Thank you for your support during #AmplifyATX!

2016 Amplify THANK YOU!

THANK YOU for helping us exceed our goal of raising $40,000 during Amplify Austin’s 24 hours of giving! Thanks to you, we raised $52,493, and KLRU can continue to provide quality educational programming and services to 18 counties in Central Texas. Your support is what makes Austin truly great, and YOU make your community-supported PBS station even greater!

Remembering David Bowie

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Get social and answer the following questions as well as make a gift to YOUR KLRU to win!

This evening at 9:30 p.m., KLRU celebrates the life of David Bowie. Tune into KLRU-Q and watch DAVID BOWIE: FIVE YEARS. Survey five pivotal years in Bowie’s extensive career, each illustrating his inspiration and where his innovative ideas led him. The program features unseen footage and interviews with close collaborators, and charts Bowie’s continual evolution. Before then we wanted to extend a special incentive to engage with your community supported PBS station during our spring fund drive.

KLRU wants to give you* a gift in celebration of this iconic artist when you engage with us socially this Spring Fund Drive. Enter via social media by being 1 of the first 5 to answer the following questions correctly. Even better, you can up your chances of winning by becoming a member or making an additional gift this March.


  1. Sesame Street’s Big Bird was created by Jim Henson — what movie did David Bowie appear alongside other puppets created by the master puppeteer?
    1. The Muppets Take Manhattan
    2. Labyrinth
    3. The Dark Crystal
  1. In May of 2014, David Bowie was featured in an animated short film discussing Stardust in which he said, “I never really felt like a rock singer or a rock star. I always felt a little bit out of my element.” What PBS Digital Initiative was this?
    1. Blank on Blank
    2. PBS NewsHour
    3. Hardly Sound

We know you rely on KLRU for the best in arts programming.  And we rely on the more than 16,000 individuals and families who give to KLRU every year in order to keep bringing you your favorite shows.  Showing your support with a gift of any amount ensures we continue to broadcast these programs for free, so thank you for your contribution!

*Must live in the Central Texas area to win. Winner will be contacted on or around March 18.

We’re halfway to our Amplify Austin goal!


Will you Amplify KLRU with a gift before 6 p.m.?

Wow! We’re more than halfway to our goal with seven hours left for Amplify Austin — your gift to KLRU now can help us reach our goal of $40,000!

What’s more, with the generous support from the day’s sponsors KLRU is eligible for an additional $5,000 if we have the most total dollars raised before 6 p.m. Wednesday!

Help spread the word on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram – repost, retweet and regram KLRU’s Amplify Austin social media posts! Use #AmplifyYOURKLRU to show your support for public television in Central Texas and help expand our reach.

Consider making a gift of $10 to provide 1 hour of educational children’s programming… $20 to provide 1 hour of educational programming about your community…$40 to provide educational outreach for 1 child…$60 to provide educational outreach for 1 family…and $100 to provide 1 day of educational children’s programming!

The vast majority of KLRU’s annual funding comes from the community — including individual donors like YOU — so help us take advantage of today’s prizes!

Thank you again for amplifying your public television station, YOUR KLRU!

It’s time to #AmplifyYourKLRU!


Today is the day to Amplify Austin by giving to KLRU!

Amplify, Austin’s 24-hour giving day, begins at 6 p.m. on oMarch 8. Here’s how you can help KLRU continue to tell the stories that entertain, inspire and change lives!

Give: Donate online starting TODAY at 6 p.m. until March 9 at 6 p.m. by going to your community-supported PBS station raise $40,000 before 6pm on March 9th. Did you know that your gift will help bring PBS favorites to 18 counties in Central Texas through four distinct channels? Truly, your support of YOUR KLRU does #AmplifyATX and beyond!

A gift of $10 provides provide 1 hour of educational children’s programming… $20 provides 1 hour of educational programming about your community…$40 provides educational outreach for 1 child…$60 provides educational outreach for 1 family…and $100 provides 1 day of educational children’s programming!

Engage: Join KLRU on social media! Go to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and help by repost, retweet and regram on our behalf! By using #AmplifyYOURKLRU you are telling our story and expanding our reach.

Amplify: Your Amplify Austin gift to KLRU will make your PBS station eligible for bonus donations thanks to incentive donations from the day’s sponsors.

Let Chef Jacques Pépin cook for you!

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Experience the words and wisdom of the world-renowned chef when he comes to the Long Center this June!

