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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After nearly 30 years on Murdock Street, the Sedgwick County tag office in downtown Wichita is moving west.

The Murdock location will close at 5 p.m. on Friday and open at Douglas and Meridian inside the former Dillons store on Monday at noon.

“We are going to move all weekend long and we’ll have everything set up," says Sedgwick County Treasurer Linda Kizzire. "We’ll have clerks at the location early. We’ve got to test all the computers, the software, make sure everything is going to be operational before we open the doors to the public.”

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Sedgwick County Election officials are preparing for upcoming deadlines and looking for poll workers this fall.

June 1 at noon is the deadline for party affiliation changes and for questions to be placed on the August primary ballot. Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says candidates running for office also have to file by June 1.

"When we get to this part of the deadline, we obviously see an increase in people coming to file, so we’re seeing an uptick in the number of precinct committee filings," she says.

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Crews are assessing damage after tornadoes swept through the Dodge City area Tuesday night. Damaging hail was also reported. Emergency officials say displaced families are in need of help.

Red Cross officials have set up a client casework area in the Ford County Government Center in Dodge City to help people in need. Corey Becker, a Red Cross disaster volunteer for western Kansas, says families, including elderly people and parents of a one-week-old baby, have all lost their homes.

Sunday, May 29

This Sunday on Soulsations we'll hear contemporary sounds from R&B gospel artist Darlene McCoy.  The singer/songwriter, actress and radio personality is known for her uplifting music that inspires audiences of all ages, backgrounds and cultures. 

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Updated Tuesday, 10:16 a.m.: The Kansas Department of Transportation says the ramp at I-235 and K-96 will remain open until Tuesday, May 31.

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After a soggy Monday, repairs to bridges over the Big Arkansas River at I-235 in Wichita are expected to resume Tuesday.

Sunday, May 22

Sunday on Soulsations hear new inspirational music from Corinne Bailey Rae. The UK Singer has released her 3rd album, The Heart Speaks in Whispers.

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Hundreds are expected to leave their cars and trucks at home today and cycle in to work as part of Bike to Work Day. It’s just one of the activities planned throughout May to promote riding bicycles, and new bike paths have been developed across Wichita to help with the effort.

KMUW’s Carla Eckels brings us this sound portrait of a ribbon-cutting ceremony along the Redbud Trail. The pause point near Wichita State University showcases images of local trailblazers and mosaic tiles capturing the city's stories.


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The last day of classes at Wichita’s Southeast High School is tomorrow, and there’s nostalgia in the air as teachers pack up and prepare to move from the current school at Edgemoor & Lincoln to their new building in east Wichita.

History and government teacher Eric Hammond says Southeast is a busy place.

"There's boxes galore," he says. "Boxes everywhere."

He, along with other staff and students, are moving. Hammond has been teaching at Southeast High School for six years.

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No federal charges will be filed against a gun owner whose weapon discharged at a graduation ceremony Sunday in Augusta.

The gun owner wounded himself and a bystander when the gun he had stuffed into his sock accidentally discharged.

Augusta Police Chief Tyler Brewer says that the federal law prohibits carrying a gun into a safe school zone, but he says the law does not apply when the gun owner has a state concealed carry permit. Brewer says they will still pursue other possible charges.

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The Workforce Alliance in Wichita is offering workshops and job fairs for youth, and also doing internship placement with various employers.

The Youth Employment Project is an opportunity for young adults to find work, especially through the summer. Angie Duntz, communications manager for Workforce Alliance, says the workshops offer basic information on essential skills and how to keep a job.

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