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 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, Reuben Eckels and they have two children.

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Updated Tuesday, 12:39 p.m.: The Wichita City Council voted unanimously to approve a 16-month contract with consulting firm CH2M Hill to analyze the city's water and sewer systems.

The Wichita City Council is expected to vote Tuesday on a proposal that involves a utility partnership with a private company to evaluate the city’s water system. A group called the Wichita Water Coalition is concerned that there has not been enough public involvement.

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Before there was Hershey’s chocolate, there was Cero’s Candies. The candy shop is celebrating 130 years on Friday of being a sweet tradition in Wichita.

In 1885, “Candy Pete” Cero began making his popular handmade candies in Wichita, and four generations of the Cero family carried on his tradition. Five years ago, new owners took over, sharing their candy-making skills with Cero's traditional recipes.

"Caramel. Without a doubt, caramel --anything that has caramel in it," co-owner Pam Bishop says. "We got about six different things that we do with caramel in it."

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Area business leaders, educators and legislators will take part in a summit next week to discuss job creation and economic growth in south-central Kansas.  

The Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) policy summit will include experts discussing the regional economy, increasing exports, and jobs. Senior administrator Keith Lawing says leaders will consider initiatives related to economic growth. Lawing says south-central Kansas needs a real strong regional strategy.

Sunday, November 8

Tonight we'll hear new music from R&B singer Lalah Hathaway.  She’s celebrating 25 years as a recording artist.  Her new album Lalah Hathaway Live was recorded at the Troubador in Los Angeles earlier this year in front of a celebrity crowd including Patti Labelle, Anita Baker, Erica Campbell and Kenny Lattimore.  The two-time Grammy winner performed on the same stage that her father, the late Donny Hathaway, recorded his live album in 1972. 

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Leaders from Wichita State and the city's private sector attended the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Summit in Washington DC last week. The summit is geared toward best practices in manufacturing. Last year's summit helped generate a $7 million grant recently awarded to WSU.

WSU Venture's Debra Franklin says the group met with federal experts to learn more about new manufacturing processes to become more globally competitive.

Sunday, November 1

Tonight we'll hear new music from Lianne La Havas.  The British folk and soul artist is considered one of the premier singer/songwriters of her generation. 

Her new album is called Blood.  Here is she is performing at NPR Music's Tiny Desk Concert: 

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The new guideline released by the American Cancer Society is the first update since 2003.

Communications Manager Brian Ortner, says the guideline is based on the latest science.

He says evidence clearly supports starting annual screenings at age 45, but it’s a balance.

Ortner says there’s some risk of harm associated with early screenings like biopsies for false-positive imaging tests or possible overdiagnosis., flickr Creative Commons

A new dairy processing plant is under construction in western Kansas. The Kansas Department of Agriculture says the facility could be an important catalyst to spur additional growth in the Kansas dairy sector.

Since 2010, total milk output in Kansas has increased 24 percent. Last year, the approximately 143,000 dairy cows in the state produced 3 billion pounds of milk, valued at nearly $750 million. In 2013, the dairy industry in Kansas supported more than 5,800 jobs and contributed just over $1 billion to the state’s economy.

Sunday, October 25

Sunday on Soulsations hear a new single from the Chicago Mass Choir.   The internationally acclaimed choir celebrates 25 years of singing uplifting gospel dedicated to its church roots.   High-energy, traditional gospel hits like "Holy Ghost Power" and "I Can Go to the Rock" have garnered the Chicago Mass Choir numerous music awards.  

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Bison from Wind Cave National Park in western South Dakota are scheduled to be transferred to preserves in the area and to other states to help form new herds or boost existing herds.

The National Park Service says about 70 bison are part of this year's relocation effort. The bison transferred out of South Dakota are going to Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.

The transfers will take place as part of an agreement between the Park Service and the Nature Conservancy. Wind Cave's bison herd is known for its high levels of genetic purity and diversity.