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
1:03 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

What's On: June 16

Listen for music from the legendary funk bassist, Bootsy Collins. He's played with James Brown and the musical collective Parliment Funkadelic. Bootsy continues his online bass guitar school, The Funk University. Plus hear a brand new praise release from gospel artist Hezekiah Walker.

Community
6:00 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Get Help Making Your House More Energy Efficient

Ernest Tolon makes minor repairs to a Wichita home to increase its energy efficiency.
Credit Courtesy / Kansas Chapter of Sierra Club

Two local groups are partnering in an attempt to reduce Wichita’s energy use and save homeowners money.

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Gospel / R&B
7:08 am
Tue June 4, 2013

What's On: June 9

New music from Omar, known as "The Godfather of UK Soul" for his unique mix of R&B, jazz, funk and Latin music. His work has been influential, especially to the growth of the neo-soul movement. Hear music from his album “The Man” featuring Soul II Soul’s Caron Wheeler.

Water Future
11:00 am
Mon June 3, 2013

7 Questions (And Answers) About Wichita's Water Future (Updated)

Credit r. Vore / flickr Creative Commons

Updated a 11:03 a.m.

There was a significant development this weekend with water levels at Cheney Reservoir.

Last Thursday's storm created heavy drainage into the lake, causing the level to rise from 64 percent last Thursday to 72 percent on Saturday. As of Monday morning, Cheney is up more than 13,000 acre feet of water since before the rain event last Thursday.

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Community
6:35 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Father And Son-In-Law Sought 'Land Of Opportunity'

Thanh Phan and Tran Van Vi
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

In 1975, Tran Van Vi was a news reporter in his homeland of Vietnam before, at the age of 50, making the journey to start a new life in Wichita.

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Community
7:02 am
Thu May 30, 2013

From Vietnam To Wichita, In Search Of Freedom

Christine Cao moved to Wichita when she was 16. Now, 22 years later, she is the owner of Perfect Nails.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

According to the 2010 US Census, more than 1.5 million immigrants from Vietnam live in the U.S. The Vietnamese population in Kansas has increased by 21 percent in the last decade. And more than 9,000 Vietnamese Americans live in Sedgwick County.

Vietnamese business owner Christine Cao moved to Wichita 22 years ago when she was 16. She graduated from Wichita's North High School and in 2005 she earned her bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University in public health in organization and public policy.

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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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