Volunteer during the KLRU June pledge drive

Are you a current member of KLRU and want to connect with viewers who share your commitment to the station?

Have you supported KLRU in the past and are looking for a way to re-connect with the station?

Are you a fan of KLRU programming and want to see what it takes to keep your favorite shows on the air?

Volunteering during our pledge drives is a great way to show your support and we’d love to have you in studio as we fundraise for what you love best about KLRU, our local and core programming. As a volunteer, you connect with the people who work at KLRU as well as the viewers who call in to show their support – you also get a taste of being on live TV!

We have the following opportunities available for you to volunteer during our June pledge drive – feel free to bring a family member or a friend, too!

Nature: Hummingbirds: Magic in the Air
Wednesday, June 6 | 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Dinner provided + Parking Validated
Click here to sign up!

Austin City Limits: Lyle Lovett/Bob Schneider
Saturday, June 9 | 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Dinner provided + Parking Validated
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Masterpiece Sherlock
Sunday, June 10 | 7:30pm – 10:30pm
Parking Validated
Click here to sign up!


Chris Isaak live in Studio 6A to premiere his Beyond the Sun special!

On February 13, Chris Isaak brought the house down at ACL Live at the Moody Theater with his Beyond the Sun tour featuring the classic rock ’n roll that inspired his own musical career. In case you weren’t one of the lucky ones in the venue that night, there’s no need to worry: We filmed it and will air the special on Monday evening at 7pm!

Even better, we’ll be coming to you live from KLRU Studio 6A with Chris Isaak to talk about this tour and what makes him come back again and again to create memorable music on public television.

This is not only a special evening because of Chris Isaak’s concert, but it’s also an important night for KLRU. We’ll be sharing the Chris Isaak Beyond the Sun special with public television stations all over the country to help them showcase the quality music that can only be found on public television. From concert specials like this to the music on Great Performances and American Masters, PBS gives audiences the best seats in the house to the best concerts week after week. We’re so thrilled to be able to share Chris Isaak’s incredible concert with other cities, communities and families.

We hope you’ll tune in on Monday night to support your public television station and to rock out with Chris Isaak! And if you haven’t already supported KLRU during our March pledge drive, you’ll want to call in with your donation on Monday – we have the DVD of his Beyond the Sun concert as well as his exclusive 2-CD Beyond the Sun album as thank you gifts!

Because this is such a special evening for KLRU, we want to look our best! Wardrobe provided by 81Poppies.com.

It’s our birthday wish to raise $270,000 during our March pledge drive!

For 50 years now, KLRU has inspired Austin with television programs, community projects and educational initiatives that spark creativity, exploration, and understanding, both locally and around the world. We invite you to wish KLRU a Happy 50th Birthday by giving a gift in support of our March fundraising drive.

This month, KLRU must raise more than $270,000 to continue to provide you with more than 30,000 hours of programming, that for FIVE decades, has been the best on television. We hope you can watch, and support, this weekend:

TonightInspire Understanding by giving a gift for Moyers & Company at 8pm (Welcome back, Bill!)

Saturday
Inspire Creativity with a gift for a VERY special episode of Austin City Limits at 8pm – Season 37 Highlights: Some of our favorite moments from Season 37. Tune in for your chance to get tickets to see Radiohead tape a performance for Season 38 – every gift made will automatically be entered to win 1 of 5 pairs of balcony tickets to the Tuesday night taping. We also have a limited number of guaranteed tickets to offer for donations of $500 – but the only way to secure those is by watching Saturday night and calling in!

Sunday
Inspire Exploration by supporting our smash hit Downton Abbey at 7pm – We’ll be airing a behind-the-scenes special and a fan-favorite episode from Season 2. Take your exploration even further by entering the Masterpiece Sweepstakes to win a trip to Britain and tour the castles that inspired Downton Abbey.

They say you only turn fifty once, but with the help of supporters like you, we feel like we’re just getting started, and that KLRU’s best work is still ahead of it. Give your Birthday gift to KLRU right now!

If you are not interested in one of our fantastic thank you gifts, I hope you will consider giving a gift of $50 in honor of KLRU’s 50 years of service. That’s just $1 for each year that KLRU has inspired Austin.

