KAMU Station News

Christmas on KAMU-FM

We are so excited for the holiday season here at KAMU. As we continue to deck the halls around the office, of course we need some festive music! Thankfully, KAMU-FM is here to provide the perfect soundtrack to the most wonderful time of the year.

Christmas Music on KAMU-Classical

KAMU-Classical is excited to start celebrating the season with Christmas music. We’ll be playing holiday tunes during “Classical 24,” which airs early mornings, afternoons and overnights seven days a week. Here is when you can expect to hear these festive tunes on your radio:

Dec. 4-10: 5-10 minutes of Christmas music per hour

Dec. 11-17: 10-15 minutes of Christmas music per hour

Dec. 18-21: 50% Christmas programming

Dec. 22-25: 24/7 Christmas music

Check out our full KAMU-Classical schedule to see exactly when “Classical 24” airs. And if you don’t know how to access KAMU-Classical, we have compiled complete video and written instructions for finding us.

90.9 KAMU-FM/HD-1 Christmas Music Special

Celebrate your Christmas Eve with a night-long block of holiday music. From 5 p.m. on Dec. 24 to 6 a.m. on Dec. 25, enjoy non-stop Christmas music from wherever you listen to Aggieland’s Public Radio.

If you’re not near a radio on Christmas Eve, you can visit our website to listen live from your smartphone, laptop or other device, or listen through the NPR app or the TuneIn app. We’re proud to bring these seasonal tunes to our airwaves.

Check out our full 90.9 KAMU-FM schedule.

Thank you and happy holidays!

Deck the Halls with PBS KIDS

The holiday season is in full swing here at KAMU. This year, deck the halls and sing along to merry carols with some of your favorite PBS KIDS characters.


Sesame Street: The Nutcracker: Starring Elmo & Tango

Sesame Street: The Nutcracker Starring Elmo & Tango

Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 9 a.m. and more

One of the most beloved holiday stories comes to life in this Sesame Street special. When Elmo falls into a deep sleep, he and his puppy, Tango, are transported to the mystical world of “The Nutcracker.” Full of Christmas cheer, original songs and lots of laughs, follow along as Elmo and Tango learn what makes this time of year truly special: the power of friendship.


Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas

Friday, Dec. 8 at 6 a.m. and more

George and The Man with the Yellow Hat are starting their countdown to the Christmas holiday. This includes picking a marvelous Christmas tree, making gingerbread cookies and George getting into plenty of mischief, of course! But when the day draws closer, will George be able to find the perfect gift in time?

“Curious George: A Very Monkey Christmas” features three original songs along with tons of warmth and happiness for the holiday season.


Wild Kratts A Creature Christmas

Wild Kratts: A Creature Christmas

Wednesday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 a.m. and more

The Wild Kratts and their crew of animal experts are looking forward to their relaxing holiday celebration. But just as they’re starting to unwind, they get an alert that their most precious animals have been stolen. In this Christmas special, the Wild Kratts take viewers across the globe on a mission to rescue their special friends from their greatest rivals.


The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Christmas!

Sunday, Dec. 17 at 7:30 a.m. and more

This cherished character from Dr. Seuss is back this time for the Christmas season! Follow the Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally as they set off on a mission to return a lost reindeer to his home in the Freezeyourknees Snowland. When they are left with no transportation after their thinga-ma-jigger breaks down, a team of animals from all over the world come together to help the crew finish what they started. Featuring fun original songs and loads of laughter, this holiday special is a must-watch this season.


Nature Cat A Nature Carol

Nature Cat: A Nature Carol

Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 11:30 a.m. and more

Nature Cat is bursting with holiday spirit and joy, decorating the forest with lights and festivities. But when he becomes greedy with his need for merry decor, he is visited by the spirits of Christmas past, present and future. Will the spirits be able to show Nature Cat the true meaning of the season before it’s too late!? Watch this unique twist on the Christmas classic, “A Christmas Carol,” to find out.


Let's Go Luna! Luna's Christmas Around the World

Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World

Saturday, Dec. 23 at 6 a.m. and more

In a special TV movie, take a journey and learn all about the reason for the season. In “Let’s Go Luna! Luna’s Christmas Around the World,” Luna, Leo, Andy and Carmen travel the globe on a mission to save Christmas. On their way, they discover the many different holiday traditions that people celebrate all over the world.


Arthur's Perfect Christmas

Arthur’s Perfect Christmas

Saturday, Dec. 23 at 7:30 a.m. and more

In this hour-long special, Arthur the aardvark takes viewers on a joyful educational adventure. Follow Arthur as he learns all about the holiday season while participating in Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa traditions. In order to make everyone’s special holiday even more spectacular, the people of Elwood City come together to embrace and celebrate the most wonderful time of the year.


Peg + Cat + Holidays

Sunday, Dec. 24 at 6 a.m.

Peg and Cat are on a mission to learn more about the holiday season. In their first adventure, the duo help Albert Einstein solve his “Hanukkah Problem”: making a homemade dreidel! Next, in the “Christmas Problem,” Santa Claus is running late on Christmas Eve. Can Peg and Cat help him wrap and deliver presents to all the children of the world before Christmas morning?

