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
8:30 am
Wed May 29, 2013

What's On: June 2

We remember singer/songwriter Clarence Burke, founding member of the Five Stairsteps. They are best known for their April 1970 release, "O-o-h Child." The song is included in Rolling Stones’ 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time. Burke worked with several artists including Curtis Mayfield, Sly Stone, George Harrison and Quincy Jones. He reportedly died at the age of 62.

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Science
11:40 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Engines Once Powered Astronauts To Moon, Now On Display In Hutchinson

Jerrad Alexander, SpaceWorks Technician, uses a fine brush to clean an Apollo F-1 Thrust Chamber.
Gavin Peters Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center

The Kansas Cosmosphere and Space Center in Hutchinson launches the Apollo F-1 Conservation Project Friday with a grand opening in their new SpaceWorks Observation Gallery.

Cosmosphere visitors will be able to follow the journey of the historic Apollo F-1 engines from lift off to their fiery violent dissent back to Earth.

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Business
2:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Via Christi To Cut More Than 350 Jobs

Via Christi says months of lowered hospital and physician visits put the company $18 million dollars behind budget for fiscal year 2013.

They'll eliminate between 350 and 400 jobs, about 4 percent of the company's Kansas workforce, by the end of June. About 80 of those will be taken care of by not filling current vacancies, but 80 percent of total job cuts will be designated for Wichita.

In addition, about 35 senior leaders in the company will take a 4 percent salary deduction.

Staff members who lose their jobs will receive severance and other support.

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Gospel / R&B
11:43 am
Tue May 21, 2013

What's On: May 26

The Brand New Heavies latest release, Forward.

Listen for new music from the Brand New Heavies. The British band's unique mix of jazz, funk and soul has illuminated the UK music scene for well over two decades. The band’s name was homage to soul godfather James Brown, who was once billed as the ‘Minister of New Super Heavy Funk’. Hear music from their new release, Forward.

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Tourism
7:57 am
Fri May 17, 2013

The Job: Get People To Visit Wichita

Susie Santos, president and CEO of Go Wichita Convention & Tourism Bureau.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Wichita’s convention business drives about $45 million a year to the city’s economy. It’s a competitive business, marketing the city and promoting tourism.

Go Wichita Convention and Visitors Bureau got a new leader late last year, Susie Santo, who is excited about promoting Wichita to the rest of the country.

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Community
7:59 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Summit Designed To 'Humanize' The Formally Incarcerated

The National Prison Summit on Incarceration will be held in Wichita this weekend. Experts will discuss ways to help those behind bars, and their families. They will also talk about reducing recidivism to help the next generation stay out of jail.

Summit coordinator, David Wilkinson, says it’s been several years since the community has collectively come together to work with people that are incarcerated or transitioning out of prison.

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Gospel / R&B
7:07 am
Tue May 14, 2013

What's On: May 19

Eugene Canidy's three-song sampler CD is available now.

Sunday on Soulsations, enjoy music from Wichita singer/songwriter, Eugene Canidy.

He calls his music jospel, a combination of jazz and gospel.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Your Guide To Bicycle Month In Wichita

Credit vpickering / flickr Creative Commons

May has been proclaimed Bicycle Month. The city of Wichita is celebrating by highlighting recent bike path improvements and by looking forward to what's next. There are also many bicycle-related events planned throughout the city.

Highlighted Events

May 17 is Bike to Work Day, which will include breakfast stations around Wichita from 7:00 to 9:00 and free lunch at Old Town Square from 11:30 to 1:30.

Breakfast station locations:

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Government
7:48 am
Fri May 3, 2013

US Attorney Prepared To Go To Court Over Kansas' New Gun Law

On April 26, US Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback that states the new Kansas law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional. That new law took effect April 25, just one day earlier.

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

The new law declares the federal government has no authority to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas. The law also makes it a felony for a federal agent to enforce any law, regulation, order or treaty covering those items.

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Community
7:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Start Planning Your Float Trip, Arkansas River Is Now Easier To Access

Volunteers install the new floating dock on the Arkansas River behind Gander Mountain in late April.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

People who enjoy boating on the Arkansas River now have a new place to access the river.

A public use floating dock was installed recently on the river behind Gander Mountain in downtown Wichita. 

The new dock was part of a long-time comprehensive plan by the Ark River Coalition and the city’s park board. The Wichita City Council adopted a resolution agreeing to allow for public use of the dock for the next decade.

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