Your feedback is essential. Take KLRU’s Annual Survey!

It’s time for KLRU’s Annual Viewer Survey and your feedback is essential!

Each year KLRU asks Central Texans to tell us what we’re getting right and how we can improve. These surveys allow us to both check in with individuals while also fine-tuning bigger picture ideas for the upcoming year. The more feedback we receive, the better we can serve the community.

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The survey should take a maximum of 10 minutes to complete. Please note that all information collected for this survey is for internal use only and will not be shared or sold to anyone.

And be entered into a giveaway for a KLRU Fan Kit when you take the survey today!

Thank you so much for participating!

 

You could win it all! ACL All Access

KLRU is selling 400 ACL All Access raffle tickets each ticket is priced at $100. Get your tickets now! Four lucky winners will win an October filled with Austin City Limits prizes including:

  • Two (2) VIP Badges for Weekend One or Two of the Austin City Limits Music Festival,
    October 6 – 8 or October 13 – 15
  • Two (2) Tickets to the Austin City Limits Hall of Fame Induction & Celebration,
    Wednesday, October 25
  • Two (2) Passes to EVERY Austin City Limits taping in October
  • Current tapings include:
    Herbie Hancock on Thursday, October 12
    More to be announced!

You could win it all! Raffle will launch on August 14, 2017 at 9 a.m. COMPLETE RAFFLE RULES

Challenge Match Deadline: Your participation is critical

KLRU’s Day of Giving ends at midnight tonight! This means you have less than 6 hours left to make an impact and help us meet our $60,000 goal.

With less than $30,000 left to raise, your participation in our Day of Giving is critical.

And you don’t want to miss out on our $20,000 challenge match going on right now – every dollar received up until midnight will be automatically doubled, dollar for dollar, up to $20,000! Many thanks to Lonnie & Polly Cooper and The Hobby Family Foundation for making this possible.

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With the future of federal funding for public television in jeopardy, the foundation for everythingKLRU does counts even more on community support.

And the best way to give is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and have a big impact on your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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Your support is more important than ever! Thank you for standing with KLRU.

2x Challenge Alert: This news matters!

These days, as big events, big changes and big issues come at us fast, the trusted sources of news you find on KLRU take on even more value and importance.

PBS NewsHourFRONTLINE and Washington Week in Review offer the kind of reliable reporting and analysis you need – thoughtful, thorough, civil and TRUSTED.

At a time when the future of federal funding is in real danger, YOUR viewer support is absolutely vital! And longtime KLRU supporters Lonnie and Polly Cooper couldn’t agree more.

“In a mounting world of noise and political agendas, KLRU and PBS is one of the only media outlets that earns our trust and appreciation each and every day. It’s important to us that PBS presents a multitude of perspectives on a viewpoint, issue or event in history.”

This is why Lonnie and Polly Cooper are committed to making a big impact on KLRU’s Day of Giving with a $15,000 challenge match to the Central Texas community. For every dollar received today, the Coopers will contribute the same amount up to $15,000, potentially helping KLRU bring in a total of $30,000 (that’s halfway to our $60,000 goal)!

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Your ongoing monthly gift or one-time contribution will help ensure that the funding for this essential news coverage stays strong:

$20/month or $250 donation = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$40/month or $500 donation = 1 hour of trusted public affairs programming
$80/month or $1,000 donation = 2 hours of trusted public affairs programming

There’s simply no substitute for the independent, public mission that stands behind our commitment to bring the best in news and public affairs.

And there’s no substitute for YOU in this mission. YOU make these essential programs possible.

Today only! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before we run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

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24 hours to make an impact!

You have 24 hours to make an impact starting tonight at midnight!

Over the past several drives you’ve allowed KLRU to shorten the amount of hours spent fundraising on-air, giving you back more of the programs you love. And this August we’re doing it again by cutting a full week off the on-air drive! But we need your support to make it happen…

KLRU has just 24 hours to raise $60,000! August 1st begins KLRU’s Day of Giving and I’m officially challenging you to make an impact by making a donation.

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And the best way to accept this challenge is to become a Sustaining Member! Your ongoing monthly gift will help sustain everything you love about KLRU and will make a lasting difference in your Central Texas community:

$5 a month = 1 hour of PBS KIDS programming
$10 a month = 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up community screening
$20 a month = ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming
$42 a month = 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a low-income child
$84 a month = 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece

Giving Day only gifts! We have a limited quantity of KLRU branded YETI ramblers – become a $12/month Sustaining Member or donate $144 to secure yours today before they run out! Also, when you make a donation of any amount, we’ll send you an I Heart PBS pin. When you become a Sustaining Member at any level, we’ll send you a KLRU Fan KitDonate $72 or become a $6/month Sustaining Member and we’ll thank you with an I Heart PBS t-shirt. Share your love for KLRU and PBS all around town!

The future of KLRU and its public mission belong to you. Please show your support for the programs you love on KLRU now with your contribution.

KLRU NEXT Night: Going Batty on 7/27

Head down to the water at the beautiful Waller Creek Boathouse on Thursday, July 27th from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. to learn about the bats that help make Austin so unique.