All your favorite PBS KIDS Holiday Programs on Christmas Day

Monday, Dec. 25 at 5:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

With almost too many festive, fun-filled programs to choose from, KAMU has you covered with a PBS KIDS marathon on Christmas day. Starting at 5:30 a.m., spend your morning unwrapping gifts and sipping cocoa with your favorite holiday specials.

You can also visit our 24/7 PBS KIDS channel to view your favorite seasonal specials all day long. Check out our PBS KIDS TV schedule for more information.

Spend the Holidays with KAMU-TV

‘Tis the season to sit by the fire and enjoy some holiday television. All month long, KAMU is spreading holiday cheer by providing the best specials and programs.


Agatha Christi: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen

Agatha Christie: Lucy Worsley on the Mystery Queen

Part 1: Sunday, Dec 3 at 7 p.m.

Part 2: Sunday, Dec 10 at 7 p.m.

Part 3: Sunday, Dec 17 at 7 p.m.

This new three-part series follows Lucy Worsley as she uncovers the mysterious past of author Agatha Christie. After publishing the biography “Agatha Christie: An Elusive Woman,” Worsley initiates an investigation into Christie’s past. Throughout the series, Worsley discovers the dark secrets and past experiences that shaped this renowned storyteller.


Masterpiece: All Creatures Great & Small

All Creatures Great & Small

Every Sunday at 8 p.m. through Dec. 31

Catch up on Season 3 replays of “All Creatures Great & Small” every Sunday. This season, young James Herriot and his crew deal with new partnerships, recollections of the past and an oncoming war; all while keeping their veterinary practice alive. Throughout the month, prepare for the all-new Season 4 coming Sunday, Jan. 7.

Crane Candlelight Concert: Let it Shine!

Monday, Dec. 4 at 9:30 p.m.

Kick off the holiday season with the annual Crane Candlelight Concert. Almost 300 faculty and student musicians from SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music take the stage to spread joy through music.


The Thrill of Hope: A Concordia Christmas, Concordia University Irvine

The Thrill of Hope: A Concordia Christmas

Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m.

Get in the holiday spirit with the musical ensembles of Concordia University Irvine and friends. Featuring “Silent Night,” “Angels We Have Heard on High,” “Hope Has an Answer” and many more, this musical collection is bound to bring joy and cheer in preparation for Christmas.

Christmas Parade, City of College Station

City of College Station Christmas Parade

Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25 at 1 p.m.

This year, KAMU is proud to broadcast the parade so that everyone can experience the holiday magic, even from home. Filled with lit up floats, marching band carols and an appearance from Santa Claus, the celebration is bound to fill you with joy. The parade will start at Post Oak Mall and continue down Dartmouth Road, ending at Beachy Central Park. The new holiday tradition will be available to watch on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day!


Mary Berry's Highland Christmas

Mary Berry’s Highland Christmas

Sunday, Dec. 24 at 6 p.m.

Join Mary Berry in her family’s homeland, Scotland, where she honors her heritage by indulging in some traditional holiday meals. Gather some inspiration as Mary Berry and her guests prepare for Christmas by trying all sorts of special recipes.


Call the Midwife Christmas Special

Call the Midwife Holiday Special

Monday, Dec. 25 at 7 p.m.

As Christmas approaches and the people of Poplar begin to unwind, peace is disrupted by the appearance of an unexploded bomb. When residents must evacuate and navigate the town without electricity, the Nonnatus House staff are there to help and restore faith in the holidays.

Holiday TV Pledge Drive

Tune in for a holiday celebration as KAMU is back with another TV Pledge Drive. From Nov. 24-Dec. 3, check out a collection of programs filled with music, travel and new knowledge. 

With so much to celebrate this holiday season, we want to take the time to thank you, our viewers. It is with your support that KAMU is able to bring meaningful stories to television screens and radio speakers all year long. 

Continue reading to learn about some of the programs you can expect for this upcoming TV Pledge Drive. 

A “Jam”-packed Pledge Drive

Be on the lookout for a full lineup of fun music programs to jam out to all week long. Here are just a few that will air during our Pledge Drive:

Great Performances: Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway’s Best

The week kicks off with a truly one-of-a-kind special. “Great Performances: Celebrating 50 Years of Broadway’s Best” showcases many of the special compositions and talent that have crossed Broadway’s stages since 1973. 

Hosted by Tony winner Sutton Foster in the David H. Koch Theater of Lincoln Center, you can watch as familiar faces celebrate a wide collection of music from Stephen Sondheim to Duke Ellington. Hear familiar pieces from shows you know and love, like “Chicago,” “Waitress,” “Jelly’s Last Jam” and many more. 

Whether you’re a show tune enthusiast or general music lover, you can sing along to this festive program on Friday, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m.

Yacht Rock Revue: 70s and 80s Hits

This fall weather may have us reaching for our flannel pajamas or warm, fluffy socks. But during this Pledge Drive, KAMU will make you feel like it’s a bright, hot summer day with this show. 

