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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Transportation
5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Unstable Structure Keeps Responders From Reaching Plane Crash Victims

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Investigation begins into the cause of a deadly plane crash near Wichita’s Mid-Continent Airport on Thursday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports….

A Beechcraft King Air 200 struck the top of the FlightSafety International building. Four people have been confirmed dead. City of Wichita officials say three of the victims were from the Wichita area and one is from another country. Police spokesman Doug Nolte says the crash site is unsound.

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Politics
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Davis And Schodorf Reach Out At Minority-Led Rally

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Kansas People’s Action, a black and Latino-led organization held a political forum and a "Get Out The Vote" rally last Saturday in Wichita. Nearly 200 voters of all races participated in the standing-room-only event. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf talked about minimizing voting hurdles and fellow Democrat, gubernatorial candidate Paul Davis, stressed education funding as priorities if elected. Davis says a strong coalition has formed.

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Government
5:00 am
Wed October 29, 2014

Advance Voting Problems Arise At Sedgwick County Zoo

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  Some people who went to the Sedgwick County Zoo for advance voting in Wichita on Tuesday experienced problems when trying to vote. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the problem was not with the voting machines.

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Taking The Political Temperature

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"I'll vote. I'm still on the fence about the Democratic candidate, but I won't vote Republican in the governor's race. In the senate race I will vote Republican, yes. Roberts has been in there a long time, but he's got a lot of seniority in DC. An independent being there...he's not going to have a voice." - KAB Debate Attendee

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Music
11:44 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Cameo Profit's New Album Is Based In Faith

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32 year-old singer/songwriter Cameo Profit is a self-described “church boy." Growing up in the Church of God in Christ in Wichita, he began playing the drums at the age of two, he eventually learned the piano and started directing church choirs. Profit has a new CD called Speak To Your Day. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Profit about his life in music, which started in church...

      

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Music
1:32 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Gospel Group Cameo & One Way Debute New Album With Wichita Concert

Cameo & One Way's Speak To Your Day
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Sunday, November 2

Hear new music from local gospel group Cameo & One Way.  Their debut album Speak To Your Day showcases uplifting sounds with a contemporary flair.  The group will be in concert showcasing their new release at Kingdom Harvest Church at Lincoln & Greenwich at 4pm  on Sunday, November 2nd.

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Music
10:12 am
Wed October 15, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: New Music From Gospel Inspiration Mandisa

Sunday, October 19:

Hear new inspirational gospel music from Mandisa. The powerful singer and American Idol contestant won her first Grammy this year and also just won her first 2014 Dove Award for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year. Mandisa is considered a voice of encouragement and truth to people facing life's challenges all around the world.

Web extra: Here is the video for Mandisa's hit song "Overcomer."

Music
10:08 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: New Gospel Album From R&B Legend Gladys Knight

Gladys Knight's new album Where My Heart Belongs
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Sunday, October 5:

R&B Legend Gladys Knight has just released a brand new gospel album full of inspirational songs that are dear to her heart. The seven time Grammy winner has earned #1 hits in Pop, R&B and Adult Contemporary music. Knight’s album Where My Heart Belongs showcases her faith, her heart, and her unmatched vocal ability.  The longtime Las Vegas resident is the first African-American performer to have her a venue named after her, the Gladys Knight Theater at the Tropicana Hotel.  

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Education
5:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Spaght Elementary Embarks On Scholastic Literacy Effort

Prisca Barnes, CEO of Storytime Village, Inc., engages with students at the Read and Rise program kick-off at Spaght Multimedia Magnet Elementary School
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According to the National Kids Count Data Center, more than half of Kansas 4th graders in public schools scored below the proficient reading level. Literacy advocates in Wichita are hosting events to help improve children’s reading skills. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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