Joe Riley

President & CEO

Prior to joining KWBU in 2009, Riley served at Maine Public Broadcasting Network as Vice President Director of Television and at Nashville Public Television as Director of Local Programming and Production, and had earlier been Director of Production at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Raised in South Carolina, Riley holds a bachelor's degree in English from Furman University.

KWBU Station President Joe Riley and Station Manager Brodie Bashaw have a discussion about the state of KWBU, and visions of the future as we "Imagine the Possibilities".

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KWBU Member Benefits

Jan 12, 2022



Members – all who give at any level

(Station donations are tax deductible)

  • Benefit: Bragging rights!

Student ($20 and above per year)

Monthly Sustaining Student Supporter ($5, $10, $15, $20 or more/month)

  • Bragging rights!
  • Window Sticker*
  • Mug ($120 and above)
  • Member Card ($120 and above)

Supporter ($120 to $599 per year) 

It's been over a year since the last KWBU Lunch this Month.

Lunch this Month was designed to give us a chance to meet KWBU listeners. 

Once each month we'd choose a differnet place to eat and meet.  This was, of course, before the pandemic.  

Now that restrictictions have lifted and many people are fully vaccinated, we thought we'd give it a try - at an outdoor location with fresh air and plenty of space (before it gets too hot).  

Central Texas Leadership Series - Hector Sabido

May 14, 2021

In this episode of KWBU's Central Texas Leadership Series, station president Joe Riley has a conversation with Waco City Councilman Hector Sabido.

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In this episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series, KWBU President Joe Riley talks with Waco Tribune Herald editor Steve Boggs about the changing world of print news media, how they've covered the news during a global pandemic, and who and what inspires him to be a leader.

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FAQ: Bridge the Gap

Feb 22, 2021



Q: What is “Bridge the Gap”?

June 29th through July 1st we begin celebrating 20 years of public radio and NPR in Waco. 

This is a web campaign with a goal of $10,000.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve asked our phone volunteers to stay at home for this pledge drive (we miss them!).

We’re asking you to make your pledge on line.

It’s easy – just click here!

Power Morning 2020 Update

Feb 28, 2020

Well, we’ve never had a POWER MORNING quite like this. When we came in Thursday morning, all the phones in the building were down.

Some pledges came in online, but the phones are so important for making our goal. We paused at 7:30 and returned Friday morning with working phones.

To all who were patient and called in, those who pledged online, and those who made contributions toward the drive in the days leading up to POWER MORNING – THANK YOU!

As of now, pledges total $50,320. If you didn’t get a chance to give, you can still pledge your support online at – pledges that come in through the weekend will be counted toward our goal. Your gift will help us reach our $60,000 goal.

Thanks to Kelly Craine, Amy Davis, Derek Smith, and Ashley Thornton who volunteered their time in the pledge studio, encouraging you to join them in supporting KWBU.

Thanks to our phone volunteers: Brenda Bashaw, Christy Crosby, Kristi Carrillo, Mary Goolsby, Victoria Rectenwald, and John Ucci.

Thanks to Marilyn Tittle with Sassy Indulgence for providing snacks to keep us energized.

And thanks to all who have pledged their support. You have the power to keep NPR and public radio alive and growing in Waco and the Heart of Texas!

KWBU will air special programming Tuesday night.

At 7pm there will be a LIVE Texas Standard Election special followed by Super Tuesday Special Programming from NPR at 8pm.  

Special - KWBU 2020

Jan 3, 2020
Joe Riley

With Downtown Depot  on holiday hiatus,  KWBU's Joe Riley and Brodie Bashaw took this opportunity to talk about the 20th anniversay year of the station, how things are going and what lies ahead for 103.3, Waco Public Radio.   Downtown Depot will return January 17th.

Brodie Bashaw

On this edition of the Central Texas Leadership Series, KWBU's Joe Riley sits down with Vince Clark, Head Men's Golf Coach and Professor of History at MCC and Wendell Hudson, retired MCC Athletic director. The two talk about what has shaped their leadership styles and friendship.  This conversation was recorded August 23, 2019 in the KWBU Studio.  This program originally aired September 13, 2019.  

Brodie Bashaw

At KWBU, we've promised to keep you informed on how the station is doing.  You may have heard some of the details through the "Build the Base" campaign that began in June. On September 6th we recorded this roundtable conversation featuring representatives from KWBU's staff and board of directors. 

Board member Maxey Parrish of Baylor's journalism department moderates the discussion. Joining him are Ben Lacy, chairman of the board, Jason Cook, also a board member, representing Baylor University; and station president Joe Riley. 

Healthcare Informatics is defined as the intergration of healhcare sciences, computer science, information science and cognitive science to assist in the management of healtcare information.

Primary cared medial services can be provided not only by physicians, but increasingly by a range of nonphysician practioners.  

Healthcare is becoming a new frontier in crowdsourcing.