KLRU’s BIG DEAL Raffle is… BIG!

KLRU’s Big Deal Raffle Opens Today!

For just $25 a ticket, you can be THE Big Deal in 2018. 
One lucky Texan will be awarded an entire year’s worth of prizes,
all while supporting public television in Central Texas.

The Big Deal is a year full of incredible experiences, all awarded to one lucky winner, including:

  • Two (2) VIP Passes to the 2018 Austin City Limits Music Festival
  • Two (2) Music Badges to the 2018 SXSW Conference
  • Two (2) VIP 4-Day Tickets to the 31st Old Settler’s Music Festival
  • Two (2) Producers Badges to the 2018 Austin Film Festival
  • Four (4) Passes to an Austin City Limits Season 44 taping
  • Two (2) Passes to the 2018 Texas Tribune Festival
  • Two (2) Badges to the 2018 ATX Television Festival
  • Two (2) Tickets to the 2018 Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Ceremony
  • Two (2) Hospitality Passes to the 2018 KGSR Blues on the Green Season
  • Two (2) Satellite Badges to the 2018 Moontower Comedy and Oddity Festival
  • Two (2) Tickets to Foreigner at ACL Live at The Moody Theater on February 25, 2018

Buy your tickets to support KLRU today!

All proceeds from the raffle benefit KLRU-TV, Austin PBS.

2017 Veteran’s Day Programming on KLRU

Stories of Service

Decibel’s Stand Down Helping Homeless Vets watch now. As we honor those who’ve served our country, we salute the veterans and volunteers at VFW Post 856 who open their doors and their hearts to help homeless vets every year.

Take Me Home Huey airs Saturday, November 11 at 4:30 pm. Take Me Home Huey portrays the journey of a Medevac helicopter, shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam, as it is resurrected from a “boneyard” in Arizona and transformed into colorful sculpture by artist Steve Maloney. As the iconic Huey 174 morphs from wounded war bird into vivid sculpture, viewers witness the power of art to heal surviving soldiers and families of the fallen.

Texas Welcomes Them Home: The Making of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument by Pat Fries repeats on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 pm. When the nation called them to Vietnam, the Lone Star State sent thousands of its young men and women to serve and fight in a long and controversial war that would leave the nation divided and its veterans unrecognized. Four decades later, a group of those veterans banded together for one last mission – to build a monument honoring Texas Vietnam Veterans on the state Capitol grounds. From the sculpting process to the creation of a sacred memorial that rests in the monument’s heart to the dedication, their journey would take nearly as long as the war itself, and result in a long overdue tribute to a generation.

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam airs on Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 pm.  Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a POW and the other a protester at home.

ATX Together: Lesson from Vietnam airs Tuesday, November 21 at 10 pm. Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and boomers discuss the role of citizenship and service both then and now.
Austin Revealed airs Tuesday, November 21 at 10:30 pm. Central Texans share their experiences during the Vietnam War. Through firsthand accounts, hear from veterans, immigrants from South Vietnam, protestors and others as they recount their lives before, during and after the war. Their perspectives are as much alike as they are different.

“KLRU is a community in the virtual space.”

Amy Wong Mok of the Asian American Cultural Center believes that media doesn’t have to be divisive. As a KLRU board member, she’s proud to support programming that lives up to her values.

“I like to use [as an] acronym: the Chinese chi,” she says. “Throughout KLRU or PBS programming, they have these three characters, civility, humanity and integrity.”

In fact, the need for civil, trustworthy reporting led to the creation of KLRU’s Decibel earlier this year. In addition to national PBS news and public affairs programs, KLRU knows local audiences also want to watch local stories.

Hosted by Judy Maggio, Decibel produces television specials and short videos that help connect viewers to complex local issues while highlighting the real people whose lives are impacted by current events.

Amy says this kind of reporting can actually help strengthen rather than divide—because the community can’t grow until people really see, hear and feel the things that lead others to think differently.

“I think diversity can only enrich our life,” Amy says. “[KLRU] is a community in the virtual space, and I think it’s very important.”


Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

KLRU Passport Questions? Check here!

KLRU Passport is a streaming benefit available to any KLRU member who gives at least $5/month or $60/year. The magic of having thousands of PBS and local productions available anytime is a wonderful resource… but sometimes it’s less than intuitive. We’ve heard your KLRU Passport feedback and have come up with a list of some frequently-encountered problems and answers that might help.

Take a look! And thank you for your support!


     1. I believe I should qualify for KLRU Passport, but I am not in the Member Lookup.

This likely means one of two possibilities:

a) We do not have an email address on file for you. The KLRU Passport ID is your valid email. Please email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 and we’ll add your email address as your login.

b) You’ve already activated your KLRU Passport benefit with an email address different from the one you are attempting to log in with now (this happens a lot!). You may have used an old or different email address, or, perhaps a different member of the household activated the account with his or her separate email. Try logging in again with an alternative email address in your rotation. If that does not work, please email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 for additional support.

     2. I signed up for and activated KLRU Passport, but every time I click on a video I get one of two responses: I have to be a KLRU Passport member in order to view this video or I am already activated.

When activating KLRU Passport, you were prompted to sign in using either a Google account, a Facebook account or a PBS account. That login information is now linked to your account and you must always use that exact same login information when signing in to KLRU Passport. If you do not remember which option you chose, you can try each of them without doing harm to your accounts.  If you need to, you can reset your password.

Because KLRU Passport accounts and PBS accounts are separate, it is possible to have another PBS account that is not connected to your login for KLRU Passport. Therefore, you must ensure that you are using the account you signed in with when you originally activated KLRU Passport.

