ACL book featured at Texas Book Festival

Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs will be featured at the Texas Book Festival with an event on Saturday, October 16, from 11:15 am to noon at the Paramount Theatre at 713 Congress Avenue. Photographer Scott Newton  will talk about his experience with the show with music journalist Andy Langer. Newton will also show photos from the book and talk about the moment in which the image was created. This event is free and open to the public.

The new book Austin City Limits: 35 Years in Photographs captures the excitement and energy of the show in photographs. The images span ACL’s first 35 years, with special emphasis on legendary artists and the most compelling contemporary performers from the past ten to fifteen years. Books will be available for sale at the Texas Book Festival or you can buy them online at austincitylimits.org

KLRU working with newspapers for debate

KLRU is working in partnership with the Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Dallas Morning News to present a debate among the leading candidates for governor.

Candidates who register at least 10 percent support in a September poll conducted by the newspapers will be invited to attend this debate.

We appreciate our viewers’ concerns about having all candidates invited to participate in the debate. If you would like to voice your concerns please do so in the comments section of this post and we will pass comments along to the news organizations with whom we are working.

Membership drive update

KLRU is off to a great start, but the need for resources remains.  In the last four days, our community has given $81,000 towards our goal of $240,000.  We have 13 days to go.  Give your gift now to help us reach our goal and return to uninterrupted programming early.

Last night was a great example of how KLRU is changing the way we think about on-air fundraising.  We pledged ANTIQUES ROADSHOW live in our studios at its regular time.  Instead of offering expensive thank you gifts, KLRU offered tickets to an event that brings the community together.  By giving $120 in support of ANTIQUES ROADSHOW, you can receive 2 tickets to the KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair in January. You’ll be entitled to bring up to three items to the event to have them appraised by local antiques experts. Help us continue to provide great content like ANTIQUES ROADSHOW by giving a gift now at this link.

A total of 80% of our funding comes from right here in Central Texas, at an average gift amount of $80.  Our ability to provide you the highest quality PBS programming, local productions, one-of-a kind events and outreach activities depends on you.  We help you explore your world, and your support makes that exploration available to everyone.

Thank you for supporting and watching KLRU!

The Experiment Continues, but the Need for Resources Remains

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS needs to raise $240,000 in the next 17 days.  If we reach our goal early, we’ll return to uninterrupted programming immediately.

As you know KLRU has experimented this year with ways to reduce our need to raise money via pledge.  In recent years we’ve reduced on-air pledge from 86 days to just 49 days so far this year.  In June, we tested pledging our regular schedule on five-consecutive nights, while highlighted groups doing good work in our community.  We stopped fundraising after 11pm on weeknights, so that Charlie Rose airs at its regular time.  During our March drive, we reduced the number of pledge interruptions by 20%, while investing new resources to raise money online.  Finally we reduced the use of expensive thank you gifts by offering tickets to events that fulfill our mission, while showing you our appreciation.

Next year, we plan to cut back on pledge as never before. However, the need for resources remains.  A total of 80% of our funding comes from right here in Central Texas, at an average gift amount of $80.  Our ability to provide you the highest quality PBS programming, local productions, one-of-a kind events and outreach activities depends on you.  We help you explore your world, and your support makes that exploration available to everyone.

Thank you for supporting and watching KLRU!

Frontline/World reporter answers questions about Haiti

Post-disaster food aid saves lives, but it can also undercut local merchants critical to the supply chain. FRONTLINE/World and NPR’s Planet Money reporter Adam Davidson explores this predicament in “Haiti: The Aid Dilemma,” the latest in a series of economic reports from post-earthquake Haiti.

The story airs as the second of three magazine-length segments in this week’s episode of FRONTLINE/World. In advance of the broadcast, we are previewing the segment on the Web and inviting viewers to post questions and comments. Davidson will be responding to the postings the day of the broadcast: today, June 29,  from  11 a.m. to noon.

Preview the segment and post questions here