KLRU wins four 2016 Lone Star Emmys


KLRU programs brought home four Lone Star Emmys for productions including Arts In Context and SXSW Flashback 2015. They were awarded by the Lone Star Emmy chapter at the 14th annual awards show in Fort Worth.

And the winners are…


SXSW Flashback 2015
J.J. Weber, Executive Producer/Videographer
Taylor Kondelis, Producer/Editor/Videographer
Colleen Nelson, Associate Producer/Videographer
Galia Farber, Producer


Arts In Context: Somos Krudas
Mario Troncoso, Director/Producer/Editor
Chelsea Hernandez, Associate Producer


El Despertar
Joe Rocha, Producer
Eve Tarlo, Producer


Arts In Context SHORTS: Body Shift
Eve Tarlo, Director/Producer/Editor
Anna Ramirez, Assistant Editor
Christopher Kim, Cinematography

Highlights 16-22

KLRU Highlights

On Durrells On Masterpiece at 7pm Sunday, Keeley Hawes (Upstairs Downstairs) stars as an intrepid widow who decamps from dreary England to a sun-dappled Greek island with her four recalcitrant children on this six-part adaptation of Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and its two sequels.

Ross and George engage in a frank discussion and Demelza risks her neck before a blessed event on Poldark Season 2 On Masterpiece Sunday at 8 pm.

Lord Hawthorne wants Adam arrested for setting him afire on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9 pm Sunday.

Follow Hooligan Sparrow and other activists across southern China seeking justice for schoolgirls allegedly sexually abused by their principal on POV at 9 pm Monday.

In Considering Matthew Shepard, Grammy Award-winning choral group Conspirare bring depth and emotion to a harrowing story of loss on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Meet Nikola Tesla, the genius engineer and tireless inventor whose technology revolutionized the electrical age of the 20th century on American Experience at 8 pm Tuesday.

As Europe reels from a terror onslaught, top counter-terror officials describe their struggle to contain the unprecedented threat revealed by attacks in France and Belgium on Frontline at 9 pm Tuesday.

Watch live coverage followed by analysis of the Presidential Debate at 8 pm Tuesday co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, with David Brooks, Mark Shields, and Amy Walter in studio and Newshour correspondent John Yang on location.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday featuresEvan McMullin, a former CIA operative who is currently running as the Independent candidate for President of the United States.

Chet heads to Big Bend and Tyler on back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Road to Austin at 9 pm Thursday is a legendary concert assembled by musical director, Stephen Bruton.

Great Performances at 8 pm Friday follows the creation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s pop culture Broadway phenomenon, Hamilton, and the history behind it. Interviews with Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, Nas, Questlove, Stephen Sondheim and more.

Discover the healing powers of cultivated and wild plants and why a family grows their own food on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy dazzling modern rock and soul from Florence + The Machine followed by Andra Day on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday.


Highlights Oct. 9-15

KLRU Highlights

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape. Austin filmmaker Hector Galán profiles Velasquez and shows his lasting impact on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 7 pm Sunday.

The PBS Newshour presents live coverage of the presidential candidates debates followed by analysis co-anchored by Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff on Sunday at 8 pm.

Meet an American family coping with one of life’s most intimate transformations on POV From This Day Forward at 9 pm Monday. Sharon Shattuck’s father came out as transgender, living as Trisha. Her mother stayed with him. Now Sharon wants to understand how the family survived intact.

Photographers Hakeem Adewumi and Moyo Oyelola take a global tale and make it feel like home on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Frontline at 8 pm Tuesday investigates the U.S.-led efforts to degrade and destroy ISIS. Reporting from Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Jordan, and Turkey, the film examines the successes, failures, and challenges of the fight, as ISIS loses ground in the region but strikes out abroad.

With high speed camerawork and breakthrough new science, we enter the fast-paced world of hummingbirds as never before on Nature at 7 pm Wednesday.

Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday features Maureen Dowd, best-selling author and a columnist for The New York Times.

Chet heads to Big Bend in two back-to-back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm Thursday.

Great Performances presents Grammy Salute To Music Legends Friday at 8 pm. This all-star concert salutes The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement, Trustee and Music Educator award winners. Honorees include Ruth Brown, Celia Cruz, Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hancock, Jefferson Airplane, Linda Ronstadt, John Cage and more.

