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Austin's KLRU offers more than a dozen local shows

Gary Dinges
gdinges@statesman.com
Biscuit Brothers cast from left, Allen Robertson (Buford Biscuit), Jill Leberknight (Buttermilk Buiscuit), Jerome Schoolar (Dusty Buscuit) at a Central Market Show in 2011.

While many PBS stations nationwide have little, if any, local programming, Austin's KLRU continues to increase its production efforts.

Many of the shows — some done in house, others from outsiders — have even ended up on the air in other cities across the nation.

"Austin City Limits," for example, airs on most of the PBS network's 300-plus member stations.

"Overheard with Evan Smith" is now seen in 30 markets, and "On Story," which focuses on the filmmaking process, has been picked up by 45 stations, including one in New York City.

Even hyper-local "Central Texas Gardener" can be viewed in several states.

"We've been trying to increase distribution of our local shows," said Bill Stotesbery, KLRU's CEO. " ‘Austin City Limits' has done a lot to communicate to the world that Austin is a music city. ‘On Story' has potential to show we are a film city, too."

There are more than a dozen local shows sprinkled throughout the KLRU broadcast schedule each year.

"KLRU is a leader in local programming," said PBS President and CEO Paula Kerger. "They're one of the better stations in terms of output.

"You've got an amazing legacy here. It's a station that's willing to take risks. They're constantly looking at how to tie into the community."

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