“Yacht Rock Revue: 70s and 80s Hits” takes viewers back to the golden age of the genre. Watch as the band plays classics from musicians like Steely Dan, Hall & Oates, Michael McDonald and more. 

See how the breezy sounds of yacht rock are showcased in this special program on Monday, Nov. 27 at 8:30 p.m.

The Highwaymen: Live at Nassau Coliseum

Four men who made an ever-lasting impact on country music both together and apart. Watch “The Highwaymen: Live at Nassau Coliseum” for a true blast from the past performance. 

Originally recorded in 1990, see Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson take the stage to sing some of their most beloved hits. 

You can tune in to this performance from “The Highwaymen” on Saturday, Nov. 25 at 10:30 p.m. 

Have weekend plans? You can also watch the special when it re-airs on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 9:30 p.m.

Go behind the scenes with “All Creatures Great & Small”

Curl up with your favorite blanket and warm cup of cocoa as the cast and crew of one of KAMU’s most popular programs, “All Creatures Great & Small,” take you behind the scenes of their previous holiday specials. Hear from each of the actors as they describe their process of bringing this beloved story to life for the holiday season. With never-before-seen footage and tours of the show’s notable sets, tune in to “All Creatures Great & Small: Christmas in the Dales” on Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8:30 p.m. for this festive celebration.

Travel the world with Rick Steves

Take a journey far and wide with Rick Steves during KAMU’s TV Pledge Drive. On Nov. 26 at 6 p.m., tune in to “Rick Steves’ Why We Travel.” In this special, Steves takes a step back from his adventures to answer the question: why is traveling so valuable to the human experience? Hear his stories from previous trips that celebrate all there is to gain from a life of traveling the world. 

Later in the week, watch “Rick Steves’ European Christmas” on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at 7 p.m. Steves takes viewers back in time in this holiday special to explore the history of the Christmas season across Europe. Travel through England, Norway and France as he discovers the original stories of St. Nicholas, the “Twelve Days of Christmas” and so much more.

How to watch more

Check out our TV Schedule for a full list of programs that are set to air during our TV Pledge Drive. If you also wish to make a donation to our station, you can visit this link

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

A Flavorful Lineup of Saturday Cooking Programs

Saturday afternoons with KAMU are a treat for food enthusiasts and home cooks alike. With a mouthwatering blend of culinary expertise and delightful dishes, these shows provide a captivating journey through the world of cooking. From cultural delicacies to quick and easy recipes for everyday meals, KAMU’s Saturday cooking programs offer a diverse range of culinary experiences that leave viewers both entertained and hungry for more. Join KAMU on Saturdays from 2:30-5 p.m.

Dooky Chase Kitchen

Dooky Chase Kitchen: Leah’s Legacy

Saturdays at 2:30 p.m.

“Dooky Chase Kitchen: Leah’s Legacy” introduces a fresh cooking series that highlights the iconic Tremé restaurant, the New Orleans landmark where Chef Leah Chase earned her title as the Queen of Creole Cuisine. Filmed at Dooky Chase, this series explores dishes that not only reflect the restaurant’s historical and cultural importance, but also showcases the younger members of the Chase family, who have taken the reins since Leah’s passing, expertly preparing these signature creations. Viewers will not only be able to experience the flavors and history behind these delightful meals, but they can also gain a better appreciation of the passion and commitment that has kept Chef Leah Chase’s culinary legacy alive in the heart of New Orleans.

Sara’s Weeknight Meals

Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.

“Sara’s Weeknight Meals” is about the things that matter most the world over — quick, tasty home cooked meals, eaten with family, and made with love. Sara Moulton’s warm teaching style has made her a beloved presence on television for decades on Good Morning America, the Food Network and at Gourmet Magazine. Now this fast-paced informative half-hour series shares Sara’s vast culinary experience and flair for putting flavorful, healthy food on the table…and with minimal fuss. In each episode, Sara welcomes both beginner and experienced home cooks into her kitchen, sharing practical tips, time-saving techniques, and a diverse array of recipes, making it a resource for anyone looking for aid in their weeknight dining experience.

Cooks Country

Cook’s Country

Saturdays at 3:30 p.m.

“Cook’s Country” takes cherished family recipes from all across the United States and gives them a fresh twist, making them accessible for home cooks everywhere. Following the same down-to-earth culinary philosophy that has propelled Cook’s Country magazine to success, the series presents the finest examples of home cooking from coast to coast. Join us on this culinary journey across America, as we celebrate the rich variety of flavors and traditions that make the nation’s home cooking truly exceptional.

Lidia’s Kitchen

Saturdays at 4:00 p.m.

The Daytime Emmy-winning chef Lidia Bastianich expertly crafts simple, seasonal and budget-friendly dishes in her show “Lidia’s Kitchen.” Utilizing her wealth of tips and techniques gathered over the years, Lidia transforms ingredients into delightful meals, ranging from apple cider-braised pork shoulder and salmon with mustard sauce to lentil country salad and Grandma Rosa’s apple cake. Lidia’s episodes radiate her deep love for cooking as she imparts her knowledge, guiding viewers on a journey to draw upon their culinary heritage and create a warm, homey atmosphere in the kitchen.