For many years, Jacques Pépin has been there for us, demystifying French cooking. Are you celebrating Jacques Pépin’s 80th birthday? Chefs Lidia Bastianich, Rick Bayless and Ming Tsai prepare their favorite recipes with Jacques this spring drive on-air.  

You can experience the words and wisdom of world-renowned Chef Jacques Pépin when he comes to the Long Center this June! In addition to authoring the go-to book on French cuisine, Pépin made his way into our homes as the host of several acclaimed cooking programs on public television. Donate $200 and we’ll thank you with 2 tickets to see him live at the Long Center at 3 p.m. on June 5. Don’t miss the chance to see the beloved Jacques Pépin in his 80th year.  

KLRU is committed to sharing these impactful arts programs with everyone in Central Texas for free. Whether you’re just discovering cooking shows you love, or you’re a long time Jacques Pépin fan, the beauty of KLRU is that we bring you a richly varied menu of programming.

As your only community-supported public television station we know you rely on us to help you explore your world and make connections in your community. That’s why your investment, a gift at any amount, is so important to Your KLRU! Thank you!

Win a treasure of your own when you support Antiques Roadshow!


This beautiful entertainment center from Amish Furniture of Austin could be yours!

The adventure of the treasure hunt is what’s to love about Antiques Roadshow, and now YOU have the chance to win a treasure of your own.  

As your public television station, we know you tune in on Monday evenings for the thrill of discovery and thanks to Amish Furniture of Austin, we have the discovery of a lifetime for YOU. This beautiful entertainment center, made with a combination of elm and brown maple wood, is built to ensure a lifetime of use. And it could be yours when you make an ongoing monthly gift of at least $5 or your one-time gift of $60 or more in support of KLRU.

Don’t you just love seeing the amazing antiques, hearing the stories from their owners and trying to guess what they’re worth when you watch Antiques Roadshow? Support Antiques Roadshow with your gift today and you just might win the heirloom that future generations of your family pass down for years to come! More information about the entertainment center and giveaway details can be found here.

Support for this giveaway comes from:
 Amish Furniture

Celebrating Frank Sinatra’s legacy!

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If you’re a Sinatra fan, this event is not to be missed, DONATE TODAY!

KLRU is certain you are enjoying FRANK SINATRA: THE VOICE OF OUR TIME. Sinatra was one of the most popular and influential musical artists of the 20th century. This Spring YOUR COMMUNITY supported PBS station has an amazing offer to all fans of Ol’ Blue Eyes.

Experience an evening of sensational musical fun celebrating Frank Sinatra’s legacy. THE SINATRA CENTURY features internationally-acclaimed performers Billy Stritch and Jim Caruso in a nonstop musical show business bonanza. Enjoy the hits — Come Fly With Me, Witchcraft, and many more! With a contribution of $150 you’ll receive two tickets to the show, playing May 6, 7 and 8 at The Long Center.

We know you rely on KLRU for the best in arts programming. And we rely on the more than 16,000 individuals and families who give to KLRU every year in order to keep bringing you your favorite shows. Showing your support with a gift of any amount ensures we continue to broadcast these programs for free, so thank you for your contribution!

Get social and attend an ACL taping with Iggy Pop

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Iggy Pop tapes Austin City Limits on March 15 and KLRU wants YOU to attend!

Once again your community-supported public television station is giving away passes to Austin City Limits tapings. With your support on social media or by giving a gift below you will be entered in for a chance to win a pair of passes to the March 15 taping!

Here is how it works:
– Stay tuned to the KLRU blogFacebook and Twitter for your chance to win- some incredible giveaways like this one.
– When we make a post across our various social media channels chose to engage and your response will be entered in. Multiple responses over various social media counts as multiple entries!
– Consider giving a gift in the form below as an additional entry!

Starting now until March 9, be one of the first 10 to answer the following question to enter in the drawing. Who produced Iggy Pop’s first two solo albums? (Hint: it’s a fellow musician).

Giveaways this spring with KLRU!

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

This spring, 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 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, FacebookTwitter and Instagram for your chance to win some incredible giveaways like passes to upcoming Austin City Limits tapings, family 4-pack to Sesame Street Live, a Meet & Greet with the Richard Linklater and even a chance to attend a University of Texas Baseball game!  All you need to do is make a gift of any amount through our blog or keep an eye out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram 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!  


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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