Carla Eckels

Reporter, 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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Gospel/ R&B
1:28 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Soulsations this week: an Easter Sunday Gospel celebration

Chicago-based gospel group, Malcolm Williams & Great Faith
Credit www.malcolmwilliams.com

Easter Sunday, April 20: 

Tune in for a celebration of the Gospel, including Malcolm Williams & Great Faith with "The Blood Still Works!"

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Gospel/ R&B
1:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fan favorites from The Jacksons, Tamela Mann this week on Soulsations

The Jacksons: (left to right) Marlon, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine

Sunday April 13 on Soulsations:

Hear music from American music royalty, The Jacksons.  The brothers, Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon have been performing in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. They're expected to release a new album soon, their first since 1989.

The family act, unparalleled in pop culture history, began their ascension to stardom in 1969 as the Jackson 5. Brother and music icon, Michael, was the lead singer on their Motown debut single "I Want You Back," which sold 2-million copies in six weeks.

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Gospel/ R&B
3:04 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Soulsations this week: Christopher Williams' first release in over 10 years, Women in Soul on PBS

Christopher Williams' latest release, Sunday at 6 p.m.

Soulsations, Sunday, April 6: R&B singer-songwriter and actor Christopher Williams is back.

It’s been more than a decade since Williams’ last release Real Men Do.  The balladeer, who is the nephew of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, returns with the soulful new single, Not Conditional.   Plus, new gospel music from Mary Mary songstress, Erica Campbell.

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Gospel / R&B
3:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

This week on Soulsations: The classic R&B duo of McFadden & Whitehead

The self-titled McFadden and Whitehead album featured the duo's best-selling single, 'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now'.
Credit Single Cover Art

Sunday, March 30, 2014:

Hear music by Philadelphia soul duo McFadden & Whitehead. The artists, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, are most widely known for their 1979 signature song, "Ain't No Stopping Us Now." As writers, they wrote and produced The O'Jays' million-selling single, "Back Stabbers." The two are also creatively behind nearly all of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' album Wake Up Everybody and penned that group's U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart No.1 single, "Bad Luck." 

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Music
9:59 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer/Songwriter Israel Houghton

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Sunday, March 23:

Sunday on Soulsations, hear music from gospel singer/songwriter Israel Houghton.  The Grammy award winning artist is the worship leader at Lakewood Church  in Houston, Texas.  Lakewood Church is the largest congregation in the United States. 

Gospel / R&B
4:20 pm
Mon March 10, 2014

Chart-Topping Composer, Producer, and Sideman, Ray Parker, Jr.

2009: Parker performing in Montreal
Credit Ueli Frey - www.drjazz.ch

Sunday, March 16:

Sunday on Soulsations, music from guitarist and producer Ray Parker, Jr.  Parker was the front man for the soul band Raydio and as a successful session musician, Parker played guitar on Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book Project and Marvin Gaye’s I Want You album. He also co-wrote and recorded the theme song for the 1984 Ghostbusters movie. The Detroit-native’s career was recently honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and he's expected to release a new album this summer. 

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Sports
11:00 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Shocker Men's Basketball: A Candid Look

Cleanthony Early and Fred VanVleet talk brotherhood, staying focused and the support they receive from former Shockers now in the NBA.
Credit Carla Eckels

The second-ranked Wichita State Shockers continued their winning streak Saturday with a 31-0 record, beating Missouri State.  The men made history last week, by becoming the first and only college basketball team to finish 30-0 in a regular season, the same night they clinched the Missouri Valley Conference title.  Sports analysts say the undefeated ball players have a genuine sense of brotherhood.

Cleanthony Early, who's majoring in Sports Management, and Fred VanVleet, a Sociology major, sat down for a candid interview about the team's dynamic on and off the court.

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Entertainment
1:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

'Jayhawkers' Depicts Wilt Chamberlain's Lasting Effect On KU And Lawrence, KS

Top Photo: Current KU Forward Justin Wesley portrays Wilt Chamberlain in the independent film Jayhawkers. Bottom Photo: Legendery KU Center Wilt Chamberlain later went on to become the first NBA player to score 100 points in a game, setting a league record for the highest number of points scored in a single game, a record that still stands today.
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Jayhawkers, a new independent film, brings the legend of famed 7-foot 1 basketball player, Wilt Chamberlain back to life. The movie, co-written and directed by University of Kansas Associate Professor of Film Kevin Willmott, is centered on the three years Chamberlain spent in Lawrence and the permanent effect that period of time had on both the city and the game of basketball.

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Transportation
10:57 am
Tue March 4, 2014

UPDATE: City Council Passes Motion To Change Mid-Continent To Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

UPDATE:  Wichita's City Council has passed the motion to change Mid-Continent Airport into Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. It will cost the city about $140,000 to change signs at the airport. It wasn't immediately clear when the new name would be posted.

Wichita's City Council will discuss whether to re-name Wichita's airport during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

Following a petition drive, council members are weighting whether to re-name Mid-Continent Airport as Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

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Gospel / R&B
4:50 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Worship Leader and Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Anita Wilson

Ms. Anita Wilson is known for her dynamic brand of gospel vocals, described as a mixture of the Chicago Sound and Worship Soul
Credit Chandler West/Sun-Times

Sunday, March 9 2014:

Gospel artist Anita Wilson has released the single "That's What He's Done For Me" from her forthcoming sophomore project, Vintage Worship. Drawn to music and singing at an early age, the east St. Louis native developed a vocal style that merged traditional gospel with jazz, pop and R&B.

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