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 19 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. 

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, Reuben Eckels and they have two children.

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Beginning Wednesday, portable traffic signs will be placed in high-volume shopping areas in Wichita to remind people to be aware of the possibility of increased incidents of theft and vandalism during the holiday season.

The portable traffic message signs--often seen in construction zones and throughout the city's shopping areas--will warn shoppers to “Hide Your Items, Take your Keys, Lock Your Vehicle."

Courtesy Dianne Waltner

This Thanksgiving, vegans and vegetarians in Wichita are finding savory alternatives to turkey.

Local vegetarian and vegan expert Dianne Waltner hasn't eaten meat in more than 25 years. Waltner says tofurkey, instead of turkey, is an old standby that she likes--but some don’t. She says other options include a holiday plant-based roast that comes with gravy, as well as a cranberry-hazelnut roast in a puff pastry.

"That is really wonderful!" she says. "That's one that we are going to be having for Thanksgiving."

Wichita State University College of Engineering

Kansas is working towards a goal of increasing the number of college graduates majoring in engineering.

Kansas has a multi-year plan to increase the number of engineering degrees each year until they reach 1365 graduates by 2021. The initiative includes more than $100 million in funding by the state Legislature for Wichita State, Kansas State University and the University of Kansas.

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Nearly 8000 motorists in Wichita have had their driver’s licenses suspended this year. Many of them find it difficult to pay the fines to be reinstated. Residents will get a second chance to resolve traffic obligations next month through a new amnesty program offered by the city.

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Ahead of the holiday, 1500 Thanksgiving food boxes are set to be given away Saturday by a church in west Wichita.

Central Community Church will open up their parking lot for motorists to pick up Thanksgiving dinner. Last year the church distributed a thousand boxes--this year, even more. Missions Pastor Aaron Varner says it’s a way for the church to be a blessing to the community, and everyone is welcome.

Sunday, November 22

This Sunday Soulsations features Thanksgiving music! Hear an hour of R&B and gospel tunes about being grateful and giving thanks including Sly and the Family Stone, William DeVaughn, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly, The Clark Sisters and The Williams Brothers. 

Sunday, November 15

This week on Soulsations we hear new music from inspirational singer and guitarist Travis Greene.  The youth pastor and worship director's latest release is called The Hill and features the chart-topping single "Intentional". 

Adrian and Pankratz Attorneys at Law

Gov. Sam Brownback today appointed the first female judge to the 9th District Court covering McPherson and Harvey counties in Kansas.


Boeing has secured an order with India's Jet Airways for 75 737 Max aircrafts. The deal announced Monday at the Dubai Airshow could be worth more than $8 billion. Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita builds the fuselages and other parts for the 737s, which are assembled near Seattle.

Spirit spokesperson Jarrod Bartlett says this is business as usual for the aircraft parts manufacturer.

Bartlett says anytime that Boeing is announcing sales of the 737, it’s good news for Wichita.

Courtesy City of Wichita

Updated Tuesday, 12:39 p.m.: The Wichita City Council voted unanimously to approve a 16-month contract with consulting firm CH2M Hill to analyze the city's water and sewer systems.

The Wichita City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal that involves a utility partnership with a private company to evaluate the city’s water system. A group called the Wichita Water Coalition is concerned that there has not been enough public involvement.