Thank you for giving together

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We are absolutely overwhelmed by your outpouring of support for KLRU’s #GivingTuesday campaign!

In less than 24-hours, with your support, we met our $30,000 goal and exceeded it to raise over $40,000! Thank you for joining the #GivingTuesday movement  — together, you and over 300 other Central Texans gave to do extraordinary things right here in the Central Texas community!

Special thanks to our #GivingTuesday Business Supporters, Wilson Goldrick Realtors, SVN Tamarack and Architecture Plus for providing challenge matches that helped raise $9,000 towards our #GivingTuesday efforts.

All the dollars raised on #GivingTuesday will go directly back to serving you and your community – allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming, as well as, vital community services to everyone in Central Texas.

THANK YOU again for helping us give together. 

Generous matching support provided by:

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KLRU wants to give YOU Odd Squad LIVE!


Engage with KLRU and you might win Odd Squad Live tickets!

There is something a little odd happening in Austin, and we want YOU on the case. This winter the Odd Squad lands at The Long Center with new agents, new music and a set of mysteries the entire audience will help solve.
Ms. O will lead the investigation from headquarters, helping you and rookie Agents Orion and Oleanna use STEM skills to stop Father Time and Lady Terrible from carrying out their villainous deeds.

Want a chance to join in on the laughter and adventure?
There are 4 ways to enter, which means 4 chances to win!

Share a slightly odd picture from your life to social media and tag KLRU.

Does your sandwich have a hole in the middle?
Are you combing your hair with a fork?
If it’s fun and odd, we want to see it!

1. Facebook: Tag @KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
2. Instagram: Tag KLRU and add #yourklru
3. Twitter: Tag @klru
(note: For KLRU to see your entry, settings for your FB post, Instagram, or Tweet must be public.)
4. You can also gain an entry by simply donating on the form below.

Winners will receive 2 tickets to see Odd Squad Live January 15, 2017 at 5:30pm as well as one youth-sized Odd Squad t-shirt!

Good luck!
Winners will be notified on December 16th!

KLRU Kids Holiday Programs

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KLRU KIDS celebrates the season with holiday episodes and movies, including:

In this one-hour special, it’s Christmas time and the Wild Kratts are taking a break from creature adventuring to celebrate. But when the Wild Kratts receive an alert that their favorite creatures are suddenly disappearing around the globe, their holiday party quickly turns into a rescue mission. “A Creature Christmas” airs December 23 at 6:30 am & 4:00 pm;  and December 25 at 8:00 am.

George and The Man with The Yellow Hat are having a very merry time counting down the days until Christmas. There’s only one puzzle: neither of them can figure out what to give the other for a present. Help Curious George in his holiday special, A Very Monkey Christmas, airing on December 16 at 7:30 am and 1:30 pm; December 18 at 7:30 am; December 24 at 7:00 am and December 25 at 7:00 am.

In this holiday special of The Cat in the Hat, the adventure finds the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally on a journey around the world to help a lost reindeer find his way home to Freezeyourknees Snowland in time for Christmas. The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Christmas!, airs December 17 at 6:00 am and December 25 at 6:00 am.

This is a special holiday episode of Peg + Cat featuring “The Christmas Problem,” “The Hanukkah Problem,” and “The Penguin Problem. ” Peg + Cat + Holidays, airs December 13 at 1:30 pm.

On Thomas & Friends, cheeky little Tank Engine, and his friends, Edward, James, Gordon, Percy, Henry and Toby, plus Emily, set out on their holiday adventures. Thomas & Friends premiers a week of new holiday episodes the week of 12/12-12/16 airs at 11:30 am weekdays.

Join Bob the Builder and all of his friends on his new holiday episode on December 5 at 10:30 am; December 9 at 10:30 am; December 15 at 10:30 am; December 19 at 10:30 am; December 21 at 10:30 am; and December 23 at 10:30 am.

This is it…#GivingTuesday!

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Now’s the time for YOU to help redefine the giving spirit this holiday season.

Join #YourKLRU and the #GivingTuesday movement as we bring together individuals from across the globe to do extraordinary things, TODAY! Your support towards our $30,000 goal will help inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to harness the power of philanthropy.

And best of all, you can double your dollar and your impact by giving your donation during the generous challenge match from  local business supporter, Wilson Goldrick Realtors.

For every dollar received this morning until 11am, Wilson Goldrick will contribute the same amount up to $2,500, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $5,000! 

Remember, everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community – allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming to everyone in Central Texas.

THANK YOU for helping us give together.

