Let Chef Jacques Pépin cook for you!

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!

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

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!

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

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
L&P Cooper Photo

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

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!



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!