Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 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 the internet Grown Folk Jamz.  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, Rev. Reuben Eckels and they are co-founders of New Day Christian Church. They have two children. Carla serves at New Day along side her husband, Reuben and co-pastor Rev., Dr. Cynthia Wolford.

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Gospel / R&B
12:17 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

What's On: July 14

Listen for new music from R&B singer Will Downing this Sunday on Soulsations.
Credit WillDowning.com

Listen for new music from the soulful, smooth R&B singer Will Downing. Also hear tunes from Chic, Karyn White and brand new gospel music from Norman Hutchins.

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Gospel / R&B
10:58 am
Tue July 2, 2013

What's On: July 7

Listen for music from Diana Ross & The Supreme's final album, Cream of the Crop. The 1969 tune, "Someday We'll Be Together" features the Motown trio and co-writer Johnny Bristo, who ad-libs through the song. Then hear a funky groove from Tom Browne, plus The Dramatics and sweet gospel music by The Clark Sisters. 

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Music
7:13 am
Fri June 28, 2013

What's On: June 30

Sunday on Soulsations, new music from India.Arie.  Her latest album is called SongVersion.  Also, the soulful sounds of Kool & The Gang recorded live, plus the Average White Band, the Commodores and cool, inspirational gospel from Kenneth Nash.

2013 Legislative Session
6:31 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Kansas Senator: 'I'm Hoping We'll Do Better Next Session'

Oletha Faust-Goudeau is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 29th District.
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Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau returned from Topeka last week after "sine die," the ceremonial adjournment at the statehouse. KMUW’s Carla Eckels sat down with Faust-Goudeau, a democrat, to discuss some of her views about the 2013 legislative session.

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Community
7:07 am
Thu June 27, 2013

African-American Entrepreneurs Have Long, Important History In Wichita

Robert Weems Jr., a history professor at Wichita State University, is researching African-American entrepreneurship in Wichita.
Credit Courtesy Photo / Wichita State University

Since his arrival on campus in 2011, Wichita State University history professor Robert Weems, Jr. has been busy researching the history of African-American businesses in Wichita.

Weems, a Chicago native, has a longstanding interest in this area.

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Education
6:46 am
Tue June 25, 2013

School Board Votes To Move Southeast High School

Wichita's Board of Education voted 6 - 0 last night to relocate Southeast High School to a new location.

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Education
6:22 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Should Southeast High School Be Saved?

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Wichita School Board will decide Monday the future of Southeast High School. The board is looking at options including a renovation of the school or building a new school and relocating students.

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Music
8:21 am
Tue June 18, 2013

What's On: June 23

Sunday on Soulsations, sounds of Dayton funk band, Sun. The band emerged in the ‘70s with their popular tune “Sun Is Here." Also hear a new release by Chrisette Michele. Critics say Michele’s tune “A Couple of Forevers” will be a wedding day favorite for years to come. Plus inspiring gospel music from Isaac Carree.

Music Camp
5:00 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Children’s Choir Ready To Sing—In Five Languages

laine Quilichini conducts the WSU Kodaly Children's Choir during a rehearsal.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Forty-one students from schools in Wichita and around Kansas have been sharpening their vocal skills as part of a week-long camp at Wichita State University.

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Local Business
5:00 am
Thu June 13, 2013

A World Of Fish In Northeast Wichita

Saltwater aquarium designed by Vince Mott
Carla Eckels KMUW

Marine Extremes carries the largest volume of saltwater fish and corals in Wichita.

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