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.


5:00 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Wichita Woman Serves As Ambassador for Auctioneering Industry

Megan McCurdy Niedens seeks a higher bid at a recent auction in Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels

When you go to an auction for anything from antiques to real estate – you will rarely hear a female auctioneer. A woman in Wichita has broken that image and has won international recognition. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has the story…

Wichita Female Auctioneer Megan McCurdy Niedens won the 2013 International Auctioneer Championship Competition- Women’s Division. 

Read more
1:10 pm
Wed December 17, 2014

R&B Singer/Composer Howard Hewett To Perform In Wichita

R&B musician Howard Hewett

Sunday, December 21

A conversation with  R&B Grammy award-winning singer/composer Howard Hewett this Sunday on Soulsations. The phenomenal tenor was lead vocalist for the disco/soul late 70s trio Shalamar and recently released a new single. Hear his array of music including Christmas tunes. Hewett will be in concert at Wichita’s 40 Plus Lounge December 27th. For more information on the event, click  here.

Read more
10:31 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Christmas Goes Gospel With Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker And More

The holiday compilation 'Christmas Goes Gospel: Tis the Season'
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, December 14:

Hear holiday music from the new release Christmas Goes Gospel: Tis the Season on Soulsations.  The release features Christmas tunes from Mary Mary, Hezekiah Walker, The Temptations, Jonathan Butler, Take 6 and Israel Houghton & New Breed.

Read more
5:07 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Mandela Prison Guard Speaks At WSU

A Conversation with Christo Brand takes place at the WSU Metroplex on Monday, December 8 at 7:00 p.m. There is no cost to attend.
Credit courtesy photo

At the age of 18, white Afrikaner, Christo Brand was unaware he would be the prison guard for 60-year-old South African freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela. Their relationship grew into a life-long friendship. Brand discusses his new book Mandela, My Prisoner, My Friend at Wichita State Monday (12-08-14) on the campus of WSU. Recently, KMUW’s Carla Eckels talked to Brand about his experience with the humanitarian.

Christo Brand served as Mandela’s prison guard for 12 years primarily on Robben Island.

Read more
2:27 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Larry Hatteberg: 51 Years On Both Sides Of The Camera

Larry Hatteberg on the final day of his 51 year career with KAKE-TV.
Credit Beth Golay

Last week, long-time award-winning journalist Larry Hatteberg signed off his final newscast at KAKE TV in Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Larry about his 51-year career and some of the memorable stories he brought to life…

See images and watch videos by scrolling through the timeline below by clicking on the arrows either side of the image.

Read more
9:35 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Christmas Music All December Long On Soulsations

'A Very Maysa Christmas'
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, December 7:

Listen for selections from A Very Maysa Christmas, the first holiday album by the soul artist Maysa. Her voice has been described as “smooth and as rich as chocolate” by Blues & Soul Magazine while The Dallas Morning News declares it “sublime…down-home funky one moment and elegantly jazzy the next.”

Read more
9:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Earth, Wind & Fire Releases First Album Of Christmas Songs

Holiday, the Christmas album from Earth, Wind and Fire
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, November 30:

For the first time ever, legendary band Earth, Wind & Fire produces their first album of Christmas songs.  The 13-track set called Holiday features songs such as  “Joy to the World,” “Winter Wonderland," and “Jingle Bell Rock.”  Two of the  songs were inspired by well-known EWF classics: “Happy Seasons” (the 1975 album track “Happy Feelin”) and “December” (1978’s “September”). The latter tune features a duet of lead singer and co-founder Philip Bailey with the original master vocals of co-founder Maurice White.

Read more
3:47 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Nicodemus, Kansas, Linked To Former VP

Nicodemus, Kansas
Credit / The Kansas African American Museum

  The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita will host a presentation Wednesday about a small northwest Kansas town linked to a Vice President. Nicodemus, Kansas, is the only remaining black settlement west of the Mississippi. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

Read more
11:07 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Soulful Father And Son Duo Eddie And Gerald LeVert

Sunday, November 23:

7:00 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Sedgwick County Board Of Canvassers Count Provisional Ballots

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman meets with Board of Canvassers to count provisional ballots from the 2014 mid-term election
Credit Carla Eckels

The Sedgwick County board of canvassers met Thursday in downtown Wichita to approve the process of counting provisional ballots from the November 4th mid-term election. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

A provisional ballot is cast when voters’ eligibility is questioned. Four thousand of those were presented Thursday morning to the canvass board.

About 140 provisional ballots were cast due to errors made by poll workers. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says other voters lacked needed documents.

Read more