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 20 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. 

In April 2016, Wichita State University presented Carla with the exclusive honor of the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award, The Carlisle Award is presented to an unclassified professional who models the standard of extraordinary service exhibited by the late Wayne Carlisle.

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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One of the original Freedom Riders who was attacked in the 1961 bus bombing will speak in Wichita Tuesday as part of Wichita State University's Black History Month Celebration at Southeast High School.


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Sunday, February 26

Sunday on Soulsations new music from R&B legend  Charlie Wilson. He has a new release out called “In It To Win It,” the same name as his latest tour with special guest Fantasia and Johnny Gill, which stops in Kansas City, MO on March 16th. 

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The Art That Touches Your Heart Foundation and Wichita State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a black art show on campus Friday night and Saturday. Among the artists participating is former WSU basketball star Mohamed Sharif-- then known as Kelly Pete. KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke to Sharif about his art collection and his fond memories of his Shocker basketball days in the '60s.

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On Tuesday, the Wichita City Council is expected to vote on the Aquatics Master Plan that could close up to nine pools in the city.

Council members will look at several options and determine whether to renovate some of the pools and close others.

The only pool that would be certain to survive is located in College Hill. The other nine were constructed over 35 years ago and need infrastructure improvements.

The first option would retain five pools, while the second option would keep the College Hill pool open as the nine others become splash-pad type sites.

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A major interchange on East Kellogg is scheduled to close on Monday for four years. KMUW's Carla Eckels says it's the next phase of an ongoing project.

The Kansas Department of Transportation plans to close the ramp where eastbound K-96 joins westbound Kellogg until the year 2021.

Spokesperson Tom Hein says the ramp closure will allow several segments of the Kellogg freeway in that general area to be constructed.

Sunday, February 19

He’s been described as totally original with a voice impossible to mistake. We remember jazz soul artist Al Jarreau. The 76-year-old 7 time Grammy winner died Friday, February 12, 2017. 

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Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the U.S. Two-thirds of adults with depression do not receive any treatment, and depressive disorders are the cause of more than two-thirds of suicides each year.

The head basketball coach at Newman University in Wichita was able to successfully combat the disorder and get back out on the court.

Sunday, February 12

Sunday on Soulsations hear soulful love songs as we head into Valentine's Day Tuesday!

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A rare, fully restored 1931 Wichita airplane will be dedicated on Thursday at the Kansas Aviation Museum.

The yellow and green Watkins Skylark SL is the only fully restored airplane of its kind. The plane crashed in 1933; later, several parts of the aircraft, including the vertical fin and wings, were found on a farm in southeast Kansas.

Dana Steffee, executive director of the Kansas Aviation Museum, says the pieces were gathered and worked on for 10 years by the museum’s volunteer restoration team.

Sunday, February 5

Sunday on Soulsations hear brand new music from one of the top selling female gospel artists of all time, CeCe Winans. Her new release called “Let Them Fall In Love” was produced by her son Alvin Love III. 

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