We did it!

We did it together!  KLRU has reached its goal of $230,000 for the December Fundraising Drive.  Our current total is $248,808.  If you were among the thousands of KLRU supporters who gave a gift this December, thank you.  If you’d planned to give in support of your PBS station, but didn’t get around to it, take a moment and give a gift now.  This is your last chance to take advantage of our fantastic list of December thank you gifts.

We are less than $1,200 from reaching $250,000.  Help KLRU extend its reach Beyond TV by giving a year-end gift in support of the programs and services that improve lives in Central Texas.

Thank you once again for supporting and watching your public television station.  Your support this December has made a big difference.

Bill Stotesbery
President & CEO

KLRU, KUT, Austin students chosen for pilot program with PBS Newshour

KLRU has been selected to participate in on a pilot program for students around the country to create their own NewsHour Reports and share them on NewsHour Extra (the student and teacher web site of the PBS NewsHour). The program, called Student Reporting Labs, teams up individual classrooms with local area journalists, and the national NewsHour Team. Other cities selected to participate include have Washington, DC, Philadelphia, PA, Salt Lake City, UT, Slidell, LA and Middletown, CT.

KLRU partnered with KUT (90.5 FM) and their reporter Erika Aguilar on the project to mentor the students from Academy for Global Studies and the Media Lab at Austin High School.  Each term, students will work on a different story: first term the focus is Supreme Court, second term the focus is climate and the third term they can pitch any topic they want.  The completed stories will be shared on NewsHour Extra. Here is the first video from the Austin students Catalina Lizarraga, Matt Azarmehr, Kelly Schaefer, Elena Bernal Lee Mendez, Nick Newman, Lea Jackson, Karem Miramontes, Reece Ousey and Roy Rayos.

Support KLRU TV and Beyond

Our December Fundraising Drive is off to a strong start, but this is a crucial weekend, and you can help take us over the top.  In the past 7 days, KLRU has raised $105,848 towards our December goal of $230,000.  Only 10 days remain to shore up funding for the PBS programs you depend on and services that go Beyond TV to enrich the lives of our entire community.

With your support, KLRU will continue to provide you trusted news with THE PBS NEWSHOUR, FRONTLINE and TEXAS MONTHLY TALKS; engaging education with NOVA, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE and NATURE; and entertainment that enriches your life with GREAT PERFORMANCES, MASTERPIECE and AUSTIN CITY LIMITS.

We’ll also bring you experiences that push beyond the boundaries of TV with education initiatives like READY TO LEARN and TEACHERLINE and community forums that spark debate like the KLRU COMMUNITY SCREENING SERIES and the KLRU COMMUNITY TOWNHALL SERIES.

Thank you for supporting and watching KLRU.  Together we will turn your support into television and services that help everyone in Central Texas explore both their community and world.


Bill Stotesbery
President & CEO

Volunteers needed to answer phones 12/7

Volunteers needed to answer phones for our membership drive on 12/7 during Ken Burns: The National Parks – America’s Best Idea. By volunteering to answer phones during the live on-air nights of our fundraising drive you will get a behind-the-scenes look at our studio, meet our staff, appear on TV, and help support the great programming you welcome into your home. Dinner will be provided by one of our local business supporters. This is a great opportunity for you to participate in your PBS station. Volunteers will be needed between 5:30 and 9:30 p.m. Sign up for one of the volunteer spots at here

ACL day in Austin October 17

To commemorate the 35th anniversary of the first taping of the award winning PBS series AUSTIN CITY LIMITS, Mayor Lee Leffingwell has declared October 17 “Austin City Limits Day.” The date recognizes the show’s very first taping, which took place on October 17, 1974 and featured the iconic Willie Nelson. To mark the honor KLRU and ACL will stream the original episode in its entirety for one month. For more information visit the newly launched austincitylimits.org. And, on November 15, ACL will again present a very special episode with Willie Nelson, in a joint performance with Austin legends Asleep at the Wheel.