Pati's Mexican Table

Pati’s Mexican Table

Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.

Pati Jinich’s Mexican upbringing brought “Pati’s Mexican Table” together with the fond memories of renowned chef and cookbook author. Throughout its 10 seasons, the show has been honored with three James Beard Awards and received four Emmy nominations. A captivating blend of travel adventure and culinary education in every episode, Pati leads us on a journey through her Mexico, and then graciously welcomes us into her U.S. kitchen. Here, she imparts the secrets of traditional Mexican cooking as it is cherished in Mexican households, while also exploring exciting new variations. Each season of the show embarks on an exploration of a distinct Mexican region, emphasizing its rich diversity and acquainting us with the wide spectrum of regional cuisines.

Spending a Day with Colin from Surfaces: A Texas A&M Today Bonus Feature

His foot is tapping, his head is nodding and his speakers are cranked up. He peers at the computer screen and smiles. There’s no doubt Colin Padalecki — half of the uber-popular duo Surfaces and Class of 2020 Texas A&M graduate — is feeling his music.

He’s surrounded by good vibes. Pastel-colored guitars hang on the wall. Tasteful but refined décor fills each room of his home. There’s a signed Elton John album peeking out from a record collection.

The vibes might make you think he’s a beach boy from California, but you’d be wrong — and you wouldn’t be the first person to make that mistake about him or his bandmate Forrest Frank.

“I don’t know if it’s because of the way we look, the way we talk, or the way we write songs,” Padalecki said in a recent KAMU interview. “But [people] are always like, ‘Oh yeah, you’re from California, right?’ No, I’m from South Texas. Born and raised, still live there. And I love Texas.”

Raised to work hard, get good grades and put his all into everything, Padalecki is still that guy — even after going triple platinum for the smash hit “Sunday Best,” releasing five albums and recording with names like Elton John and Thomas Rhett.

“We’re pretty rooted with our families and friends in Texas,” Padalecki said. “[When we blew up], everyone was asking, are you going to move to L.A.?”

The answer was a resounding no.

“I love music to death,” Padalecki said. “It’s the most amazing job in the world. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. But the fame and popularity never really changed anything about what I wanted to do for myself.”

Colin Padalecki sits by his pool.
– Colin sits by his pool as he talks with KAMU.

Rise to Fame

Padalecki’s musical journey started slow.

“I used to write poems when I was a little kid and the poems slowly started turning to songwriting,” he said. “When I was in high school, I started watching MTV. And I was like, ‘Man, I really wonder – how do people make songs?'”

So Padalecki started making songs on the computer. He would write songs for his cousin Alexa to sing and began putting small EP’s on SoundCloud in high school and his early college days.

“I never told people I was going to be this big star,” Padalecki said. “I always did it for the fun of it.”

But music was barely even on the back burner until late in his time at Texas A&M. Padalecki came to A&M on scholarship to be a pole vaulter. Between classes and athletics, music didn’t have much room to breathe until his junior year.

“I was going through an identity crisis,” Padalecki remembers. “I was just like, I’ve got to start doing the things that make me happy. And when I started reprioritizing my life, it was just music. The music started getting better, I started having more fun and it just felt so natural.”

As fate would have it, the eventual other half of Surfaces, Forrest Frank, was also making music and putting it on SoundCloud for fun. And he was only 90 minutes away, enrolled at Baylor University.

“We just started showing each other stuff that we thought was cool and fun to make,” Padalecki said.

After Frank graduated from Baylor, he moved to Seattle, Washington. The pair continued to send each other music until Frank invited Padalecki to join him for a songwriting weekend. With money saved from a summer internship, Padalecki bought a plane ticket “to see what happened.”

“I wrote three or four songs on the plane and then we recorded four or five songs in a weekend,” he said.

That’s when Frank became an official part of Surfaces, taking over lead singer duties. He eventually moved back to Texas so the two could collaborate further, allowing their sound to develop into what it is today.

“We’re not really defined by genre,” Padalecki said. “We’re kind of defined by whatever we’re feeling at the time. We’re never boxed in.”

Colin Padalecki gives KAMU's cameras a tour of his record collection.
– Colin gives KAMU’s cameras a tour of his record collection.

A Student and an Entrepreneur

Meanwhile, Padalecki was still a few years away from graduating. He majored in management of information systems.

Don’t assume he’s not putting his degree to use, though. Padalecki says his business classes prepared him for one of his favorite parts of his job.

“I love branding,” Padalecki said. “I love design, I love picking out things for my house, I love making album covers, I love making merch. I want to do everything.”

And that’s exactly what he did in the early days of Surfaces.

“I would crank out 700 merch orders a week in between classes,” Padalecki said. “I would make the designs, I’d drive to C.C. Creations to put in the order, I’d buy packaging from OfficeMax, and I’d grind for weeks on end.”

