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 Hesston Shootings, 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 two Edward R. Murrow regional awards for her reporting including a 2015 award for her story on Shockers Men's Basketball: A Candid Look. Carla also won a 1st place Kansas Association of Broadcasting award in 2015  for her story on Bipolar Disorder and 2nd place for DJ Personality Aircheck for Soulsations.  Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments.

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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As we near Mother’s Day, lots of people will express their love for women who’ve made a difference in their lives. Cherrie Dennis Cottner has found a way to honor her late mom and many others through an all-female play she’s written called Matters of the Heart.

Sunday, May 1

Sunday on Soulsations, hear Grammy Award-winning gospel artist Tasha Cobbs. The soul-stirring singer will be one of the headliners during the Gospel portion of Riverfest in Wichita, June 6th. Cobbs heads The iLead Escape (www.theiLeadEscape.com), a global ministry mentorship program that aids 2,000 mentees in music ministry.  She also released a book called WORSHIP 101, a manual that revisits the basics of worship.

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People who have spent time in jail can learn about employment opportunities at a job fair Saturday at Wichita's St. Mark United Methodist Church.

The job fair will assist people who find it hard to get employed after being incarcerated. Coordinator Dennis Wilkinson says these men and women are highly motivated.

"And they really want to change their lives, they really want to move forward and they really want a chance," Wilkinson says. "We're asking employers to give people an opportunity to prove what they can do."

Rise Up For Youth

A conference supporting young males Saturday will take place at the Boys & Girls Club in Wichita.

The Developing Every Man's Opportunity (DEMO) conference will offer workshops to educate and challenge boys to make positive decisions concerning their futures. David Gilkey, program director for Rise Up For Youth, says the conference will be an opportunity for male role models to give back.

Sunday, April 24

Sunday on Soulsations, smooth R&B from the Whispers, The Emotions, Chaka Khan, Tower of Power and a touch of gospel from Hezikiah Walker.

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Valerie Jarrett, senior advisor to President Barack Obama, spoke in Wichita Saturday at the annual Sisterhood of the Queens event. The luncheon was held in part to raise scholarship money for high school girls who are part of a mentoring program offered by Rise Up For Youth.

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A federal judge may temporarily block Kansas from enforcing its proof-of-citizenship requirement for people who register to vote at state motor vehicle offices.

U.S. District Judge Julie Robinson took the case under advisement Thursday after hearing four hours of arguments in Kansas City, Kansas.

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The second annual Financial Freedom Expo gets underway at the Urban Prep Academy in Wichita this weekend. Nearly 300 attended last year to learn smart ways of managing money.

The expo is designed as a free day dedicated to improving the financial literacy of everyone from youth to retirees. Twenty-one workshops will be offered, as well as a vendor's fair, a kids' zone and prizes.

Sunday, April 17

Sunday on Soulsations Take 6 has released a new album called Believe.  Hear “You Know You Are In Love,” a collaboration with musical genius Stevie Wonder. Plus, we continue our month long celebration of inspirational sounds from siblings BeBe & CeCe Winans.

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The back-and-forth discussion about school funding in the state of Kansas has been, without a doubt, confusing. Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that lawmakers hope will fix a major problem in education financing. But how could that bill affect students in Wichita? And what does it mean for the future of education funding in Kansas?

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