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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Government
11:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ability To Text Emergency To 9-1-1 Coming By Year's End

Josie Robledo has been a dispatcher for Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 call center for nearly 3 years.
Credit Carla Eckels

By the end of the year, cell phone users will have the ability to text their message to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 Call Center in Wichita--and operators will be able to text back. The Federal Communications Commission requires cell phone carriers to provide this capability for call centers nationwide by the end of the year. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has the story…

Operator: "Sedgwick County 911. What city is your emergency?"
"OK, how may I help you sir?"
"OK, what is the address where we need to come?"

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Music
4:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Vocalist Al Jarreau Celebrates Friend And Legendary Composer George Duke With New Album

Al Jarreau's My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, August 24:

Hear the new release from famed vocalist Al Jarreau, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke. The album features music brought to life by legendary keyboardist and composer George Duke who passed away August 6, 2013.  Jarreau and Duke were long-time friends who started performing together in San Francisco, California in the mid 60s.  Jarreau assembled an all-star tribute album featuring Lalah Hathaway, Diane Reeves, Boney James, Jeffery Osborne, Kelly Price and Gerald Albright. 

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Music
3:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Scottish Funk And R&B From Average White Band On Soulsations Sunday

19-disk box set from Average White Band

Sunday, August 17:

Hear music from Average White Band's All the Pieces: The Complete Studio Recordings 1971 - 2003. The new release features the Scottish funk and R&B band’s entire catalogue of recorded material on a 19-disk box set, which includes all of the band's original studio albums. 

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Community
5:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

WSU Professor Presents Research On Racial Profiling

Wichita State University Professor, Michael Birzer, with his book, "Racial Profiling: They Stopped Me Because I'm _________"
Credit Carla Eckels

Wichita State University Professor Michael Birzer traveled throughout Kansas researching the effects of how minority citizens experience racial profiling in the state. His research became a book titled Racial Profiling—They Stopped Me Because I’m ______. He's participating in the Civil Rights Symposium Aug. 13, 2014 at WSU. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

This research was commissioned by the Governor’s Taskforce on racial profiling. For the complete interview, click on the audio link above. Following, Dr. Birzer shares one of the case studies with Carla Eckels.

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Community
3:31 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

City Officials Celebrate 13th Street Improvements

City officials celebrate the completion of the improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver during a ribbon cutting on Friday.
Credit Carla Eckels

City officials took part in a ribbon cutting event on Friday to celebrate improvements along 13th Street in northeast Wichita.

    

With scissors in hand, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and other leaders cut the red ribbon in front of the widened street near 13th and Roosevelt. The project includes arterial street improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver. The work was done in District 1, represented by Councilwoman Lavonta Williams.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gallup Poll Shows Kansas Saw Significant Increase of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas saw a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year, while states expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines.

Kansas, which has not expanded its Medicaid program through the health care law saw the adult uninsured rate rise from 12 percent last year to nearly 18 percent during the first half of this year. It's the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the nation according to data collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Wichitans Turn Out For 2014 Primary Elections

Martha Gates votes in primary at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Credit Carla Eckels

Polling sites in Wichita are still open for the Primary Election. KMUW’s Carla Eckels visited a polling place on Tuesday, August 5.

Shawn McCloskey has worked the polls at Wichita's Grace Presbyterian Church for 14 years. He says Tuesday’s turnout has been great.

"Steady crowd. We’ve had a three hour period of masses coming through, but we’ve had smooth voting. More than 500 currently," he says. 

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Music
10:45 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: Tasha Page-Lockhart, Winner Of BET's Sunday Best

Here Right Now is the new album from Tasha Page-Lockhart
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, August 10:

Hear music from Tasha Page-Lockhart; the Detroit-based singer is the winner of BET's gospel music competition "Sunday Best." Page-Lockhart achieved victory over the 15,000 people who auditioned. Overcoming homelessness and drug use several years ago, the talented vocalist takes nothing for granted. Page-Lockhart is signed to gospel icon Kirk Franklin's label, Fo Yo Soul. She's currently touring the country promoting her new album Here Right Now.

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Primary Voters: Bring An I.D. And Vote Along Party Lines

Voters take advantage of the last day (Monday) for advance voting at the Sedgwick County Election Office. Regular polling locations are open today (Tuesday) from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Credit Carla Eckels

The primary election is underway in Sedgwick County. Polls open at 6:00 a.m. Residents will be able to cast their ballots along the two major party lines.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says voters who already belong to a political party must vote that party. She says residents who are unaffiliated can go to the polls and declare at that time.

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Government
3:11 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Nearly 4,000 Sedgwick County Residents Are Incomplete Voter Registrants

The primary election will be held on Tuesday and nearly 4,000 Sedgwick County residents are still considered incomplete registrants. People who filled out registration forms and have not provided proof of citizenship need to send in a copy of a birth certificate, passport or other document in order to vote. 

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