He makes all their album covers himself, using Keynote, Apple’s version of Microsoft PowerPoint. “You’re definitely not supposed to be making album art out of it,” Padalecki joked. He said most of the designs are inspired by real locations, including Seattle, Malibu, Lake Lyndon B. Johnson and Joshua Tree.

According to Padalecki, the duo’s interest in the whole process is unique among artists and gives them a leg up in the crowded music industry. His business background comes in handy when looking at record deals and live show contracts. His down-to-earth nature also helps.

“All these labels were flying in from L.A. to College Station to talk to me,” Padalecki said. “And they’re like, ‘Oh, can I take you out for dinner?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, you can take me to Torchy’s.'”

The labels were shocked, telling him it was the cheapest meal they’d ever bought an artist. But that’s just how Padalecki rolls.

Colin Padalecki is interviewed by KAMU.
– Colin is interviewed by KAMU.

The College Station Magic

The little blue house on Montclair Avenue in College Station where Padalecki did all this work also became the workshop for the duo’s biggest hit.

“We would put the mic in the closet, shoving clothes left and right and just stick the mic in the middle,” Padalecki said. “Forrest would go in there and close the door with all my clothes in there. And we recorded pretty much all the songs for our second album in that little room.”

One day, the duo began messing around with a piano loop that “just felt so good,” according to Padalecki. Within an hour, a rough demo of what became the triple-platinum song “Sunday Best” was done.

“The entire song was written in probably 15 minutes,” Padalecki said, “and the production was probably made in 30 minutes.”

The duo took a break, going out to the front yard to throw a Frisbee.

“We’re listening to [the song] on a Bluetooth speaker and we looked at each other and said ‘This is a pretty cool song,'” Padalecki said. “I can’t make this up — we’re just like, ‘I really don’t care if the song does anything because this is a song I’d show my friends.'”

Padalecki had no clue what the song would become. It wasn’t even a single from their album. “It didn’t start out well at all,” he remembers. But once the song hit social media, “it just slowly started to go crazy and dominate the world. It was really weird.”

Colin Padalecki works on a song.
– Colin works on a song on his computer.

Chasing the Sound

As of October 2023, “Sunday Best” has been streamed around 900 million times. It climbed the charts, ended up in millions of social media videos and got an official radio release. Eventually, their record label had a request.

“I remember trying to chase that sound,” Padalecki said. “On the next album, the record label said just make another ‘Sunday Best.’ But it never works like that.”

Padalecki reckons people resonate with songs in different ways at different times. The song blew up around the time the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Padalecki believes the song’s positivity during a time when “everyone was cooped up inside” helped the song take off.

Regardless of the reason, Padalecki says feelings and songs can’t be formulated in a lab or conference room.

“You can’t really describe that feeling or that place that a song takes you to,” he said. “But you know it when you feel it.

“For me, it’s the least amount of effort that creates the most authentic feeling,” he went on. “I think the best songs for us were written in five minutes. When you have to force a song, you have to force a feeling… in my experience, you never really get anything out of that. Less is more.”

There’s a balance to the good vibes of Surfaces, though. While millions of people enjoy their music, Padalecki said they’ve been criticized for songs that suggest everyone can always be happy.

“The message has never been that,” Padalecki said. “I know that not everything is okay… you’d have to be very ignorant to think that everything is right with the world. But that doesn’t stop us humans from being creative enough to inspire others to try to get there one day.”

Right now, his creativity is at work on their sixth album.

“I’m taking it slow this time,” he said.

Colin Padalecki plays the piano.
– Colin’s Aggie Ring is visible as he plays the piano.

Thanks to Texas A&M

It’s easy to tell that A&M means a lot to Padalecki.

“I think it served me in such a weird way, going to A&M,” he said. “It put this drive in me to really succeed. Being supported by a good university with good students and a good business degree… it kind of added up to a perfect recipe.”

Three years after graduation, he’s one of the most well-known former students of his generation, even being tasked recently with penning the Texas A&M football team’s new walk out song.

“A lot of really talented people, not just musicians, have walked through those halls,” Padalecki said. “To be seen as someone who added to the culture or made a lasting mark… I’m honored.

“I love the journey,” he said. “Looking back on all the twists and turns, you know? Thank God for the university. Thank God for College Station. I wouldn’t be here today without it.”

Padalecki appears on Season 2, Episode 3 of the KAMU original production “Texas A&M Today.” In a story about music in Bryan-College Station, hear what current and former student musicians think of the local music scene, learn about the history of special performances in our area and find out what’s to come for on-campus music events.

Spend Your Halloween with PBS KIDS on KAMU

This spooky season, join your favorite PBS KIDS characters for fright-filled fun and plenty of adventures all month long. Tune in to special episodes every morning along with a Halloween weekend mini-marathon Oct. 27-31.

Check out a few of the Halloween-themed PBS KIDS programs expected to air on KAMU, and browse our TV schedule for the complete airing schedule for each show.

