Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 years. Carla also produces a R&B and gospel show Soulsations, Sunday nights at 6 on KMUW. She also hosts Joyful Sounds, a Sunday morning gospel radio show on the internet Grown Folk Jamz. Prior to KMUW, she was the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition at WYSO public radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio and co-hosted a nationally syndicated Gospel Countdown Radio show in Cincinnati.
Carla has reported on national news stories such as the BTK serial killer case, Roeder trial, Greensburg tornadoes and the 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in for NPR. The Dockum feature was the number one listened to story on KMUW’s website in 2007.
She started working in public radio as an intern to fulfill a degree requirement while studying at Antioch College in Ohio. At WYSO she fell in love with public radio and went on to earn a graduate certificate from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and a Master of Arts in Social Documentation degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
While a graduate student in Santa Cruz, Briana worked as a fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered at KUSP.
After graduating, she went on to host All Things Considered at the same station. In her free time, Briana likes watching documentary films, cooking, eating and grocery shopping.
Bill was born and raised in a sod hut on the Kansas plains.
And then he graduated with a degree in clarinet performance from Simpson College in Indianola. While in Iowa, Pearce worked at a commercial radio station playing pop-like music records and reading news.
She is a graduate of Wichita State University and has lived in the Wichita-metro area her entire life.
She loves public radio for its diverse content of news, music and entertainment. Specifically, she loves Wichita Public Radio because of its dedication to local news coverage and relationship with the art community.
And even though she can’t run as far or as fast as Zack Gingrich-Gaylord, it is her preferred mode of exercise with a LDR of 13.1 miles!
If you want to know about her love of the Dave Matthews Band and potato chips, you should follow her on Twitter.