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

On this episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek talks to Eddie Garcia.  They discuss the lessons he's learned as a young business owner.  Garcia also talks about the lessons he has learned from his hard working immigrant parents.


Downtown Depot - Kelly Palmer

Apr 16, 2021

In this episode of Downtown Depot, Austin talks with Waco City Councilwoman Kelly Palmer (District 4) about her first year in the city council seat, how she dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, and the female figures who inspire her daily.


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Downtown Depot - Jonathan Pokluda

Apr 2, 2021

Host Austin Meeks has a conversation with Jonathan Pokluda, head pastor of Harris Creek Baptist Church. They discuss the Christian holiday Easter, what pop culture gets right and wrong about dating, and his new book on relationships called Outdated.

  

Downtown Depot - Josh Blake

Mar 19, 2021

This week's guest on Downtown Depot is Josh Blake, C.O.O. of Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. He and host Austin Meek discuss the history of burials, how COVID-19 impacted his industry, and how growing up in Waco makes him a more empathetic and knowledgable funeral director.


Downtown Depot - Josh Blake

Mar 19, 2021

This week's guest on Downtown Depot is Josh Blake, C.O.O. of Wilkirson-Hatch-Bailey Funeral Home. He and host Austin Meek discuss the history of burials, how COVID-19 impacted his industry, and how growing up in Waco makes him a more empathetic and knowledgable funeral director.


It's Episode #99 of Downtown Depot. Host Austin Meek talks to Dr. Iliana Neumann, family physician at the Waco Family Health Center, about the services they provide to enhance the health of lives of locals living near downtown Waco.

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First and third Fridays are regular air dates for Downtown Depot with Austin Meek.  With the "big freeze" we experienced this week in Waco, it is understandable Austin and his guest we unable to make it to the studio. 

At the very last minute, we reached out to Waco Mayor Dillon Meek and he made time to come in the studio to talk about the state of the city with KWBU's Joe Riley. 

This conversation was recorded at 10:30am on Friday, February 19, 2021.


Downtown Depot - Leo Spann

Feb 10, 2021

On Episode 98 of Downtown Depot, Austin Meek has a conversation with Leo Spann, owner of the Po' Boy Place in Downtown Waco. They talk about his family's flight from hurricane Katrina, lessons learned in the restaurant business, and the components of the perfect Po' Boy. 


Downtown Depot - Hannah Gore

Jan 15, 2021

On this edition of Downtown Depot,  a conversation between host Austin Meek and  Hannah Gore, owner of On The Avenue Salon. She describes the growth along Austin Avenue since she opened five years ago, how the hair biz has handled Covid, and her tips for aspiring entrepreneurs.   And this week the small business spotlight shines on Adilene Camarera of Around The World Bakery.  


Brodie Bashaw

In episode 96 of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek interviews Dillon Meek, Mayor of Waco. Dillon discusses the City’s ongoing response to the Covid-19 pandemic, projects in the pipeline for downtown, and his visions for a safe and prosperous 2021 in Waco.


This week on episode #95 of Downtown Depot,  Austin Meek talks with Eric Linares, an entrepeneur who runs East Side Market - an outdoor local vendor market.  Their last event of the year takes place on Sunday, Dec. 20th.  And in the small business spotlight, Michael Carpenter of City Center Waco.


Downtown Depot - Julie Keith, Vitek's BBQ

Dec 4, 2020
Brodie Bashaw

In Episode 94 of Downtown Depot,  Austin Meek interviews Julie Keith, owner of Vitek’s BBQ. Julie discusses the responsibility of managing the business as a 4th-generation owner and the opportunities the Covid-19 pandemic presents. Before that conversation, Austin shines the Small Business Spotlight, presented by American Bank, on Jose Lopez of Waco Shoe Hospital. 


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 - Jed Cole

Nov 6, 2020

This week on Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek is joined by Jed Cole of Brazos River Capital. He also shines the Small Business Spotlight on voice actor Chris Griesemer.
 


Downtown Depot - Kelly Harp

Oct 16, 2020

On this episode of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek is joined by Kelly Harp, co-owner and designer of Harp Design Co. Kelly lays out the long road that brought her and her husband Clint back to Waco, the beginnings of their partnership with Chip and Joanna Gaines, and how she deals with managing her burgeoning public persona. Meek also shines the Small Business Spotlight on Danea Anderson of Waco Haunted Houses. 


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