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 20 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. 

In April 2016, Wichita State University presented Carla with the exclusive honor of the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award, The Carlisle Award is presented to an unclassified professional who models the standard of extraordinary service exhibited by the late Wayne Carlisle.

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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It's hot, and people who work outdoors in Wichita have to endure the sweltering heat, including city letter carriers. How are they keeping cool?

Teresa Rash manages Wichita’s downtown post office. She supervises 66 carriers and their 47 routes.

“They can be out there anywhere for 6 to 8 hours sometimes carrying mail. It put's their bodies through the ringers so to speak," she says.

Rash says it's important for carriers to stay cool in hot weather.

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More than 100 members from Kansas NAACP branch are attending a national convention in Baltimore.

"There's going to be a lot of good things that will be coming out of this," says Wichita Branch NAACP President Larry Burks.

Burks says NAACP branches all across the country are talking about how to recruit more young people to join one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the U.S.

It's part of a new national leadership training program called Next Generation, or NextGen.

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Early voting began last week at the Sedgwick County election office for the Aug. 1 primary election. Satellite polling places across Sedgwick County will also open later this week.

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Sunday on Soulsations R&B crooner Babyface sings about love.  His latest old school album is called Return of the Tender Lover. Last week Babyface reportedly serenaded music genius Steve Wonder and his new bride during their wedding reception.

The Wichita area is under a heat advisory until Saturday. Medical professionals advise caution during extremely hot weather.

Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include heavy sweating, rapid pulse, dizziness and cramps as result of your body overheating.

Lisa Corr, an advanced EMT volunteer in Clearwater, says it's important to be aware of these symptoms, especially as temperatures continue to rise.

"Working out in this [weather], you can get heat exhaustion, and if that continues, it turns into heat stroke," Corr says.

City Council members approved a $150,000 community services block grant this week for the Wichita Area Technical College.

The training will focus on four job industries, assembly mechanic, composite fabrication, computer numerical control operator and IT help desk specialist.

The City of Wichita's Housing and Community Services oversees the grant.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed in Wichita next month to help distribute free backpacks and shoes to children heading to school this fall.

Organizers are looking for 1200 volunteers to help with the "Day of Hope” event at McAdams Park and Bethel Life Center.

The City of Wichita, churches, health organizations and the humanitarian relief organization Convoy of Hope are part of the collaborative effort.

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The Wichita City Council will hear more from the public on Tuesday about the decision to turn the closed McAdams pool into a splash pad. It was one of the first questions District 1 candidates addressed during a forum Sunday night.

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Wichita State University plans to close the Fairmount Towers residence hall in mid-August.

Fairmount Towers, located on the northwest corner of 21st and Hillside, has been open to students for 53 years. Operation inefficiencies, its location off the main campus and limited student demand all contributed to the recommendations to close the dormitory.

WSU spokesman Lou Heldman says the university will move about 300 students into The Flats at WSU, the school's new apartment complex.

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Wichita Fire Chief Ron Blackwell retires Friday after 24 years with the department, 10 of them as fire chief.