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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September marks National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It’s the most common cancer in men in America, and is a leading cause of cancer death in men. A prostate cancer support group will meet Monday at a Wichita hospital to discuss the latest information on the disease.

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Passengers are encouraged to book holiday travel early this year.

Wichita State Professor and co-author of the annual Airline Quality Rating Dean Headley says travel has been steady all year, and demand is expected to remain strong throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas. He says an influx of passengers and the possibility of bad weather should always be factored into holiday travel plans.

"You can make it easier for yourself by early arrivals or better planning or don’t carry so much stuff on board with you, you can ease the stress," he said at a presentation Thursday.

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A well-respected Wichita horticulturalist died over the weekend.

69-year old Greg McHenry, owner of Hillside Nursery,  died unexpectedly Saturday. The landscaper was responsible for projects throughout Wichita including Exploration Place, the Downing Gorilla Forest at the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

McHenry was also a big fan of KMUW. For one day of our spring pledge drive, he offered to plant trees in the city for pledges made to the station.

Sunday, September 13

Hear inspirational music from singer/songwriter Bryan Pound.  His music is on a new compilation release featuring independent artists from around the country, Gerand Da Gospel Truth Jones Presents Independent Spirit Vol. 1.

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The Independent Living Resource Center in Wichita is hosting a celebration Wednesday recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the American Disabilities Act.

The federal legislation, signed by President George H.W. Bush in July of 1990, extends civil rights protections to individuals with physical or mental disabilities including in the areas of employment and public accommodations.

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AAA projects an increase in travelers hitting the road over the holiday, and they'll be fueling up for less. Kansas enters this Labor Day weekend with the lowest average gas price since 2004.

AAA’s Jim Hanni says 90 percent of travelers in the West North Central region plan to travel by automobile. That makes the area--which includes Kansas--the second highest for auto travel in America just behind the southern region.

Hanni says the average price for regular unleaded gasoline in Kansas is $2.35.

Sunday, September 6

Hear music from Gospel icon Kirk Franklin. The multi platinum selling artist has out a new single, Wanna Be Happy. Franklin is a pioneer in bridging gaps among various musical styles, uniting audiences across gospel, hip-hop, pop, and R&B. Franklin is also the best-selling author of The Blueprint: A Plan for Living Above Life's Storms and is the host and executive producer of BET’s gospel talent show Sunday Best.

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A jury has convicted a white supremacist of killing two adults and a child at Kansas City-area Jewish sites last year.

The man who admitted killing three people at two suburban Kansas City Jewish sites was convicted of murder and other charges Monday, shortly after he told jurors he hoped to "die a martyr" for the shootings.

After the jury of seven men and five women returned the verdict, Frazier Glenn Miller, 74, of Aurora, Missouri, said "the fat lady just sang." Next, the jury will deliberate the sentence for Miller, who could face the death penalty.

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Opera star Samuel Ramey has enjoyed a stellar career singing all over the world. In fact, he reigns as the most recorded bass in history.

The Kansas native and three-time Grammy winner will grace the stage tonight as deposed King Timur in Wichita Grand Opera’s New Production of Turandot. Ramey talks with KMUW’s Carla Eckels about the performance and some of his achievements over the years.

Two staff members from CBS affiliate KWCH-TV in Wichita traveled to Roanoke, Virginia, Wednesday to help their sister station WDBJ after two journalists on staff were killed by a former co-worker.

According to WDBJ, reporter Alison Parker and videographer Adam Ward were fatally shot Wednesday morning during a live TV broadcast at a shopping mall in nearby Moneta, Virginia.