In the Studio: KLRU & Texas Tribune host GOP Railroad Commission Candidate Forum

Join us in studio to hear from six of the Republicans running for an open seat on the Texas Railroad Commission. The Texas Railroad Commission is the primary regulator of oil and gas production and drilling in the state. These candidates are seeking their party’s nomination in the March primary for the open seat on the three-member commission.

During this hourlong forum, the candidates and moderator Evan Smith of the The Texas Tribune will discuss their ideas about the industry, regulation, the state economy, and other issues that will confront the commission in the years ahead. This forum will air on KLRU Feb. 15th at 7 pm.

Monday, February 8th
6PM-7PM, doors at 5:30PM
KLRU’s Studio 6A (map)
Please RSVP

Lance Christian has worked as a geoscientist for the Texas Railroad Commission since 2013. Previously, he served as a geoscientist for the Texas Water Development Board.

Wayne Christian served in the Texas House, representing District 9, from 1997 to 2013. During his time in the Legislature, he served as vice chairman of the Regulated Industries Committee and president of the Texas Conservative Coalition. Christian is also a member of the SunAmerica President’s Club and owns his own financial consulting business, Wayne Christian Financial.

Gary Gates serves as CEO and owner of Gatesco, Inc., a real estate investment company in the Texas Gulf Coast region. He has also served as a delegate for the State Party Convention since 2002 and is a lifetime member of the Fort Bend County Fair Association. Previously, Gates served as board member for the Fort Bend Pregnancy Resource Center.

John Greytok is an attorney based in Austin and has worked as a briefing attorney to the chief justice of the Austin Court of Appeals. Previously, Greytok served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Texas, and he has worked as a precinct chair, election judge, campaign treasurer, convention delegate and member of the county resolutions committee.

Ron Hale serves as CEO for Duboise Industries LLC and as director of operations for the private security company NZ Control Specialists, which specializes in anti-terrorism consulting for the oil and gas industry. Hale previously ran for the District 15 seat in the Texas Senate.

Doug Jeffrey manages his family’s cattle farm and ranch business in Vernon, Texas. He is also an investor in the oil and gas industry. Jeffrey was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, where he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Weston Martinez is an oil and gas business development and government affairs strategist and works as a political commentator. He was appointed in 2011 by then-Gov. Rick Perry to serve as a public member of the Texas Real Estate Commission. Previously, Martinez worked in the regulated telecommunications industry.

This production is a partnership with The Texas Tribune and will be livestreamed on TexasTribune.orgSupport for the livestream is provided in part by the Texas Oil & Gas Association, CenterPoint Energy, and Texas Pipeline Association. Photo copyright Jerod Foster. 


ACL & KLRU Holiday Sale

Holiday season creeping up on you? Not sure what to get loved ones? Never fear – head to KLRU’s Studio 6A for the Austin City Limits and KLRU holiday sale, Dec. 8 from 5-8 p.m.

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. Ready Betty and The Bluebonnets provide music.

5:30 pm: Ready Betty
The six-member squad consists of Vangie Gardner on lead vocals, Beth Lee on guitar and vocals, Rachel Allred on bass and vocals, Alice Evans on keys and vocals, Tara Rix hitting the alto sax and Melody Douglas on drums. The band, which formed in 2014, regularly plays their characteristic “retro chic” rock’n’roll – a mix of swing, rockabilly, funk and a special something – at noted venues across town, including the Sahara Lounge, The Blackheart and Scholz Garden.

6:30 pm: The Bluebonnets
The Bluebonnets play glam/garage/blues/rock complimented with layered girl-group harmonies. Tight and tough, their songs are energetic and genre defying—arrangements held together byguitar interplay and hooks you rememberlong after the show. Featuring guitarists Eve Monsees and Kathy Valentine, Singer/bassist Dominique Davalos and drummer Christina Comley, the band puts a feminine slant onblues injected rock n’ roll, yet don’t fall into any musical category easily; traces of pop, roots, country and punk artfully interweave into the music.

Mercy Street screening and discussion 12/5

The Bullock Texas State History Museum, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, and the James A. Michener Center for Writers come together for a special screening and discussion of Mercy Street, PBS’ newest dramatic series about the lives of two volunteer nurses on opposite sides of the Civil War.

This event takes place Saturday, December 5 at 2 p.m. at the Bob Bullock Museum. Respond to the required RSVP and get more information about the event here.

