Austin PBS's new building photographed at night
Austin PBS Austin Media Center Grand Opening: The Next 60 Years

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August 27, 2022

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The new Pfluger Keller Community Soundstage, with stage and seating, in black and white

Pfluger Keller Community Soundstage

Be part of the first ever audience at our new, award-winning Pfluger Keller Community Soundstage. Experience a day filled with fun for all ages, including an interview with Evan Smith, an exciting storytime with the LBJ Library and PBS character Daniel Tiger as we commemorate what would have been President Lyndon B. Johnson’s 114th birthday, and a presentation of the Zilker Summer Musical, Newsies.

PBS Kids Character Meet and Greet and Be My Neighbor Postcard Station

Say hello and snap a picture with PBS Kids characters Daniel Tiger*, Katerina Kittycat, Princess Presto, Nature Cat and Buddy the Dinosaur. Between character appearances, sit down with us to decorate and send cards to friends, family and our community at the Be My Neighbor Day Postcard Station powered by PNC Grow up Great®. Character appearance schedule coming soon!

*DANIEL TIGER’S NEIGHBORHOOD © 2012 The Fred Rogers Company. All rights reserved.

Be My neighbor day at the Grand Opening, with Daniel Tiger, Katerina Kittycat, Princess Presto, Nature cat and Buddy the dinosaur. Powered by PNC Grow Up Great® and the Fred Rogers Company.
Austin PBS exterior, at night

Storytime

Help us welcome back our PBS Kids characters for five family-friendly storytime readings led by local authors, musicians, and celebrities, such as Chet Garner, host of The Daytripper.

Our community partners at the Texas Book Festival have chosen some amazing stories for you to enjoy. Listen to the tale of a determined T-rex on his quest to learn how to hug in Tiny T. Rex and the Impossible Hug, find out what Princess Lina chooses as her special magical weather specialty in Diary of an Ice Princess: The Big Freeze, explore the wonders of nature, family, and traditions in Donde Las Maravillas Crecen (Where Wonder Grows), discover the courage to share your dreams in Nigel and the Moon and marvel at the interesting sounds heard in an apartment building in Everybody in the Red Brick Building.

Thank You to Our Grand Opening
Sponsors & Partners

Google Fiber PNC Bank
My Vinyasa Practice: Uplifting Collective Consciousness Fred Rogers Productions
  • Austin Regional Clinic
  • AXS
  • CapMetro
  • Do512 Family & Do512
  • Skout Bars

Our Community Day Community Partners:

  • Austin Community College
  • LBJ Presidential Library & Foundation
  • Texas Book Festival
  • Zilker Theater Productions
Staircase leading down to Austin PBS's new offices and studios.

New Home: Austin PBS’s new headquarters, the Austin Media Center, is located on the Austin Community College Highland Campus in Austin, TX. Destined to become a unique and energizing space, the Austin Media Center serves as a creative hub and base for Central Texans to gather, learn, share and create.

In the space that formerly hosted the Dillard’s department store at Highland Mall, Austin PBS occupies 45,000 square feet on the ground floor of the 185,000 square feet building. With over 100 miles of cabling to support broadcast functionality, the Austin Media Center is the largest 12G facility in the United States.

The new large production studio at Austin PBS's new facility

New Content: Austin PBS broadcasts 35,000 hours of curated content across four channels every year—with 8,000 hours available online. Our locally produced original content is distributed nationally and has won numerous Lone Star Emmy awards, a National Medal of Arts, and a Peabody Award, making Austin PBS one of the most prolific public media stations.

Our state-of-the-art studios will allow us to continue to create and share compelling, relevant content that builds and honors our community. The Pfluger Keller Community Soundstage will house live broadcasts, film screenings and community forums inspired by PBS content. Fun fact: the 6,600 square foot studio is home to the largest floating acoustical slab in Texas, winning the Golden Trowel Award from the Texas Masonry Council for precision and consistency of concrete slab.

The new master control space, with large monitors for each of the stations four channels.

New Possibilities: Austin PBS is embarking on an ambitious transformational journey. Our new home will help us expand our reach and impact on a diverse and growing Central Texas community as we embrace a new partnership with Austin Community College, engaging digital native generations.

Community-focused, collaborative use of digital media is the common thread that connects several Austin PBS initiatives on this journey. Each initiative aims to engage students through internships and apprenticeships, as well as directly serving our region through new and expanded media opportunities.