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.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Wichita Teen 'Makes A Wish' To Swim With The Sharks

Wichita teenager Craig Lehman was diagnosed with brain cancer two years ago. But today he is fulfilling a life long dream--to swim with the sharks. Lehman’s desire to get close to the big fish was granted by Make-A-Wish Kansas.  

18-year-old Craig Lehman doesn't meet a stranger. He's friendly from the start, in his neon lime geometric socks, colorful tennis shoes, and plaid shorts. He fiddles with a cane that he’s decorated with camo and rainbow colored duct tape. But all of that doesn’t matter. This 4.0 high school grad LOVES sharks.

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Community
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

More Than 80,000 Calls to 9-1-1 Last Year Were Misdials

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More than 80,000 misdialed calls were made to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 last year. Public Safety Officials have launched a campaign to help educate callers and reduce the number of accidental calls coming into the center.

Nearly 600,000 calls poured into the 9-1-1 call center in downtown Wichita last year. The calls were from people reporting medical emergencies, accidents, fires, and crime. 9-1-1 deputy director Elora Randleas says 1 in 7 of those calls were cell phone misdials. 

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Community
6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

More Families Seeking Shelter at YWCA Wichita's Women's Crisis Center

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The YWCA Wichita Women's Crisis Center's emergency shelter continues to operate at maximum capacity.  Hundreds of domestic violence victims seeking shelter were turned away last year due to lack of space.

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Music
10:41 am
Tue July 15, 2014

R&B, Funk Group The Bar-Kays Celebrates 50 Years On Soulsations

Sunday, July 20:

Hear music from R&B and funk group the Bar-Kays. The band celebrates 50 years in the music industry.  The Bar-Kays performed at the White House last year in a “Memphis Soul” concert.  The group is also part of the 2014 Master's of Funk World Tour.  

Web Extra: The Bar-Kays perform "Shine" on the set of Soul Train.

Health
5:23 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Multiple Cases Of Measles Discovered in Wichita

Measles virus (paramyxoviridae)
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UPDATE:

Multiple cases of measles have been reported in Sedgwick County including a student taking summer classes at Wichita State University and four individuals linked to a restaurant in the city. 

According to Wichita State University, the student had not received an MMR vaccine, which protects against measles, mumps and rubella.

Following health department guidelines, WSU Student Health is notifying faculty, staff and students who may have been exposed to this individual.

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Health
12:13 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Two Measles Cases Discovered In Wichita Area

State health officials say two cases of measles in the Wichita area are linked to a recent outbreak in the bistate Kansas City metropolitan area.

The Sedgwick County cases reported Thursday involve an unvaccinated adult and an infant who is too young to be vaccinated. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says the state has now had five cases of measles this year.

Officials did not disclose the relationship between the Wichita-area cases and those in Johnson County, Kansas, and nearby Clay County, Missouri.

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Environment
8:22 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Ferric Sulfate Leaks Into Arkansas River

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A chemical used for water treatment leaked into the Arkansas River overnight near downtown Wichita. Public Works & Utilities maintenance crews have plugged the leak. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

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Community
5:00 am
Wed July 9, 2014

New Baby Bookworms Program Encourages Reading And Engagement With Infants

Britten Kuckelman reads to her baby Bryce in The Baby Bookworms Program
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The Wichita Public Library is offering a new program to encourage summer reading and engagement with babies. So far, 13,000 little ones are enrolled. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more...

Baby Bookworms is an expansion of the summer reading program for children and teens. Erin Downey-Howerton, Youth Services Librarian says the program helps babies learn and build skills.

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Music
11:29 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Soulsations Sunday features new music from jazz funk band Afro Elements

Sunday, July 13

Hear new music by Afro Elements.  The jazz funk band's sophomore project, Out of the Centre, features a large brass section and two new vocalists. The album also features as it’s special guest musician Barry Finnerty, the former guitarist for many legendary artists, including The Crusaders.

Web extra: Preview Afro Elements' new album Out of the Centre with the featured video.

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