Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels is Assistant News Director at KMUW.  She's been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 19 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 Q92FM.  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 Hesston Shootings, 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’s the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow regional awards for her reporting including a 2015 award for her story on Shockers Men's Basketball: A Candid Look. Carla also won a 1st place Kansas Association of Broadcasting award in 2015  for her story on Bipolar Disorder and 2nd place for DJ Personality Aircheck for Soulsations.  Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments.

From 2004 to 2007, Carla hosted the number one gospel radio show on KSJM 107.9 JAMZ. She is the recipient of the Best Disc Jockey award voted on by subscribers of The Community Voice Newspaper.

Carla is a graduate of Wichita State University with a degree in communications. Her greatest joy is her family. She is married to Wichita and WSU Football Hall-of-Famer, Reuben Eckels and they have two children.

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The 16th annual pumpkin patch sale to support youth missions is open at Wichita’s East Heights United Methodist Church. Nearly 2100 pumpkins have been shipped in, offering a huge variety to choose from.

Much of the lawn is covered with several sizes of orange and white pumpkins, even ones you can hold in your palm. Kyle Goerl, his wife Danae, and their 3-year-old son, Wyatt, are picking pumpkins and placing them in a little red wagon for purchase. Danae says it's great family time.

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A Kansas man will stay behind bars until his trial for his part in an alleged conspiracy by a militia group to detonate truck bombs in Garden City.

The apartment complex they targeted is home to many Somali immigrants who are Muslim.

Curtis Allen waived his detention hearing and entered a not guilty plea to the charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The FBI called it "a domestic terrorism act."

The two other men involved in the plot already pled not guilty and are also in jail.

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More than 20 Wichita businesses including Walmart, Dillons and several temp agencies will take part in a Job Fair Expo Thursday at a local Wichita church.

The job fair targets formally incarcerated people but is open to anyone who is seeking employment. Organizer David Wilkinson says additional services will also be offered, including from the Kansas Department of Commerce through the Workforce Alliance, making available their mobile workforce center.

The Racial Profiling Advisory Board of Wichita will hold a meeting Thursday to continue to address several citizen concerns, including challenges with suspended and revoked driver’s licenses and civil asset forfeiture.

Board member Juanita Ridge says the meetings are held in part to help people bogged down with red tape and a lack of resources to get their needs met. In September, the board partnered with the Kansas Department of Revenue. The agency came to Wichita and issued restricted driver’s licenses to applicants on the spot.

Sunday, October 23

Sunday on Soulsations hear new praise and worship music from gospel great Fred Hammond. It’s Hammond’s first live recording in almost two decades. He’s touring the country with other gospel artists as part of the Festival of Praise Tour


The new film Service to Man is a story about Eli Rosenberg, a white Jewish student in the 1960s who is accepted at Meharry Medical School, a black college in Nashville--the only school where he was accepted. He and black student Michael Dubois eventually forge a bond.

Service to Man is playing as part of Tallgrass Film Festival. KMUW’s Carla Eckels spoke with co-director Aaron Greer, who is in Wichita to speak at the festival.

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In spite of a sluggish economy, Wichita home sales are expected to rise for the sixth straight year, according to the latest housing forecast from the Wichita State University Center for Real Estate.

The report says Wichita home sales should rise 5.8 percent by the end of this year and another 5 percent in 2017. Director Stan Longhofer says overall, the housing forecast looks very solid.

Kansas Global Trade Services

A Brookings Institution report ranks Wichita among the top metropolitan areas showing an increase in exports in 2015. The results are part of an effort made by the Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita.

Wichita’s performance was third-best, at 6.8 percent, just behind Bakersfield, CA and New Orleans. Twenty-five Cents of every dollar of the Wichita economy is from a customer outside of the U.S.

Kansas Global’s Holli Schletzbaum says the non-profit company meets with people across the state to help them intentionally sell to other countries.

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The annual Wichita Employment Forecast has been released by the Center for Economic Development and Research at WSU. Non-farm employment is expected to increase by nearly 2500 jobs next year.

Director Jeremy Hill says the forecast for the Wichita area will grow by .8 percent, which is a little bit slow in growth from last year.

In less than a month, four domestic violence homicides occurred in Wichita, two of which were murder-suicides. StepStone, a two-year transitional housing program for survivors, was awarded a $25,000 grant to help end domestic violence.

Program director Dung Kimble says the grant will be used to facilitate three national speakers as well as implement local training for law enforcement.