Local arts and adventure Thursday night on KLRU

We’ll be live from Studio 6A tomorrow night for an exciting evening of local arts and adventure !

Starting at 7pm, we’ll be live in studio 6A with a great line up of KLRU Collective highlights. If you haven’t visited our online arts portal, KLRU Collective, then tune in tomorrow to see our favorite videos of local movers and shakers in our creative community. And we’ll literally be moving and shaking with special guests from the Austin Samba School joining us!

Austin Samba School from KLRU Collective on Vimeo.

Following our mix-tape of KLRU Collective, we’ll premiere the brand new Arts in Context episode,  All My Friends Are Vampires, which documents Fantastic Fest,  the largest genre film festival in the country, specializing in horror, fantasy, sci-fi, action, and just plain fantastic movies from around the world held each year in Austin, TX at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema on South Lamar. We’ll have Tim League, founder of Fanstastic Fest and the Alamo Drafthouse, in studio with us and we’ll giveaway a 2013 Fantastic Fest badge and an Alamo movie theater experience for you and your friends.

All My Friends Are Vampires Trailer from KLRU-TV on Vimeo.

You’ll probably be hungry at 8:30pm, so we’ve planned a special Daytripper hour of the best in Texas BBQ. Chet joins us with the inside scoop on taking daytrips and brings some great gifts when you support the station, like a 2013 Daytripper BBQ Calendar, Daytripper Koozies, and a subscription to Texas Highways magazine.

Give during the KLRU Winter Pledge Drive

 

 

 

 

Thank you!

Thank you to everyone who supported our end-of-fiscal year fundraising drive.

3,000 of you made a gift this September, and whether you gave $5 or $500, each and every one of you helped us close the gap on our budget deficit. Thank you for believing in the value of public television and for committing to be a supporter of KLRU.

With your phenomenal support, we can move forward into 2012-2013 with new programming and engaging events like:

  • Civic Summit: Why Bother? | Studio 6A tonight | The Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, KLRU and KUT News 90.5 are hosting an interactive dialogue among young Texans — those who are engaged and those who aren’t — about the causes of low civic participation in Central Texas and how to boost it. RSVP here to attend or watch when it airs, Thursday at 8pm.
  • Hardly Sound | 1st Monday of the month | 11pm on KLRU Q | Did you  miss Hardly Sound’s October episode yesterday? Watch it online here and support KLRU’s newest documentary series highlighting the lives and stories of local musicians and bands.
  • Community Cinema | A new of Community Cinema continues with As Goes Janesville, a documentary following the lives of laid-off workers, business leaders, and elected officials trying to reinvent their lives and their Midwestern town amid the closure of their GM plant and America’s worst economic crisis since the Great Depression. Screenings are free, open to the public, and take place October 2 at Austin’s Windsor Park Branch Library (5833 Westminster Dr.) and October 25 at Round Rock Public Library (216 E. Main Street).

The final countdown – We need to raise $58K by September 30

Thank you to everyone who has supported KLRU during this final push toward our end-of-fiscal-year goal. This is the LAST time we’ll be asking for your support for the Countdown Campaign, so now is the time to show that you value everything that KLRU does for Central Texas.

Think about what you value about public television - is it the quality of the productions? Is it the way each program draws you in with engaging and thoughtful content? Is it the absence of advertising and interruptions? Is it all of those things and more?

Donate today for the reason you turn your television to KLRU or visit klru.org on your computer or watch KLRU programs on the PBS app or come to KLRU for a screening or event. Give for that reason, right now.

Your support goes a long way – even the smallest gift can help us accomplish so much. In 2011-2012, the support from individuals like you helped us:

  • Acquire 16 iPads, loaded with PBS Kids and other PBS multimedia apps to take to schools, community centers, and other public events.
  • Air Growing Hope Against Hunger the Emmy-winning Sesame Street episode on family hunger in August. Tagged onto the broadcast was a bilingual message to call 2-1-1 if access to food is a concern. Call centers during this period recorded an increase of nearly 100 calls coinciding with the broadcasts.
  • Collaborate on local productions showcasing the best Texas has to offer with The Daytripper, On Story from Austin Film Festival and the brand new local music series, Hardly Sound.
  • Purchase new episodes for the fall season like Call the Midwife, Doctor Who Series 6, Upstairs, Downstairs Season 2, Dust Bowl by Ken Burns and new independent films from POV and Independent Lens.

Thank you for your commitment to KLRU and let’s end 2011-2012 with a bang!

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!

Small gift, big difference, right now!

We’re approaching the end of our fiscal year with a budget deficit and we need your help to reach our goal by September 30. As of this morning, we’re $185,900 short. More than ever we need the help of our loyal viewers – YOU – to join us. Each and every gift, no matter the amount, from every person who is able to will help tremendously right now.

We hope you’ll consider joining our Countdown Campaign this month. Maybe you’ll decide to renew your support today – make an additional gift for the year – or tell a friend to become a brand new member!

Whatever you do, we appreciate your generosity and support of KLRU-TV, Austin PBS – YOUR public television station.

Look at what you’ve done!
Thanks to support from our community, KLRU has been able to do so much in 2011-2012:

  • Threw a downtown block party for our whole city to celebrate 50 years of public television in Austin (Cookie Monster was there, too!)
  • Brought Community Cinema back to Windsor Public Library for another great season of independent film – Free every month for anyone to attend.
  • Showcased phenomenal women in our community who are changing lives through the national online project Women and Girls Lead (we’ll highlight more women in 2012-2013 so stay tuned!)
  • Challenged hundreds of school-aged kids to read this summer with the KLRU Summer Learning Challenge
  • Brought you new episodes of Downton Abbey, Frontline, Moyers & Company, NOVA, Nature, Antiques Roadshow, Market Warriors, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Overheard with Evan Smith, Austin City Limits, and many more!

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.