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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Republican Party leaders have been crafting their platform ahead of the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. Delegates will decide whether or not to adopt the platform that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.

Among the proposed planks is one calling for a reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that legalized same-sex unions in all 50 states.


The Wichita Police Department and protestors who support the Black Lives Matter movement will host what they're calling a "First Steps" cookout for the community this Sunday at McAdams Park.

The idea of the barbecue came after local activist A.J. Bohannon lead a protest in northeast Wichita Tuesday seeking police reform. Bohannon says Police Chief Gordon Ramsay initiated the cookout after listening to concerns.

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The Wichita Women's Attorneys Association is encouraging voters to learn more about the candidates in the 20 district judicial races in Sedgwick County on the Aug. 2 ballot. 

There are four contested races in the county's 18th Judicial District Court: divisions 3, 14, 21 and 24. Two have sitting judges.

The Wichita Women Attorneys Association's Kellie Hogan says outcomes of the judicial races impact many in the community and voters quite often have very little information. She says there are various ways for voters to find out about the judicial candidates.

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Landowners and local leaders on Tuesday celebrated the beginning of the construction of the Kingman Wind Energy Center. The site is near the city of Kingman, about 45 minutes west of Wichita.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other leaders participated in the event, where they signed a 150-foot wind turbine blade that will be used in the project.

John DiDonato, vice president of wind development for Next-Era Energy Resources, says the project will help sustain Kingman County economically and provide clean, renewable energy for generations of Kansans to come.

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Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in Sedgwick County before the Aug. 2 primary.

People can register by mail, on site at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or at the Sedgwick County Election office in downtown Wichita.

Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandra Gritz says people can also submit a voter registration card via fax, email or online, but it must be done by Tuesday, July 12, at 11:59 p.m. The timeline is different when registering in person.

Sunday, July 10

Sunday on Soulsations, hear the gospel sounds of master worship leader, William McDowell. The Grammy and Dove awards nominee has spent years serving as music director for Ron Kenoly and is now the pastor of Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida.  He is most widely known for his chart topping single "I Give Myself Away."  McDowell will be in concert along with a mass choir of more than 20 Wichita-area churches at Century II in Wichita on Friday, July 15th at 6:00 pm as part of the United Methodist Church South Central Jurisdictional Conference.

The Kansas Corporation Commission(KCC) announced Monday that it will provide $350,000 in grant funds to help provide weatherization assistance to low-income Kansans.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) operates the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has helped nearly 600 households so far this year.

The KCC grant, funded by the Department of Energy, will help whittle down the waiting list.

Special interest groups and some Republican delegates are actively pushing to unbind delegates for the upcoming convention so that they can vote freely for any candidate. One GOP leader in Wichita is not in favor of the move.

Kelly Arnold, chair of the Kansas Republican Party, serves on the committee that determines the rules at the Republican National Convention, which is being held in Cleveland later this month. Arnold says there's a push from people who aren't fully on board with presumptive nominee Donald Trump to vote for another candidate.

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A new report ranks Wichita as one of the top 10 safest cities for drivers in the U.S.

The report is offered as a safety reminder as millions take to the road this holiday weekend. Insurance experts say July 4th is the deadliest day of the year for drivers.

The "Allstate America’s Best Drivers" report measures vehicle collision frequency in the 200 largest cities in the country. The data shows the average driver in Wichita experiences an auto collision every 12.5 years, which is 20 percent less often than the national average of every 10 years.

Sunday July 3rd
This Sunday on Soulsations catch acclaimed a cappella group Naturally 7.  The talented septet, who use only their voices as instruments, are called the "Architects of Vocal Play".  Naturally 7 will open for Motown legend Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl mid July.

Check out their video Wall of Sound!