Watch the proclamation ceremony:

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: “Great Music. No Limits.” Now the longest-running music series in American television history, ACL showcases popular music legends and innovators from every genre. In addition to being honored by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as a rock and roll landmark, AUSTIN CITY LIMITS is the only television program to ever receive the National Medal of Arts, the nation’s highest award for artistic excellence. Still to come in this exciting anniversary season are shows with Kenny Chesney, Pearl Jam, Elvis Costello, The Avett Brothers, Mos Def and more.

Musical week on KLRU

On Monday, October 12th, KLRU presents music programming that will make your heart sing. Latin Music USA and The Big Squeeze by Austin’s Hector Galan start it all off. And the week also includes a special visit to the White House for a spectacular performance from a star-studded line-up.

Latin Music USA airs Mondays at 8 pm October 12th & October 19th.
Latin Music USA is a film about American music. Fusions of Latin sounds with jazz, rock, country, rhythm and blues – music with deeper roots and broader reach than most people realize. It’s a fresh take on our musical history, reaching across five decades and across musical genres to portray the rich mix of sounds created by Latinos and embraced by all. The four-part series will be presented over two nights—Oct. 12 & 19.

Latin Music USA episodes:
Episode 1—Bridges: Traces the rise of Latin jazz and the explosion of the mambo and the cha cha cha as they sweep the US from East to West. Featured on October 12th at 8 pm.

Episode 2—Salsa: Puerto Ricans and other Latinos in New York re-invent the Cuban son and the Puerto Rican plena, adding elements from soul and jazz to create Salsa. Featured on October 12th at 9 pm.

Episode 3—The Chicano Wave: Mexican-Americans in California, Texas and across the Southwest create their own musical voices during the second half of the 20th century. Featured on October 19th at 8 pm.

Episode 4—Divas and Superstars: Focuses on the Latin pop explosion of the turn of the century and the success of artists like Ricky Martin, Gloria Estefan and Shakira in the English-language market. Featured on October 19th at 9 pm.

The Big Squeeze is a joyful leap into the heart of Texas music. And where there’s music there’s usually some grilling going on. That’s why Herminio Ramirez builds a stage right in the tiny kitchen of their Houston home for his son John. From the urban barrios of Houston to the colonials along the U.S.-Mexican border, legacies fueled by the passion-stirring combination of family, friends and food, is being passed along. In The Big Squeeze, we follow 16 year old John Ramirez and other young musicians as they do battle at the statewide accordion throw down. This film was produced by Hector Galan from Austin. Airs Monday, October 12th at 10:00 pm & Wednesday, October 14th at 8:30 pm.

Voces “Tito Puente:The King of Latin Music” airs Monday, October 19th at 10 pm.
Bill Cosby, Marc Anthony, Geraldo Rivera, Jimmy Smits, Paquito D’Rivera and other family, friends and colleagues pay homage to the late mambo and Latin jazz legend Tito Puente. Archival footage, interviews and excerpts from one of Puente’s last concerts piece together the life of the popular bandleader, percussionist and composer.

American Masters “Joan Baez” airs Wednesdays at 7 pm on October 14th.
Told from her perspective, and supported by a rich performance and historical archive, the centerpiece of this film is Baez’ many years as a musician, her power as an artist, those who influenced her and those she influenced. From her earliest recordings, Baez introduced ever wider audiences to the songs of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Phil Ochs, Johnny Cash and, of course, Bob Dylan — before she began writing her own music. Follow Baez through her story, to see her as she sees herself: human being — first, pacifist — second, and folk-singer — third.

In Performance at the White House: Fiesta Latina on Thursday, October 15th at 7 pm.
A star-studded talent roster will perform for President and Mrs. Obama. Performers include: Marc Anthony, Gloria Estefan, Los Lobos, Jose Feliciano, Sheila E (leading the house band), Thalia, Tito “El Bambino” and Aventura. George Lopez and Jimmy Smits will be hosting this very special program.

