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.


5:00 am
Fri September 19, 2014

Former Wichitan Finds Bipolar Disorder Life-Changing

Zachary McDermott in New York City
Credit Courtesy photo

Originally aired on 9-18-14

In October 2009, a successful lawyer and former Wichitan discovered he had bipolar disorder. But he won’t soon forget the vivid experience that changed his life.  

Zachary McDermott remembers feeling like he was on his own movie set on the streets of New York…

"The police found me and I’m standing on a subway platform some where in Brooklyn," says McDermott. "I don’t have any clothes on accept a pair of blue Adidas soccer shorts no shoes, no shirt, no underwear—it’s October in New York."

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4:09 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

New Single From Contemporary Gospel Legend Dorinda Clark-Cole

Sunday, September 21:

Grammy Award-winning contemporary gospel artist Dorinda Clark-Cole has a new single out titled “You Are.” Known as one of the legendary Clark sisters, Dorinda’s new album will be available in 2015. 

Web extra: Here's Dorinda performing her single "You Are."

5:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Searching For Jaquilla Scales In A New Age

A photo of Jaquilla Scales around the time she went missing (left) and an age progression photo (right) of what she might look like today.

Thirteen years ago, law enforcement, family, and hundreds of volunteers in Wichita conducted an extensive search for an African-American 4-year old by the name of Jaquilla Scales. The preschooler went missing from her home on September 5, 2001.

Jaquilla was last seen just after midnight, asleep with her great-grandmother and little brother at their residence on North Volutsia. Jaquilla’s mother, Eureka Scales, was at a friend’s house at the time of her daughter's disappearance. Eureka remembers rushing home and asking her grandmother what happened.

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11:19 am
Fri September 5, 2014

After Thirteen Years, The Search For Jaquilla Scales Continues

Thirteen years ago today, Jaquilla Scales, a 4-year-old African-American girl, vanished from her Wichita home. No new leads have surfaced, but Jaquilla’s mother still hopes her teenager will be found. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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2:12 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: New Contemporary Gospel Music From The Walls Group

Sunday, September 7:

This week on Soulsations, we'll hear selections from The Walls Group's new album Fast Forward. This contemporary gospel group from Houston, Texas is made up of four of eight Walls siblings: Darrel, Rhea, Paco and Ahjah. The brothers and sisters bring a youthful, fun approach to gospel, which can be heard on their popular single "Perfect People."

4:38 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Wichita Officials Participate In 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley and former Police Chief Norman Williams participate in the 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival Parade
Credit Carla Eckels

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley, and former Police Chief Norman Williams participated in the 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival Parade Saturday, August 30.  

The festival at McAdams Park, featured vendors, food and music throughout the Labor Day Weekend.  

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9:06 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: Motown Legend Smokey Robinson Releases Duets Album

Smokey and Friends, the latest duets album from Smokey Robinson
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, August 31:

Hear music from Motown legend Smokey Robinson. The acclaimed singer-songwriter has a new release out called Smokey & Friends.  The duets album features songs with Ledisi, John Legend, Elton John and James Taylor.  Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet”, the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s career spans over 4 decades of hits.  He's been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Health & Wellness Coalition Of Wichita Announces Working Well Awards

KMUW Assistant News Director Carla Eckels emceed the 10th annual Working Well Award ceremony Tuesday morning, August 26th, at the Hyatt in Wichita.
Credit Missty Luchner

The Working Well Award recognizes outstanding employers in Sedgwick County who demonstrate extraordinary success in worksite wellness. Awards are given to applicants who provide a supportive and healthy environment for their employees to make positive healthy lifestyle changes.

The 2014 award winners are listed in bold and italics:

Small Employer Category (100 or less):

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11:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ability To Text Emergency To 9-1-1 Coming By Year's End

Josie Robledo has been a dispatcher for Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 call center for nearly 3 years.
Credit Carla Eckels

By the end of the year, cell phone users will have the ability to text their message to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 Call Center in Wichita--and operators will be able to text back. The Federal Communications Commission requires cell phone carriers to provide this capability for call centers nationwide by the end of the year. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has the story…

Operator: "Sedgwick County 911. What city is your emergency?"
"OK, how may I help you sir?"
"OK, what is the address where we need to come?"

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