Grow gorgeous with outdoor living and water thrifty plant designs that spark attention on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy new classics and fan favorites from music icon Robert Plant on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. The British superstar sings classics from the catalogs of Led Zeppelin, the blues canon and his solo Americana albums.

Central Texas Gardener receives 2016 GWA Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement


Congrats to CTG’s Linda Lehmusvirta for receiving the 2016 Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement!

KLRU’s Linda Lehmusvirta has received the 2016 Media Awards Gold Medal of Achievement for Best Overall Broadcast Media, from the GWA: The Association for Garden Communicators for her work as producer on Central Texas Gardener.

A total of 11 Gold Medals were awarded at the 2016 GWA Awards & Honors Dinner, held on Monday, September 19.

This national award recognizes individuals and companies who achieve the highest levels of talent and professionalism in garden communications. The 2016 competition had more than 250 entries in 56 categories, and Silver Awards of Achievement were given to 59 pieces of work making them semi-finalists for Gold Awards. Lehmusvirta was one of those awarded a silver medal for her work on Central Texas Gardener.

“The GWA Media Awards showcase the writers, photographers, editors, publishers and trade companies that have pursued excellence in gardening communication in print or electronic communications,” says Kirk Brown, president of GWA. “The Media Award winners have been judged by industry experts and show significant distinction and merits that exemplify exceptional work.”

You can watch Central Texas Gardener on Saturdays at noon or by visiting the website where you can also read all of the blogs.


Highlights Oct. 2-8

KLRU Highlights

The romantic saga based on the novels by Winston Graham continues on Poldark on Masterpiece season 2 episode 2 at 8 pm Sunday.

Sooni confronts Aafrin and receives a shock and Madeline tries to line up a key ally for Ralph on Indian Summers Season 2 On Masterpiece at 9pm Sunday.

Legendary nationally televised debates in 1968 between two great public intellectuals, Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, defined a new era of public discourse in the media, the moment TV’s political ambition shifted from narrative to spectacle on Independent Lens Best Of Enemies at 8 pm Monday.

With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape. Austin filmmaker Hector Galán profiles Velasquez and shows his lasting impact on Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 9:30 pm Monday.

In Sacred Hearts, singer-songwriter Carrie Rodriguez’s latest work carries the weight of generations on Arts In Context at 10:30 pm Monday and 7:30 pm Thursday.

Live coverage of the 2016 Presidential and Vice Presidential debates Tuesday at 8 pm.

Gloria Steinem, writer, lecturer, political activist and feminist organizer, talks about the new feminism on Overheard with Evan Smith at 7 pm Thursday.

Chet heads to Alpine and Big Bend on back to back episodes of The Daytripper starting at 8 pm.

Getting Ahead at 8 pm Friday follows Tavis Smiley as he travels to Northern California, where the increases have been in place for at least a year, and offers a look at the real impact of higher wages on communities, businesses and employees.

Political comedian John Fugelsang hits the road to find out if the American Dream is alive or dead on Dream On at 9 pm Friday.

From shade trees to understory companions, grow a home-style forest for pollinators and birds on Central Texas Gardener at noon Saturday.

Enjoy performances by acclaimed singer/songwriters Bay and Giddens on Austin City Limits at 7 pm Saturday. Englishman Bay plays songs from his chart-topping debut Chaos and the Calm. North Carolina native Giddens performs tunes from her Grammy-nominated solo debut Tomorrow Is My Turn.

Hispanic Heritage Month on KLRU-Q 10/9 & 10/16

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As part of our Hispanic Heritage Month line-up, there will be special KLRU-Q programming broadcast on Sundays, October 9 and October 16.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Latino Americans – War and Peace at 8:00 p.m.
Trace the World War II years and those that follow, as Latino Americans serve their new country by the hundreds of thousands – yet still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights in the United States.

Latino Americans – The New Latinos at 8:59 p.m.
Review the decades after World War II through the early 1960s, as swelling numbers of immigrants from Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic seek economic opportunities.

