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.


9:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Earth, Wind & Fire Releases First Album Of Christmas Songs

Holiday, the Christmas album from Earth, Wind and Fire
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, November 30:

For the first time ever, legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire produces their first album of Christmas songs.  The 13-track set called Holiday features songs such as  “Joy to the World,” “Winter Wonderland," and “Jingle Bell Rock.”  Two of the  songs were inspired by well-known EWF classics: “Happy Seasons” (the 1975 album track “Happy Feelin”) and “December” (1978’s “September”). The latter tune features a duet of lead singer and co-founder Philip Bailey with the original master vocals of co-founder Maurice White.

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3:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Nicodemus, Kansas, Linked To Former VP

Nicodemus, Kansas
Credit / The Kansas African American Museum

  The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita will host a presentation Wednesday about a small northwest Kansas town linked to a Vice President. Nicodemus, Kansas, is the only remaining black settlement west of the Mississippi. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

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11:07 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Soulful Father And Son Duo Eddie And Gerald LeVert

Sunday, November 23:

7:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Sedgwick County Board Of Canvassers Count Provisional Ballots

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman meets with Board of Canvassers to count provisional ballots from the 2014 mid-term election
Credit Carla Eckels

The Sedgwick County board of canvassers met Thursday in downtown Wichita to approve the process of counting provisional ballots from the November 4th mid-term election. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

A provisional ballot is cast when voters’ eligibility is questioned. Four thousand of those were presented Thursday morning to the canvass board.

About 140 provisional ballots were cast due to errors made by poll workers. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says other voters lacked needed documents.

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5:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Haskell Indian Nations University And EPA Extends Successful Partnership


Representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency – Region 7 and Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas have signed a new agreement that offers benefits to both. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The agreement provides an extension of a successful partnership between Haskell and the EPA that dates back to 1999. EPA spokesperson Chris Whitley says there are several areas of cooperation including faculty research participation, student internships and employment at the agency.

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8:42 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Tim Bowman Jr: A Voice To Heal The Soul

Sunday, November 16

Hear new, inspiring gospel music from Tim Bowman Jr. on Soulsations Sunday. He's the nephew of gospel sensation Vicki Winans and son of jazz artist Tim Bowman Sr. The Michigan native has been described as possessing a voice to heal the soul. 

Web extra: Listen to Tim Bowman Jr.'s newest single "I'm Good."

10:00 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Wichita Couple Shelters Homeless Veterans In Times Of Need

Former Shalom Homes resident, veteran Orlando Ross.
Credit Carla Eckels

Tuesday is Veterans Day and across America, military men and women will be remembered for their service to this country with parades and free dinners. Others will pay their respects by visiting veteran cemeteries and monuments.

Donna Chandler, it’s not just a once-a-year acknowledgement. She’s the co-founder of a shelter for homeless veterans called Shalom Homes. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Chandler about her work.

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1:34 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Soul Legend Stevie Wonder Embarks On 'Songs In The Key Of Life Tour'

Stevie Wonder kicks off his 'Songs In The Key Of Life' tour

Sunday, November 9

On tonight's episode of Soulsations, listen for soul music from the legendary Stevie Wonder and his 1976 album Songs In The Key Of Life. The musical genius is embarking on his Songs In The Key Of Life Tour, revisiting the landmark album with a twelve date tour. 

Web Extra: Follow this link for "10 Reasons Why Stevie Is Wonder-ful."

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5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Unstable Structure Keeps Responders From Reaching Plane Crash Victims

Credit Google Maps

Investigation begins into the cause of a deadly plane crash near Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport on Thursday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

A Beechcraft King Air 200 struck the top of the FlightSafety International building. Four people have been confirmed dead. City of Wichita officials say three of the victims were from the Wichita area and one is from another country. Police spokesman Doug Nolte says the crash site is unsound.

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5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Davis And Schodorf Reach Out At Minority-Led Rally

Credit Carla Eckels

Kansas People’s Action, a black and Latino-led organization held a political forum and a "Get Out The Vote" rally last Saturday in Wichita. Nearly 200 voters of all races participated in the standing-room-only event. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf talked about minimizing voting hurdles and fellow Democrat, gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, stressed education funding as priorities if elected. Davis says a strong coalition has formed.

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