KLRU-TV, Austin PBS and the family of Bill Arhos announce visitation and service to celebrate his life.
There will be a visitation on Thursday, April 16 from 6 to 8 pm at Weed-Corley at 3125 N Lamar Boulevard.
On Saturday, April 18 at 3 pm there will be a Celebration of the Life of Bill Arhos at ACL Live at The Moody Theater, 310 Willie Nelson Boulevard. Both events are open to the public.
Arhos, a longtime KLRU station executive and father of Austin City Limits, died Saturday, April 11th, at the age of 80. His life’s work was devoted to KLRU, public media and music. He served in many positions during his nearly 40-year career at KLRU, joining in 1961 to help launch the public television station. Over the years, Arhos served as Producer, Program Director, Vice President of Programming, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits (1975-1999), and President/General Manager from 1986 until his retirement in 1999. He also served on the boards of PBS and the Country Music Association. Arhos was a proud graduate of Rice University, graduating in 1957. Rice honored Arhos in 2007 with the Association of Rice Alumni’s Distinguished Alumni Award.
Arhos will be buried in a private ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery alongside other Texas legends.
The family requests donations to the Bill Arhos Fund at KLRU in lieu of flowers.
LONGTIME KLRU STATION EXECUTIVE AND AUSTIN CITY LIMITS FOUNDER BILL ARHOS DIES
November 3, 1934 – April 11, 2015
KLRU-‐TV, Austin PBS and the family of Bill Arhos are sad to announce the passing of the longtime station executive, who most regard as the father of Austin City Limits. Arhos died Saturday, April 11th, at the age of 80. His life’s work was devoted to KLRU, public media and music. He served in many positions during his nearly 40-‐year career at KLRU, joining in 1961 to help launch the public television station. Over the years, Arhos served as Producer, Program Director, Vice President of Programming, Executive Producer of Austin City Limits (1975-‐1999), and President/General Manager from 1986 until his retirement in 1999. He also served on the boards of PBS and the Country Music Association. Arhos was a proud graduate of Rice University, graduating in 1957. Rice honored Arhos in 2007 with the Association of Rice Alumni’s Distinguished Alumni Award.Arhos will always be remembered best for his vision and passion that drove Austin City Limits to become the longest-‐running music series in American television history. In 1974, KLRU (then KLRN) hatched the idea to create a music performance show. The pilot was shot on October 14, 1974, starring up and coming singer-‐songwriter Willie Nelson and the rest is history.
“I’ve never met anyone like Bill Arhos,” says ACL Executive Producer and longtime colleague Terry Lickona. “He was a real character, known and loved not just in Austin but throughout the PBS system. The idea for Austin City Limits was not just his alone, but he brought it to life, and he kept the show going and growing through some difficult times. Whether they know it or not, millions of music fans, artists and PBS viewers owe a debt to him for his enormous contribution to what’s become a cultural institution.”
Called the “spirit” of the show, Arhos was inducted into the Austin City Limits Inaugural Hall of Fame last year, honored for his vision, passion and dedication. In accepting the award Arhos’ trademark wit was evident when he said: “It’s a little intimidating to be in a class of the first inductees, and three of the four have bronze statues around town.”
KLRU’s current general manager Bill Stotesbery says, “Bill Arhos was a legend in public media, respected for his creativity, energy, and persistence. From day one, he dedicated himself to building a station that was a national leader in production, and he set a standard that others seek to achieve. He will be missed greatly.”Arhos will be buried in a private ceremony at the Texas State Cemetery alongside other Texas legends. Details about his service and a celebration of his life will be forthcoming.
The family requests donations to the Bill Arhos Fund at KLRU in lieu of flowers.
Austin City Limits is pleased to announce a live stream of Western swing institution Asleep at the Wheel joined by special guests The Avett Brothers and Amos Lee, in a special tribute to the late Bob Wills, King of Western swing. The taping, Tuesday, February 24th @ 9pm ET/ 8pm CT, is the first of ACL’s new season, and will be live streamed worldwide directly from ACL’s stage via the show’s YouTube Channel http://www.youtube.com/austincitylimitstv. Fans can log on to watch the entire taping as it happens live from The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. The broadcast episode will air on PBS this fall as part of the legendary music series upcoming Season 41. The show’s hashtag is #acltv. The live stream is powered by ACL underwriter Dell Computers.
Asleep at the Wheel were featured in ACL’s first official episode in 1976 along with The Texas Playboys, and their return marks an incredible eleventh appearance on the program. Asleep at the Wheel are also the newest members of the ACL Hall of Fame, and will be inducted at a ceremony to be held in Austin later this year. The legendary band releases their highly-anticipated new Bob Wills tribute album Still The King: Celebrating The Music of Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys on March 3rd, featuring an all-star line-up of special guests, including ACL veterans Willie Nelson, Lyle Lovett, The Avett Brothers, George Strait, Kat Edmonson and Merle Haggard. Founded in 1970 and based in Austin, TX, Asleep at the Wheel, lead by founder Ray Benson, has won nine GRAMMY awards, released more than 20 studio albums and charted more than 20 singles on the Billboard charts. For over 40 years, Ray Benson & Asleep at the Wheel have been the chief practitioners, conspirators and caretakers of Western swing, carrying Bob Wills’ traditions well into the 21st century, reaching both their contemporaries and the next generation of artists inspired by the great bandleader.
ACL recently announced the inductees for its second annual ACL Hall of Fame and the first round of tapings for the series’ upcoming Season 41, which also include the Grammy nominated country rebel Sturgill Simpson and acclaimed rock outfit The War on Drugs.
On November 6th, during the week that the Austin episode of “Sonic Highways” aired, Dave Grohl returned to Austin and sat down for a conversation with Austin City Limits executive producer Terry Lickona in the original Studio 6A where ACL began 40 years ago. It was a comfortable setting for both, since it’s also where the Foo Fighters camped out for a week back in March when they were filming the episode and recording one of their new songs. Enjoy!
Austin City Limits is pleased to announce that we will be streaming our taping with The Black Keys live on Monday, November 17th, 8pm CT/9pm ET. The taping will webcast in its entirety via our YouTube channel.
The powerhouse rock duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney make their second appearance on the ACL stage following their recent release Turn Blue, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s album chart. The acclaimed rockers made an epic ACL debut in Season 36 showcasing their 2010 breakout albumBrothers. The six-time Grammy winners have since gone on to achieve worldwide critical and commercial success with the landmark 2011 release El Camino and have been unstoppable ever since.
Are you a fan of our Behind the Scenes videos? You know, those clips we post that show what really goes on during an ACL TV taping – like this and this. Those are made by our fantastic videographer Jonathan Jackson, and he has a slightly different idea for our next show. For this Friday’s taping with Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell, we want to show our viewers what a taping looks like from YOUR perspective – as a member of our passionate and enthusiastic audience. For this piece we want to showcase someone who’s been a fan of ACL for a long time, someone who could even share memories from the original studio back at KLRU. And of course, being a big fan of Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell is essential!
If this sounds like you, and you’re willing to get here at 6:30pm this Friday, be videotaped and share some great stories about ACLTV, then email us at acl(at)klru.org and tell us why you think you’re the right person for the job. Be prepared to bring someone equally as passionate for the evening because If we pick you, we’ll give you two passes to the taping and fifteen minutes of fame. Email us by Thursday at 10am Central time to be considered!