The PBS Helpline for KLRU Passport can help if you continue to have problems. Email help@pbs.org or call (844) 704-5578 (9 a.m. – 10 p.m., M-F). 

     3. I’m having trouble accessing KLRU Passport from my Roku.

Follow the instructions from this Roku setup link.  After that your Passport should be connected to your Roku!

     4. I’m having trouble accessing KLRU Passport from my Apple TV.

Follow the instructions from this Apple TV setup link. After that your Passport should be connected to your Apple TV!

Need to contact KLRU Passport? Have more KLRU Passport questions? Email membership@klru.org or call (512) 475-9032 (9 a.m. – 5 p.m., M-F).

“KLRU programming was essential in forming my art.”

Local artist Hakeem Adewumi has been a creator for a long time, but he started out as another viewer like you.

“I grew up on PBS KIDS,” Hakeem tells KLRU. “I think all my friends did.”

Hakeem also distinctly recalls watching a civil rights program on KLRU that hit him hard, capturing a long history of racism and resistance.

“I really used that moment and experience,” he says. “I carry that with me to curate my art, to start talking about the importance of inclusivity and diversity and race, Black history and Black culture.”

Hakeem’s work has taken him all over the world, tracing the roots and pathways of the African diaspora. Last year, a KLRU documentary team followed Hakeem and collaborating artists for an episode of the original KLRU series Arts In Context.

Almost exactly a year ago, the episode premiered on PBS stations all over the country.

It’s something of a full circle for Hakeem: once, KLRU programming inspired and influenced him as an artist. Now, in turn, his story has become part of KLRU’s mission: to share history, art, culture and community with audiences near and far.

“My art is always with a Black lens, it’s always my perspective. But my goal at the end of the day is to always build community,” Hakeem says. “And that platform has been shared widely on KLRU. I’m super grateful for that.”


Do you value KLRU? Find out how to help. http://www.klru.org/value/

We’d love to hear from you! Follow the link and let us know what #YourKLRU and PBS stories are. You might just be our next featured viewer.

Science Night June 14

Meet the monkeys of Shangri-la and explore the world of sharks!

Nature Mystery Monkeys Of Shangri-la at 7 pm Wednesday is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world.

Will analyzing the hunting instincts of the Great White Shark, an endangered predator, reduce deadly attacks on Nova at 8 pm Wednesday.

Mark Evans travels to Western Australia, where seven people have been killed by sharks in the last three years on Operation Maneater at 9 pm Wednesday. Authorities have implemented radical measures to catch and kill any shark they deem a threat.

DOUBLE your gift for #YourKLRU!

Your stories keep rolling in… validating the importance of #YourKLRU in Central Texas!

Take it from Pramod Patil, Senior Manager at Plainview.

“KLRU adds a great value to our daily lives and it’s the only channel that we can watch as an entire family! KLRU has created a trust relationship where we can rely on its news and rich content. Thank you KLRU!”

Stories like Pramod’s confirm that public television is worthy of your support and vital to our community.

There’s never been a more important time to support public television than now! PBS has been rated #1 in public trust among nationally known institutions for 14 consecutive years and public television is noncommercial and available for free to ALL Americans.


We’re over halfway through our 5 day online fund drive and we still need to raise over $50,000 more to reach our $100,000 goal. And thanks to Business Supporter Emerson, we’re that much closer! For every dollar received today, Emerson will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $5,000!

Now it’s your turn! Will you step up and see your dollar effectively doubled in an instant to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come?

Do you love the science programming found on KLRU every Wednesday evening? Consider giving to KLRU’s Science Night fundraising page in support of programs like Nature and NOVA! When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool experiences like 2 tickets to KLRU’s NEXT Night Going Batty! Or consider making your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or other PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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KLRU is YOUR community-supported public television station

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Together our impact is doubled! What’s #YourKLRU?

KLRU’s online fund drive kicks off today and to get a jumpstart on our $100,000 goal we have a generous $10,000 challenge match from KLRU Board Member Myra Leo and her husband Billy Atkins. Here in their own words is why they support #YourKLRU.

My KLRU is the campfire that we can all gather around in the evening to hear the stories that make us one community. This campfire—our only community-supported public television station—would leave a huge void if it died out.

Without public television, our access to informed, commercial free and educational programming in Central Texas would vanish. Even in today’s digital age, the programming that KLRU and PBS provide can be found nowhere else.

This is why my husband Billy and I are committed to keeping the KLRU campfire burning bright with a $10,000 matching gift promise. Every dollar you give during KLRU’s online fund drive, beginning today, will be doubled. And that will go a long way in helping reach their goal to raise $100,000 in five days.

Together we can have the strongest impact to keep this community resource thriving for years to come. Won’t you join us in supporting this trusted national institution by making a gift today and sharing What’s #YourKLRU?

Do you love the independent film you see on KLRU every Monday night? Consider making your gift to KLRU’s Independent Film fundraising page. When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool swag, like 2 tickets to LaLa Land in Concert at the Long Center! Or make your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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Give through programming pages for a chance to win!

During #YourKLRU’s online fund drive we’re keeping interruptions off the air. That means we need your help to raise $100,000 in just 5 days—June 5th-9th—so that KLRU can continue dialing down pledge breaks while remaining a vital part of the Central Texas Community.  

And of course, we have some fabulous prizes!

What’s #YourKLRU?
Show us by donating to the page that matters most to you! Give support for the programming you most value while also vying for some great giveaways through our KLRU pages. Anyone who gives to one or more of our local productions or PBS programs pages is automatically entered to win. Check out the different giveaways by clicking on the logos below.

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