Downtown Depot

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

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 - Michele Brown

Aug 7, 2020

In episode 87 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Michele Brown, Department Lead of the Culinary Arts program at TSTC Waco. Michele predicts how dining will look in a post-pandemic world, and dishes on the types of cuisine Central Texans are hungry for. Before that interview, Austin hears from David Laws of the Better Business Bureau who details the organizations effort to create an ethical marketplace for the Heart of Texas. 


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.


Downtown Depot - Mary Jane Evans

Jul 3, 2020

This week on Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek discusses the appointment of Darius Ewing to the Waco City Councel District 4, and then sits down with Mary Jane Evans, a DJ on 94.5 The Beat. 


Downtown Depot - Waco Police Chief Ryan Holt

Jun 19, 2020

Downtown Depot, which normally airs first and third Fridays of each month, has been put on hold  following FCC guidlines - while host Austin Meek is a candidate for city office.  Although not broadcast on air, you can hear the full program here.

Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek is joined by Waco Police Chief and Assistant City Manager Ryan Holt to discuss the changing role of policing in Waco and America following the nationwide protests against police brutality. This conversation was recorded June 16, 2020 in the KWBU studio.


Downtown Depot - Shamica Evans

Jun 5, 2020

On this week's episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek sits down with Shamica Evans, the owner and creator of Waffle Chic, to discuss her journey to becoming a business owner and her experience as an African American woman in business. He also shines the Small Business Spotlight on Glass Phoenix Smoke Shop. 


Downtown Depot - Ashton Gustafson

May 15, 2020

On this weeks episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek sits down with Ashton Gustafson, podcast host of Good, True, and Beautiful and the owner and broker of A.G. real estate in Waco. He also shines the small business spotlight on Danielle Young of Revival Eastside Eatery.


As we deal with the corona virus and social distancing, in-house productions are temporarily suspended.

You will find some local programs on hiatus at this time, or programs pulled from the KWBU archives.

The health and well being of our volunteer hosts and staff is  top priority.

Today, in place of the regularly scheduled Downtown Depot, we revisit an episode of the Central Texas Leadership Series in which Nan Holmes interviews Waco Business owner and host of Downtown Depot, Austin Meek.  This interview was recorded January 9, 2019 in the KWBU studio. 


Downtown Depot - Dr. Soo Battle

Mar 20, 2020

This week on Downtown Depot, Austin Meek speaks with real estate experts Austin Hooper and Greg Glime on the state of real estate in Waco. He also interviews Dr. Soo Battle on her child advocacy work and what we can do to stay safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. 


Downtown Depot: Cory Dickman

Mar 6, 2020

This week on Downtown Depot, Austin is joined by Corey Dickman of the Waco Escape Rooms to discuss his many business ventures in Waco. He also talks with Corey McEntyre, Chef at Milo All Day, about seasonal fruits and veggies and what's good around town. Finally, he shines the Small Business Spotlight on Becca McCormack of Refine31.


In Episode 79 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Lindsay Liepman - news anchor at KXXV. Liepman discusses her love of broadcast reporting and her new documentary on the hip hop scene in Waco. Before that interview, Meek discusses the Purim Pub Crawl and the history and culture behind the event with Jillian Ohriner.


Downtown Depot - Larry Holze

Feb 7, 2020

In Episode 78 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Larry Holze - the spokesperson for the City of Waco. Holze discusses his love for the city and his many years of broadcasting experience. Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Joseph Tofanel of Waco Book Binding and talks with Stephanie Maultsby about continuing education opportunities at McLennan County Community College. 


In Episode 77 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Katie Selman. Selman discusses her move from Brooklyn to Waco and her desire to bring punk, rap, and rock music to Waco with her organization "Keep Waco Loud." Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Gene Vinnykov of Koko Ramen and talks with real estate experts Austin Hooper and Greg Glime about the Waco market heading into 2020. 

  

Brodie Bashaw

In Episode 76 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Rocky Miller. Miller discusses how a military career prepared him for civilian life and previews the upcoming ”Feast in the East,” a yearly festival which Miller organizes for lower income Wacoans around Christmas time. Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Jonathan Martin of Black Oak Art and commercial expert Gregg Glime recaps the top real estate stories of 2019.


Kateleigh Mills/KWBU Radio

In Episode 75 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Veronicka Thompson-Smith, owner of Flower + Ink Designs and community director of WacoWork. She shares what she's learned from her fellow entrepreneurs at Waco's first co-working space and gets personal telling stories of some uncomfortable realities stemming from her interracial marriage. 


Kateleigh Mills/KWBU Radio

In Episode 74 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Vic Feazell. Feazell is a criminal defense attorney in Waco and former McLennan County D.A. who famously took on the Texas Rangers. Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Laverty's Antiques and gets Thanksgiving table tricks from Chef Corey McEntyre of Milo All Day. 


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