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.

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How is KWBU doing?

Well, on-air - great! KWBU provides Waco with NPR News, statewide and regional stories, plus programs from and about our community, not to mention talk, entertainment, and classical music.

But financially, it’s a different picture. KWBU’s board of directors just passed our FY 2020 budget, and this coming year is the tightest we’ve seen since 2010 – the year KWBU-TV ceased operations.

Here’s a quick picture of our situation:

KWBU’s receives funding from several primary sources:

Colleges don’t maintain an unambiguously Christian educational environment by accident. Baylor University President Linda Livingstone shares the ways Baylor nurtures that mission through purposeful programs, classes and practices, both historically and in the present, in this Baylor Connections.


Baylor’s accreditation was officially reaffirmed last month by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for the next decade. What factors lead into a successful accreditation effort, and what does it mean for the university? Dr. Wes Null, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Institutional Effectiveness, explains on this Baylor Connections.


The huge range in cost associated with a procedure from one hospital to the next has little to do with the level of quality of service a hospital may provide.


This episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series, a conversation with Barbara Mosacchio - Executive Director of the United Way of Waco.  Nan Holmes hosts.  


Medicare patients may soon have greater access to their physicians between office appointments through telephone calls and video chats.



As of September, short-term health insurance plans are now being offered for longer periods.


Help may be on the way to ease the frustation of dealing with electronic health records.


Baylor’s  graduate and professional programs are poised to grow rapidly as Baylor builds on the aspirations of Illuminate, the university’s academic strategic plan. President Linda Livingstone paints a picture of the impact of those programs, both on and off campus, and how their growth will enhance Baylor’s research and influence in the years to come.


During a recent visit to Waco, Dr. Rana Awdish, author of In Shock, came to the KWBU studio for an extended conversation about the relationship between physician and patient.  That relationship is at the heart of medial care and Dr. Awdish knows boths sides.  Glenn Robinson, Baylor Scott and White Hillcrest president hosted.  This conversation was recorded November 5, 2018.  


Quality in healthcare no longer simply refers to the standard of clinical care provided within a hospital or clinic.


Social media has changed the way people consume and disseminate information. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Mia Moody-Ramirez examines modern communication from a number of angles. Dr. Moody-Ramirez, a leading researcher in social media and politics, stereotypes found on social media and media framing of women and people of color, serves as a professor and Graduate Studies Director in Baylor Journalism, Public Relations and New Media.


From wars to natural disasters, or other mass casualty events, we've become increasingly aware of the toll such tragedies take not only on victims, but on those whom we rely on for help. 


Krys Boyd, host of THINK was in Waco for some KWBU membership appreciation events.  She also gave us a chance to get to know her better as she made time for this conversation with Carl Hoover, entertainment reporter for the Waco Tribune Herald.  This program was recorded October 26, 2018.


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