Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

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’s the recipient of an Edward R. Murrow regional award for her reporting on Alzheimer’s. Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments. She was the emcee for the 2010, 2011 A Tribute to Trail Blazers Gala for the Kansas African American Museum and the 2011 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

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, Rev. Reuben Eckels and they are co-founders of New Day Christian Church. They have two children. Carla serves at New Day along side her husband, Reuben and co-pastor Rev., Dr. Cynthia Wolford.

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Events
5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Ride Into History With Amelia Earhart

Historian Ann Birney discusses the fate of Amelia Earhart with St. Mary's Catholic School students
Credit Hugo Phan

Famed aviator Amelia Earhart will come to life through a performance on Saturday at Bethel College in North Newton. Historian and scholar Ann Birney will portray Earhart in celebration of Kansas Day. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Amelia Earhart was a native of Atchison, Kansas. She was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, and over the Pacific. She flew non-stop across the U.S. faster than any other woman. 

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Music
3:16 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Hear J Moss's New Album Featuring Faith Evans On Soulsations

Sunday, February 1

Hear new, inspiring gospel and soul music from J Moss. His latest work Grown Folks Gospel features a duet with R&B singer Faith Evans. Many admiring fans enjoy the new release, even calling it his best work. Although, some wonder if Moss is producing a bonafide gospel project or simply R&B sounds. 

Health
5:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Brownback Vows To Sign Legislation Banning Abortion Procedure

Gov. Brownback at a March For Life rally.
Credit @govsambrownback / twitter.com

Gov. Brownback has promised to sign legislation which would ban a procedure used to terminate hundreds of pregnancies in Kansas every year. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Brownback made his pledge during a Statehouse rally on Thursday which drew hundreds of abortion opponents.

Kansans for Life sponsored the event that marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion across the country.

The latest proposal targets a method that would prohibit dismemberment of the fetus when doing a dilation and extraction abortion technique.  

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Music
3:30 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Soulsations Sunday Features New Gospel Jazz From Ben Tankard

Sunday, January 25

Hear new gospel jazz music from award-winning keyboardist and producer Ben Tankard on Soulsations Sunday.   His new release,  Full Tank 2.0,  will be released on February 10 and features R&B and gospel artist Shirley Murdock and jazz artist Kirk Whalum.

Web extra: Here is Ben Tankard's video for the single "Reach Out and Touch" featuring Kirk Whalum.

Music
10:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Remembering Andrae Crouch

The Father of Modern Gospel Music, Andrae Crouch, will be remembered in a service Wednesday. Crouch died of a heart attack earlier this month.

Music fans from across the globe are pouring into a Los Angeles church Wednesday to say farewell to gospel legend, Andrae Crouch. The 72-year-old musician and singer died on January 8th from a heart attack. The 7-time Grammy award-winner was known as the Father of Modern Gospel Music. KMUW’s Carla Eckels brings us this remembrance…

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Music
2:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Atlanta Songstress Avery*Sunshine On Soulsation Sunday

Atlanta gospel and R&B artist Avery*Sunshine

Sunday, January 18

Listen for music from soul singer, songwriter and classically trained pianist Avery*Sunshine. Rooted in gospel, the Atlanta songstress sings music that articulates the complexities of life with insight.

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Community
1:02 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Wichita Area Events Celebrate The Life Of Dr. King

Alabama civil rights movement: Selma to Montgomery march: Iakovos, Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of North and South America with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Ralph Abernathy (Monday, March 15, 1965)
Credit Jack Rabin collection on Alabama civil rights and southern activists, 1941-2004 (bulk 1956-1974) , Historical Collections and Labor Archives, Eberly Family Special Collections Library, University Libraries, Pennsylvania State University.

This year, Wichitans will have plenty of opportunities to celebrate the life of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. We have of list of events with one beginning on Thursday and others sprinkled throughout the federal holiday weekend.

The Boys & Girls Club of South Central Kansas - Thursday, January 15, 6pm

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Community
5:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

The Piatt Street Plane Crash... 50 Years Later

Sharon Dale Watkins remembers her mother and sister at the Piatt Street Plane Crash Memorial
Credit Carla Eckels

Friday is the 50th anniversary of the Piatt Street Plane Crash in Wichita.

On January 16, 1965, a Boeing tanker filled with 31,000 gallons of jet fuel took off from McConnell Air Force Base and within 4 minutes, nose-dived into a predominantly black neighborhood – a few blocks west of Wichita State University.

It’s considered the worst aviation disaster in Kansas’s history, killing all 7 airmen aboard the U-S Air Force KC-135 fuel tanker and 23 civilians on the ground.

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Education
1:56 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Deadline To Run For Wichita Public Schools BOE Draws Near

The filing deadline to run for a seat on the Board of Education for Wichita Public Schools is drawing near. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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Music
4:42 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Soulsations Honors Father of Modern Gospel Andraé Crouch

Sunday, January 11

Tonight on Soulsations, Carla Eckels remembers the "Father of Modern Gospel" Andraé Crouch, who died on January 8. Listen for Carla's 1997 interview with Crouch. 

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