Generous matching support provided by:


KLRU Holiday Programs


KLRU Christmas Eve Programming:

In the countdown to Christmas on the Great British Baking Show “Christmas Master Class”, Paul bakes St. Lucia buns and mincemeat and marzipan couronne. Mary tackles French galette, Genoa cake, and white chocolate and ginger cheesecake, which airs Saturday, December 24 starting at 4:30 pm.

The one-hour music special HAPPY HOLIDAYS WITH THE BOSTON POPS showcases the best of the New England holiday season with the Boston Pops and Tanglewood Festival Chorus. Featuring plenty of Christmas classics, Happy Holidays with the Boston Pops airs Saturday, December 24 at 7:00 pm

Tune in to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and hear Broadway star Laura Osnes, acclaimed British screen actor Martin Jarvis and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in the annual Christmas concert. Christmas with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir repeats on Saturday, December 24 at 8:00 pm

Three Tenors Christmas encores on Saturday, December 24 at 9:00 pm. Luciano Pavarotti, Jose Carreras and Placido Domingo sing traditional and classical Christmas songs, including “Let It Snow”, “White Christmas” and “Jingle Bells”. 

Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program, JORDAN SMITH ‘TIS THE SEASON, which encores on Saturday, December 24 at 10:00 pm.

From manger scenes and mistletoe to wintry wonderlands, RICK STEVES’ EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS celebrates the Christmas season throughout the European continent. In the special, Rick visits friends and families in England, France, Norway, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy to reveal their customs and practices of the holiday season. Rick Steves’ holiday episode, # 106 “European Christmas”, encores on Saturday, December 24 at 11:00 pm.

Christmas Day Programming:

On the Christmas Day special of Great British Baking Show “Christmas Master Class”, watch Mary prepare a pavlova wreath, and Paul a Chelsea bun Christmas tree. Mary makes decadent trifle layered with fruit compote and a rosace a l’orange. “Christmas Master Class” airs Sunday, December 25 starting at 1:00 pm

KLRU Q Holiday Programming

KLRUQ offers a month of holiday themed programming
Wednesday, Dec. 7
Taped in part at the historic Saenger Theatre in downtown New Orleans, the special spotlights a concert celebrating the city’s vast and unique musical influences.
Sunday, Dec. 11
10:30 pm  European Christmas Markets
Join us on our discovery of Europe’s Christmas Markets, where the town center, market square or just the narrow, cobblestone streets of the cities and towns of Europe come alive in winter with festively decorated wooden stalls offering all sorts of treats and delights.
Wednesday, Dec. 14
11:00 pm  Joshua Bell Presents Musical Gifts
n celebration of the release of his 2013 album, Musical Gifts, world-renowned violinist Joshua Bell welcomed cameras into his elegant Manhattan residence for a rare and intimate concert.
Saturday, Dec. 17
6:00 pm   Shaun Johnson Big Band Experience – The Spirit Of The Season
Emmy-winning tenor Shaun Johnson – a founding member of the popular a cappella quartet Tonic Sol-Fa – goes solo in a spirited holiday special.
Monday, Dec. 19
Austin’s own Bruce Robison & Kelly Willis perform a unique blend of country and Christmas tunes at The Paramount Theater.
Tuesday, Dec. 20
10:00 am   European Christmas Markets
10:30 am   Christmas on the Danube
A companion to European Christmas Market documentary.It is true holiday treat that will fill your senses with warmth, touch your heart, and provide your mind with geography and history, as well.
1:00 pm    European Christmas Markets
1:30 pm    Christmas on the Danube
Saturday, Dec. 24
5:00 am   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Jordan Smith, season nine winner of NBC’s The Voice (and biggest selling The Voice artist to date), stars in his very first one-hour concert program.
6:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
Sunday, Dec. 25
5:00 pm   Jordan Smith ’tis The Season
5:55 pm   Ancient Roads from Christ to Constantine marathon, episodes #101-106 — ends at 11:40 pm
Charts Christianity’s evolution from a small movement to the largest religion in the world, with more than two billion followers

KLRU is thankful for YOU


Thanksgiving… a day full of good food, great company and maybe even a little football. But it’s also a day to reflect on what we’re grateful for… and KLRU cannot emphasize enough how sincerely grateful we are for YOU!

As we jump into the holiday season, and our Winter Fund Drive, we’re thankful that your thoughtful feedback and support enables KLRU to keep more of your regular schedule on-air, with fewer interruptions, during fundraising drives.

And with just 2 weeks to raise $220,000, will you share in the spirit of Thanksgiving by making a gift to show us how grateful you are for KLRU’s commitment to local productions, community outreach, and unrivaled television that entertains, educates and inspires?

During this season of gathering together… eating Thanksgiving dinner together, watching PBS together—YOU have the power to ensure that KLRU will always be a gathering place for your community.

Thank you for giving generously. 