Wild Kratts: Creepy Creatures

Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 11 a.m. and more

The Wild Kratts are spending their Halloween looking for creepy-cool creatures. However, their search is interrupted by a group of villains trying to ruin Halloween. Now, Martin and Chris must activate their creature power suits in order to save Halloween and continue on their adventure.

The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!

Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 6 a.m. and more

Join The Cat in the Hat, Nick and Sally as they go on a Halloween adventure in search of the Oooky-ma-kooky Closet, home of the best Halloween costumes. Throughout the spooky ride, watch as Nick and Sally learn that their fears aren’t as scary as they thought. “The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About Halloween!” is sure to prove that fright can be fun!

Nature Cat *Halloween Themed*

Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 11:30 a.m. and more

When house cat Fred gets bored of being indoors, he decides to explore the outdoors and take on the role of Nature Cat. As excited as he is to be outside for the day, he isn’t sure how to navigate nature, so he enlists the help of his friends. This Halloween season, join Nature Cat as he goes on fun, fright-filled adventures with his animal friends!

Rosie’s Rules *Dia de los Muertos*

Thursday, Oct. 26 at 8:30 a.m. and more

“Rosie’s Rules” follows 5-year-old Rosie Fuentes as she learns how the world works through her family and community. Her curiosity leads her to exciting adventures in which she learns new rules. Throughout the show, she also explores her Mexican-American identity and shares traditions. This episode, watch as Rosie shares her Dia de los Muertos traditions and how she celebrates with her family.

Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest

Thursday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. and more

As George prepares for the Annual Boo Fest, he goes off to find the perfect pumpkin with Allie. While at the pumpkin patch, George finds out about the “Legend of No Noggin,” a scare-crow who only appears on Halloween. George and Allie are determined to prove his existence but first, George must find the perfect Halloween costume to win the contest at the Boo Fest.

Arthur and the Haunted Tree House

Friday, Oct. 27 at 6 a.m. and more

It’s Halloween night and Arthur and his friends are facing some spooky situations. Francine meets a mysterious elderly woman while trick-or-treating and Binky comes across Mr. Ratburn’s awesome haunted house. Meanwhile, Arthur, Buster and Ladonna are trying to solve a mystery: what is haunting their treehouse sleepover?

Want to spend more time with your favorite characters this Halloween? Check out our TV Schedule for all the air times of these special programs.

Hot Off the Press: News on KAMU

Stay up to date on the latest news with KAMU. From TV to radio shows, these programs provide the most reliable and current news in politics, economics, lifestyle, arts and everything in between.


BBC News the Context

Weekdays at 5 p.m.

Join host Christian Fraser and his regular guest panel as they discuss the world’s biggest news of the day. “BBC News the Context” proposes perspectives from various political backgrounds and world views. This program supplies engaging discussions, interviews and a deeper insight into global news through analyses brought to you by BBC correspondents from around the world.


BBC News America

Weekdays at 5:30 p.m.

“BBC News America” reports on developing news live from major events, with coverage like none other. The current affairs news program issues in-depth reports on politics, society and the economy. Presented from Washington D.C., “BBC News America” highlights the biggest national and international news of the day.


PBS NewsHour

Weekdays at 6 p.m.

With top journalists reporting on the biggest headlines of the hour, “PBS NewsHour” continues to be one of the most trusted news sources. The primetime news program features analyses, live reports, interviews and discussions. Stay up to date on the nation’s biggest events every day on “PBS NewsHour.”


Amanpour and Company

Weeknights at 10 p.m.

“Amanpour and Company” brings you the latest in public affairs and issues from a wide range of topics. Christiane Amanpour is joined by world leaders and important decision makers as they engage in conversations regarding national to global news. These comprehensive conversations provide a closer look into the issues the world is currently facing.


Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Fridays at 7:30 p.m.

“Firing Line with Margaret Hoover” provides a platform for an exchange of ideas from across the political spectrum. Political commentator Margaret Hoover leads interviews and debates highlighting views from conservative and liberal parties to bring viewers a new perspective. The public affairs talk show aims to bring Americans of different political backgrounds together through a civil and captivating debate.


Washington Week with The Atlantic

Fridays at 7p.m.

“Washington Week with The Atlantic” presents a moderated debate between journalists. The long-running talk show features major news straight from the nation’s capital. Tune in to the conversation as these top journalists navigate through politics and public affairs.



Morning Edition

Weekdays at 6 a.m.

“Morning Edition” is a two-hour news radio program packed with comprehensive news stories. Hosted by Steve Inskeep, Leila Fadel, Michael Martin and A Martinez, this program features news reports from correspondents worldwide. Its informative yet entertaining commentary makes “Morning Edition” one of the most listened to programs in the nation.


Texas Standard

Weekdays at 10 a.m.

Live from the Texas state capital, the one-hour daily news magazine “Texas Standard” produces news from the Texas perspective. Covering topics ranging from politics to lifestyle to technology, this program offers the latest news alongside interviews with experts in the fields. The one-hour daily podcast promises to keep audiences informed with the most accurate information on developments throughout the state.\


Here & Now

Weekdays at 11 a.m.

