Why KLRU? What's your answer?

Why KLRU? Whether you watch Sesame Street every morning with your kids, enjoy the drama of Masterpiece on Sunday evenings, or get gardening advice from Central Texas Gardener, you probably have your own answer to the question: Why KLRU?

In the next 17 days, KLRU needs to raise $240,000 to provide the PBS programs and local productions required to answer the needs of 1.7 million people in Central Texas.

We hope you will make a donation, and also share your reason for supporting KLRU at our Facebook page, or on Twitter – using the hashtag #whyKLRU.

We’ve also created a series of videos, starring your friends and neighbors, asking them to answer the question: Why KLRU? We hope the videos inspire you to let us know your reason, and inspire you to support our work with a donation.

Thank you for watching and supporting KLRU!

Thank You! Just $1,500 to go.

KLRU is just $1,500 short of reaching our 3 day goal for raising $40,000 in support of the best content on television and the web. Make a difference. Give a gift now.

Thanks to hundreds of viewers just like you, KLRU-TV, Austin PBS is just $1,500 short of reaching our goal of raising $40,000 in just 3 days. Many PBS stations are running full pledge drives this month, some as long as three weeks. KLRU is trying something different. If you called or clicked to give this weekend, thank you. If you have not given yet, we need your support.

Consider joining the new KLRU Green Membership program. It’s easy. It’s paperless. It’s only $10 per month, and you don’t need to remember to renew. Go Green Now!

Your Support Equals Great Programs for Everyone

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS staff recently returned from the 2011 PBS Annual Meeting and reported that the PBS programming lineup for this Fall is outstanding. Right now, we’re in the process of budgeting and securing resources for the new broadcast year, and we need your support. Many PBS stations are running full pledge drives this month, some as long as three weeks.

KLRU is doing something different. We’re trying to raise $40,000 in the next three days.

In the coming year, KLRU will bring you new Masterpiece episodes of Downton Abbey and Sherlock,  a multi-part Nova special featuring physicist Brian Greene, a Fall Arts Festival from Great Performances, and new seasons of Nature, Frontline, Austin City Limits, and our award-winning PBS Kids lineup. We also have two new exciting programs, America Revealed and Ken Burns’ Prohibition.

Watch the full episode. See more Ken Burns.

This fundraising weekend schedule is full of timeless music programs and moving documentaries – and as always, we’ve left your Friday night public affairs line-up in tact. and kept many of your favorite weekend programs, like Central Texas Gardener, in their regular time slots.

By giving a gift now, you help bring the World to Central Texas, and ignite the explorer in all of us. Help us reach our goal of $40,000 this weekend, and we’ll turn your support into education, information, and entertainment for all.

KLRU's new documentary Wildflowers | Seeds of History is not to be missed

Wildflowers | Seeds of History,  Thursday, March 10 at 7pm

Discover the facts and legends behind the wildflowers that captivate us every spring!

Why do we always see picturesque cattle among bluebonnets? Where did Indian blanket get its name? How did Native Americans and settling pioneers use wildflowers for food, medicinal cures, and to create distinctive tattoos? How are they being used today to cure cancer? Why are some years better than others?

Go beyond the pretty faces to explore how wildflowers impact our food chain and their symbiosis to a healthy economy and ecological security. Wildflowers | Seeds of History features interviews with horticulturists and botanists, along with tales from Luci Johnson about her mother’s futuristic revelation to Go Green, and even words from the White House with the First Lady. Meet Lady Bird Johnson’s granddaughter, Jennifer Robb, to learn why she champions her grandmother’s goal for the next generation.

Shot in breath-taking high definition video in the stellar wildflower season of spring 2010, travel the back roads of history that forecast the seeds of the future.

Need more Wildflowers? Check out the incredibly beautiful companion website with full access to clips, galleries, resources and information on how you can get your own copy of Wildflowers | Seeds of History! At www.klru.org/wildflowers

Want to support KLRU’s documentary productions? Donate Today!

Brand new Suze Orman! MONEY CLASS Tuesday at 7pm

Thanks to all of you who donated this weekend, either by phone, mail or the web and helping to raise $64,782 – that makes us 27% to our goal of $240,000 and 18% through the drive. We’d love to hear what your favorites were from the weekend! Leave a comment or email membership@klru.org to let us know how the drive is going!


