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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Sunday, August 30

Soulsations highlights multi-talented R&B balladeer Brian McKnight with his new release called "Uh Oh Feeling".  The talented singer known for his strong falsetto range also plays several instruments including piano, trombone and guitar.  This brand-new single comes as McKnight readies a new album via Kolbalt Label Services to be released in January.

Listen to "Uh Oh Feeling" here:

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The Kansas African American Museum held a community discussion on Wednesday about a civil rights trail tour taken by Wichitans to Alabama. The summer trip yielded Kansas ties.

The diverse group went to historic sites in Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery. Museum Director Mark McCormick says the group's tour of Selma included a Wichita dimension: A monument, featured in last year's Selma movie, is dedicated to Wichita Rev. James Reeb, a martyr of the civil rights movement.

McCormick says a Recall drugstore in Selma links back to Wichita’s 1958 Dockum Drugstore sit-in.

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Sunday, August 23

Grammy, Stellar and Dove Award-winning gospel recording artist, Israel Houghton, returns to Soulsations with a live worship experience captured in an expansive tour of Asia. Covered: Alive In Asia is Israel & NewBreed's 10th album together.  The ensemble is known for transforming the contemporary worship experience through their uplifting music.

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The children’s television show Sesame Street has been on public television for 45 years. As part of a partnership, new episodes will now premiere on the cable premium channel, HBO. KMUW’s Carla Eckels checks out what that means for Wichita viewers.

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This piece originally aired Aug. 12, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A new convenience store and Valero gas station is set to open soon near the canal route in northeast Wichita.

The economically challenged neighborhood has been without these services for over a decade. The owner plans to create about 20 new jobs.


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Sunday, August 16

This week on Soulsations hear the soulful sounds of The Beginning of the End.  The band members, all from the Bahamas, created the 1971 release "Funky Nassau part 1 & 2." A blend of funk and disco, "Funky Nassau" remains popular among music lovers all over the world.

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The search for Wichita’s next police chief continues.

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says the list of candidates for police chief has been narrowed down to five, including interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley. Longwell says a committee will conduct the next round of interviews next week.

A public forum will allow the community to weigh in. City Manager Bob Layton is expected to hire the next police chief sometime in September.

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Sunday, August 9

Tune in this week as Soulsations features brand new gospel music from Karen Clark Sheard.  The beloved four-time Grammy winner, who is also a member of the legendary Clark Sisters, has a new album titled Destined to Win. The album, released in July of this year, was recorded in a church in Chicago and showcases Sheard's attention to detail, stunning vocal range and musical joy.

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The Kansas Volunteer Commission is offering mini-grants to support the September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance.

The goal of the mini-grants is to provide a way for people to remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those who rose in service in response to the attacks.

Sunday, August 2

Hear new urban contemporary gospel music from Anthony Brown and group therAPy this week on Soulsations. The Stellar Award-winning ensemble released what critics are calling a 'spectacular' single this past April. According to Brown, the chart-topping song "Worth" is all about love, and it recently reached #1 in Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs and Gospel Digital Songs charts.

Watch a performance of "Worth" below:

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