Bring on the beef ribs!

Season 1 of BBQ with Franklin sparked something big, reaching over 2 million views on YouTube. KLRU and Aaron Franklin have walked you through the steps to make your own brisket, smoke a turkey and more. And now it’s time for season 2! For the last six months we’ve been cooking up new instructional videos but we need your help in finishing them.

We’re looking for community support to fund this project. Response from the first web season of BBQ with Franklin was smoking and we’ve been getting messages everyday asking for new videos. We want to deliver them as soon as we can, so money raised during this campaign will go directly to the finishing costs and post-production of the second series.

We’re just shy of raising half of our $20,000 goal. And when we hit the $10,000 mark, we’ll release the much anticipated beef ribs video. But we can’t do it without you! And when you support, we have some wonderful ways to thank you including koozies, bumper stickers, t-shirts and of course MEAT!

So help us throw another rack of ribs (beef ribs to be exact) on the smoker and share even more of Aaron’s vast expertise and knowledge of Texas barbecue with you. For more information about this project and to give, please visit the indiegogo campaign site at www.indiegogo.com/projects/bbqwithfranklin/

Thank you for investing in YOUR community!

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We wanted to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our members and viewers who supported KLRU’s June Pledge Drive. We are so humbled that over 900 people helped us raise over $130,000 in less than 10 days. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

Haven’t yet had the chance to give? With many of our thank you gifts still available, now is the perfect time to make a donation. Make your donation online here.

Your gift is an investment in YOUR community. Thank you for your incredible support.

Support your community, give a gift today!

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Summer is here and we’re celebrating the imminent arrival of the Central Texas heat by kicking off our June pledge drive. We need to raise $100,000 in the next 10 days so we can provide over 35,000 hours of free, high quality programming each year in the areas of education, arts & culture and public issues to everyone in Central Texas. With your gift of support, we have some wonderful ways to thank you, including some fabulous ticket offers and a number of fantastic books from UT Press, our pledge drive partner!

Volunteer for Antiques Roadshow this Summer!

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Antiques Roadshow has announced its 2014 Summer Tour destinations and they’re making a stop at the Austin Convention Center on Saturday, June 28, 2014. To successfully run the appraisal event, Antiques Roadshow relies on local public television stations to help recruit volunteers from the local community. Volunteering for Antiques Roadshow is a great way to meet new people, have fun and participate in public television. Those individuals who volunteer can even have two items appraised!

Interested? Here’s some more information to know about volunteering for Antiques Roadshow:

  • The minimum age to volunteer is 18.
  • Volunteers are assigned various tasks including crowd control, welcoming guests, production assistance and more.
  • All Antiques Roadshow volunteer positions require standing or walking throughout the 12 hour event. Please ensure that you are able and willing to participate in this physically demanding day.
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks and Antiques Roadshow polo shirts will be provided to all volunteers. Volunteers are required to wear the Antiques Roadshow polo shirt throughout the event.

All volunteers must attend a training session on Friday, June 27 from 4-6pm (the day before the event) and should plan on arriving at the Convention Center at 6:30am on Saturday, June 28. At check-in volunteers must show a government issued ID. Please note: attendance at Friday’s volunteer training is mandatory and volunteers must commit to assisting for the entire day on Saturday from 6:30am to approximately 7pm.

If you’re interested in volunteering for Antiques Roadshow, please register to be a volunteer at klru.org/volunteer.

If you would like to attend Antiques Roadshow but are unable to volunteer, we have a limited number of general admission tickets available for your $400 donation to the station.

We truly appreciate your support of KLRU and can’t wait to see you at Antiques Roadshow!

Thank You for Amplifying KLRU!

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We did it! Because of YOU, we were able to surpass our goal and raise $20,627 from over 280 people in our community during the Amplify Austin campaign last week. Not only did we surpass our goal, but you helped Amplify Austin surpass their goal and raise over $5.7 million for the Austin area community. It is your generosity that gives us the ability to continue building a stronger Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. Thank you!

In fact, your gift will help KLRU provide over 35,000 hours of free, high quality programming in the areas of education, arts and culture and public issues to everyone in Central Texas this year. And we go beyond broadcast: last year, over 50,000 people attended KLRU tapings, screenings, workshops and other events and educational activities. With on-air and online content serving 18 counties, KLRU is one of the only nonprofits in Central Texas with the potential to touch nearly every household, every day.

Your gift is an investment in this community. Thank you for your incredible support.

