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KLRU, virtual channel 18 (UHF digital channel 22), is a PBS member television station licensed to Austin, Texas, United States. The station is owned by the Capital of Texas Public Telecommunications Council. KLRU's studios are located on Guadalupe and Dean Keeton streets at the University of Texas at Austin, and its transmitter is located on the West Austin Antenna Farm in unincorporated Travis County. In addition to airing program content from PBS, it produces original programming including the national music series Austin City Limits.

On cable, KLRU can be seen on Charter Spectrum and Grande Communications channel 9.

HistoryEdit

The station first signed on the air on May 3, 1979 as a satellite of KLRN in San Antonio. Before KLRU's sign-on, KLRN had served both cities from the Jesse H. Jones Communications Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin. Channel 18 had been allocated to Austin as a noncommercial frequency in the early 1950s, but it was thought that a UHF station would not be nearly adequate enough to provide educational television for a market that stretched from Mason in the west to La Grange in the east. This left Austin as one of the largest cities without its own PBS station. By the late 1970s, cable had gained enough penetration in Austin to make a PBS station viable in the capital.

From the day KLRU signed on, KLRN's owner, the Southwest Texas Public Broadcasting Council, set about making it a separate station focused on Austin. Only a year after KLRU hit the airwaves, it received its own Austin-based governing board, though it continued under the ownership of the Southwest Texas Public Broadcasting Council. In 1984, after KLRN moved to a new tower in San Antonio, KLRU separated from KLRN and adopted its own programming schedule. In 1987, the two stations officially went their separate ways, with KLRU coming under the ownership of the Capital of Texas Public Broadcasting Council, which continues to own the station today.

In addition to the Austin market, KLRU claims Bell and Falls counties, which are in the Waco/Temple/Bryan market, as part of its primary coverage area.


TV stations in Texas
KUHT, Houston

KLRN, San Antonio
KLRU, Austin
KERA, Dallas–Fort Worth
KAMU, College Station
KACV, Amarillo
KTTZ, Lubbock
KEDT, Corpus Christi
KMBH-DT2, Harlingen
KPBT, Odessa
KCOS, El Paso

TV stations in Austin/Hill Country region
KTBC 7 (Fox)
KBVO 14 (MNTV)
KADT-LD 16 (Daystar)
KVAT-LD 17 (AZA)
KLRU 18 (PBS)
KGBS-CD 19 (Stadium)
KADF-LP 20 (ANTENNA)
KVUE 24 (ABC)
K29HW-D 29 (Ind)
KTFO-CD 31 (UMas)
K34FM-D 34 (TBN)
KXAN 36 (NBC)
KXLK-CD 40 (Justice)
KEYE 42 (CBS)
KNVA 54 (CW)
KAKW 62 (UNI)
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