Willie Velasquez: Your Vote Is Your Voice at 9:59 p.m.
With his rallying cry of “Su voto es su voz” (“your vote is your voice”), Willie Velasquez began a grassroots movement that changed the nation’s political landscape and paved the way for the growing power of the Latino vote in America. This is the story of how a young boy growing up in the poor barrio of San Antonio Texas, questioned the lack of Latino representation in his city government, grew up to be a student activist leader in the center of the Civil Rights Movement for Latinos, and then became a young Latino statesman, leading one of the most important efforts in the history of Latino empowerment in America. The film looks at Latino millennials and how their future vote will affect the American political landscape and at contemporary issues facing Latinos today and how that translates to the ballot box.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Latino Americans – Pride and Prejudice at 8:00 p.m.
Witness the creation of the proud “Chicano” identity as labor leaders organize farm workers in California, and as activists push for better education opportunities for Latinos, the inclusion of Latino studies and empowerment in the political process.

Latino Americans – Peril and Promise at 8:59 p.m.
Examine the past 30 years, as a second wave of Cubans and hundreds of thousands Salvadorans, Nicaraguans and Guatemalans flee to the U.S., creating a debate over undocumented immigrants that leads to calls for tightened borders, English-only laws and efforts to brand the undocumented as a drain on public resources. Simultaneously, the Latino influence is booming in business, sports, media, politics and entertainment. Latino Americans become the largest and youngest growing sector of the American population.

American Masters – Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer’s Journey at 9:59 p.m.
Discover the life and work of Mexican-American photographer Pedro E. Guerrero, who collaborated with Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. A co-presentation of VOCES and AMERICAN MASTERS.

KLRU collaborates with other non-profits to implement early learning programs

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KLRU has chosen three Austin-based partners to implement early-learning programs to support low-income families. KLRU will work with The Thinkery, Communities in Schools, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Texas 
to develop and distribute science and literacy content funded with a Ready-to-Learn Grant from CPB, PBS and from the U.S. Department of Education.

“KLRU is excited to collaborate with these three Austin-based organizations as part of the multi-year CPB and PBS’ Ready To Learn-funded project,” said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU CEO and General Manager. “Each organization knows that KLRU has the ability to provide quality, trusted, educational resources, and we believe we will be helping to extend their work, by serving more at-risk people in our area using high-quality early learning content and services to set them on the path for a successful future.”

The national grant will provide resources to 11 PBS stations, including KLRU, to implement local partnerships in underserved communities. The grant will allow stations to establish community-based networks of strategic local and national partnerships devoted to early learning, focused on disadvantaged children and families. Other communities participating include: Boston, MA (WGBH); Cleveland, OH (WVIZ/PBS ideastream); Cookeville, TN (WCTE); Detroit, MI (Detroit Public Television); Jackson, MS (Mississippi Public Broadcasting); Lexington, KY (Kentucky Educational Television); Los Angeles, CA (PBS SoCaL); Pittsburgh, PA (WQED); Tacoma, WA (KBTC); and Tallahassee, FL (WFSU). Station partnerships will include schools, public libraries, science centers, health clinics and housing agencies that serve high-need populations.

In their recent “Kids Count” survey, the Annie E. Casey Foundation found that 54% of America’s 3 and 4-year-olds do not have the opportunity to attend preschool. Through the grant-funded project, CPB and PBS will build on decades of success in developing and distributing content and resources that have been proven to meet the critical school readiness needs of America’s children. Nielsen confirms that PBS stations reach more children ages 2-8 and more children in low-income homes than any other children’s TV network, which makes PBS local stations powerful partners in ensuring access to educational resources.

CPB and PBS will build on previously funded work that research has proven to help narrow the achievement gap for children ages 2-8. Third-party studies of content developed through the previous grants show that children exposed to PBS KIDS resources – including Ready To Learn-funded series PEG + CAT and ODD SQUAD – improve in math skills such as counting, recognizing shapes, predicting patterns and problem-solving. Research also shows that usage of this content across media platforms significantly supports children’s early math learning, while increasing family engagement and enhancing educator effectiveness.

About KLRU-TV, Austin PBS
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is dedicated to telling stories that entertain, inspire and change our lives. KLRU highlights what makes Austin unique—whether music, arts or public issues — by creating and distributing award-winning original content. KLRU produces several series including Austin City Limits, Arts in Context, Central Texas Gardener, Civic Summit and Overheard with Evan Smith. As a nonprofit educational organization, KLRU also prepares children to succeed in school and creates lifelong learning opportunities for all. Find out more at KLRU.org.

