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 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."

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. 


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. 


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"


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.


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


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.


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. 


This week, host Austin Meek of WacoBusinessNews.com talks with Emily Mills, founder of the non profit Jesus Said Love that ministers to people involved in the commercial sex industry. We'll also get a doube dose of real estate, residential and commercial, with Austin Hooper and Gregg Glime.

This week Austin Meek of WacoBusinessNews.com talks with Jim Holmes about his trip down the mighty Mississippi River, plus we shine the Small Business Spotlight on the Waco River Safari. 

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