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.

What if you put a dollar amount on how much you value KLRU?

What if every parent who trusts KLRU with their children….

What if every concerned citizen who tunes into KLRU for election coverage…
What if every artist who sees inspiration in KLRU Collective and Arts in Context…
What if everyone who laughs with Brit-Coms or cries with Masterpiece…

gave a gift to KLRU today?

This August, we’re trying to raise $240,000 to remain a strong and beneficial service in this community. Many of you have already put a price on what you love about KLRU and we’re $30,000 closer to our goal. Thank you for doing your part. But we need everyone who can to support KLRU right now.

What if you took this opportunity to think about what you value in KLRU and made adonation today?

Your tax-deductible gift of $5, $35, $50, $100 or any amount that is right for you, ensures that KLRU will create possibilities, trust, knowledge, inspiration, and entertainment for everyone in Central Texas…right now and for generations to come.

For supporting during this August pledge drive, choose from some great thank you gifts including t-shirts, DVDs, CDs, and posters!

Create culinary masterpieces withThe French Chef!

We’re celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday tomorrow night at 7pm with classic episodes of The French Chef and Austin chefs from incredible restaurants like La Condesa, Franklin BBQ, Uchi/Uchiko, and more! Consider making a gift and get automatically entered to win one of 20 gift certificates to some of the finest dining Austin has to offer!

British Beat to British Drama

Going through some London Olympics withdrawal? We’ve got you covered with British Beat, a fun and funky concert featuring the Zombies, the Animals, and many more UK legends, Thursday at 7pm. And for all you Downton Abbey Fans, get your costume drama history lesson this Sunday at 8pm with Story of the Costume Drama.

Sing it, Tony!

Tony Bennett is joined by a tour-bus-load of talented musicians for Great Performances: Duets tonight at 9pm! Guests include Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli, and Lady Gaga. You won’t want to miss this beautiful concert – and get the CD for your own collection!

#CookForJulia – Mussels & Mousse: Recipe Recap from Susannah Winslow!

Susannah Winslow, an incredibly talented and creative staff member here at KLRU, made a mouth-watering dinner to celebrate Julia’s 100th birthday! We’re happy to have her thoughts (and the recipes!) to share with you today.

In my mind, Julia Child has always been and will always be the pinnacle of French cooking. So it’s not surprising that until this weekend, I had never made or followed a Julia Child’s recipe in my life. They just seemed too intimidating, even though the grande dame herself is the one that made French cooking so easily accessible to people like me. In honor of what would be her 100th birthday, I gladly rolled up my sleeves and got to work making a dinner I’m sure Julia would be proud of: moules à la marienière (mussels steamedin white wine) avec les pommes frites (french fries) et pour le dessert, mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse). In true Julia Child’s fashion, everything turned out marvelous, even though I’m sure I made a few mistakes along the way. Bon Appetit!



- Susannah Winslow, KLRU Membership Team

Cook your own Julia Child recipe and we’ll share it on our blog, too! Celebrate Julia’s birthday by supporting all the great creative shows on KLRU and make a gift during our August pledge drive.