Downtown Depot

First and Third Fridays at 11:30am and 8pm
  • Hosted by Austin Meek

We’ve moved into 2018 with a move in the broadcast time of Downtown Depot.   You’ll now hear the show at 11:30am. We’re still twice a month on the first and third Fridays, but we’re on at 11:30 -reaching even more of you who head out on that lunch break and want to get your news while you do it. Downtown Depot every first and third Friday, now at 11:30am with the rebroadcast airing at 8pm.

Downtown Depot is a partnership with Waco Business News and KWBU. Featuring host Austin Meek, the 30-minute show looks at the ins and outs of development in Waco. Each week you can hear interviews with local entrepreneurs, city officials, and people with a stake in developing our city on the Brazos.

During the show you'll also hear updates about new businesses, closures and development rumblings around town. But we also want to hear from you. Is there a building or an update on development that you want to know about? Let us know. 

Austin Meek of WacoBusinessNews.com shares his thoughts on one year of hosting 'Downtown Depot' on KWBU-FM.

Ways to Connect

Downtown Depot - Hunter Harlow

May 17, 2019
(Kateleigh Mills/KWBU Radio)

In Episode 64 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Hunter Harlow. Hunter is El Jefe of Sendero Provisions Co., an outdoor goods retailer based in Waco that has turned into an e-commerce giant. Before that interview, Meek gets real estate updates from commercial expert Gregg Glime and residential expert Austin Hooper, and he learns about the city's growing taco culture from Annie Wilde of @waco_foodies.


Downtown Depot - Hector Sabido

May 3, 2019
(Kateleigh Mills/KWBU Radio)

In Episode 63 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Hector Sabido. Sabido, a south Waco native and the son of Mexican immigrants, discusses his plan for improving outcomes for District 2 residents whom he will serve as City Councilman beginning in May 2019. 


Downtown Depot: Dr. Jane Damron

Apr 19, 2019
(Kristina Valdez/KWBU Radio)

In Episode 62 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Dr. Jane Damron. Damron, a senior lecturer in the department of communication at Baylor, was recently voted as the Collins Outstanding Professor by the school's senior class. She discusses how she engendered such fondness among the student body and gives tips on how listeners can improve their personal communication skills.

Downtown Depot - Ashley Millerd

Apr 5, 2019
(Brodie Bashaw/KWBU Radio)

In Episode 61 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Ashley Millerd, Executive Director of Keep Waco Beautiful.

Millerd gives insight into how she coordinates a volunteer workforce of 13,000 people and discusses two upcoming partnerships that will strengthen conservation efforts in downtown. Before that conversation, Meek welcomes Chef Corey McEntyre for "The Chef's Corner," a monthly segment that explores what's fresh in the Central Texas culinary world, and he shines the Small Business Spotlight on Brotherwell Brewing in East Waco.

Downtown Depot - Annie Hepp

Mar 15, 2019
(Kateleigh Mills/KWBU)

In Episode 60 of Downtown Depot, Austin Meek of Waco Business News interviews Annie Hepp of Texas Parks & Wildlife. Hepp is the interpretive specialist for Region 5 where she oversees the educational aspects of every state park from Central Texas to the panhandle.


Downtown Depot - Stephen Sloan

Mar 1, 2019
(Kateleigh Mills/KWBU)

In Episode 59 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Dr. Stephen Sloan. The Director of the Institute for Oral History at Baylor University, Sloan gives an overview of local history in the area and mentions a few “green book” locations popularized by the recent Oscar-winning film.  Before that conversation, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Silent’s Spectacular Shoe Shine and Boot Care and is visited in studio by Corey McEntyre for The Chef’s Corner.


Downtown Depot - Bobby Tatum

Feb 15, 2019
(Kateleigh Mills/KWBU)

On Episode 58 of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek interviews Bobby Tatum. As the Fire Chief for the City of Waco, Tatum explains the training required for the job, why he's championing diversity on staff and what it means to serve a community. Before that conversation, Meek sits down with Gregg Glime and Austin Hooper for updates on Waco's commercial and residential real estate sectors. 


Downtown Depot - Patricia Chisolm-Miller

Feb 1, 2019
(Brodie Bashaw/KWBU Radio)

In Episode 57 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Patricia Chisolm-Miller. The County Commissioner for Precinct 2, Pat discusses how she faithfully represents a diverse demographic, her fight for equality in Waco's schools during the time of segregation, and the historical significance of her political victory as a black woman. Before that interview, Austin welcomes Corey McEntyre for a new monthly segment called "The Chef's Corner."

Downtown Depot - Revekah Echols

Jan 18, 2019

In Episode 56 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Revekah Echols. Owner of the luxury clothing boutique Prefontaine, Echols discusses how her industry has evolved during her 15 years in business and how she stays relevant despite increased competition both locally and online. 


Downtown Depot - Dillon Meek

Jan 4, 2019

On this week's edition of Dowtown Depot, Austin Meek updates us on the over $1.6 million dollars of TIF funding for three projects. Two projects are on the ascendant Elm Avenue corridor. Also the annual check-in with Waco district four city coucilman Dillon Meek. 


Downtown Depot - Dr. Greg Leman

Dec 7, 2018

In episode 54 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Dr. Greg Leman. Dr. Leman serves as the interim Executive Director of StartUp Waco, a cross-sector collaboration leading Waco’s entrepreneurial support efforts and elevating Waco as a hub for business innovation. Before that conversation, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Baked Bliss Baking Company and makes predictions for 2019 with real estate experts Gregg Glime and Austin Hooper"


Downtown Depot - Rebekah Hagman

Nov 16, 2018

In Episode 53 of Downtown Depot, Austin Meek of Waco Business News interviews Rebekah Hagman, director of Cultivate 7Twelve. She discusses how the downtown arts hub came to life, its recent partnership with French stencil artist Blek Le Rat, and what 2019 has in store for Waco's art community. Before that conversation, Meek recaps the residential and commercial real estate markets with experts Austin Hooper and Gregg Glime, and he also highlights the entrepreneurial efforts of the students at Acton Academy.


Downtown Depot - November 2, 2018

Nov 2, 2018

In episode 52 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Will Phipps, Executive Director of the Greater Waco Sports Commission.


Downtown Depot - October 19, 2018

Oct 19, 2018

In this episode of Downtown Depot, Austin Meek of Waco Business News interviews Adam Moore, a community developer behind Lost In Waco, a photography via bicycle project, and Analog, an experiment in confessional storytelling. Before that interview, real estate experts Gregg Glime and Austin Hooper break down the commercial and residential markets and Meek explores McLennan County’s non-profit network.


Downtown Depot - Doreen Ravenscroft

Oct 5, 2018

Austin shines the Small Business Spotlight on THIRST coffee, and talks with Doreen Ravenscroft about her life in Waco and the upcoming Waco Cultural Arts Fest. 


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