#whyKLRU? You can give the gift that puts us over goal!

KLRU has reached the end of our August pledge drive and we are just $495 short our goal of $240,000. If you are among the thousands who have responded over the last 17 days, THANK YOU!

If you have not given yet, you have a unique opportunity to give the gift that puts KLRU over it’s goal. Give that gift right now!

During this drive we offered tickets to a number of one-of-a-kind KLRU experiences. As you think about how you would like to be thanked for your support, please consider joining us for one (or more) of these incredible events:

2 tickets to the Austin City Limits taping with Arcade Fire on September 17th

2 tickets to KLRU Antiques Appraisal Fair (bring 3 treasures with you) on January 21st

2 tickets to spend the day on the set of Central Texas Gardener on October 6th

2 tickets to our BBQ bus tour – KLRU-Daytripper Meat-Up on October 1st

We hope you will make a donation, and perhaps join us for one of our events. Also, please consider inspiring others by sharing your reason for supporting KLRU at our Facebook page, or on Twitter – using the hashtag #whyKLRU.

Thank you for watching and supporting KLRU!

whyKLRU? Special Live Nights Starting Tonight!

If you’ve already given a gift or shared why you love KLRU this August, thank you for your support! In just one week, you have helped raised $90,000 towards our goal of $240,000! We’re not done yet – tonight and Saturday we’ll be live in the KLRU studios with really exciting programs and thank you gifts!

Tonight is our regular Friday public affairs line up starting at 6pm with PBS Newshour, Washington Week at 7pm and Need to Know at 7:30pm. If you call in to support any of our public affairs programs you’ll be entered in a drawing to win season tickets to our engaging speaker series, Spark at the Moody.

Following public affairs at 8:30pm is American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides, an incredible portrait of the life, career, and creative journey of a very talented actor, artist and musician. Jeff Bridges just taped his Austin City Limits performance this week (airing in November), and we’ll be giving away his signed, limited edition posters and also tickets to the Big Lebowski quote-a-long at the Alamo Drafthouse this month – you’ll have to watch to win, so don’t forget to tune in!

PBS Preview: American Masters: Jeff Bridges: The Dude Abides

The highlight of Saturday afternoon is 90 minutes of Central Texas Gardener starting at 4pm. We’ll be live in the studio with all the CTG folks who are eager to hear from the garden-lovers out there. We have a great fall preview show lined up (read more about it at the CTG blog!), a special gift package to give away from Eastside Cafe, Go Local Austin businesses answering the phones,  and  an exclusive behind-the-scenes experience for fans to see an actual taping of a CTG episode! It’ll be CTG-super-sized and not to be missed!

Central Texas Gardener Saturday Special Promo

Stick around KLRU into the evening for the next live pledge event: Austin City Limits, Season 37 Preview. See next season’s performances and backstage interviews before anyone else does! And if you’re a fan of Arcade Fire, you will have an opportunity to receive tickets to their ACL taping in Septembertickets will go fast, so don’t miss your chance! Give now and watch the preview tomorrow for more ACL goodies!

Austin City Limits Special: Season 37 Preview

Topfer Family Foundation Supports Raising Readers

The Topfer Family Foundation has awarded KLRU a $5,000 grant for its PBS Kids Raising Readers program, which empowers parents and caregivers to create language-rich environments by teaching strategies that build early literacy skills anytime, anywhere – strategies that incorporate PBS children’s media. KLRU’s Raising Readers workshops assist low-income families with children between the ages of 2-8 years old, some of whom have English as a second language at home. Our station partners with educational nonprofits and Austin-area schools to serve thousands of parents, caregivers and children through workshops and events each year. We’re so grateful to the Foundation for supporting early literacy in Central Texas. Thank you!

Shortest June Pledge Drive a Success!

Thanks to all of you who gave during our weekend fundraising drive last weekend. We surpassed our goal with a total of $42,847 – almost 300 supporters of KLRU called in or gave online!

We depend on your support and enthusiasm to do what KLRU does best: engage, educate and entertain Central Texas. Because of you, we’re able to provide incredible programming and community events for everyone!

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.

Celebrate Earth Day by Going Green with KLRU!

KLRU is proud to present our new Green Membership program. This sustaining membership allows you to split your donation into monthly installments so you can support your public television station in an environmentally friendly way.  By supporting KLRU as a Green Member, we spend less money on postage and more on the programming you depend on!

