What if you helped KLRU raise $240,000 this August?

This August we’re asking the question, What If…? What if children never had the opportunity to laugh and learn with Mister Rogers, Elmo, and Curious George? What if NOVA and Nature weren’t available to inspire future generations of scientists and explorers? What if KLRU, Austin’s only locally owned and operated television station, didn’t exist?

Without KLRU you wouldn’t be able to find quality, commercial-free programming that inspires, educates, and informs everyone. And it is viewers like you who make it possible for us to provide incredible programming to every child, every parent, every teacher, every student,everyone for free. Your gift of support ensures that KLRU will continue to inspire you… and everyone around you for generations to come.

This August, KLRU needs to raise $240,000 to be able to continue providing the programming you watch every day online and on-air. What if everyone who watched KLRU or attended a KLRU event or helped KLRU celebrate its 50th birthday gave a gift of support today? We would love to see that happen! Give a gift in support of what you love about KLRU right now and help us reach our important goal this month. We promise to turn your dollars into ideas, exploration, adventure, drama, and music for everyone in ways that only public television can.

Support KLRU during August and choose from some great thank you gifts for your donation! See some of the special selections below!

Tie-Dye never goes out of style – and neither does KLRU!

Make a $50 gift in support of KLRU’s 50th Anniversary and we’ll send you this stylish tie-dye t-shirt to show your KLRU pride all over the city. Our Sr. VP of Community Engagement, Maury Sullivan, looks great in tie-dye – and we’d love to see you at one of our upcoming events – like the next Civic Summit on the arts in Austin or our Women and Girls Lead event celebrating Austin women who are changing the world – wearing your KLRU tee!

Sundays are for drama on KLRU

We know you rely on great British drama on Sunday nights, so we are excited to present a great Downton Abbey: Behind-the-Scenes program on August 12 at 8pm and a really entertaining retrospective on the history of Costume Dramas on August 19 at 8pm. Make a gift to support all the great drama on KLRU and you can get your own copies of Downton AbbeyUpstairs Downstairs, and more!

Happy 100th Birthday, Julia!

This month we’re celebrating Julia Child’s birthday and on Wednesday, August 15 at 7pm we’ll be joined live in studio by some of the best chefs in Austin with a special presentation ofBon Appetit: Julia Child Memories. Show your support for the mulititude of cooking shows on KLRU and receive a copy ofThe French Chef cookbook or entire series on DVD as a thank you gift!

#CookForJulia – The Most Important Thing is Having Fun

Austin’s own chef extraordinaire Paul Qui shares his tribute of Julia Child with PBS Food:

Julia Child pioneered food culture in the United States and opened the door for Chef’s like me. I’ve learned to be fearless and determined in the kitchen and that the biggest hurdle is the fear of failure. But the most important thing is that cooking is about having fun.

About Paul Qui

Paul Qui has quickly made a name for himself as one of the next best chefs in the country. He began his culinary career in Austin, Texas at Uchi, a Japanese farmhouse dining and sushi restaurant, in 2003. He progressed to become Executive Chef at Uchiko and also founded East Side King, a series award-winning of food trucks. In 2012, Paul won Top Chef Season 9, the James Beard Award for Best Chef Southwest. Chef Paul is currently working on his latest concept, soon to be announced.

Celebrate Julia Child’s 100th Birthday by sharing your favorite Julia Child memories and recipes here, on Facebook, or Twitter using the #CookForJulia hashtag!

Celebrate 100 Years of Julia Child!

Julia Child is a quintessential PBS icon and pioneer who opened up new worlds for a whole generation of Americans, showing them that cooking – even French food – is easy, enjoyable and within reach for all. In honor of what would have been her 100th birthday on August 15, KLRU is planning a 10 day celebration of special tributes, videos, and more to commemorate her life and memory.

Starting today on the KLRU blog, Facebook, and Twitter, we’ll have special Julia posts and we want you to join in the fun – use the #CookForJulia to share your favorite Julia Child recipes, memories, episodes and more with your friends on Facebook or Twitter (and us, too!).

This is a nation-wide celebration that we’re so excited to share with you in the Austin community – check out all the national buzz here and stay in touch because we’ll be sharing a lot of Julia goodies in the next 10 days!

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!