Thanks for watching and supporting KLRU-TV!

Austin City Limits Signed Poster Auction!

The tapings for season 38 of Austin City Limits are starting up, but that doesn’t mean that we can’t still revel in the great times from season 37 – and what better way to remember the incredible line up than owning one (or all!) of the limited edition band posters.

To kick off the KLRU March fundraising drive, we have organized an eBay auction of signed, limited edition band posters from ACL’s season 37 – the auction will be up until March 10, so bid now and bid often to get your favorite performer’s poster into your personal collection.

Posters currently available for bids
(click on band name below to visit auction site)

Arcade Fire

Coldplay

Florence & The Machine

Gillian Welch & The Decemberists

Jeff Bridges

Miranda Lambert

Randy Newman

Raphael Saadiq

Steve Miller Band

Wilco

All proceeds will go directly to KLRU to inspire creativity, exploration and understanding in Austin – and beyond.

2012 KLRU Antique Appraisal Fair a success!

Thanks to all of our donors who contributed during our August and December pledge drives to attend the 2nd KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair on January 21, 2012. We had a great turn out and everyone really enjoyed getting to know a little more about their prized possessions.

A special thanks also to our incredible volunteer appraisers – many of whom saw close to 50 items throughout the day. We couldn’t have this event without their generosity and expertise! For more information on all the appraisers who were with us that day, please visit the Appraisal Fair website.

Watch a highlight reel of the day here – thanks again for everyone’s support and enthusiasm!

Congratulations to our #whyKLRU t-shirt winners!

Thanks to everyone who shared their #whyKLRU reasons during our December drive on Facebook, Twitter and our blog! We chose a winner for every day of our drive to receive a package of KLRU themed t-shirts – if your name is on the list, please email membership@klru.org with your mailing address so we can send you your t-shirts (sizes may vary, but feel free to put your preferred sizes in the email as well).

T Shirt Winners:

Artis Lewis

Eve McCabe

Geneva Sorenson

Rudi Leer

Kimberly Chapman

Zach Bishop

Chris Bowles

Jenny Meadows

Stephen Owens

Elizabeth Beil

Victoria Reed Bailey

Patty Fleming

Susie Duarte

Paul Buerger

Lanna Ellis Arnold

Jon Montgomery

Larry Schuler

Marse Amory

Edith Royal

Thanks for your support of KLRU-TV!

Your Station…Your Schedule! Viewer's Choice Lineup Announced

We’re approaching the end of our December drive which can only mean one thing: Viewer’s Choice weekend! We’ve picked your favorites to air during the final Saturday and Sunday of the pledge drive and we’ll need your support to meet our goal of $240,000. With 6 days left in the drive, you’ve helped raise over $174,000 – thanks to everyone who has contributed so far this drive and thanks in advance to anyone who donates today!

We’re excited to announce that our Viewer’s Choice weekend line up is jam packed with great specials that highlight the music, entertainment, and informative programming KLRU does year-round!

Saturday, December 17
Julia Child Memories: Bon Appetit at 10am
Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli: One Night in Central Park at 12:30pm and 8pm
Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me In Concert at 3pm
Victor Borge: Comedy in Music! at 4:30pm
60s Rock, Pop & Soul at 6pm
3 Steps to Incredible Health with Dr. Joel Fuhrman at 10:30pm
Paul Simon: Live at Webster Hall at 10:35pm on KLRU-Q

Sunday, December 18
Financial Fitness After 50! With Paul Merriman at 1pm
3 Steps to Incredible Health with Dr. Joel Fuhrman at 2:30pm
Great Performances: Andrea Bocelli & David Foster: My Christmas at 4:30pm
Great Performances: Jackie Evancho: Dream With Me In Concert at 6:30pm
Masterpiece Theater: Downton Abbey (Season 1, Episode 1)
Aretha Franklin: Soul Rewind at 10pm

We hope you’ll tune in to KLRU for Viewer’s Choice Weekend – and call in or go online to make a gift of support. This will be the last week that many of the incredible thank you gifts will be available – including Andrea Bocelli tickets, Straight No Chaser tickets, seats on the KLRU Drink Up bus, and tickets to the KLRU Appraisal Fair – so be sure you make your gift soon!

