Lonnie & Polly Cooper welcome you to become a member

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Double your impact for your KLRU!

The following comes direct from Lonnie Cooper and his family, long-time PBS fans and KLRU supporters.

I’ve been asked many times why I feel so strongly in my support of KLRU. It’s simple. I believe in the value and inspiration of public television.

My dad introduced me to the value of PBS around age 10.  He sat me down beside him to watch the Watergate Hearings.  In an age before CNN and 24 hour cable news, PBS was the only place to find live coverage of the hearings, with a rebroadcast in the evening. While commercial networks decided to return to normal programming and rotate coverage of the hearings after a week, PBS was committed to allowing the nation to be a part of this historic event in it entirety.

As my dad told me as we started to watch the hearings, “This is history. One day you will tell your children about it.”  He was right. And he was right to rely on PBS. Even as a kid in Yoakam Texas, I recognized that. Simply put, I was hooked on PBS.

This is why my wife, Polly, and I are pleased to present KLRU with a $20,000 matching gift promise and challenge YOU to give back to Your KLRU.  Your gift of any amount will be matched dollar for dollar from this challenge, effectively doubling your generosity and the impact of your gift on our community.

I believe that EVERY child should have the same opportunity that I did. The opportunity to see the world from an honest perspective. Without PBS, I likely would have not have had the chance to form my view of the world other than the one I grew up in. What a blessing it has been to be presented a multitude of perspectives and viewpoints by PBS.

Won’t you join us in helping to ensure that kids and adults in Central Texas have the same opportunity to be inspired, informed and intrigued?

Thank you,
Lonnie & Polly Cooper
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KLRU Passport: New On-Demand Streaming


KLRU is pleased to introduce KLRU Passport, a new member benefit offering extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. KLRU Passport provides donors access to current and archival programs from both PBS and KLRU and is available via the KLRU website, PBS.org and other digital platforms.

There are over a thousand hours of content available to donors through KLRU Passport and the library will continue to grow over time. Current titles include Downton Abbey, Wolf Hall and other dramas from MASTERPIECE, as well as favorites such as Vicious, Makers, Earth a New Wild, How We Got to Now, The Great British Baking Show, Austin City Limits Season 41 and many more.

In addition to the KLRU website, KLRU Passport is also available to members when they identify KLRU as their local PBS member station on PBS.org and the PBS Video apps for iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, as well as the PBS app on AppleTV. KLRU Passport will be available on more platforms in the future.

KLRU Passport is our newest member benefit available for donors with a yearly contribution of at least $60 or an ongoing monthly contribution of $5 or more. Station members must activate their account before they can access KLRU Passport.

Here’s some FAQs to help YOU get started with KLRU Passport:

I am a member of KLRU and currently donate $60 or more a year. How do I access KLRU Passport?

Current members who donate $60 or more annually and have an active email address on file with the station will receive an email from PBS and KLRU inviting you to begin the activation process. There’s a chance the email may get filtered into your spam box so be sure to look for a message from PBS & KLRU with the subject line: Your KLRU membership now includes more on-demand programming. If you’re a current member and you don’t have an active email address on file with us, please contact Member Services at membership@klru.org or (512) 475-9032 to provide an email address and begin the activation process.

I think I am a current member of KLRU that qualifies for KLRU Passport, but I’m not sure. And I’m not sure you have my email address on file. How do I find out?

To see if your KLRU Passport membership has been activated, visit this site and enter your email address to see: http://www.pbs.org/passport/lookup/ Follow the instructions on the screen.

I am not a current member of KLRU. Can I donate to receive immediate access to KLRU Passport?

Yes. You can make your monthly ongoing or annual contribution on this donation form to immediately begin the activation process for KLRU Passport. You may also access this donation form through any video that has the KLRU Passport logo. Click “Sign up for KLRU Passport” and donate to begin the activation process.

Click here to see the complete KLRU Passport FAQ.

Save the Date: Amplify Austin & KLRU on March 8-9!


Interested in becoming a fundraiser? Learn more about how to help KLRU Amplify ATX!

