you support us throughout the year – but for those who haven’t or for those who could give something more, please act now.

We promise to turn your dollars into action: producing quality programming foreveryone; providing invaluable educational training and tools for our students, teachers and parents; and creating the space for community dialogue around the most relevant and important issues today.

Together we can end this month with a bang!

We asked, you answered – Only $30,000 more to go!


When we announced yesterday that we were $45,000 short of our August pledge drive goal, over 125 of you quickly reacted with your support together raising $15,000 is less than 24 hours!

We are now just $30,000 short of what we need to raise this month and now is the time for you to join this final push towards our $240,000 goal. If you made a gift yesterday, THANK YOU! If you haven’t made a donation during this August drive, or if you think you could give a little more, please do so right now.

We can get to that goal with YOUR help. Your support – and the support of your neighbors, friends, and family – is what makes everything we do possible. Together we can continue to make a difference in Austin – please take a minute and make your gift today. Thank you!

We are out of of time and need to reach our goal

We have come to the end of our 17 day pledge drive and are $44,220 short of our goal. KLRU is not alone. We’ve heard from a number of PBS stations across the country who are stretching to reach their August fundraising goals. Many will choose to extend on-air fundraising, instead of returning to regular programming. KLRU remains committed to keeping our pledge drives short, so we have returned to the regular schedule you depend on.

If you’ve already made a giftthank you. If you haven’t, now is the time we need you the most.

Tell your friends, neighbors, and co-workers that KLRU needs them, too. We are Austin’s only locally owned and operated television station and we need everyone – and especially you - to survive.

Please take a minute, make a donation, and spread the word.

#CookForJulia: ACL's Music in the Kitchen!

Thanks to Glenda Facemire, ACL’s long time makeup artist and stylist, we unearthed a Julia Child Pot Roast recipe from Music in the Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Austin City Limits Performers, a beautiful book that Glenda created a few years ago.

Robbie Fulks, alt-country singer-songwriter, chose Julia Child’s Pot Roast because “it never fails.”

Hope you join us tonight for Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Celebration at 7pm on KLRU – we’ll be airing some of the greatest French Chef episodes and have Austin chefs answering your phone calls – we’ll also have tons of giveaways so tune in and support KLRU tonight!

Watch and Win! Celebrate Julia Child tonight at 7pm

We have been looking forward to this night for a very long time! In celebration of Julia Child’s 100th birthday, some of the best chefs and foodies in Austin will be joining us LIVE in studio during a special presentation of three classic episodes of The French Chef featuring Julia’s take on omelettes, boullaibase, and roasted chicken, tonight at 7pm on KLRU.

If you call in during the evening with your support for KLRU, you might be talking with one of these wonderful people on the phone: Rene Ortiz (La Condesa, Sway), Laura Sawicki (La Condesa, Sway), Philip Speer (Uchi/Uchiko), Aaron & Stacy Franklin (Franklin BBQ), Karla Loeb (Slow Food Austin), Larry McGuire (Lamberts, Perla’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Fresa’s, Jeffrey’s), John Bates (Noble Pig), Sonya Cote (Hillside Farmacy, Homegrown Revival) and Casey Wilcox (Justine’s), and Patty Cater (Central Market).

This is the perfect opportunity to support the great history of cooking shows on public television and celebrate the incredible culinary scene here in Austin. We love when we can connect the awesome programming on KLRU with our local community and who better to showcase the KLRU vision of inspiration and creativity than Julia herself.

Every gift made tonight (or made online here) will automatically be entered to win one of several gift certificates to the places above and others: Olive & June, Parkside, OliviaThe Back Space, Foreign & DomesticLenoir, Chez Nous, Trace, Dai Due, Second Bar + Kitchen, and Barley Swine. A gift of just $25 could mean a dinner at a critically-acclaimed Austin restaurant – and you’ll be supporting Austin’s only locally owned and operated television station at the same time – what’s not to love about that?!

KLRU needs your support during this August pledge drive – if you love food, you won’t want to miss out on tonight’s special tribute to Julia Child beginning tonight at 7pm. Thank you for celebrating with us.