About the Corporation for Public Broadcasting 
The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of nearly 1,500 locally owned and operated public television and radio stations nationwide. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology and program development for public radio, television and related online services. For more information, visit www.cpb.org and follow us on Twitter @CPBmedia, Facebook, and LinkedIn.

About PBS
PBS, with its over 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches nearly 100 million people through television and over 28 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website, pbskids.org, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at www.pbs.org, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at pbs.org/pressroom or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.

About The Ready To Learn Initiative
The Ready To Learn Initiative is a cooperative agreement funded and managed by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement. It supports the development of innovative educational television and digital media targeted to preschool and early elementary school children and their families. Its general goal is to promote early learning and school readiness, with a particular interest in reaching low-income children. In addition to creating television and other media products, the program supports activities intended to promote national distribution of the programming, effective educational uses of the programming, community-based outreach and research on educational effectiveness.

In the Studio: Overheard tapes Mike Love 10/07

Overheard Feature

Please join KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith for an interview with Mike Love on October 7 at 11:15am in KLRU’s Studio 6A (map). Doors open at 10:15am. The event is free but an RSVP is required. Please complete the form here to RSVP.

Mike Love is a singer/songwriter who co-founded The Beach Boys in 1961. His credits include such pop classics as Good Vibrations, California Girls,I Get Around, Fun Fun Fun, Surfin’ USA and Kokomo.  As part of The Beach Boys, he is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Vocal Group Hall of Fame, and has received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. Love‘s new memoir Good Vibrations: My Life as a Beach Boy has just been released.

Friday, October 7 at 11:15am
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Doors at 10:15am
Entrance is based upon capacity

We hope you’ll be there as Overheard with Evan Smith continues its seventh season of interviews featuring engaging conversations with fascinating people. The show airs on PBS stations nationally and presents a wide range of thoughtmakers and tastemakers from the fields of politics, journalism, business, arts, sports and more. Please join us and be part of the studio audience at this taping with Mike Love. And don’t forget you can watch past episodes anytime at klru.org/overheard.

KLRU wins national awards for community engagement and education work


The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) honored KLRU as one of 17 stations for excellence in content production, promotion and marketing, community engagement, and instructional media.

KLRU brought home two awards in Community Engagement for their work in Play to Learn and An Eastside Education.


KLRU’s Ben Kramer accepts the award for Play to Learn at the 2016 NETA Conference.

Play to Learn began when the United Way for Greater Austin asked KLRU to design a ten-week workshop for parents and youth residing in the poorest sections of town, where school readiness rates were only 12 percent overall. The Play to Learn sessions served over 500 families with a completion rate over 90 percent, created a sense of community, and was invited to the 2015 White House ConnectHome Summit.

“[Play to Learn is] deep community engagement, deep results based on solid research,” the Awards Judges review panel said. “I am obsessed with this very well laid-out program. This is SUPER impactful work. I am amazed at how many kids and families have been touched by this.”

The awards presentation was a highlight of NETA’s annual professional development conference.


KLRU’s April Burcham accepts the award for An Eastside Education at the 2016 NETA Conference.

An Eastside Education was a six-part digital news project that followed students, teachers and staff at an Austin high school under threat of closure by the state. For years, Eastside Memorial High School has been plagued by failing test scores and negative headlines. An Eastside Education spent one semester at one of Austin’s lowest-income schools, as teachers, parents, administrators, and students fought to meet state accountability standards or watch their school be closed.

A custom-built website was built for this project and includes seven chapters, with video, in-depth narrative, imagery, infographics, and links to external resources.

“This is how to take a new, fresh look at a chronic problem,” the Awards Judges review panel said.

They also added that, “KLRU’s storytelling platform created an exciting way to dive deep into communities.”

You can take a look and interact with An Eastside Project here.

KLRU at ACL Cares


Be sure to visit the KLRU booth in the ACL Cares section of the Austin City Limits Music Festival. We will be handing out KLRU/ACL fans and sunscreen, as well as raffling a pair of passes to an Austin City Limits taping. We’ll be there Sept. 30-Oct. 2 & Oct. 7-9 in Zilker Park. See you there!