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 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.

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Two Wichita State University alumni will receive awards this Sunday. Operatic mezzo-soprano and actress Karla Burns will receive an honorary doctorate, and opera star Samuel Ramey will receive the president’s award at WSU's fall commencement. Karla Burns' numerous accomplishments range from her work on Broadway to winning an Olivier Award – the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award. Burns was inducted into Wichita State's Fine Arts Hall of Fame earlier this year. "They say your gift...

Sunday, December 11 This week we'll hear joyful Christmas music and conversation from Broadway star Karla Burns and baritone extraordinaire Earnest Alexander. The two talk about collaborating on their holiday release, “A Christmas Celebration.”

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Former Republican congressman Todd Tiahrt is among several people who have expressed interest in replacing U.S. congressional Rep. Mike Pompeo, who has been appointed as the next CIA director in the Trump administration, pending Senate approval.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has named Kansas' top revenue official to an economic advisory post and replaced him with a retired executive of a Wichita marketing and advertising agency. Brownback announced on Monday that former state lawmaker Nick Jordan has been appointed to lead the governor's Economic Advisory Council with the Kansas Department of Commerce. Jordan has been the state's revenue secretary since Brownback took office in 2011. Succeeding Jordan will be Sam Williams, a former Wichita...

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Brown v. Board of Education is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that ended legal segregation in the public school system. That was in 1954. Now a mural commemorating the case will be painted inside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

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On Tuesday, Inter-Faith Ministries in Wichita will host an exhibit opening that presents posters from the Smithsonian Institute’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture , as well as local artwork. Garland Egerton, executive director for Inter-Faith Ministries, says the event will be a great way to learn about the new museum in Washington and will include posters about the roots of jazz and the Alvin Alley Dancers. Egerton says colorful paintings from Wichita African...

Sunday, December 4 Hear Christmas music all month long on Soulsations including the signature sounds of Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston plus Micah Stampley and Sherri Jones-Moffett. We’ll also feature a special rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” from Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers.

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Wichita State University's Shocker Neighborhood Coalition is conducting a door-to-door survey in the surrounding Fairmount neighborhood to help better understand the needs of the residents. The survey is part of the coalition’s overall community engagement efforts to help guide future development in the area. The campaign, launched by WSU’s Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, is funded by a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation to address health, social and quality of life issues. Community...

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The fourth Regional Mayors Summit will be held in Derby on Wednesday. As KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports, mayors from a 10-county region are expected to share ideas about how to stimulate the economy in south-central Kansas. Mayors from Wichita, Derby, Mount Hope and Goddard are coordinating the summit, which is expected to attract close to 30 mayors from across south-central Kansas. Keith Lawing, the CEO of the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas, says local government leaders recognize...

Sunday, November 27 Sunday on Soulsations we wrap up this month with our featured artist Earth, Wind & Fire! A book has recently been released entitled My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire by founder Maurice White. It tells the story about the late Grammy award-winner and the legendary soul/pop/funk band's rise to fame.

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