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.

Ways to Connect

Sunday, July 31

Tonight we'll hear old school music from a band from the Bahamas! The Beginning of the End with the 1971 groove, Funky Nassau! Also we wrap up Guitar Month with the sounds of Jonathan Butler.

Stephen Koranda / KPR/File photo

For the second time in two years, a major ratings agency downgraded Kansas' credit rating Tuesday because of the state's budget problems.

From the AP:  

S&P Global Ratings dropped its rating for Kansas to "AA-," from AA, three months after putting the state on a negative credit watch. S&P also dropped the state's credit rating in August 2014.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Dozens of people attended a primary political forum at St. Paul AME Church Sunday night. The event was supported by the Voter Empowerment Committee, which is made up of churches, civic groups and other organizations.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Several candidates took part in a primary political forum on Sunday at Wichita's St. Paul AME Church. The event was sponsored by 18 churches and organizations called The Voter Empowerment Committee.

The forum included Republicans and Democrats running for judicial office, Sedgwick County Commission, U.S. Congress and seats in the Kansas Legislature.

Moderate Republican Roger Elliott is running for State Representative in District 87, which covers parts of east Wichita. Elliott is a former Andover School Board member and a retired banker.

Dalton Glasscock

The Republican National Convention wrapped up in Cleveland on Thursday with an acceptance speech from GOP nominee Donald Trump. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has reaction from a Wichita delegate in attendance.

It was the first time 21-year-old Dalton Glasscock attended the Republican National Convention as a delegate; in 2012--then too young to even vote--he went as a page.

Glasscock says the evening was electrifying, and he thinks Trump’s speech helped the party come together, especially for those hesitant about Donald Trump and what he might say.

Sunday, July 24

As we continue jazz guitar month, hear jazzy summertime music from the dynamic ten-time Grammy winner George Benson.  

Courtesy Kelly Arnold

Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold says it has been an exciting week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland leading up to GOP nominee Donald Trump's speech tonight.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Twenty-five years ago, thousands of people came to the Summer of Mercy abortion protests in Wichita. This week, Operation Save America is back in the city to demonstrate, pray, and to stop abortions.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

An alternative to a protest in support of Black Lives Matter took place at McAdams Park in Wichita on Sunday: a cookout uniting hundreds in the Wichita community with law enforcement officers. It was an effort to get to know each other in a relaxed setting.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay thought of the idea and local activist AJ Bohannon agreed to co-host. KMUW’s Carla Eckels was there at the First Steps Community Cookout and caught up with some of the folks attending.

Courtesy of Wichita Police

A wide cross-section of the Wichita community munched down hamburgers and hotdogs while visiting with members of law enforcement Sunday night at the First Step Cookout.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay suggested the event after local activist A.J. Bohannon told him he was planning a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bohannan says the killings in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning made the local event that much more important in bringing the community together.