For over 50 years, KLRU-TV, Austin's only community supported public television station, has brought exceptional educational programming to Central Texas. Through high-quality multimedia content, we engage people of all ages in the thoughtful exchange of ideas, the expression of the arts, and enjoyable lifelong learning opportunities, enriching the lives of all viewers through public television programming, community services and events.
Using a Facebook-first strategy, we engage the community directly to help identify story ideas and seek different perspectives on important issues. This past year, Decibel filed more than 100 stories on a broad range of topics from homelessness and affordability to food insecurity.
Decibel stories like "Laundry Angels" put a public face on an issue that does not always have visibility but that we encounter every day and is a concern as our community grows. Twice a month, Ebonie D. Trice and her 'Laundry Angels' drive across North Austin collecting dirty clothes from the homeless. When they return with piles of folded, clean laundry, these dedicated volunteers also deliver dignity and kindness. This story was viewed more than 18,000 times and shared 246 times!
KLRU's Decibel is also partnering with Leadership Austin to bring you the Engage Breakfast Series. Once a month, Decibel livestreams a conversation with community leaders on key issues facing Central Texas. We welcome your input. E-mail us at email@example.com and like us on Facebook!
We're so proud of what our Decibel team has accomplished in 12 months with the help of our community's engaging and informative feedback. Check out some of our favorite stories from our first year in 'The 2017 Mixdown' on Facebook --> https://www.facebook.com/decibelatx/videos/906473489507748
Impact StatementKLRU-TV is your community-supported, locally-owned PBS station. We depend on your donations to bring PBS favorites to Central Texas screens, create new and original programs about the local community, and support children, parents, and teachers with educational media.
Contribute today and help us build a more informed, connected, and educated community.
Needs StatementYour gift at the following levels will provide:
$50 - 1 hour of PBS Kids programming, like Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood, Odd Squad and Wild Kratts
$150 - 1 Indie Lens Pop-Up screening in libraries and other neighborhood spots
$250 - ½ hour of trusted public affairs programming, like PBS Newshour, Frontline and Washington Week
$500 - 1 tablet loaded with PBS KIDS apps for a local summer STEM program
$1,000 - 1 hour of arts, drama & cultural programming, like Masterpiece, Great Performances and American Masters
- Hakeem Adewumi, Photographer and Visual Storyteller
"I like to use [as an] acronym: the Chinese 'CHI'. Throughout KLRU or PBS programming, they have these three characters, civility, humanity and integrity. No matter how difficult the subject it, they try to present both sides - forcing us to think from the other side. So this is a community in the virtual space, and I think it's very important."
- Amy Wong Mok, Founder & CEO, Asian American Cultural Center, KLRU Producer's Circle member
"I just loved at the end of every episode of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood when he would say, 'I like you just the way you are,' it would just choke me up every time. I felt like he was really my friend. If everybody thought everybody was going to fund PBS, then nobody would help out. And then all the wonderful memories we have can't be passed down to the next generation. These programs teach us how to be civil to each other, which is something I think people of all ages could still use today."
- Jessica Michallick, PBS watcher
"I learned to count and spell watching PBS' Sesame Street as a child. I learned to think watching Jim Lehrer's News Hour as a young adult. I now watch PBS News Hour, Washington Week, and Overheard with Evan Smith. I've expanded my knowledge base on numerous topics watching the many documentaries on PBS. I absolutely couldn't get by without KLRU. I love it."
- Holly Sellers, PBS watcher
Matching Funds DescriptionEquistar Wealth Management has generously offered to match up to $2,500 in donations to KLRU during Amplify Austin!
Google Fiber has offered a $10,000 matching grant to be distributed among all participating education organizations on Amplify Austin Day. These nonprofit organizations will receive funds on a pro-rata basis. Each nonprofit will receive matching funds based on their total funds raised on Amplify Austin Day.