— Maria Rodriguez, senior vice president of programming

Lunchtime Art 21 screenings at AMOA

Refuel with contemporary art. Bring your brown bag lunch to the Austin Museum of Art for screenings of the PBS documentary Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Thursday, October 8, 12-1 pm, EPISODE 4: Systems
Artists invent new processes to convey the attitudes of today’s supercharged, information-based society, examining why we find comfort in some systems while rebelling against others. Systems features artists Julie Mehretu, John Baldessari, Kimsooja , and Allan McCollum who realize complex projects through acts of appropriation or accumulation. In some instances, they create projects vast in scope, which almost elude comprehension.

Friday, October 9, 12-1 pm, EPISODE 3: Transformation

Whether observing and satirizing society or reinventing icons of literature, art history, and popular culture, the artists Yinka Shonibare MBE, Cindy Sherman, and Paul McCarthy capture the sensibilities of our age while at times inhabiting the characters they have created.

All screenings at AMOA-Downtown, 823 Congress Ave. Free admission to screenings. www.amoa.org
Co-presented by KLRU. Art 21 airs on KLRU on Wednesdays, Oct. 7, 14, 21 & 28 at 9 pm CST.

ACL Q&A in honor of Rock Hall designation

RSVP for 11 a.m. panel discussion here

RSVP for 1 p.m. panel discussion here

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will officially designate the Austin City Limits studio as a rock and roll landmark with an historic marker unveiling and educational programs at the KLRU-TV’s Studio 6A on Thursday, October 1. In honor of this distinction, on Friday, Oct. 2, KLRU, ACL and the Rock Hall will host two 75 minute educational discussion panels moderated by Dr. Lauren Onkey, vice president of education and public programs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, to spotlight the impact that ACL has on American culture. Both panels will take place in KLRU’s Austin City Limits studio 6A.

The first panel will feature seasoned members of ACL’s staff who will talk about the history and evolution of America’s best known music television series. Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and the discussion will start at 11 a.m. RSVP here for this panel

The 11 a.m. discussion will lay the groundwork for the second panel beginning at 1 p.m. which will feature artists Alejandro Escovedo, Patty Griffin and Martie Maguire talking about ACL’s impact on music in general. Jim Henke, vice president of exhibitions and curatorial affairs at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will also join the panel to provide a historical perspective. Doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the discussion will start at 1 p.m. RSVP here for this panel

KLRU shows receive Emmy nominations

KLRU-produced programs and shows airing on KLRU received 19 Lone Star Emmy nominations.

KLRU-produced shows received six nominations:
Austin Lyric Opera’s Cinderella
Dutch Rall, Producer, Director, Editor

Texas Monthly Talks #722: Billy Bob Thornton
Lynn Boswell, Producer

Children’s Art Bus
Dutch Rall, Producer, Director, Editor
Elena Ramirez, Producer

Gifted/Talented Awareness Spot
Elena Ramirez, Producer

Deja Donne: Deja View
Dutch Rall, Editor

Texas Monthly Talks #711: The Obama Administration
Lynn Boswell, Producer

DOWNTOWN, which is a co-production of KLRU and the Downtown Austin Alliance,  had a banner year, receiving 5 nominations:

MAGAZINE PROGRAM – PROGRAM / SPECIAL:  Show #406: Austin’s Independent Businesses / Recycling / The New Music Model



· MAGAZINE PROGRAM – PROGRAM / SPECIAL:  Show #406: Austin’s Independent Businesses / Recycling / The New Music Model


Texas Park and Wildlife, which airs weekly on KLRU,  received eight nominations.

Return to 24 hours … equipment test

KLRU will be testing a new automation system which will allow the station to return to broadcasting 24 hours a day. The test will begin tonight (Wednesday, September 16). We will no longer sign off the air at 1 a.m.  You can get the full schedule of overnight programs at klru.org/schedule.

During this testing period, please let us know if you notice any technical difficulties by posting a comment below or calling 471-4811 and leaving a message. We expect it could take a few weeks for the automation system to function without glitches.