Fly like a bat, explore a cave and more with Samsung’s exciting VR Gear. Then glide over and snap a photo with the Galaxy S8! Show off your best pose at our bat wing wall, and craft some batty accessories to take home. Enjoy beer, wine and tequila cocktails from Twin Liquors.

Did you know bats are prolific pollinators? Grab a popsicle from GoodPop, made of watermelon and agave, two ingredients we can thank bats for!

Then it’s time to fly – at the end of the night, head down to the dock for the best view in town to watch the 1.5 million bats take flight!

Cost for this event is $15 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today!

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services.

KLRU NEXT Night: The Great British Baking Show! 6/15

A new season of The Great British Baking Show returns this summer to PBS and, to celebrate, we’re hosting a night where dessert comes first on the menu!  Our KLRU Next Night will take place clock Thursday, June 15 at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at Mercury Hall, Get your tickets now!

Sample treats from some of our favorite pastry chefs and dessert spots in town:
Juliann Stoddart, Pastry Chef for Parkside Projects
Sugar Mama’s Bakeshop
SRSLY Chocolate
Soraiya Nagree, Owner of La Pâtisserie

Decorate your own dessert with Kellie’s Baking Co. while you sip rosé and drink beverages by local favorite Live Oak Brewing Company.

Cost for this event is $20 and all proceeds benefit KLRU. Get your tickets today

This NEXT Night is made possible by ABC Home & Commercial Services

Your memories. Your future. What’s #YourKLRU?

You’ve told us how important #YourKLRU is to you. And supporting public television is now more important than ever.

Take it from Christine Hoang, Founding Artistic Director of Color Arc Productions.

“KLRU and PBS is how I learned English. Now it’s how my daughter sharpens her budding Kindergarten reading skills. It’s like my life is coming full circle, and KLRU and public television is helping me draw that sphere.”

Stories like Christine’s confirm that public television is worthy of your support and vital to the people of Central Texas.

Did you know PBS KIDS programming is ranked #1 in School Readiness? Not only that but students who engage with PBS content showed a 56% gain in critical thinking skills and outperformed state assessment norms by 11 percentage points! So we’re asking you to stand up and show your support for quality educational programming for everyone in Central Texas!

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It’s the second day of KLRU’s online fund drive and we’ve raised over $28,000 towards our $100,000 goal. Right now we have a generous dollar for dollar $500 challenge match from KLRU Business Supporter, Capital Grille! Give now to double your dollar instantly.

You have the power to keep #YourKLRU thriving for years to come. Can we count on you to make a difference right now?

Sincerely,
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Susannah Winslow
Membership Director

P.S. Want your gift to support the educational children’s programming found on KLRU’s new PBS KIDS 24/7 channelConsider giving to KLRU’s PBS KIDS fundraising page! When you do, you’ll be entered into a giveaway for some cool experiences, like a Family 4-pack of tickets to the Texas Museum of Science & Technology! Or consider making your gift to one of KLRU’s local productions or PBS programs by clicking one of the logos below!

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KLRU is YOUR community-supported public television station

Additional support from:

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2017 Writers Contest winners announced

Today, KLRU announced the local winners of the 2017 PBS KIDS Writers Contest. Over 300 creative entries were received from local children and 13 winners were chosen for first place, second place, third place and honorable mention recognition:

1st Place: Kindergarten—Addison Rogers, homeschooled in Paige, TX; First Grade—Harry Flynn, Pond Springs Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Second Grade—Surya Arunkumar, Patsy Sommer Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Third Grade—Anna James, Riojas Elementary (Pflugerville ISD)

2nd Place: Kindergarten—Maxwell Hausken, Reilly Elementary (Austin ISD); First Grade—Avanish Ram Vetsa, Laurel Mountain Elementary (Round Rock ISD); Second Grade—Genevieve Hernandez, Santa Cruz Catholic School (Buda, TX); Third Grade—Kinsley Cronin-West, Laurel Mountain Elementary (Round Rock ISD)

3rd Place: Kindergarten—Sunny Paulsen, TH Johnson Elementary (Taylor ISD); First Grade—Atlie May, homeschooled in Kyle, TX and Colin D’Eimon, Neidig Elementary (Elgin ISD); Second Grade—Tanya Ram, St. Francis School (Austin, TX); Third Grade—Julia Tese, Chaparral Star Academy (Austin, TX).

Honorable Mention: Elijah Moore, Pflugerville, TX

“Every year KLRU is a proud participant in the PBS KIDS Writers Contest because it underscores our commitment to the success of Central Texas children,” said Ben Kramer, KLRU VP of Education. “The process of creative writing has been proven to not only support the building of key academic skills but to help improve a child’s self confidence, creativity and imagination. KLRU wishes the winners congratulations, and celebrates all of the talented Central Texas children who entered this year’s contest. While KLRU celebrates the success of the most winning entries at each grade level, we also wish to celebrate the creation of a community of writers, and extend the publication to all children who submit an entry by publishing them on our website at klru.org/writerscontest.”

The annual PBS KIDS Writers Contest is a local initiative designed to promote the advancement of children’s literacy skills through hands-on, active learning. The contest encourages children in grades K-3 to celebrate creativity by submitting their own original stories and illustrations. The 2018 KLRU Writers Contest will also include 4th and 5th grades!

To learn more about the contest, visit klru.org/writerscontest.