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What KLRU means to community leaders

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Barbara Morgan, Austin Film Festival executive director

"At Sí Se Puede, we place great effort in providing engaging books and materials in both English and Spanish as a way to get our kids excited about bilingual reading and learning. KLRU Austin is helping us achieve this!"

Christina Collazo, executive director of the Sí Se Puede Learning Center at Cristo Rey

"The PBS programming for young children has been demonstrated to help kids develop optimally and be ready for school when they get there, and we appreciate KLRU's work in bringing this to Central Texas."

Sue Carpenter, senior director/education for United Way Capital Area

"Working with the ‘NewsHour' and having mentors from KLRU come into the classroom each week to teach the students what they know brings a legitimacy and excitement to the program that just can't be beat."

Gil Garcia, Austin High School teacher

"KLRU is, for me, vital as a source of unbiased news, cultural programming, and noncommercial educational programs designed to enhance the quality of life of our local community."

Elisa Díaz-Martínez, director of the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward's University

"There are precious few entities in broadcast television and on the Web that allow for depth of thought, and PBS has branded itself as the most responsible and responsive. Though I've produced for a few of the big PBS member stations, I feel most at home at KLRU."

Karen Bernstein, documentary filmmaker

"From their free Community Cinema screenings, to showcasing the work of local filmmakers like ‘Citizen Architect' by Sam Wainwright Douglas, to bringing the Texas Film Hall of Fame Awards to audiences across Texas, KLRU is an invaluable partner in supporting and nurturing independent and Texas-made movies."

Rebecca Campbell, Austin Film Society executive director

"KLRU is about the best friend an independent filmmaking team could have."

Ramona Kelly, filmmaker

"As an undergrad student at UT, I didn't have cable, and KLRU was the only TV I watched. Watching those early episodes of ‘Austin City Limits' cemented my love for my new city, and I've been watching KLRU ever since, from ‘American Masters' to every single British series on ‘Masterpiece Theater.' "

Barbara Morgan, Austin Film Festival executive director

"I started with a dream held loosely together with barbecue sauce and willpower. By simply believing in me, KLRU put that dream into homes throughout Central Texas."

Chet Garner, The Daytripper' host