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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
  • Host Ausitn Meek is joined by Josh Borderud, city council person for District 3 and a professor at the Baylor law school. They talk about coming onto the council during Covid, his goals for improving his district, and differences he’s noticed in Waco‘s young people. Before that interview, he talks with Katherine Bennett and Morgan Eyering about targeting Waco‘s young professionals at the Art Center of Waco.
  • Host Austin Meek is joined by Austin Hooper, residential real estate expert, to talk about what's happening with inflation rates and the local housing stock in Waco. Before then he focuses on multi family living, interviewing Caitland Rodgers, a brand new developer on the Elm Ave., corridor providing 49 new apartments, including affordable housing.
  • Host Austin Meek's guest is Jenny Passavant. Jenny is a fashion designer and co-owner of the fresh cut flower shop, Bloom. They talk about her experience working with manufacturers overseas for Ralph Lauren and how she decided to turn her floral hobby into a business.But before that interview, we check in with Megan Davis of Waco Parks and Recreation for The Word on the Street.
  • Austin's guest for this episode is multi disciplinarian Bryan Fonville. Bryan is an executive at a local bank and shares his thoughts on rising interest rates as well as the various local groups to which he donates his time.Plus, The Word on the Street features Samuel Thomas and Louis Hunter, co-founders of the upcoming Deep in the Heart Film Festival.
  • On this episode of Downtown Depot, KWBU's Dustin Drew fills in for Austin Meek. Joining Dustin is Jonathan Cook, Director of Parks and Recreation for the City of Waco. Hear about some of the 80 million dollars worth of projects going on in Waco including the suspension bridge, riverfront development as well as some summer events.
  • On this edition of Downtown Depot, host Austin Meek interviews John Bible, CEO and Executive Director of the CenTex African-American Chamber of Commerce. John talks about creating business opportunities in black neighborhoods and how the organization has changed under his leadership. And, the Word on the Street segments features Bradyn Braziel and Ethan Truman of the Silent House Theater company.
  • Oh this episode, host Austin Meek speaks with Sthefanie Welch, the owner of the Black Daisy Boutique. They talk about the severe struggles she faces in her youth, and how she overcame to become a business owner, and an advocate for women. Austin also welcomes Mecca Shannon from 25N Co-working space on Austin Avenue to the Small Business Spotlight.
  • Austin Meek is joined in the studio by Nancy Pulcine, local entrepreneur and owner of Nancy's Kitchen. And this episode's Small Business Spotlight features the new owners of Pokey O's: Mitchell Beddingfield and Lila Dineen.
  • In Episode 124 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Rebekah McBride of Noonday Gardens. She talks about falling in love withplants during her time in the Middle East and how she’s using that knowledge to beautify Central Texas.
  • In Episode 123 of Downtown Depot, show host Austin Meek interviews Wannika Muhammad. Wannika goes in-depth about her 30-year trucking career and later details the ways East Waco has gentrified in the midst of the city’s revitalization.