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Downtown Depot
First and Third Fridays at 11:30am and 8pm

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.

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Latest Episodes
  • Joining host Austin Meek for this episode is Andrea Kosar, Executive Director of the Cen-Tex Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
  • Host Austin Meek welcomes Waco Mayor Dillon Meek (no relation) to talk about the strides the city has made in the past year, and discuss the exciting challenges and opportunities facing Waco in 2023.
  • In Episode 141 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews former Baylor and NFL quarterback Cody Carlson. Cody shares lessons learned from his playing career, his continuing work with GXG Exchange connecting Baylor student-athletes with businesses opportunities, and his vision for equitably developing the bustling Elm Avenue corridor of East Waco.
  • Joining host Austin Meek this week is musician Dave Innis. Dave is best known for being a part of the country band Restless Heart. Dave and his wife have retired to Waco, and are now becoming influential members of the local music scene.
  • Host Austin Meeks talks with Aaron Williams, the owner of MC Art Supplies on Washington Avenue. They talk about the challenges he faced in purchasing and growing an existing business,
  • In this episode, host Austin Meek is joined by Soledad Bautista. Sol is the new Director of Professional Development and Community Outreach for Creative Waco. We'll learn about her path that lead her to Waco, and an exciting new project called the Air Collaborative. This is a program that sparks arts and business collaboration, invites curiosity, and leads to the exchange of skills and ideas by bringing community members of diverse backgrounds to the table together.
  • In this episode, Austin Meek has a conversation with Sam Brown, Sr. Vice President of the First National Bank of Central Texas. They discuss early downtown business development and the revitalization of East Waco. You'll also hear this week's edition of the Business Review with C.J. Jackson, and KWBU's Beth Richards learns more about the Baylor VETS program with Matt Olguin and Meagan Noranbrock. Learn more about their upcoming Battle of the Branches fundraiser event at https://vets.web.baylor.edu/battleofbranches.
  • This week Austin Meek sits down with Doreen Ravenscroft, founder of the Waco cultural arts Festiva. They discuss ways the event has evolved and how Doreen is aging gracefully, in the process passing her philanthropic torch - but not yet. This year the Cultural Arts Fest begins September 30.
  • In this episode, host Austin Meek talks with barbecue pit master Phil Helberg of Helberg Barbecue. They talk about how he developed his business and his art, and what it meant to be named one of the top 50 barbecue joints in the state in Texas Monthly magazine.