Highlights Nov. 27-Dec. 3

KLRU Highlights

Rick Steves’ Guide To Cuba at 7 pm and 11 pm Sunday and 10 pm Thursday showcases the well-preserved colonial town of Trinidad and the verdant national park at Vinales, featuring scenic horse rides and rustic tobacco farms.

An enraged mob threatens George and Elizabeth, and Ross and Demelza confront their demons on the new episode of Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 8 pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

Andrea Bocelli pays musical tribute to the silver screen in a lush concert of beloved songs from the movies on Great Performances Sunday at 9 pm and Thursday at 8 pm.

The Last Waltz was a concert by the Canadian-American rock group The Band, held on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1976, at Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco and has been hailed by critics as one of the greatest concert films ever made. Experience the concert film on Last Waltz Monday at 8 pm.

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes a personal journey through the last 50 years of African American history, charting the incredible progress made – as well as the obstacles that remain, this week on Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise at 7 pm on Tuesday.

Get an all-access pass to the seminal moments in recorded music with this compilation special with Paul McCartney, Roger Waters, Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Roger Daltrey, Quincy Jones, Ringo Starr, Niles Rogers and more on this weeks episode of Great Moments from Soundbreaking Tuesday at 9:45 pm.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before and for the first time, we see them mate, lay eggs, fight, and raise families in intimate detail. Catch the Super Hummingbirds Wednesday on Nature at 7 pm.

Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius on Genius at 8:30 pm on Wednesday.

Watch the legendary Irish soul singer at the peak of his powers in a 1973 London concert on Van Morrison: Live At The Rainbow at 10 pm on Wednesday.

Chet explores the east side of Texas’s capital city exploring its food trucks, a modern butcher shop, and a house museum that “Keeps Austin Weird,” Thursday at 7 pm on The Daytripper.

Great Performances follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it this Friday at 8 pm.

On Last Of The Breed, savor a once-in-a-lifetime concert event by the legendary Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Ray Price. The treasure trove of honky-tonk hits and Texas swing tunes turned the album Last of the Breed into a major-selling hit on Friday at 10 pm and Saturday at 7 pm.

Revisit treasured moments from the unforgettable series, including new behind-the-scenes clips and interview footage on I Miss Downton Abbey! Saturday at 9:30 pm.

MY MUSIC Presents The Carpenters: Close to You, a music-filled documentary that traces the Carpenters’ career through the eyes of Richard Carpenter and the group’s friends in the music business airing Saturday at 11 pm.

Schedule your #GivingTuesday donation today!

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You can redefine the giving spirit this season by joining #YourKLRU on Tuesday, November 29th for #GivingTuesday.

#GivingTuesday brings together individuals from across the globe to do extraordinary things. Help inspire others in Central Texas and beyond to harness the power of philanthropy.

And you don’t have to wait until November 29th to give! Schedule your donation now on the form below and we’ll process your gift at 3am on #GivingTuesday. Your gift will go a long way in helping reach our $30,000 goal!

Help put YOUR community-supported public television station on the map as a shining example of Central Texas generosity. Everything you give goes directly back to serving you and your community -allowing KLRU to continue bringing the best in educational, entertaining, and inspiring programming.

THANK YOU for helping us give together.

2016 Austin City Limits / KLRU Holiday Gift Fair 12/6


Get yourself or your loved ones a special Austin City Limits holiday ornament, limited edition poster, t-shirt or one of the many other items available for purchase at our annual Holiday Sale, free and open to the public from 5:30-8pm!

Free beverages from Shiner, Texas Coffee Traders and more! Enjoy live music from Ama and a solo performance by Lauren Burton of Lola Tried.

This special event will feature a silent auction of one of the retired audio boards from legendary Studio 6A. This Yamaha PM3500M was used as the monitor board for most Austin City Limits tapings from 2006-2010 and for all other music events in the studio from 2006-2016. We will also auction a few more classic 80s and 90s amplifiers from our backline. Take a piece of Austin music history home with you!

5:30pm doors open
5:40pm Lauren Burton
6:35pm Ama (solo)
7:10pm Ama (full band)

Lauren Burton:
Lauren Burton currently leads four-piece rock n’ roll band Lola Tried, who will soon release a new EP.  Their song, “Blue and Green,” was a KUTX Song of the Day earlier this year. You may have seen this singer/songwriter perform solo or in her former project, Wicker.

Ama is a rock ‘n’ roll band from Austin that Blair Robbins started with the help of her friends as a vehicle for her songwriting. With a live lineup featuring Ray Garza on bass, Evan Kaspar on drums, and Alex Peterson on guitar, Ama achieves new nuance and dynamic, moving between doubt/certainty, tension/release, and melody/ambience.