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.

Support KLRU during August and see Norah Jones in October!

We’re so excited that Norah Jones is returning to the Austin City Limits stage for the third time and we want you to have the opportunity to be there in person on October 18.

Give a gift of $350 to KLRU during the August Fundraising Drive and you’ll receive as a thank you, two (2) balcony tickets to her October 18 taping, plus her limited edition ACL commemorative poster. This is an opportunity you don’t want to miss and we only have a few more of these spots available for donors like you so act fast!

Give online here or call 1-866-910-KLRU to give your gift over the phone.

A gift of any amount in support of Austin City Limits will also enter you into a drawing to win Radiohead’s ACL commemorative poster.

Thank you for your support of KLRU!

#CookForJulia: ACL's Music in the Kitchen!

Thanks to Glenda Facemire, ACL’s long time makeup artist and stylist, we unearthed a Julia Child Pot Roast recipe from Music in the Kitchen: Favorite Recipes from Austin City Limits Performers, a beautiful book that Glenda created a few years ago.

Robbie Fulks, alt-country singer-songwriter, chose Julia Child’s Pot Roast because “it never fails.”

Hope you join us tonight for Julia Child’s 100th Birthday Celebration at 7pm on KLRU – we’ll be airing some of the greatest French Chef episodes and have Austin chefs answering your phone calls – we’ll also have tons of giveaways so tune in and support KLRU tonight!

Watch and Win! Celebrate Julia Child tonight at 7pm

We have been looking forward to this night for a very long time! In celebration of Julia Child’s 100th birthday, some of the best chefs and foodies in Austin will be joining us LIVE in studio during a special presentation of three classic episodes of The French Chef featuring Julia’s take on omelettes, boullaibase, and roasted chicken, tonight at 7pm on KLRU.

If you call in during the evening with your support for KLRU, you might be talking with one of these wonderful people on the phone: Rene Ortiz (La Condesa, Sway), Laura Sawicki (La Condesa, Sway), Philip Speer (Uchi/Uchiko), Aaron & Stacy Franklin (Franklin BBQ), Karla Loeb (Slow Food Austin), Larry McGuire (Lamberts, Perla’s, Elizabeth Street Cafe, Fresa’s, Jeffrey’s), John Bates (Noble Pig), Sonya Cote (Hillside Farmacy, Homegrown Revival) and Casey Wilcox (Justine’s), and Patty Cater (Central Market).

This is the perfect opportunity to support the great history of cooking shows on public television and celebrate the incredible culinary scene here in Austin. We love when we can connect the awesome programming on KLRU with our local community and who better to showcase the KLRU vision of inspiration and creativity than Julia herself.

Every gift made tonight (or made online here) will automatically be entered to win one of several gift certificates to the places above and others: Olive & June, Parkside, OliviaThe Back Space, Foreign & DomesticLenoir, Chez Nous, Trace, Dai Due, Second Bar + Kitchen, and Barley Swine. A gift of just $25 could mean a dinner at a critically-acclaimed Austin restaurant – and you’ll be supporting Austin’s only locally owned and operated television station at the same time – what’s not to love about that?!

KLRU needs your support during this August pledge drive – if you love food, you won’t want to miss out on tonight’s special tribute to Julia Child beginning tonight at 7pm. Thank you for celebrating with us.

What if you put a dollar amount on how much you value KLRU?

What if every parent who trusts KLRU with their children….

What if every concerned citizen who tunes into KLRU for election coverage…
What if every artist who sees inspiration in KLRU Collective and Arts in Context…
What if everyone who laughs with Brit-Coms or cries with Masterpiece…

gave a gift to KLRU today?

This August, we’re trying to raise $240,000 to remain a strong and beneficial service in this community. Many of you have already put a price on what you love about KLRU and we’re $30,000 closer to our goal. Thank you for doing your part. But we need everyone who can to support KLRU right now.

What if you took this opportunity to think about what you value in KLRU and made adonation today?

Your tax-deductible gift of $5, $35, $50, $100 or any amount that is right for you, ensures that KLRU will create possibilities, trust, knowledge, inspiration, and entertainment for everyone in Central Texas…right now and for generations to come.

For supporting during this August pledge drive, choose from some great thank you gifts including t-shirts, DVDs, CDs, and posters!

Create culinary masterpieces withThe French Chef!

We’re celebrating Julia Child’s 100th birthday tomorrow night at 7pm with classic episodes of The French Chef and Austin chefs from incredible restaurants like La Condesa, Franklin BBQ, Uchi/Uchiko, and more! Consider making a gift and get automatically entered to win one of 20 gift certificates to some of the finest dining Austin has to offer!

British Beat to British Drama

Going through some London Olympics withdrawal? We’ve got you covered with British Beat, a fun and funky concert featuring the Zombies, the Animals, and many more UK legends, Thursday at 7pm. And for all you Downton Abbey Fans, get your costume drama history lesson this Sunday at 8pm with Story of the Costume Drama.

Sing it, Tony!

Tony Bennett is joined by a tour-bus-load of talented musicians for Great Performances: Duets tonight at 9pm! Guests include Queen Latifah, Aretha Franklin, Willie Nelson, Sheryl Crow, Andrea Bocelli, and Lady Gaga. You won’t want to miss this beautiful concert – and get the CD for your own collection!

#CookForJulia – Mussels & Mousse: Recipe Recap from Susannah Winslow!

Susannah Winslow, an incredibly talented and creative staff member here at KLRU, made a mouth-watering dinner to celebrate Julia’s 100th birthday! We’re happy to have her thoughts (and the recipes!) to share with you today.

In my mind, Julia Child has always been and will always be the pinnacle of French cooking. So it’s not surprising that until this weekend, I had never made or followed a Julia Child’s recipe in my life. They just seemed too intimidating, even though the grande dame herself is the one that made French cooking so easily accessible to people like me. In honor of what would be her 100th birthday, I gladly rolled up my sleeves and got to work making a dinner I’m sure Julia would be proud of: moules à la marienière (mussels steamedin white wine) avec les pommes frites (french fries) et pour le dessert, mousse au chocolat (chocolate mousse). In true Julia Child’s fashion, everything turned out marvelous, even though I’m sure I made a few mistakes along the way. Bon Appetit!



- Susannah Winslow, KLRU Membership Team

Cook your own Julia Child recipe and we’ll share it on our blog, too! Celebrate Julia’s birthday by supporting all the great creative shows on KLRU and make a gift during our August pledge drive.

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: Ooh, La, La! Watch classic episodes of The French Chef online

Presented in honor of Julia Child’s 100th birthday, PBS has released full episodes of Julia’s first PBS show, The French Chef – originally broadcast in the 1960s. Today’s episodes feature French Tarts, Quiche Lorraine, and French Onion Soup. Watch them now then re-create a recipe (or two!) and share with us to celebrate Julia Child’s legacy and memory on PBS!