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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Education
4:47 am
Fri May 22, 2015

Educator Introduces Interactive Yearbook at Wichita's Northeast Magnet

Justin Bell demonstrates augmented reality technology being used in the Northeast Magnet High School yearbook
Credit Carla Eckels

Educator and yearbook advisor Justin Bell is determined that Northeast Magnet’s new yearbook won’t sit on a shelf and collect dust in the coming years. The annual will actually have segments embedded that come to life.

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Music
8:49 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Steve Wonder Moments Continue On Soulsations Sunday

Stevie Wonder performs in 1976

Sunday, May 24

This Sunday on Soulsations, we continue our month long celebration of Stevie Wonder's 65th birthday with more Stevie Wonder moments!  Hear tunes from the musical genius plus Wonder’s childhood friend from Detroit shares what happens when the Motown star visits her home after touring on the road. 

Find more Stevie Wonder moments from KMUW online here.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Friends University To Offer Adults Flexibility With Evening Elementary Education Courses

Credit Courtesy Photo

Starting June 1st, adults interested in taking elementary education classes at Friends University in Wichita will have a new option to attend classes at night. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

The Elementary Education program at Friends University prepares adult students to teach grades K-6.

David Hofmeister Dean of the Graduate School and Interim Dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies says adult students will be well prepared by the faculty.

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Music
8:22 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Motown Museum & New Gospel

A young Stevie Wonder

Sunday, May 17

We continue our celebration of Stevie Wonder with his music and a look at his life! Hear Motown Museum’s Coraleen Rawls share stories about the musical legend  during his early days at Motown.  Plus music from a tribute album to Stevie Wonder and new gospel sounds from Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago.

Web Special: Here is Pastor Charles Jenkins and his ministry, Fellowship Chicago, performing their new single titled "War."  

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Music
8:29 am
Thu May 7, 2015

Child Prodigy- Stevie Wonder

A young Stevie Wonder

Sunday, May 10

Sunday on Soulsations, we continue our month-long celebration of musical genius, Stevie Wonder. The Motown star  turns 65 years old on May 13th. Hear how young Stevie learned to play the piano with both hands from childhood friend, Margaret Terry, who lived in his Detroit neighborhood. 

Web Special: Here is Stevie Wonder singing gospel with the Williams Brothers- performing a live version of "I'm Too Close."

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Music
9:22 am
Thu April 30, 2015

Soulsations Honors Stevie Wonder In May

American prodigy Stevie Wonder

Sunday, May 3

We're celebrating the birthday of  Stevie Wonder throughout the month of May. The musical genius turns 65 on May 13th. Hear interviews with two of his childhood friends and an archivist at the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan.

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Music
10:17 am
Wed April 22, 2015

Seventies Funk On Soulsations Sunday

Funk band Con Funk Shun

April 26

Sunday on Soulsations, new music from 1970's R&B and funk band, Con Funk Shun. The group is set to release their new studio album, the first in two decades. Hear their new romantic love song “Your Night." 

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Education
5:00 am
Tue April 21, 2015

Shepard New SGA President At WSU

Incoming SGA President Joseph Shepard discusses campus activities with students Ken Ma, Crystal Davis and Hitesh Rathod at WSU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Rhatigan Student Center
Credit Carla Eckels

Joseph Shepard will be sworn in Wednesday as Wichita State University’s new Student Government Association President. The organization is governed by students and committed to their issues and concerns. Shepard will be a lead advocate for about 15,000 students with a student fee budget of more than $9 million. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Shepard about his new role…

Well first of all tell me, how does it feel to be the new president?

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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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