The event opens with a discussion of the Civil War in popular culture, the evolution of the subject through the years, and its continued relevance today. Panelists include Mercy Street producer David Zucker, also the executive producer of Peabody Award-winning drama The Good Wife; Steven Deyle, associate professor from the University of Houston who served as historical consult and on the creative team for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years A Slave; and moderator James Magnuson, director of the James A. Michener Center for Writers.

Mercy Street, which premieres nationwide January 2016, is PBS’ first scripted series in more than a decade. Set in Virginia in the spring of 1862, Mercy Street is not about battles and glory – it’s about the drama and unexpected humor of everyday life behind the front lines. It’s a fresh twist on an iconic story, one that resonates with larger themes we still struggle with today. View the trailer below:

2015 Vision + Voice Award Reception

KLRU featured event

On September 18, AISD will host the awards reception for the annual Vision + Voice multilingual poetry contest at the ACC Eastview Campus (3401 Webberville Road 78702) in Room 8500. AISD students from kindergarten to 12th grade submit poetry to the contest, with one winner and one to two honorable mentions per grade. Winning poems are paired with an ACC student’s artwork and created into posters displayed across the district and the city of Austin. Refreshments will be provided. Find more information about the event and RSVP here.

To see the winning pieces and honorable mentions, go here.  Watch videos of the 2014 winners

In the Studio: Wiretree tapes Satellite Sets 1/27

Austin’s own Wiretree will tape ACL Presents: Satellite Sets on Thursday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m. in KLRU’s Studio 6A. Doors will open at 7 and the taping will take about an hour. The taping is free, but an RSVP is required. RSVP here

Singer-songwriter Kevin Peroni began composing heartfelt indie melodies reminiscent of The Shins meets early Posies under the band’s moniker in 2005. Since then, Peroni has inducted three additional members to help Wiretree excel in lacing tracks with infectious hooks and choruses reminding us of an orchestrated Tom Petty-esque pomp and circumstance. The collective’s latest LP, Luck, has been included on various year-end lists and incorporates a variety of classic influences to produce an endearing yet simplistic indie pop masterpiece. Powerpop Station describes Luck as “a collection of pop gems of rare beauty, a panel revealing an inspired artist, a pill filled with good feelings” while Blurt Magazine praises its “underground-tinted ’80s stylings and latterday indie rock with a distinctive anthemic edge.” With the assured grace of Elliott Smith-like vocals and Peroni’s acoustic innocence, the album assures to provoke a bright and enjoyable musical experience.

Opening Night features Steve Miller Band 2/24




Austin, TX — KLRU invites Austin to a world-class celebration on Thursday, February 24, 2011 for the grand opening of the Moody Theater’s AUSTIN CITY LIMITS Stage. City leaders, cultural icons, community philanthropists, business executives and music fans, will join together as the legendary KLRU-produced, PBS series moves to a new state-of-the-art venue.

Opening Night ushers the legendary show to its new stage with a special performance by Steve Miller Band and the unveiling of a newly created Austin city skyline backdrop.

Lauded rock guitarist Steve Miller and his band have been inspiring fans for more than four decades with Miller’s unique brand of rousing American rock ‘n’ roll. His catalog includes 17 studio albums and multiple hit singles including “The Joker,” “Take The Money and Run,” “Jet Airliner,” “Abracadabra” and more.

The new stage backdrop is a much-anticipated modernized rendition of the television series’ previous backdrop which brought the Austin skyline into viewers’ homes since its adoption in 1981. According to series Executive Producer Terry Lickona, the new backdrop represents Austin’s current skyline while still highlighting the celebrated University of Texas tower and Texas State Capitol that have always been integral to the show’s look. It was designed and constructed by a host of Austin-based craftsmen: artist Ellen Lampl, Custom Creation, set painter Tim Dingle, and Olden Lighting, alongside series production company LickonaVision.

The evening will kickoff with a performance by Austin’s own Carolyn Wonderland, representing the new generation of Texas blues-rock guitar slingers. Wonderland made her national television debut on the show in 2008.

Accomplishing what no other show has done in the history of American television, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS has presented audiences with the most diverse, original, cutting-edge talent music has to offer. The series will take this same spirit of creativity into the new venue giving more of Austin a seat to the next stage of legendary performances.

The Moody Theater is a state-of-the-art live music venue.   Developed by Stratus Properties, the new home of AUSTIN CITY LIMITS 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. In addition to ACL tapings, it will host 60-100 concerts a year as ACL Live at The Moody Theater.  Nestled next to the W Austin Hotel & Residences™, it is the premier destination in Austin for live performances as well as private events and only one of two dedicated live music venues in the country built to USGBC LEED rated standards.

