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. 

Ways to Connect

In this episode, host Austin Meek talks with local tattoo artist Lefty Colbert of Infamous Ink. They talk about the history of tattooing, his philosphy regarding the art, and the challenges his shop faced during the pandemic.

On this episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek talks to Eddie Garcia.  They discuss the lessons he's learned as a young business owner.  Garcia also talks about the lessons he has learned from his hard working immigrant parents.

It's Episode #99 of Downtown Depot. Host Austin Meek talks to Dr. Iliana Neumann, family physician at the Waco Family Health Center, about the services they provide to enhance the health of lives of locals living near downtown Waco.

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Downtown Depot - Leo Spann

Feb 10, 2021

On Episode 98 of Downtown Depot, Austin Meek has a conversation with Leo Spann, owner of the Po' Boy Place in Downtown Waco. They talk about his family's flight from hurricane Katrina, lessons learned in the restaurant business, and the components of the perfect Po' Boy. 

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In episode 96 of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek interviews Dillon Meek, Mayor of Waco. Dillon discusses the City’s ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, projects in the pipeline for downtown, and his visions for a safe and prosperous 2021 in Waco.

This week on episode #95 of Downtown Depot,  Austin Meek talks with Eric Linares, an entrepeneur who runs East Side Market - an outdoor local vendor market.  Their last event of the year takes place on Sunday, Dec. 20th.  And in the small business spotlight, Michael Carpenter of City Center Waco.

Downtown Depot - Julie Keith, Vitek's BBQ

Dec 4, 2020
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In Episode 94 of Downtown Depot,  Austin Meek interviews Julie Keith, owner of Vitek’s BBQ. Julie discusses the responsibility of managing the business as a 4th-generation owner and the opportunities the Covid-19 pandemic presents. Before that conversation, Austin shines the Small Business Spotlight, presented by American Bank, on Jose Lopez of Waco Shoe Hospital. 

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. 

On this week's edition of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek interviews Jon Passavant, the CEO of Startup Waco. He also shines the Small Business Spotlight on Bethel Erickson-Bruce, Market Manager of the Waco Downtown Farmers Market.

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.

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.