Thank you Puppet Improv Project!

We had a BLAST in the studio last night and watched Being Elmo with the most perfect guests: Puppets and puppeteers from the Puppet Improv Project (photos from their Facebook page). Thanks to Sara Farr and Topping Haggerty for bringing Ratio, Diva, Dottie, FrankenFlower, Pink, and all the rest into the studio – our phone volunteers had their hands full all night!

In case you missed last night’s presentation, you can still donate and receive the Being Elmo DVD as a thank you gift – or even your very own Elmo puppet! The story of Kevin Clash, Elmo’s creator, is an incredible tale of perserverance, passion and exploration – it’s inspiring for everyone and a great addition to the Independent Lens film collection.

Thanks again to our volunteers, to Puppet Improv Project, and to all of you who called in or went online with your support lastnight! You helped raise over $3,000 for your Thursday night programming on KLRU!

Show your support for Being Elmo (and more puppets!) tonight on KLRU

Tonight is MUST WATCH TV on KLRU – An encore presentation of Independent Lens: Being Elmo, the incredibly moving story of muppeteer Kevin Clash, Elmo’s creator. Displaying his creativity and talent at a young age, Kevin dreamed of working with Jim Henson and by following his dream with passion and perseverance, ultimately found a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg and featuring interviews with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz Cooney and others Being Elmo offers a behind-the-scenes look at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.

If you’re a fan of Sesame Street, Jim Henson, puppets, Independent Lens, documentaries or all of the above, we want to hear from you – We have great thank you gifts for your donation this evening, including an Elmo Puppet of your very own!

And because it’s a puppet-kind-of-night, we’ve invited Sara Farr, founder and producing artistic director of the Puppet Improv Project to join us LIVE in the studio. We’ll hear all about puppetry, puppet-building, and performance in Austin and if you call in with a donation, you might even talk to a puppet volunteer on the phone!

Sara Farr | Producing Artistic Director Patrick Knisley | Production Manager Topping Haggerty | Artistic Director

Join us tonight starting at 7pm for Being Elmo and support great documentaries on KLRU tonight.

Answer phones for KLRU next week – spots still available!

Volunteering for KLRU is a great way to show your support for Austin’s only locally owned and operated TV station.  Join us in studio next week during live presentations of PBS Newshour, Wine Roads of Texas, Nature, Being Elmo, Austin City Limits and Sherlock – great programming for a great cause! We’d love to see you, so sign up now!

Tues, June 5 | 5:30 – 8:30pm

PBS Newshour +  Wine Roads of Texas.
Dinner will be provided
Parking in the San Antonio St. garage will be validated

Click here to RSVP

Wed, June 6 | 5:30 – 8:30pm

PBS Newshour + Nature: Hummingbirds
Dinner will be provided
Parking in the San Antonio St. garage will be validated

Click here to RSVP

Thurs, June 7 | 5:30 – 9:00pm

PBS Newshour + Being Elmo
Dinner will be provided
Parking in the San Antonio St. garage will be validated
Click here to RSVP

Sat, June 9 | 6:30 – 8:30pm

Austin City Limits
Dinner will be provided
Parking in the San Antonio St. garage will be validated
Click here to RSVP

Sun, June 10 | 7:30 – 10:30pm

Masterpiece Sherlock
Parking in the San Antonio St. garage will be validated
Click here to RSVP

Already volunteered?

Thank you if you’ve already signed up to volunteer for an evening – feel free to sign up for a different evening if your schedule allows, or pass along to a friend who might be interested!

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
Click here to sign up!

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!