Love our programs about Austin? Show it by helping us Amplify Austin!

Now is the time! If you value the work we do every day to tell stories about issues that matter to you, join us TODAY for the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day. You have until 6pm to show your support for the shows we create that share what is special about Austin. And if you’re one of over 16,000 who has already joined the Amplify Austin campaign, thank you!

The Central Texas community is well on its way to helping Amplify Austin meet their goal of raising $4 million and with your help, we’re well on our way to meeting our goal of raising $18,500. As of 9am this morning, we’ve raised $11,500. Won’t you join the more than 130 people that have helped KLRU Amplify Austin already?

Join the fun today to show your support for Amplify Austin and KLRU. Here’s how YOU can help:

We have until 6pm tonight to make a huge difference in our community, so let’s Amplify Austin together!

 

It’s almost time to Amplify Austin!

An investment in KLRU is an investment in YOUR community! We are thrilled to be participating in the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day that begins TODAY at 6pm.

Amplify Austin, presented by I Live Here, I Give Here, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Central Texas through online giving in a 24 hour period. Last year Amplify Austin, as a whole, raised over $2.8 million for the Central Texas community.

Last year, you helped KLRU raise over $12,000 from 130 people in the community, and this year we have a goal to raise $18,500 from over 200 people in the community. We need your help to reach it!

Here’s how you can help:

Don’t want to wait until 6pm to give? Preschedule your donation now!

We have 24 hours to make a huge difference in our community, so let’s Amplify Austin together!

Go beyond television and experience your favorite KLRU shows in person

We’re is kicking off our Spring pledge drive this week and have less than 2 weeks to raise $220,000 in order to keep public television strong in Central Texas! If you haven’t already made a gift during this drive, consider making one today. And when you do, we’ve got some great ways to thank you for your donation that go beyond television and let you experience your favorite KLRU and PBS shows in person!

 

Help KLRU Amplify Austin on March 20-21!

An investment in KLRU is an investment in YOUR community! We are thrilled to be participating in the second annual Amplify Austin community-wide giving day, beginning Thursday, March 20 at 6pm and ending at 6pm Friday, March 21.

Amplify Austin, presented by I Live Here, I Give Here, is an initiative to increase philanthropy in Central Texas through online giving in a 24 hour period. Last year Amplify Austin, as a whole, raised over $2.8 million for the Central Texas community and this year their goal is to raise $4 million!

Last year, you helped KLRU raise over $12,000 from 130 people in the community – allowing us to provide:

  • 300 artists a place to share their creativity
  • 4,000 children with books and digital resources
  • 750 parents & teachers with hands-on educational workshops
  • 1,000 hours of Central Texas themed programming each year
  • 100+ events on civil discourse and cultural understanding

Our goal for 2014 is to raise $18,500 from 200 people in the community and we need your help to reach it!

Ways you can be involved in helping KLRU to reach our 2014 Amplify Austin goal:

  1. Save the Date & Give! Get out your calendar and mark March 20th at 6pm to give to KLRU through Amplify Austin. Visit klru.org to link to the Amplify Austin KLRU donation page, search for KLRU on the Amplify Austin site or directly visit KLRU’s Amplify Austin giving page.

  2. Share via Social Media! Last year, social networks were one of the primary mediums people used to share information about Amplify Austin and were then directed to give. Spread the word to your friends and family by liking/sharing/retweeting KLRU’s Amplify Austin posts on Facebook and Twitter or share why YOU support KLRU and why YOU think it’s important for your followers to support too!

  3. Email your networks! Spread the word to your friends, family and coworkers and share KLRU’s Amplify Austin donation page with them. Engaging in conversation about KLRU, Amplify Austin and philanthropy in Central Texas will increase awareness about KLRU’s mission and build an audience of support to help us continue to provide high quality, commercial free television to all of Central Texas.

KLRU is so excited to be a part of this special community-wide giving day and we hope you’re just as eager to participate in it as we are!

KLRU Appraisal Fair 2014

KLRU held its 3rd Appraisal Fair in the historic Studio 6A on Saturday, January 11, 2014. Over 230 people visited us throughout the day to learn more about some of their most cherished items from a number of Central Texas area appraisers. Thank you to all of our donors from the June and December pledge drives for donating to attend the Appraisal Fair and share your stories with us.

A special thanks goes to our community volunteer appraisers who generously volunteered their time and expertise for this event. For more information on the appraisers in attendance that day, please visit our Appraisal Fair website.