Brodie Bashaw

Station Manager/ Host, Morning Edition

Brodie has been with KWBU since June 5, 2000. She knows the exact date because it was less than one month before KWBU began broadcasting NPR programming.  Her commercial radio experience coupled with many years in public broadcasting, have given her a good foundation for heading up the on-air side of KWBU's operations. Brodie was raised in a military family; her father's Army stations ranged from Minnesota to Germany, Washington, Nebraska and California. But it is TEXAS she calls home! Brodie has three canine companions and loves being the aunt to 5 nieces and 4 nephews. She also enjoys playing dominos and a vairety of card and board games.  

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The holiday season is upon us and we have some special programming in the schedule.

Dec 23

11am                       A Chanukah Celebration with Chicago A Capella

7pm                        Jonathan Winters – A Christmas Carol                                                    

8p                           SHOUT! A Gospel Music Christmas

9pm                       The Film Score: Music for the Winter Holidays                                                                                              

Ho Ho Hoping you're enjoying the holiday season.

This edition of Act Locally Waco touches on a few events happening December 20th through January 4th.  We'll have a holiday hiatus December 27 and January 3.  However, you can see the calendar of events at ActLocallyWaco.org.

There are lots of thing going on in and around town.  Scroll to see some featured happenings or give the segment a listen.

Happy Holidays from KWBU and Act Locally Waco.


What’s the best way to get into the true spirit of the holiday season?  Doing something nice for your community of course!  And, we’ve got a couple suggestions for you this week!  Ashley Thornton and Brodie Bashaw highlight some local happenings you might be interested in.


'Tis always the season to act locally Waco! This week there are quite a few holiday themed activities from the tree lighting, fireworks and the Wonderland Parade to Arts events and ways you can give back.


On January 23rd we'll be having our first Lunch this Month of 2020.  

Join us at Vitek's Market!  You'll meet some KWBU staff, other friends and supporters of NPR in Waco.   It's not a free lunch, but the company and conversations will be good. Catch up on how things are going at the station and hear some of our plans for 2020.   

There's more than trick or treating to do for Halloween this year.  Hear about some of the Halloween themed events happening around town from haunted houses, Pumpkin Fest, Sitting up with the Dead, Fright Night at the Rite 3.0 to a celebration of Dia De Los Muertos.


On this edition of Act Locally Waco, Ashley Thornton and Brodie Bashaw highlight community events from the Waco Habitat Restore half price sale,  a variety of arts events and plenty of happenings with a Halloween theme.


Ashley Bean Thornton is back in the KWBU Studio for Act Locally Waco.  Ashley and Brodie Bashaw bring us details on getting involved in activities happening in and around Waco this week.

We hope most of you have been out enjoying Waco Restaurant Week. You’ve still got today and tomorrow to join in this citywide celebration of all things yummy. A few of the remaining events include the Waco Restaurant Community Dinner tonight at 7 PM at Cultivate 7twelve on Austin Avenue.  Tickets are $75 for a bottle of Wine, a three-course meal, dessert Cocktail and Live Music & Entertainment.  (more)

Act Locally Waco - Events Sept. 6 - 14

Sep 6, 2019

Waco Restaurant Week, Bubba's 33 annual charity car show, Historic Waco Foundation Family Fun Day, and Rocky Horror Picture Show Shadowcast auditions are just a few things highlighted on this edition of Act Locally Waco.


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

The Texas Commission on the Arts is a quiet state agency that seeks to spread access to the arts to everyone in the state.

Here’s a little Texas tidbit for those who have grown tired of telling friends from elsewhere that we have 254 counties: The state of Texas now offers more than 500 different kinds of specialty license plates.

I’m oddly impressed by this, but I’m much more pleased by the fact that anywhere I’ve gone in the state the most prevalent one of these seems to be the “State of the Arts” plate.  For every one of them, the Texas Commission on the Arts receives $22 of the $30 annual special plate fee. And I think it’s a relatively safe bet that most of the people who have one on their car count as a friend of the arts.

Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

Feeling as though you are completely surrounded by a work of art is to appreciate, if only for a moment, its potential power over how we see the world.

One of the purposes of art is to transport you into another frame of reference, another place, into someone else’s experience and point of view.  The more immersive the art experience, the more you are transported.  I recently had experiences with visual art that were totally immersive and, because of that, totally transformative. 

Some health systems are encouraging select emergency department patients who are stable and don't need intensive round-the-clock care to choose hospital-level care at home rather than remaining in the hospital.


On this episode of Conversations with Creative Waco, Rae Jefferson talks with Alfred Solano, President of the Central Texas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, about the Chamber and the Floating Mercado. They are later jioned by Arts Events Organizer Monica Shannon to discuss Hispanic Heritage Month and the second annual Hispanic Heritage Arts Celebration. 

Act Locally Waco - Events August 23 - 29

Aug 23, 2019

This week on Act Locally Waco, Ashley Bean Thornthon and Brodie Bashaw share details for fundraisers, concerts, and more!


Next year the Jets and the Sharks will again square off in a remake of one of the twentieth century's great works of art.

Politics on the island of Puerto Rico is unsettled lately. Last month after overwhelming protests, the governor resigned, dogged by accusations of corruption and general mismanagement of recovery efforts following hurricane Maria.  A few days later the Puerto Rican Supreme Court ruled that his successor had been installed unconstitutionally and decreed that a former Secretary of Justice should be governor.  And so now she is but not without detractors. 

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