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.

Ways to Connect

Sunday February 7 

     This week on Soulsations, we remember Earth, Wind & Fire founder, Maurice White.  The singer, songwriter, producer, and innovator died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 74 this week.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992 and stopped touring with the band soon after.  

White once told Newsweek we live in a negative society: "Most people can’t see beauty and love.  I see music as medicine”.  Maurice White was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010 and his wildly successful jazz, funk,  R&B, and  gospel band, Earth Wind & Fire, has sold 90 million records worldwide. Listen for an hour filled with Earth, Wind & Fire music as we celebrate this remarkable musician!

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The QuikTrip store at 13th and Oliver in northeast Wichita is expected to close for good Thursday night. It follows the Walmart Neighborhood Market that closed nearby last week. One city official is assessing the area and seeking input on what's next for the property.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office hosted a public demonstration today prospective of new voting equipment that will replace current election machines.

The current voting machines have been in use for 10 years and for security purposes need to be upgraded to newer technology. But Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the new machines won’t be be put into use until 2017.

Sunday, January 31

Join us this week for soul music from Paige Bryan, daughter of comedian Sinbad, and the latest release from 3WB – 3 Winans Brothers featuring the Clark Sisters. Plus Wichita singer/songwriter Eugene Canady talks about his jazz/gospel release, Blue Skies

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Carla Eckels sat down with Sheldon Weisgrau, director of the Health Reform Resource Project, to talk about the Affordable Care Act in Kansas.

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The new register of deeds in Sedgwick County will be sworn in on Friday. The position fills a vacancy in the office left by a recent death.

Tonya Buckingham will fill in the remaining term for her boss and mentor, Bill Meek, who passed away two weeks ago at the age of 71.

The register of deeds is responsible for recording all transactions relating to real estate in Sedgwick County including deeds, mortgages, death certificates and oil and gas leases. The records are made available to the public.

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The art of making a lattes topped with creamy, floating designs is on the minds of competitors taking part in a “Barista Throwdown” at a Wichita coffee shop. KMUW’s Carla Eckels takes us to Reverie Coffee Roasters during a previous contest to look at what’s brewing inside.

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The Greater Wichita Ministerial League will host its annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration at noon today at the Wichita State Metroplex.

The event is an effort to bring residents together to commemorate the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. Bishop Wade Moore, president of the League, says the organization will present community recognition awards including the Martin Luther King Dream and Visions award.

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Many know Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a civil rights leader, minister, Nobel Peace Prize winner and great orator. But his eldest daughter, Yolanda, knew him as "Daddy."

Yolanda King wrote about her childhood, and today, on the anniversary of Dr. King’s birthday, Wichita storyteller Tasleem Muqtasid shares this remembrance, an excerpt of the story “Daddy” by Yolanda King.

The Kansas African American Museum in downtown Wichita is partnering with churches and other organizations this weekend to celebrate the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. King has been quoted as saying, "Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'" Museum education director Christyn Breathett says they will answer that question by offering an opportunity for Wichitans to serve.