Amplify Austin is just around the corner, March 8-9, and your support is vital for KLRU to be able to engage with and share our impact with the Central Texas community while raising $40,000 in just 24 hours. Your voice as one of our dedicated members is needed and I am asking for your help!

Consider becoming a personal fundraiser during Amplify Austin. It’s really easy…all it takes is just a little bit of time and your enthusiasm for KLRU and your favorite PBS programs! So, you may be asking yourself: What’s in it for me and why should I help fundraise for KLRU and Amplify Austin?! Well, for one, engaging your friends and family during Amplify helps raise awareness of the impact that KLRU serves right here in Central Texas through quality public television and vital community services. We also have some pretty sweet prizes to offer our fundraisers…

– UT Press Book / first 4 to receive 5 donations

– Clay Pit Gift Certificate / first 2 to raise $200

– (2) ACL Taping Passes / first 2 to receive 10 donations

– (2) Hall of Fame Passes / first 2 to raise $350

– (1) ACL Weekend Pass / first to receive 20 donations

You can win multiple times! Sign-up is easy, plus we created a toolkit to guide you through the personal fundraising process, just sign-up to receive! Here’s how to get started:

  1. Go to KLRU’s Amplify page — AmplifyATX.org/klru
  1. Once on our page, click “Create a Fundraising Campaign” button on the right hand side, adjacent to scrolling photos.
  1. Create a donor/fundraiser account for ease of tracking your donations and managing your fundraising pages. Please provide name, email, and password in order to submit information.
  1. Then click the tab “My Fundraisers” upon entering newly created account. From this tab, click ”Create a Fundraiser” to start campaign profile.
  1. Upload all information needed for a complete Fundraiser Profile. Once all information is uploaded, click “Submit Fundraiser for Approval.”
  1. Profile(s) must be approved by KLRU for it to be active and public facing and ready-to-share.
  1. Allie Kandell will approve as they come in, you can always email her directly to expedite the approval! akandell@klru.org
  1. Fundraising Page Fun Facts:
  • Fundraisers receive a confirmation email when a gift has been made during the giving day on their fundraising page. The donor to their page receives a tax receipt when their gift has been processed.
  • Fundraisers also have backend access to basic donor information on donors that have contributed on their page. This is important for personal thank you notes and tracking. KLRU also has access to all of that donation information and donor data as it relates to individual fundraiser pages.
  • Fundraisers’ goal thermometer WILL move once pledges have been made! So get them scheduled so that you are in the lead on the first day.

Your voice truly matters, thank you for your continued support!

A British Experience in Austin 02/18

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Attend the British Regiments – United States Tour 2016 featuring the Band of the Royal Marines!

Experience a grand display of pageantry filled with music, precision military marches, haunting bagpipes and Celtic dancing! With a $120 donation, you’ll receive a pair of tickets to the British Regiments featuring the Band of the Royal Marines and the Pipes, Drums and Highland Dancers of the Scots Guards on February 18th at the Frank Erwin Center.

Tickets to this captivating performance filled with music and dance from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales are limited to 5 donors, so make your donation below right now!



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If you are one of the more than 1500 Central Texans who supported our Winter Fund Drive, please accept our sincerest thanks. Because of YOU, we were able to meet our $220,000 goal AND end our drive early! Every contribution you make to YOUR KLRU strengthens your community through quality public television and vital community services.

And if you made a gift during this drive or anytime in 2015, consider doubling the impact of your dollars with a match from your employer! Visit klru.org/match for a list of businesses that generously support your investment in KLRU.

Thank you and happy holidays from all of us at KLRU!

Attend the World Premiere of “CONSIDERING MATTHEW SHEPARD”

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Get social and engage with KLRU this Winter Fund Drive for a chance to win!

YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station is happy to offer a giveaway at a chance to attend Conspirare’s World Premier of Considering Matthew Shepard this Winter Fund Drive. Enter as many times as you want starting today until Saturday 12/12 during the drive by following the steps below for a chance at winning one of two pairs (2) of tickets either the 02/20 or 02/21 performance!

How you can enter:

1. Give via the donation form below, any amount helps!

2. Share, Retweet or Regram any Conspirare specific posts via KLRU’s social media channels.

3. Use #yourklru as well as tag KLRU on any social media posts! Please note that privacy settings will apply, our view will be limited.

