Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels is Assistant News Director at KMUW.  She's has 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.


Crime and Courts
4:00 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

WPD Uncovers Information Regarding Mysterious Coffin

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Wichita Police now know how an empty coffin ended up on the roadside near the 3800 block of North Seneca on Thursday. 

Lieutenant James Espinosa says that someone who worked at a cemetery in the area came forward and explained to police that a family had a body of a loved one exhumed for cremation in late February.

"When they did that the family was responsible for the removal of the used casket or coffin, in this case,” Espinosa says.

He says the family contacted a hauling company that took possession of the coffin in the first part of March.

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1:19 pm
Thu March 26, 2015

Sunday Evening With The 'Maestro'

'The Best of Thomas Whitfield'
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday March 29

Hear uplifting gospel music from singer/songwriter arranger and choir director, Thomas Whitfield.  Known as the Maestro by colleagues and supporters, the Detroit native is credited with helping to shape contemporary gospel music with other musical styles from jazz to classical. He’s worked with artists including Yolanda Adams, Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Quincy Jones, and Aretha Franklin.  

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4:28 pm
Wed March 25, 2015

Non-Profit Leaders Host Mayoral Forum

Mayoral Candidate Jeff Longwell, Non-profit Chamber of Service Executive Director Tim Witsman and Mayoral Candidate Sam Williams speak during a forum at the Wichita Boat House.
Credit Beth Golay

At a Mayoral Forum in Wichita on Wednesday, both candidates fielded several questions, including how to grow the economy and generate jobs. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

At a luncheon filled with non-profit business leaders, Wichita City Council’s Jeff Longwell says it’s incredibly important to try to maintain aviation jobs.

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4:46 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

KCC Restricts Use Of Injection Wells For Salt Water Disposal

The Kansas Corporation Commission is restricting the use of injection wells for salt water disposal in Harper and Sumner Counties. The Kansas Sierra Club supports the action by saying the order is a response to the increased amount of earthquakes in the state. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The order requires a total reduction of up to 60 percent in saltwater waste to be disposed into specific injection wells in areas of seismic concern.

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Crime and Courts
4:48 pm
Fri March 20, 2015

Police Seek Information On Found Coffin

Credit Wichita Police Department

  A silver coffin has been discovered on the streets of Wichita near 3800 N. Seneca. A resident who spotted the coffin called the Wichita Police Department Thursday morning at about 7:15 am. Police are asking the public to contact the Larceny Section at (316) 268-4195 to share any information about the coffin.

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5:00 am
Thu March 19, 2015

'Filling The Gap' Helps Provide Meals To Children In Need

Mother Erika Gonzalez and her children Vere, Ray and Aaron.
Credit Carla Eckels

Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids program is underway in Wichita. It's an effort by Partners for Wichita to feed children during Spring Break. Volunteers distribute nearly 5,000 meals at 16 locations. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

So far this week, nearly 100 children-a-day have gone through the line at Wichita’s Evergreen Park. Erika Gonzalez brought her daughter and sons to pick up brown bag lunches plus oranges and bananas.

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12:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Gospel From Erica Campbell Of Mary Mary, Riverfest 2015 Headliner

Erica Campbell of the gospel duo Mary Mary

Sunday, March 22

Listen for new inspirational music from Erica Campbell of the popular gospel sister duo Mary Mary. We'll hear from the Help 2.0 album on Soulsations, including her new single "More Love." This new release is a reboot of her Grammy and Dove award-winning 2014 album Help

Erica Campbell is one of the concert headliners at the 2015 Wichita Riverfest. Campbell will close out Monday night's Gospelfest on June 1st.

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4:13 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Wichita Independent Neighborhoods Hosts Mayoral Forum Tonight

Jeff Longwell and Sam Williams

Wichita Independent Neighborhoods (WIN), an advocacy organization for neighbors and neighborhoods in the city, will host a mayoral forum on Monday night in downtown Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

WIN Representative Janet Wilson says the forum will feature both candidates running for Wichita mayor, Jeff Longwell and Sam Williams.

According to Wilson, WIN's forum will concentrate on the mayoral candidates so that people can be informed before they got to the polls.

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10:26 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Rhythm & Blues By Donny Hathaway On Soulsations Sunday

R&B vocalist and musician Donny Hathaway

Sunday March 15

Sunday on Soulsations, live music from R&B vocalist/musician Donny Hathaway.  He is mostly known for his duets with his Howard University classmate Roberta Flack. He also worked as a producer/composer for Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, and the Staple Singers.  Hear soulful music from his 1972 release Donny Hathaway Live.

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5:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Youth Symposium In Wichita Saturday

A Youth Symposium for middle and high school teens gets underway in Wichita on Saturday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The event, in its 7th year in Wichita, is part of a national effort by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, to focus on education and empowering youth. Organizer Conni Mansaw says a variety of topics will be discussed including college preparation and even swimming techniques.

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