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

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In Episode 71 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Cuevas Peacock. Peacock is a Community Organizer for Grassroots Community Development. He reframes the gentrification debate around cultural displacement versus economic displacement, shares success stories of working in Waco, and gives tips on how members of the community can take ownership for themselves. 


In episode 70 of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek talks with Kimberly Batson, co-owner of the soon-to-be opening Fabled Bookshop & Cafe on 4th Street and Franklin.


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In Episode 69 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Devin Li. 

Li is co-owner of Waco Cha, a mobile boba tea company, and Waco Bao. Li recounts his experience as a young Chinese immigrant living in Texas and why he feels called to build a community through Asian food and drink. 

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In Episode 68 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Carole Fergusson. Carole is the Programs and Events Manager for StartUp Waco and will soon be launching Waco Restaurant Week, a food-filled philanthropic event partnering with some of the city's top establishments.


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In Episode 66 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Holly Tucker. Holly is a Texas country recording artist; in her interview, she discusses her local history, the realities of making a career out of music, and why Nashville can wait. Before that interview, Austin shines the Small Business Spotlight on His Grace Productions, a veteran-owned commercial videography company.


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In Episode 66 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Ty Nathan Clark. Ty is a contemporary abstract artist and a true polymath: in his interview, he recounts his entrepreneurial experiences in professional basketball, outdoor goods, film production, and more. Before that conversation, Austin gets Waco real estate updates from residential expert Austin Hooper and commercial expert Gregg Glime.


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In Episode 65 of Downtown Depot,  host Austin Meek interviews Loren Schwartz. Loren is a financial advisor and the Chair of the Greater Waco Chamber of Commerce. She recounts how she rose through the ranks of the male-dominated financial industry and why that experience made her a champion for diversity. Before that interview, Meek shines the Small Business Spotlight on Way Limited, a street wear retailer based in downtown Waco and steps into the Chef's Corner for a culinary check-in with Corey McEntyre of Milo.


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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.


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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. 


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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.

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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.

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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.


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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.


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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. 


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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."

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