In 2009, the Moody Foundation of Galveston, Texas gave KLRU a $2.5 million contribution to help equip the new state of the art AUSTIN CITY LIMITS production facility.

Two levels of tickets are still available to this special night:

Dinner-By-The-Bite + Performance Tickets – $500 per ticket
Arrive early and enjoy cocktails and amazing cuisine provided by W Austin on the Gallery of the Mezzanine Level. Take your reserved seat on the Mezzanine Level for the show after the reception.

Performance Tickets – $150 per ticket

Performance tickets include Balcony Level reserved seats to the show

Following the performance, the entire theater will open up for the Encore Reception with sweet & savory snacks and your chance to tour every seat in the house.

For more information or to purchase tickets go to

KLRU’s Opening Night committee is chaired by Berry Crowley.  Honorary Chairs are Bobbi and Mort Topfer.  Committee includes Linda Benge, Laura Beuerlein. Susie Dudley, Mary Margaret Farabee, Jordan Herman, Mary Herman, Cindy Hill, W Austin, Carrie Holt, AMLI, Jenny Miller, Ross Moody, Elizabeth Nash, Claire Pinkerton,  Laurie Swan, Stratus Properties,  Dwight Thompson, Trisa Thompson, Tomi Winstead, Sandy Youman.
KLRU’s Opening Night is made possible by the generous support of our lead sponsors: The Moody Foundation, W Austin, and Stratus Properties.
About KLRU:
KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, reflects, celebrates and inspires Central Texas through creative excellence, community engagement and lifelong learning. In addition to providing locally produced and quality national television programming, KLRU is also a non-profit organization helping to build a stronger community through educational workshops, community engagement projects and public events. Known as the producing station of the longest running live music television show AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, KLRU has also worked on several other national productions including the documentaries Tattooed Under Fire and Citizen Architect. Get more information about KLRU at

Parenting Counts Workshops

WHAT: Parenting Counts Workshops
WHERE: St. John Branch Library, 7500 Blessing Ave
WHEN: 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, May 19 and 26

Parenting Counts Workshops were developed by the Talaris institute and brought to the Austin Public Library in partnership with KLRU. Explore ways to share the love of reading and develop the foundation for further learning. The workshop is open to parents of children ages 3 to 5 years old and will be taught in English. Each workshop is limited to 20 participants, so please call 512-974-7567 to reserve a space now. Parents will receive a free children’s book that goes with each theme discussed. The workshops are free and open to the public. The upcoming workshops will focus on May 19: Tell Me a Story and May 26: Taking a Break with Books. Find out more about Parenting Counts at

Local children honored for creating their own books

WHAT: Event to honor the winners of KLRU’s Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest
WHERE: Ruiz Library, 1600 Grove Blvd.
WHEN: Saturday, May 16, from 10:30 a.m. to Noon

Each year students in kindergarten through third grade are invited to create their own books with original stories and drawings in the annual Reading Rainbow Young Writers and Illustrators Contest. This year, KLRU received more than 100 book submissions from children in the Austin area. A panel of teachers and librarians judged the entries. more

DTV Answers Day

The move from analog to digital broadcasting will take place on February 17. Do you know if your television is ready for the transition?

DTV Answers Day will be January 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. throughout Central Texas. Experts from all local television stations will be out in the community answering questions and giving demonstrations about the digital television transition.

KLRU will be at the Nimitz Museum Community Room in Fredericksburg, 340 East Main St. Other Austin television stations will be at the following locations:

Taylor Public Library 801 Vance St.

Lantex Theatre in Llano 113 W Main St.

LCRA Riverside Conference Center in Bastrop  1405 Willow St.

Bee Cave Library in the Hill Country Galleria 4000 Galleria Parkway

Univision Studios Austin 2233 W. North Loop Blvd.

KLRU Behind-the-Scenes

Meet the people who make some of KLRU’s most popular local shows happen during the Texas Book Festival this weekend. KLRU producers will be at the KLRU booth in the exhibitor’s area of the Texas Book Festival at the Capitol all day Saturday, Nov. 1. Here’s your chance to chat with the people who make KLRU’s award winning TV.

Here’s the schedule for the day:
9 a.m. :: Linda Lehmusvirta producer of Central Texas Gardener
10 a.m. :: Dutch Rall producer of In Context
11 a.m. :: Elena Ramirez KLRU producer
noon :: Lynn Boswell producer of Texas Monthly Talks
1 p.m. :: JJ Weber Broadcast Operations Manager
2 p.m. :: Domenique Bellavia producer of Docubloggers
3 p.m. :: Sean Cunningham producer of Docubloggers