Co-hosts Robin Young and Scott Tong present “Here & Now.” The midday radio news program presents thorough news reports accompanied by interviews and intellectual conversations. The show also features appearances from newsmakers, innovators, reporters and artists from all over.


The World

Weekdays at 2 p.m.

“The World” is a long-running global news program like none other. This show aims to connect American audiences to global issues by reporting on national affairs through the perspective of foreigners. From topics in global security, gender, the environment, migration and public health, this show gathers its information straight from the source.


All Things Considered

Weekdays at 3 p.m.

Tune in to the most listened-to news radio program in the nation for the biggest stories of the day. “All Things Considered” covers daily news along with intuitive discussion from hosts Ailsa Chang, Mary Louise Kelly, Ari Shapiro, Juana Summers and Scott Detrow. Find out what is happening in art, music and entertainment every day on “All Things Considered.”

Keep up with the headlines and beyond with these programs and more all available live on KAMU-TV and KAMU-FM or our free livestreams.

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Ken Burns and The American Buffalo on KAMU

With an exciting array of programs coming to KAMU this October, a standout is a new documentary special from Ken Burns. For decades, this award-winning filmmaker has explored a variety of important stories throughout history. Whether it’s sports, history or nature, Burns has covered topics and issues that appeal to a wide audience. Below we showcase a few of his most popular programs, including a closer look at his newest series, “The American Buffalo.”

“The American Buffalo” on KAMU

The newest installment from Ken Burns tells the tragic story of the buffalo and how a certain group of people came together to fight back against the species’ extinction. 

In this two part docu-series, “The American Buffalo” begins with a focused history on the connection of the buffalo with the Indigenous people of North America. Bonded in spirit and kinship, Native Americans across the North and South Plains considered this animal to be sacred. Yet, with the progression of westward expansion in the mid-1800s, hide hunters started to take over the Great Plains. This led to a species that once had a population of 12-15 million falling to less than a thousand buffalo in just a few years. 

With the near extinction of their most cherished animal, the Native American tribes of the Great Plains fell into a state of despair. However, the series’ second episode focuses on a diverse group of individuals who unified against the buffalo’s eradication. This had a ripple effect across the U.S., encouraging a nation-wide effort aimed towards saving the buffalo. 

See all of this and more when part one of “The American Buffalo” premieres on KAMU Monday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m. with part two following on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the same time. 

Miss the first showing? Watch a double feature of “The American Buffalo” when it re-airs on Sunday, Oct. 22 at 1:30 p.m.

Other Ken Burns films on KAMU Passport

With dozens of programs to choose from, KAMU Passport also features some of Ken Burns’ most popular documentaries. Here are just a few that you can watch on Passport:

Country Music: A film by Ken Burns

Country Music

One of Burns’ newest installments, “Country Music” reveals never-before-told stories from the genre’s most familiar voices. Featuring interviews with Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks and more, hear first-hand accounts on the history and rise of American country music. From the evolution of the early genre, to the growth of “Music City” and the smashing success of “Hee Haw,” you can jam out with this eight-part series anytime on KAMU Passport.

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Franklin, Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt

The Roosevelts: An Intimate History

Known for their considerable impact on American politics, Burns highlights the intricate details of the lives of Franklin, Theodore and Eleanor Roosevelt. Starting from their childhood, this seven-part series portrays the relationships formed between the three individuals as well as their respective missions towards American prosperity. Learn more about their early life, their impacts on the policies of the era and how Eleanor sought to create a lasting family legacy long after their time in politics.

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Jackie Robinson: A film by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns & David McMahon

Jackie Robinson

As the man who revolutionized baseball, Jackie Robinson is considered one of the most influential athletes in American history. You’ve heard his story, but never in the way this filmmaker intended it to be told. In this two-part series, Burns seeks to dive deeper, focusing on Robinson’s impacts even after his time on the baseball field. Learn how he not only fought to break the color barrier in professional sports but also cultivated a life long legacy of activism.

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hands reaching up across American flag

The U.S. and the Holocaust

Inspired by exhibits in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C., this series explores how the U.S. responded to one of the worst humanitarian crises in history. Examine the rise of Nazism on a global scale and what role the U.S. played throughout this era. Nominated for Emmy Awards in three separate categories (Outstanding Documentary Series, Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Program, Outstanding Directing for Documentary Series), this is a can’t miss program featured on KAMU Passport.

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Interested in streaming one of these films or other Ken Burns documentaries? Learn more about joining KAMU Passport today.

Groovin’ into Season 49 of Austin City Limits

We all know everything is bigger and better in Texas, right? Think food, football and our state fair. Also on the list is being home to the live music capital of the world — Austin. KAMU is home of the longtime PBS series “Austin City Limits,” which debuts its 49th season on Oct. 7.

ACL is beloved for celebrating the diversity and richness of live music and is renowned for hosting memorable performances by the famous and not-yet-famous.

Whether you’re a music lover, a musician, or simply want to experience a great concert in your own home, tune-in to KAMU for the 49th season of “Austin City Limits.”

