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.

Ways to Connect

Wichita Public Schools

The Wichita Board of Education will be appointing a new member to District 4, which covers a large portion of southwest Wichita.

Former board member Jeff Davis vacated his position after moving out of the Wichita school district, leaving the remainder of his term open until 2020.

The deadline to apply for the position is Thursday, Sept. 28, at noon, followed by interviews the next day. District spokeswoman Susan Arensman says applicants must have a flexible schedule outside of the Monday night meetings.

Kansas Chamber / Facebook

More than 150 Kansas business owners will attend the Kansas Chamber's 2017 Congressional Summit this Friday in Wichita.

The summit will provide area business leaders with more information about policy and regulatory issues at the federal level.

Sunday, September 17

Inspiring music from the long awaited debut release from Natalie Rolfe & Friends.  It’s a collaborative effort made up of a talented group of singers and musicians, all from Wichita. One special guest is included on the project, National Recording artist, Llowell Pye.  He's known for his passionate vocal style and his award-winning work with John P. Kee and gospel group, Men of Standard.

Courtesy The Kansas African American Museum

A new exhibit featuring local and international black female photographers opens Friday night at The Kansas African American Museum in downtown Wichita.

USGS

The City of Wichita is responding to a handful of complaints from people in west Wichita and north of downtown noticing a distinctive taste and odor in their tap water.

Courtesy Gretchen Eick

Universities in Wichita have produced Fulbright Scholars in the past, including Wichita State University President John Bardo. This year, Friends University has produced two, including one historian who's been a Fulbright scholar three times. She leaves on Wednesday to teach at a university in Bosnia.

The prestigious Fulbright Program, operated by the U.S. Department of State, helps to increase understanding between Americans and people in other countries. The program offers grants to study, teach and conduct research in 190 countries.

Jimmy Everson, DVM / flickr Creative Commons

The W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University announced Tuesday a newly formed Institute for the Study of Economic Growth. The school received a $3.6 million gift of support from the Charles Koch Foundation.

Barton School Dean Anand Desai says students will be the greatest beneficiaries of this grant. He says the institute will help attract and retain outstanding faculty and increase the value of business and economics education at Wichita State.

Hugo Phan / KMUW

A veteran support group called Team RWB Wichita conducted a tribute run on Monday in remembrance of the nearly 3000 people who lost their lives in the September 11 attacks.

Participants either walked or ran with the American flag around Sedgwick County Park's 4-mile outer loop. Team RWB Wichita's Veterans Engagement Director and former Marine Michael Obermeyer says the run, which began at 6 a.m. and ends at 6 p.m., is a good way to remember the victims.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW/File photo

Wichita's Sunflower Community Action will hold a community strategy meeting on Monday night for Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients.

DACA recipients, also known as Dreamers, are searching for answers on how to proceed following the announcement this week that the Trump administration is rescinding the program over the next six months.

DACA protects certain immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. At a recent meeting, director Lupe Magdaleno told DACA recipients that lawyers will come to answer questions.

Sunday, September 10

Sunday on Soulsations- An encore program featuring the innovative musical expressions of Al Jarreau. His unique vocal style is considered one of the world’s most precious gifts. The critically-acclaimed jazz/soul performer has won seven Grammy awards and scores of international music awards. Jarreau passed away in February of this year.

Pages