Sam Cedar


Sam joined KWBU in January, 2020.  He graduated from Baylor University with degrees in English and Film and Digital Media in 2019. Raised in Marion, Illinois, Sam is an avid podcast listener, cinephile, and music lover who also enjoys backpacking and landscape photography. 

Ways to Connect

Baylor Connections - Dorina and Marius Mitrea

Jul 31, 2020

Thirty years ago, Dorina and Marius Mitrea left everything behind in Romania to come to the United States and pursue a career in higher education. In this Baylor Connections, Dr. Dorina Mitrea, Chair and Professor of Mathematics, and Dr. Marius Mitrea, Professor of Mathematics, share their story of life and work together, the drive to teach, research and impact students, and the factors that brought them to Baylor after more than two decades at Missouri.

On this week's episode of Coversations With Creative Waco, Fiona Bond sits down with Rev. Amos Humphries, Senior Pastor of Park Lake Drive Baptist Church, and artist and business owner Tashita Bibles. They discuss the tragedy that brought them together, and the way that they are using art to pave the way forward. 

Graphic by Sam Cedar / KWBU

On Tuesday afternoon, Dr. Farley Verner, the health authority for the Waco-McLennan County Public Health District, ordered all K-12 schools in McLennan County to remain closed to in-person instruction until at least September 7th. 

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.

Central Texas Leadership Series - Kelly Craine

Jul 10, 2020
Sam Cedar

Kelly Craine’s daily routine has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 pandemic, but she’s not new to urgent health issues. Through the years, she has kept the public informed about anthrax, Legionnaires’ disease, brain-eating amoebas, and more. Craine, Public Information Officer for Waco-McLennan County, is this week’s guest on KWBU’s Central Texas Leadership Series. This conversation was recorded July 7, 2020.  

Gospel Unlimited's "God is Love" and "Walkin' and Talkin' With Jesus" is an under-appreciated gem from the Say Amen, Somebody soundtrack.

Hear the full track here!

Helping artists navigate legal questions is a good way to help the local arts scene

A couple of weeks ago when I was talking about the new gig economy law in California, I mentioned that there’s a great deal of uncertainty about who counts as an artist in the eyes of the law.  The day-to-day realities of being a working artist are so far removed from the experiences of most people—certainly from

If you're looking for something to immediately lift your spirits, give a listen to "Rain Down Fire" by The Rev. Joseph D. Linton and the Progressive Baptist Church Choir of St. Louis, Missouri.

Hear the full track here!

"Moving on Up the King's Highway" by the otherwise unknown Mellotones is both surprisingly and remarkably tuneful gospel. 

Hear the full track here!


So much of the thinking in medicine has changed over the past 150 years. But there is one number that has remained constant – 98.6 degrees.

That number has represented normal body temperature since German physician Carl Wunderlich first compiled millions of temperature readings from about 25,000 patients in Leipzig in the mid-1800s.

At least until recently.

David and Art - "No Twitter"

Mar 9, 2020

A culture that wants its information in tweet-sized packages is going to have trouble appreciating art.


When the number nine hitter comes to the plate with one on and no outs in a close game, he’ll often square to bunt. As the pitcher begins his windup the first and third basemen charge in and the person playing second wheels over to cover first.  It’s a complex series of events that unfolds quickly but because it’s not immediately evident what’s going on, those who aren’t familiar with baseball are often left scratching their heads. But if you’re patient and take time to figure it out or ask someone, you’ll gain a greater appreciation for the subtleties that go on between every pitch. (read more)

A word that musicians have long used to refer to performances is today being heard far from the arts world.

The otherwise unknown Capitol City Star Singers channel the O'Jays on the uptempo gospel song, "What He's Done for Me."

Hear the whole track here!

In January 2020, Illinois became the eleventh state to legalize recreational marijuana use.

For proponents, using marijuana to get high is often cast as a harmless recreational activity. And given the growing support for legalization across the nation, it seems that much of the voting public, whether they use marijuana or not –agrees.

Hosting this week is Kennedy Sam.  Kennedy talks with Eric Shephard of the Waco Civic Theater on their upcoming programming. Also on the program, Kennedy speaks with Fiona Bond about the local art scene and the events coming up in Waco.  Lastly, we'll hear from David Smith with another installment of David and Art.