Give a gift…Get an experience with KLRU

We are halfway towards of goal of $240,000! In 7 days, you’ve helped raise $122,630 and we sincerely appreciate the outpouring of generosity and commitment to the mission of KLRU-TV. If you’ve given your gift this pledge drive, thank you! If you’re still waiting, this might just be the time to act because we have some great ways to thank you this weekend!

  • Tonight, we’ll be live in the KLRU studios during the public affairs line up, with the PBS Newshour at 6pm, Washington Week at 7pm, and Need to Know at 7:30pm. To thank you for your gift at the $250 level, you’ll get two (2) tickets to the next three (3) Spark at the Moody speaker series events in 2012 which include the incredibly compelling and engaging topics of women in politics, citizenship, and children’s education. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity for you to support quality public affairs and news programs and be a participant in our intriguing and dynamic speaker series!
  • This weekend is the premier presentation of Straight No Chaser: Songs of the Decade: Holiday Edition and if you make a gift of $250, you’ll receive two (2) tickets to their April 4, 2012 concert at the Long Center (you’ll also get the CD & DVD of their holiday performance!). We have the best seats in the house reserved for KLRU donors and tickets are limited, so make your donation today!
  • We still have seats left on the KLRU Drink Up tour, but they’re going fast! If you donate $150, you will receive two (2) tickets to the tour of local breweries and distilleries. This year, we’ll head out on a bus to Live Oak Brewery, Tito’s Vodka Distillery, Treaty Oak Rum Distillery, and BlackStar Brewery Co-op. We’ll tour the facilities, taste the product, and finish off the afternoon with food and drink at BlackStar.

We hope you’ll use these opportunities to support KLRU-TV and join in some of the fun and unique experiences we have to offer!

Thanks for your support and enjoy a great weekend of KLRU programming!

Get your tickets for the KLRU Drink Up! #whyKLRU

Thanks to everyone who has made a gift to KLRU during our drive so far! We’re at $107,000 as of this morning and getting closer to our goal of $240,000.  If you haven’t made your gift yet, then tonight is the night for you: we’ll be live in the studio with an encore presentation of Ken Burns’ Prohibition and we’ll be offering tickets to the first ever KLRU Drink Up, a tour of local distilleries and breweries for KLRU donors!

The tour is a great representation of what Austin has to offer! We’ll board a bus at KLRU then head out for tours (and tastings!) at Live Oak Brewery, Tito’s Vodka, Treaty Oak Rum, and wrap up the afternoon with food and drink at BlackStar Co-op – a great selection of local business, innovation, and delicious beverages. The Drink Up is Saturday, February 4.

For your gift of $150, you’ll receive two (2) tickets to the Drink Up (which includes the price of the tastings and food), plus the Prohibition DVD set and the book, Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition by Daniel Okrent. The Drink Up would make a fantastic gift or a great outing for a group of friends – be sure to tune in tonight at 7pm for all the details.

Bonus: We’ll also have the Tipsy Texan, David Alan, live in the KLRU Studios tonight mixing up the best holiday cocktails and giving away tickets to tomorrow night’s Drink Local Austin event! Tell your friends and be sure to watch!

It's perfect weather for #whyKLRU

Did you enjoy the rainy day yesterday by staying inside and turning on KLRU? If so, you would have caught the incredible Andrea Bocelli all-star concert in Central Park and the encore presentation of the first episode of Downton Abbey – you can always count on KLRU for quality programming, enriching our lives with the finest in arts and culture.

Your on-air KLRU personalities during Downton Abbey: Linda, Jesse and Betsy

We heard from so many of you this weekend and thanks to you we raised $75,995 towards our goal of $240,000 – if you gave a gift this weekend, THANK YOU!

If you’ve been waiting to make your gift this pledge drive, you might be interested in what we have coming up tonight on KLRU – we’ll be live in the studio during Antiques Roadshow with the final opportunity to get your tickets to the 2012 KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair! If you haven’t secured your place yet at this fun event, you can donate now or call in tonight to do so!

Don’t forget to comment on any of our blog, Facebook or Twitter posts for a chance to win a KLRU t-shirt prize package! Comment often! #whyKLRU