You won’t want to miss what we have in store for you tomorrow: The national premier of Suze Orman’s new financial master class: MONEY CLASS!

In SUZE ORMAN’S MONEY CLASS, financial powerhouse Suze Orman delivers her expert take on what actions everyone needs to consider to secure a hopeful and sustainable financial future in light of the new economic reality. “I am calling on you to re-educate yourself, to discover — perhaps for the very first time — what truly constitutes your new American Dream,” Orman says. “You will learn what it means to stand tall in your truth today, so that you can realize your vision for tomorrow.”

Throughout this financial master class, Orman equips viewers with timely, powerful and often surprising advice for getting a grip on the most important financial fundamentals: understanding the opportunities and pitfalls of the real estate market, raising financially aware children, borrowing for college and paying off student loans, building a career, saving and investing, planning for retirement and more.

Watch a Preview of Suze Orman MONEY CLASS here!

SUZE ORMAN’S MONEY CLASS premieres Tuesday, March 8, 2011 at 7pm

Saturday Night at the Movies Coming to KLRU-Q

Austin is the live music capital of the world, and for 37 years KLRU has contributed to that reputation with Austin City Limits. But increasingly, our city is gaining a reputation as an important center for the film world. That’s why starting in April, KLRU-Q will launch Saturday Night at the Movies, a full-length feature film every Saturday night, plus extra content that gives the evening an Austin spin. On KLRU-Q you’ll be able to watch your favorite movies like When Harry Met Sally, Thelma and Louise, OnceUnforgiven and Dr. Zhivago.

Saturday Night at the Movies will explore the work of legendary actors and actresses through many important films from their careers. From Marilyn Monroe in Bus Stop and Audrey Hepburn in The Nun’s Story to Sigourney Weaver in Aliens and Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke, viewers will have the chance to enjoy an exciting array of noteworthy performances.

We’re excited about this and other programming changes coming to KLRU-Q this year, but those changes depend on your support.  Your support throughout the year allows KLRU to reach beyond PBS to bring you exciting new Q program offerings like Saturday Night at the Movies, The Aviators, Wood Songs and Life on Mars.

Why Do You Value KLRU?

Perhaps you value the fact that KLRU offers you a front row seat to arts and cultural programs at home and around the world, like Great Performances, Masterpiece, or locally created arts programs like Austin City Limits, InContext, and KLRU Collective.

Or you appreciate that KLRU and PBS are America’s largest classroom, providing educational media that helps prepare children for success in school and opens up the world to them in an age-appropriate way.

KLRU also strives to treat you as a citizen, not a customer, with news programs you depend on, like PBS Newshour, Frontline, Washington Week, and Overheard with Evan Smith. In fact, the Roper Poll declares PBS #1 in public trust, and TV’s most trusted news source, year after year. And beginning tonight, you can double your support for KLRU public affairs programming because every gift will be matched by a generous grant from the BNSF Foundation.

There are many reasons you value KLRU-TV, Austin’s PBS, and your support during our March fundraising drive is what’s truly important – Give today and help us reach our pledge goal of $240,000 in the next 17 days.

PS. You asked, we listened! KLRU has decided to reduce pledge by 7 days in March. Show your support for uninterrupted programs by giving a gift now.

KLRU Receives $5000 Grant from BNSF Foundation

KLRU has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the BNSF Foundation – and the timing couldn’t be better.  They have agreed to match $5,000 in viewer contributions during this pledge drive, which runs through March 20th.  BNSF has a strong interest in supporting public affairs programming, which is why you’ll be hearing about this exciting partnership during episodes of NewsHour, Washington Week, Need to Know and Overheard with Evan Smith.  We hope you’ll show your support so that, together, we can leverage BNSF’s generosity to support our station.

KLRU announces iPad giveaway!

As an extra-special thank you during our December drive, KLRU will be giving away 2 iPads! Every gift made between November 26 and December 12 will automatically be entered to win – so give now and give often!

Through your support, KLRU is serve our community with countless hours of quality television and services that go beyond TV to inform, educate and entertain everyone in Central Texas.

Give online or call 866-910-KLRU for your chance to win!

We sincerely appreciate your generosity, but if you would like to enter the giveaway without making a gift at this time, please click here