As a KLRU Green Member you’ll receive:

  • The KLRU branded Go Local card for discounts at local businesses
  • Monthly eNewsletter with green news and KLRU program and event highlights
  • Access to special Green Membership offers
  • And best of all, no more paper mailings to your home!

Visit www.klru.org/green for more info and to sign up!

Verizon Foundation Supports PBS Kids Raising Readers at KLRU

Photo, from left to right: Maury Sullivan, KLRU’s VP of Community Engagement; Bill Stotesbery, KLRU’s CEO and President; Carl E. Erhart, Verizon’s President [Southwest Region]; Helen Soto Knaggs, Verizon’s Director of External Affairs

KLRU-TV, Austin PBS, Announces $15,000 Grant from Verizon Foundation

Grant to support PBS Raising Readers, a project to help teach literacy using public media in our schools

KLRU announced today that it has received a $15,000 grant from the Verizon Foundation in support of local implementation of the PBS Kids Raising Readers program, a national partnership with the Corporation for Public Broadcasting that surrounds children ages 2 to 8 with research-based literacy content.   Funded by a Ready To Learn grant from the U.S. Department of Education, from 2005 to 2010 Raising Readers developed an innovative blend of media across all platforms – TV, online, mobile, and more – and related community engagement activities designed to help young children learn to read.

“KLRU is first and foremost, an educational organization,” said Bill Stotesbery, CEO and GM of KLRU. “Through the generosity of the Verizon Foundation and other foundations we are able to help bridge the gap for young children entering school, using PBS’ award-winning programs such as Super Why and Between the Lions.”

Raising Readers helps empower parents and caregivers to create language–rich environments by teaching strategies that build early literacy skills anytime, anywhere – strategies that incorporate PBS children’s media.  In Central Texas, KLRU’s workshops assist low-income families with children between the from birth to eight-years-old, some of whom have English as a second language at home.  In the 2010-11 school year, the program is partnering with educational nonprofits and Austin-area schools to serve thousands of parents, caregivers and children through workshops and events.

“Providing educational resources to help students develop a strong foundation for success in the classroom is a key priority for the Verizon Foundation,” said Carl E. Erhart, Central Region President for Verizon Communications.  “We are proud to support initiatives such as KLRU’s Raising Readers and the effort to help Austin-area school districts develop young minds.’’
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Viewer's decide last weekend of pledge programming!

Your feedback is important to us. For instance, you said that you wanted more days of uninterrupted programming; we responded by cutting seven days from our March Fundraising Drive, making your support more important than ever.

We have received a number of comments from viewers via Twitter and Facebook this week, requesting that we air a special from Houston PBS called, The Gifts of Imperfection: Living with Courage, Compassion and Connection. Because of your enthusiasm (and because it’s also a really great program!) The Gifts of Imperfection will air this weekend, on both Saturday and Sunday.

As always, we also ask our viewers to choose the schedule for the final weekend of our March Fundraising Drive. The results are in, and we’re happy to announce our lineup for the upcoming weekend:

Saturday:

Dr. Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection

10 AM – Rick Steves’ Viva Espana
12 PM – Central Texas Gardener
1PM – Suze Orman’s Money Class
3 PM – The Gifts of Imperfection: Living with Courage, Compassion and Connection
4:30 PM – Carole King & James Taylor Live at the Troubador
6 PM – Lawrence Welk’s Big Band Splash
8 PM – Rock, Pop and Doo Wop
10 PM – Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session
11:30 PM – The Gifts of Imperfection: Living with Courage, Compassion and Connection

Sunday:

9:30 AM – The Gifts of Imperfection: Living with Courage, Compassion and Connection
12:30 PM – ADD & Loving It
2 PM – Rock, Pop and Doo Wop
4 PM – Great Performances: The Hitman Returns: David Foster & Friends
6 PM – Les Miserables 25th Anniversary Concert
10 PM – Suze Orman’s Money Class

In just eleven days, KLRU-TV, Austin’s PBS has raised over $208,000 towards our March fundraising goal. Thanks to everyone who has contributed online, over the phone, or through the mail – your support makes everything we do throughout the year, on TV and beyond, possible. Give your gift now.

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!