Austin Meek

Host of Downtown Depot

Austin Meek is an entrepreneur based in Waco, Texas. For his media company, Waco Business News, he documents Waco's economic revitalization and hosts the radio show and podcast, “Downtown Depot,” on 103.3 KWBU-FM. For Pokey O’s Cookies and Ice Cream, a food truck and storefront that he owns and operates with his wife, he serves as Chief Cookie Monster. Additionally, he is developing a retail and entertainment center on Elm Avenue in East Waco. Austin and Julia are proud parents to their daughter, Stevie, age 1. 

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This week on Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek is joined by real estate agent Gregg Glime to talk about his Waco history. He also shines the Small Business Spotlight on Massimo Di Campli of Di Campli's Italian Ristorante. 


In Episode 89 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Dr. Tyrha Lindsey-Warren, a Professor of Marketing at Baylor University. Dr. Tyrha discusses the hollowness of “virtue signaling” by corporate brands, her work with the Waco Family & Faith International Film Festival, and how the city can be more racially inclusive. Before that interview, Austin learns about the pop-up vendor fair East Side Market from one of its founders, Andreas Zaloumis.


Downtown Depot - Eric Shepherd

Aug 21, 2020

This week on Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek sits down with Eric Shepherd, executive director of the Waco Civic Theater. He discusses all things drama in Central Texas, ways the musical "Hamilton" is shaping the industry, and how community theaters can bounce back during and after Covid-19. Before that conversation, he shines the small business spotlight on Erin Ward of Pura Vida Paddle.

Downtown Depot - Michele Brown

Aug 7, 2020

In episode 87 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Michele Brown, Department Lead of the Culinary Arts program at TSTC Waco. Michele predicts how dining will look in a post-pandemic world, and dishes on the types of cuisine Central Texans are hungry for. Before that interview, Austin hears from David Laws of the Better Business Bureau who details the organizations effort to create an ethical marketplace for the Heart of Texas. 


In this episode of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews real estate developer Bill Wetterman. Bill talks about the evolution of downtown Waco, the balance of public-private partnerships, and the solution for dying malls across the country. Before that interview, Austin shines the Small Business Spotlight on Patrick Margiotta of Patrick’s Dry Cleaners.


As we deal with the corona virus and social distancing, in-house productions are temporarily suspended.

You will find some local programs on hiatus at this time, or programs pulled from the KWBU archives.

The health and well being of our volunteer hosts and staff is  top priority.

Today, in place of the regularly scheduled Downtown Depot, we revisit an episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series in which Nan Holmes interviews Waco Business owner and host of Downtown Depot, Austin Meek.  This interview was recorded January 9, 2019 in the KWBU studio. 


In Episode 77 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Katie Selman. Selman discusses her move from Brooklyn to Waco and her desire to bring punk, rap, and rock music to Waco with her organization "Keep Waco Loud." Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Gene Vinnykov of Koko Ramen and talks with real estate experts Austin Hooper and Greg Glime about the Waco market heading into 2020. 

  

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In Episode 76 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Rocky Miller. Miller discusses how a military career prepared him for civilian life and previews the upcoming ”Feast in the East,” a yearly festival which Miller organizes for lower income Wacoans around Christmas time. Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Jonathan Martin of Black Oak Art and commercial expert Gregg Glime recaps the top real estate stories of 2019.


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In Episode 75 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Veronicka Thompson-Smith, owner of Flower + Ink Designs and community director of WacoWork. She shares what she's learned from her fellow entrepreneurs at Waco's first co-working space and gets personal telling stories of some uncomfortable realities stemming from her interracial marriage. 


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In Episode 74 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Vic Feazell. Feazell is a criminal defense attorney in Waco and former McLennan County D.A. who famously took on the Texas Rangers. Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Laverty's Antiques and gets Thanksgiving table tricks from Chef Corey McEntyre of Milo All Day. 


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In Episode 73 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Cindy Little, a paranormal investigator in McLennan County. Little discusses some of her spookiest moments on the job and explains why some people see ghosts while others don’t. Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Spin Connection, a local record store, and gets real estate updates from commercial expert Gregg Glime and residential expert Austin Hooper.

 

 

 

 

 

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In Episode 72 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Lais Loewen. Loewen is the owner of Sabor, a food trailer serving Brazilian cuisine. She explains how her South American heritage has affected her company's culture and why foster parenting isn't so different from running a business. 


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In Episode 71 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Cuevas Peacock. Peacock is a Community Organizer for Grassroots Community Development. He reframes the gentrification debate around cultural displacement versus economic displacement, shares success stories of working in Waco, and gives tips on how members of the community can take ownership for themselves. 


In episode 70 of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek talks with Kimberly Batson, co-owner of the soon-to-be opening Fabled Bookshop & Cafe on 4th Street and Franklin.


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In Episode 69 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Devin Li. 

Li is co-owner of Waco Cha, a mobile boba tea company, and Waco Bao. Li recounts his experience as a young Chinese immigrant living in Texas and why he feels called to build a community through Asian food and drink. 

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