It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Robert F. Schenkkan. Schenkkan was the founder of both KLRU and KUT, and a true pioneer in public broadcasting. He was also a good friend and advisor.
Here’s a touching tribute to him, his career and his family from 2007.
Ring in the New Year from one of the most famous musical streets in the world, Beale Street in Memphis, TN, the home of the blues and the birthplace of rock & roll.
KLRU-Q will present LIVE! Beale Street on New Year’s Eve, from 11:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This special live event will provide a unique look at the rich history of Beale Street through video segments, live interviews and, of course, the live view from Beale Street itself.
The broadcast includes a traditional countdown to midnight with fireworks and the dropping of the Giant Guitar. Revelers will also be invited to “come bury your blues” by dropping mementos and notes into a symbolic coffin. (Viewers at home will be able to bury their blues by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org). The celebration continues after midnight.
Thanks to everyone who attended the KLRU Community Screening with David Brancaccio and Ellen Spiro on their documentary Fixing The Future.
In Fixing the Future: NOW on PBS, David Brancaccio visits communities across America, including Austin, using innovative approaches to create jobs and build prosperity. After the economic meltdown of 2008, the nation stands in urgent need of economic growth that’s not based on risky financial bets placed by Wall Street. Brancaccio talks to working Americans who are re-engineering the future, built on American values of commonwealth, shared prosperity, fairness, wellness, sustainability and creativity. Here are ways to get involved.
Special thanks to our sponsors Austin Community College, Live Oak Brewing and Texas Coffee Traders.
Wednesday night, Austin viewers were lucky to be serenaded by the beautiful voices of the Conspirare Children’s Choir. The Children’s Choir was created as an extension of Austin-based Conspirare, a professional ensemble of adult choral singers featured in the evening’s broadcast of “A Company of Voices: Conspirare in Concert,” which is a production of KLRU and has been shared with a nationwide audience. Please take time to support this program and local productions at KLRU. Conspirare will be performing their Christmas concert this Monday at the Long Center. They put on an amazing show and their Christmas concert is an annual tradition for many Austinites.
Everyone in the studio was very impressed by the discipline and talent of the singers who gave a very moving performance. Posted below are some pictures from the evening and clips from the Children’s Choir singing two holiday songs.
Old MacDonald has decked out the farm’s town square for the holidays! Come enjoy holiday snacks, special craft sessions, and activities while musicians fill the air with holiday cheer at the first ever Biscuit Brothers Homestyle Holiday Hoedown. This handcrafted holiday event is a fundraiser for the Biscuit Brothers Children’s Television Project.
KLRU invites Austin to a world-class celebration for the grand opening of the Moody Theater’s Austin City Limits Stage. Opening Night celebrates Austin City Limits’ move to a new studio located in downtown Austin. The new Austin City Limits studio, developed by Stratus Properties as part of the Block 21 development project, will enable more fans to watch future live tapings and provide an enhanced experience while maintaining the intimacy, character and integrity that have been the hallmark of Austin City Limits for more than three decades.
Individuals can enjoy this once in a lifetime evening by purchasing tickets to KLRU’s Opening Night at klru.org/openingnight
October 29th was Reading Heroes Day at Maria Hernandez Elementary in San Marcos. KLRU has donated over 500 books to the school and was honored to be included in the day’s activities. Along with a special appearance by Clifford the Big Red Dog, reading heroes from the community including staff from the Texas House of Representatives, police, EMS and fire department staff, members of the Texas State University baseball team, and personnel of the San Marcos Public Library read aloud to classes throughout the day. Adding to the fun were all the great literary and PBS themed costumes.
Click here to view the photographs taken during KLRU’s visit.
Turn off the front porch lights and pretend you’re not home, you won’t want any trick-or-treaters interrupting your TV watching this Halloween.
KLRU-Q (channel 18.3) has a special lineup of spooky programs beginning at 6:30 with Haunted Texas. After you explore the ghost sightings in the old Freedman’s Colony outside of Blanco, Texas get ready for a marathon of Secrets of the Dead. Part detective story, part true-life drama, Secrets of the Dead explores some of the most iconic moments in history to debunk myths and shed new light on past events.
6:30pm – Haunted Texas
7:00pm – Secrets of the Dead “Headless Romans”
8:00pm – Secrets of the Dead “Aztec Massacre”
9:00pm – Secrets of the Dead “Sinking Atlantis”
10:00pm – Secrets of the Dead “Airmen and the Headhunters”