Rodrigo y Gabriela Featuring Austin Symphony on Austin City Limits season 49.

Rodrigo Y Gabriela featuring The Austin Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, Oct. 7 • 10:00 p.m.

“Austin City Limits” starts off season 49 with something they’ve never done before. The Austin Symphony Orchestra performs alongside Grammy-winning guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela, which will mark the first time an ACL artist and the world-renowned orchestra perform together. The Mexico City natives will be joined by an ensemble of more than 30 musicians, creating the perfect fusion among each of their distinct sounds. Together, they will deliver a one-of-a-kind performance that showcases the beauty of musical diversity.

Jenny Lewis / MUNA

Saturday, Oct. 14 • 10:00 p.m.

Jenny Lewis returns for the first time in nearly a decade, making her third appearance on the iconic ACL stage with highlights from her latest album, “Joy’All,” her fourth solo album and fifth overall. Jenny will no doubt enchant the audience with her country-rock style. Sharing the hour is the breakout indie-pop band, MUNA. They are set to make their thrilling debut on the ACL stage, promising an electrifying performance that will introduce their unique sound and style to a wider audience. It’s a night that combines Jenny’s whimsical artistry with MUNA’s fresh and vibrant energy, making it a must-watch episode.

Lil Yachty performing on the ACL Stage for season 49. Image taken by Scott Newton.

Lil Yachty / Sudan Archives

Saturday, Oct. 21 • 10:00 p.m.

“Austin City Limits” spotlights a pair of innovators who are making their ACL debuts — Lil Yachty and Sudan Archives. Rap sensation Lil Yachty showcases his genre-bending album “Let’s Start Here,” a bold artistic endeavor that blends rap, pop and experimental elements. Lil Yachty is joined by Sudan Archives, a self-taught avant-garde violinist and singer-songwriter. Sudan Archives performs songs from her album “Natural Brown Prom Queen,” which is a work of art that seamlessly melds elements of R&B, pop and electronic music. Together, these two artists are set to deliver a remarkable performance.

Margo Price / Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway

Saturday, Oct. 28 • 10:00 p.m.

Two American originals are brilliantly paired in this exceptional hour to produce a stunning musical experience that highlights the vast blend of American music. Margo Price makes her return for her second headlining appearance on the ACL stage. This time, she brings with her the heart and soul of her latest album, “Strays,” which serves as the centerpiece of her performance. Margo shares her deeply personal and thought-provoking storytelling through songs that resonate with all audiences. Sharing the spotlight is the next-generation bluegrass group, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway. This marks their first ACL appearance and they dazzle the audience with gems from their 2023 Grammy-winning Best Bluegrass Album, “Crooked Tree.” Together, Margo Price & Molly Tuttle represent the very essence of American music.

Jorge Drexler performing on the ACL stage for season 49 of Austin City Limits

Jorge Drexler

Saturday, Nov. 4 • 10:00 p.m.

Jorge Drexler’s arrival on the ACL stage is nothing short of a musical event that promises to leave an unforgettable mark. A global music powerhouse of the Latin music scene, who made history by sweeping the 2022 Latin Grammy Awards with a record seven awards, makes his first appearance on the ACL stage. He takes the audience on an unforgettable journey through a number of irresistible Spanish-language songs selected from his landmark album, “Tinta y Tiempo.” As the melodies flow and the lyrics unfold, audience members are invited to immerse themselves in the rich culture that is Latin music.

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit

Saturday, Nov. 11 • 10:00 p.m.

The celebrated singer-songwriter and four-time Grammy winner, Jason Isbell, along with his exceptionally talented band, The 400 Unit, make a return to the Austin City Limits stage. This marks their third headlining appearance. A decade has passed since their initial debut in Season 39, and in this highly-anticipated hour they treat fans to a musical journey that spans their remarkable career. With a repertoire that seamlessly weaves together fan-favorites from their previous appearances and new gems from the recent release, “Weathervanes,” Isbell and The 400 Unit create music that resonates and unfolds raw emotions and heartfelt storytelling.

Foo Fighters performing on the ACL stage for season 40 for Austin City Limits

Foo Fighters

Saturday, Nov. 18 • 10:00 p.m.

A season’s standout moment awaits as the legendary Foo Fighters make their triumphant return for their third appearance on the ACL stage. The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers had previously rocked the ACL stage twice, delivering unforgettable performances in 2009 (in ACL’s original Studio 6A) and again in 2015. In 2021, ACL celebrated the rock superstars’ 25th anniversary with an hour-long special that quickly became one of the most requested episodes in the ACL archives. It featured beloved classics from both of their previous appearances. Now, with great excitement, ACL is thrilled to welcome back this iconic band for an epic new hour on the ACL stage. Their return promises an electrifying performance that will undoubtedly go down in ACL history as another unforgettable moment.


According to longtime ACL executive producer Terry Lickona, “There’s no doubt in my mind that this is the most diverse mix of music and talent ACL has ever presented in a new season — and it’s only the beginning!”

KAMU is proud to be bigger and better for you during ACL’s 49th season.

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