Special Programs and Features

This area is dedicated to special series, programs, interviews and other segments that have aired and still hold value in understanding our Central Texas community – whether the segment focuses on the arts, politics, education, business or science and environment. 

To help voters learn about candidates this election season, KWBU has partnered with the Waco chapter of the League of Women Voters to present candidate forums for five key local and regional races:

McLennan County Commission Precinct 1; McLennan County Commission Precinct 3; U.S. House of Representatives District 17 (Republican and Democratic Candidates); and District 19 State Judge.

Here is the forum for McLennan County Commission Precinct 1.


To help voters learn about candidates this election season, KWBU has partnered with the Waco chapter of the League of Women Voters to present candidate forums for five key local and regional races:

McLennan County Commission Precinct 1; McLennan County Commission Precinct 3; U.S. House of Representatives District 17 (Republican and Democratic Candidates); and District 19 State Judge.

Here is the forum for McLennan County Commission Precinct 3.


To help voters learn about candidates this election season, KWBU has partnered with the Waco chapter of the League of Women Voters to present candidate forums for five key local and regional races:

McLennan County Commission Precinct 1; McLennan County Commission Precinct 3; U.S. House of Representatives District 17 (Republican and Democratic Candidates); and District 19 State Judge.

Here is the forum for House of Representatives District 17 Republican Candidates.


To help voters learn about candidates this election season, KWBU has partnered with the Waco chapter of the League of Women Voters to present candidate forums for five key local and regional races:

McLennan County Commission Precinct 1; McLennan County Commission Precinct 3; U.S. House of Representatives District 17 (Republican and Democratic Candidates); and District 19 State Judge.

Here is the forum for the U.S. House of Representatives District 17 Democratic Candidates.


To help voters learn about candidates this election season, KWBU has partnered with the Waco chapter of the League of Women Voters to present candidate forums for five key local and regional races:

McLennan County Commission Precinct 1; McLennan County Commission Precinct 3; U.S. House of Representatives District 17 (Republican and Democratic Candidates); and District 19 State Judge.

Here is the forum for District 19 State Judge.


Special - KWBU 2020

Jan 3, 2020
Joe Riley

With Downtown Depot  on holiday hiatus,  KWBU's Joe Riley and Brodie Bashaw took this opportunity to talk about the 20th anniversay year of the station, how things are going and what lies ahead for 103.3, Waco Public Radio.   Downtown Depot will return January 17th.


Central Texas Leadership Series: John Burnett

Dec 20, 2019
(Kateleigh Mills/KWBU Radio)

On this special installment of the Central Texas Leadership Series, a conversation of On The Record with NPR Southwest Correspondent John Burnett. KWBU Board Member Maxey Parrish sat down with him to discuss his career in radio, his experiences reporting abroad and how building relationships is vital to telling a good story in a changing reporting atmosphere.


melindaadamsmusic.com

Melinda Adams is a local southern rock musician who works at the Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau. We talk about her time at Baylor, her influences, her trip abroad and the how music plays into the economics of the city and what could be on the horizon for the Central Texas music scene. 


Kateleigh Mills/KWBU Radio

Today on the Fine Tuned Music Series - KWBU's Kateleigh Mills talks with local jazz musician and author David Wild. The two discuss the Waco and Central Texas Jazz scenes, including his band the Dave Wild Trio, his study of John Coltrane and Wild's beginnings playing jazz. 


Photo by Brittany Faith

Latitude 49 is a contemporary classical group of piano, strings, winds and percussion. The group is comprised of six musicians - including percussionist Chris Sies and pianist Dr. Jani Parsons - who are married and both teach at Baylor University's School of Music. The mix-chamber ensemble derives its name from the parallel along Canada and United States border - and so too brings together musicians from both countries.

In this episode of the Fine Tuned Music Series, Sies and Parsons discuss how Latitude 49 was formed when they were at the University of Michigan, what "new music" in classical means and the changes they see happening in the Central Texas music scene. 

Photo By Stain Garcia

In today’s episode of KWBU’s Fine Tuned Music Series – a conversation with local hip- hop artist Payton Bryce who is professionally known as Pirscription. He talks about his experiences as a hip-hop artist, his music, growing up in West, Texas and the changes he sees in Waco's music scene. 


Photo Provided By Rad Dragon

This week on the Fine Tuned Music Series we feature local punk-rock band Rad Dragon. The band combines Josh Riddle on guitar and vocals, Austin Parker on bass, Bryce Buckmeyer on lead guitar and Zack Zajicek on drums. Rad Dragon talks about their experiences performing in Central Texas, the changes in the genre and also the underground music scene. 


Sofie Hernandez-Simeonidis

In this roundtable discussion Dr. Gary Mortenson, dean of Baylor's School of Music, Keep Waco Loud's Katie Selman and Jacob Green and Dick Gimble, instructor at McLennan Community College and son of music legend Johnny Gimble sit down to talk about the changing landscape of the Central Texas music scene. KWBU's Kateleigh Mills moderates the discussion. 


Brodie Bashaw

At KWBU, we've promised to keep you informed on how the station is doing.  You may have heard some of the details through the "Build the Base" campaign that began in June. On September 6th we recorded this roundtable conversation featuring representatives from KWBU's staff and board of directors. 

Board member Maxey Parrish of Baylor's journalism department moderates the discussion. Joining him are Ben Lacy, chairman of the board, Jason Cook, also a board member, representing Baylor University; and station president Joe Riley. 

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Collin Selman is an indie-pop artist from Central Texas. Selman recently was highlighted on Spotify's Indie-Pop and Fresh Finds playlists for his single 'dayDREAM' - which has over 293,000 streams on Spotify. In this episode Selman discusses how an injury when he was 14 caused him to pursue music, what it's like being an independent artist in Central Texas, the projects he is working on and why he thinks short-form music is not necessarily a bad thing. 

Please note the conversation below was recorded on August 8, 2019. 


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