Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels is Assistant News Director at KMUW.  She's has 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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Aviation
2:09 pm
Mon April 13, 2015

2015 Airline Quality Rating Survey Released

Credit Thomas Hawk, flickr Creative Commons

Results from the 25th annual Airline Quality Rating survey were released Monday. Of the 12 best performing airlines in the U.S., overall airline performance declined in the four areas tracked.

Hawaiian Airlines had the best on-time performance last year and Envoy Air, formerly American Eagle, the worst.

Dean Headley, a Wichita State University marketing professor and co-author of the study, says just over 75 percent of the airlines were on time.

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Crime and Courts
5:31 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

U.S. District Judge Blocks Appeal In Boeing Age Discrimination Lawsuit

A nine-year legal battle waged by former aircraft workers, who claim they lost their jobs because of their age, may have come to an end after a federal judge blocked their attorney from appealing the court's dismissal of their remaining claims because the paperwork was filed too late. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports...

The age discrimination lawsuit was sparked by the 2005 sale of Boeing's Wichita commercial operations to the parent company of Spirit AeroSystems.

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Economy
5:00 am
Thu April 9, 2015

State Exports Reach Third Highest Level in Kansas History

While exports declined by about 4 percent last year--from the $12.46 billion number in 2013--the state still posted the third highest annual export value in Kansas history.

Matt Keith with the Kansas Department of Commerce who released the report says that several key industries experienced strong growth in exporting last year, particularly manufacturing.

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Music
3:48 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Celebrating Al Green's Birthday

Soulsations host Carla Eckels poses with Al Green
Credit Kind stranger in the airport

Sunday April 19

Tonight hear soulful music from R&B legend Al Green. The 11-time Grammy Award winner turned 69 on April 13th. He has also excelled as a gospel artist. In December 2014, Green received Kennedy Center Honors. Tune in for some favorites by this influential artist in celebration of his birthday. 

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Politics
5:00 am
Fri April 3, 2015

Mayoral Candidates Participate In Forum

Mayoral Candidates Jeff Longwell (l) and Sam Williams (r), with moderator Tim Witsman (c) at the Non-Profit Chamber of Service Candidate Forum
Credit Beth Golay

Wichita Mayoral Candidates participated in a forum last week sponsored by non-profit business leaders. It’s one of several forums leading up to the general election April 7th. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

City Council member Jeff Longwell and Former Advertising Executive Sam Williams were asked to identify the top challenges facing the city as well as their priorities if elected mayor.

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Music
1:15 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Uplifting Gospel on Easter Sunday

Sunday, April 5

Sunday on Soulsations hear L’Tanya Moore discuss recording her rendition of the popular Easter song "He Decided To Die." Plus other uplifting gospel tunes, including "The Blood Still Works" by Malcolm Williams and Great Faith.

Community
5:01 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Redbud Bike Trail To Add New Amenities

Circular plaza at 9th & Hillside.
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A section of the Redbud Trail from Hydraulic to Oliver streets in Wichita is now under construction. Bicyclers, joggers and walkers will soon be able to enjoy the new amenities to be added along the way. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The Redbud Bike Trail was given its name by a K- State landscape architect student from Wichita writing a paper for one of his classes.

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Crime and Courts
4:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

WPD Uncovers Information Regarding Mysterious Coffin

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Wichita Police now know how an empty coffin ended up on the roadside near the 3800 block of North Seneca on Thursday. 

Lieutenant James Espinoza says that someone who worked at a cemetery in the area came forward and explained to police that a family had a body of a loved one exhumed for cremation in late February.

"When they did that the family was responsible for the removal of the used casket or coffin, in this case,” Espinosa says.

He says the family contacted a hauling company that took possession of the coffin in the first part of March.

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Music
1:19 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Sunday Evening With The 'Maestro'

'The Best of Thomas Whitfield'
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Sunday March 29

Hear uplifting gospel music from singer/songwriter arranger and choir director, Thomas Whitfield.  Known as the Maestro by colleagues and supporters, the Detroit native is credited with helping to shape contemporary gospel music with other musical styles from jazz to classical. He’s worked with artists including Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Quincy Jones, and Aretha Franklin.  

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Government
4:28 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Non-Profit Leaders Host Mayoral Forum

Mayoral Candidate Jeff Longwell, Non-profit Chamber of Service Executive Director Tim Witsman and Mayoral Candidate Sam Williams speak during a forum at the Wichita Boat House.
Credit Beth Golay

At a Mayoral Forum in Wichita on Wednesday, both candidates fielded several questions, including how to grow the economy and generate jobs. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

At a luncheon filled with non-profit business leaders, Wichita City Council’s Jeff Longwell says it’s incredibly important to try to maintain aviation jobs.

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