4. Comment on any and all social media posts specific to Conspirare during our Winter Fund Drive!

We can’t say thank you enough, because your gift and social support is so important in helping KLRU reach our goal as well as transform our fundraising drives.


Get social with Your KLRU and Your Community!

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Spread what you love about KLRU with your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers via Facebook and Twitter!

Sustaining members, we really can’t thank you enough for the monthly support you provide to KLRU and your community. YOU truly are the backbone of the station!

Because you are our most loyal group of donors, we’re asking you to help spread the word about our Winter Fund Drive. We need to raise another $10,000 in the next few days in order to reach our $220,000 goal. When you share why you love KLRU via social media, your support multiplies!

Best of all, when you share your support for KLRU, we’ll enter you into a giveaway for a pair of balcony passes to see the Tedeschi Trucks Band tape Austin City Limits on December 14th! On Facebook, be sure to tag KLRU-TV, Austin PBS in the post (Please note: Your Facebook settings for this post must be set to “Public” so that we can see it and enter you in the giveaway). On Twitter, be sure to tag @klru and use #yourklru. And on email, be sure to Cc membership@klru.org.

Helping KLRU spread the word about our Winter Fund Drive is just as important as making your monthly gift. Won’t you consider sharing YOUR KLRU with your community?

Gifts, giveaways and more!

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Support KLRU today and we’ll thank you with gifts and giveaways!

This holiday season, give the gift of KLRU to YOUR community and we’ll thank you with gifts and giveaways galore!

When you support the programs you enjoy on PBS and KLRU, you also give back to your friends and neighbors in Central Texas. From Masterpiece Theater, Nature and biographical documentaries, like In Their Own Words Jim Henson, to Ken Burns documentaries, NOVA and our award-winning local productions like Austin City Limits, you can directly support the shows you love with donations at various levels and we’ll thank you with a corresponding gift.

What’s more is that you can stay tuned to the KLRU Blog, Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win some incredible giveaways like a Heart of Texas Wine Tour for 10, a Roku 3, tickets for a Meet & Greet with the Kratt Brothers at Wild Kratts Live and even a chance to attend a taping of CTG in the KLRU studios!  All you need to do is make a gift of any amount through our blog or keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for ways to engage with us.

Over 85% of KLRU’s annual funding comes from the local community, but only 3% of KLRU’s weekly viewers make an annual donation to the station. We can’t do this without you!  

Take a DAY-TRIP to Texas Wine Country!

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Get social and engage with KLRU this Winter Fund Drive for a chance to win!

We all know that KLRU’s The Daytripper – and Chet – are your best traveling companions to discover both the well-known landmarks and the completely obscure dives and hideaways – all within a day’s reach.

Our wonderful supporters from Heart of Texas Wine Tours are offering our viewers a very special incentive to give! Experience your own Texas day trip through YOUR SUPPORT of YOUR KLRU. Have an experience and discover central Texas, GIVE & ENGAGE TODAY.

Enter as many times as you want during the drive by following the steps below for a chance to win a group wine tour! This includes: a group tour for ten (10) through the Texas Hill Country in the comfort of a luxury van. Including 4 stops at local breweries and wineries as well as lunch for you and your guests! Passes must be redeemed by end of February 2016, tour departs from Marble Falls. 

How you can enter:

    1. Give via the donation form below, any amount helps!

    2. Use #yourklru as well as tag KLRU on any social media posts! Please note that privacy settings will apply, our view will be limited.

    3. Comment on any and all social media posts specific to Heart of Texas Wine Tours during our Winter Fund Drive!

We can’t say thank you enough, because your gift and social support is so important in helping KLRU reach our goal as well as transform our fundraising drives.

You helped KLRU exceed our #GivingTuesday goal and raise over $34,000!


We want to offer a heartfelt thanks to all our members and viewers who joined the movement and supported KLRU’s #GivingTuesday campaign. In just 24 hours, YOU helped us surpass our goal and raise over $34,000 from over 200 people in the Central Texas community!

You gave more, gave smarter and gave great! And for that, we couldn’t be more grateful. 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!