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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AAA projects an increase in travelers hitting the road over the holiday, and they'll be fueling up for less. Kansas enters this Labor Day weekend with the lowest average gas price since 2004.

AAA’s Jim Hanni says 90 percent of travelers in the West North Central region plan to travel by automobile. That makes the area--which includes Kansas--the second highest for auto travel in America just behind the southern region.

Hanni says the average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Kansas is $2.35.

Sunday, September 6

Hear music from Gospel icon Kirk Franklin. The multi platinum selling artist has out a new single, Wanna Be Happy. Franklin is a pioneer in bridging gaps among various musical styles, uniting audiences across gospel, hip-hop, pop, and R&B. Franklin is also the best-selling author of The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms and is the host and executive producer of BET’s gospel talent show Sunday Best.

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A jury has convicted a white supremacist of killing two adults and a child at Kansas City-area Jewish sites last year.

The man who admitted killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites was convicted of murder and other charges Monday, shortly after he told jurors he hoped to "die a martyr" for the shootings.

After the jury of seven men and five women returned the verdict, Frazier Glenn Miller, 74, of Aurora, Missouri, said "the fat lady just sang." Next, the jury will deliberate the sentence for Miller, who could face the death penalty.

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Opera star Samuel Ramey has enjoyed a stellar career singing all over the world. In fact, he reigns as the most recorded bass in history.

The Kansas native and three-time Grammy winner will grace the stage tonight as deposed King Timur in Wichita Grand Opera’s New Production of Turandot. Ramey talks with KMUW’s Carla Eckels about the performance and some of his achievements over the years.

Two staff members from CBS affiliate KWCH-TV in Wichita traveled to Roanoke, Virginia, Wednesday to help their sister station WDBJ after two journalists on staff were killed by a former co-worker.

According to WDBJ, reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were fatally shot Wednesday morning during a live TV broadcast at a shopping mall in nearby Moneta, Virginia.

Sunday, August 30

Soulsations highlights multi-talented R&B balladeer Brian McKnight with his new release called "Uh Oh Feeling".  The talented singer known for his strong falsetto range also plays several instruments including piano, trombone and guitar.  This brand-new single comes as McKnight readies a new album via Kolbalt Label Services to be released in January.

Listen to "Uh Oh Feeling" here:

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The Kansas African American Museum held a community discussion on Wednesday about a civil rights trail tour taken by Wichitans to Alabama. The summer trip yielded Kansas ties.

The diverse group went to historic sites in Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. Museum Director Mark McCormick says the group's tour of Selma included a Wichita dimension: A monument, featured in last year's Selma movie, is dedicated to Wichita Rev. James Reeb, a martyr of the civil rights movement.

McCormick says a Recall drugstore in Selma links back to Wichita’s 1958 Dockum Drugstore sit-in.

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Sunday, August 23

Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning gospel recording artist, Israel Houghton, returns to Soulsations with a live worship experience captured in an expansive tour of Asia. Covered: Alive In Asia is Israel & NewBreed's 10th album together.  The ensemble is known for transforming the contemporary worship experience through their uplifting music.

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The children’s television show Sesame Street has been on public television for 45 years. As part of a partnership, new episodes will now premiere on the cable premium channel, HBO. KMUW’s Carla Eckels checks out what that means for Wichita viewers.

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This piece originally aired Aug. 12, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A new convenience store and Valero gas station is set to open soon near the canal route in northeast Wichita.

The economically challenged neighborhood has been without these services for over a decade. The owner plans to create about 20 new jobs.


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