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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Community
5:51 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Wichita Conference Aims To Strengthen Marriages

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A conference in Wichita this weekend aims to give couples the tools to strengthen their marriages.

Statistics show about half of adults in the US are married, a record low. The numbers are even lower for African-Americans, about 31 percent.

Sherdeill Breathett, president of the Kansas African-American Healthy Marriage Initiative, says their mission is to celebrate and provide models of a healthy marriage. She says as a whole, marriage is on the decline.

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Government
5:55 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Where And When You Can Vote In The April Election

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Spring elections are drawing near and starting Wednesday the Sedgwick County Elections office will mail out advance voting applications.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the ballots will go out through March 29, the Friday before the election.

"We just ask when you fill out that application to be sure that you read the instructions and complete it so we don't have a delay in getting your ballot out to you," she says.

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Community
6:17 am
Tue March 12, 2013

Election Of New Pope A Special Lesson At Wichita Catholic School

Holy Savior Church and Academy social studies teacher Mike Meyer talks with students about electing new pope.
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The Roman Catholic cardinal electors begin their conclave Tuesday to decide on a successor to Pope Benedict XVI who resigned last month.

At Holy Savior Catholic Church and Academy in Wichita, students and staff are also weighing in on the process.

Middle school social studies teacher Mike Meyer hands out paper for an assignment.

"If you were a voting cardinal, what qualities, what characteristics are you looking for as the new pope?" he asks.

Thirteen year old, Kyree Straughter says he should be a strong leader, trustworthy and nice.

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Community
5:48 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Change Your Clocks, Change Your Smoke Alarm Batteries

Daylight saving time begins at 2 a.m. March 10. Fire officials recommend people change their smoke alarm batteries at the same time they change their clocks.
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The Wichita Fire Department is reminding residents to change their smoke alarm batteries at the same time they change their clocks for daylight saving time Sunday.

Wichita Fire Captain Stuart Bevis says a functioning smoke alarm is one of the most vital pieces of equipment in your home.

"Smoke alarms are a very vital tool in our home safety and to alert us in case of an emergency," he says. "So along with testing our smoke alarms every month these two times a year when we change our clocks, we want to change batteries on any smoke alarms that have batteries."

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Crime and Courts
7:23 am
Thu March 7, 2013

A Conversation With Sedgwick County's New DA

Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett says he is busy with administrative duties, but hopes to be in court as often as possible.
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Marc Bennett was elected as Sedgwick County District Attorney in November 2012. He is the first new DA for the county in 24 years. He succeeded Nola Foulston, who had served as DA since 1989.

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Gospel / R&B
3:58 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

Legendary R&B Singer Chaka Khan Marks 40 Years In Music Industry

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Chaka Khan's career in music and entertainment. The year-long celebration will include the release of a series of new albums, titled the iKhan Project. Khan's latest single, "It's Not Over," was released February 14, 2013.

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Wichita City Council
6:02 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Council Sets Aside Funds To Renovate City Pools

The Wichita City Council approved funding Tuesday for two of the most heavily used municipal pools in Wichita. The pools must meet new ADA requirements.

College Hill pool on the east side of Wichita and Harvest on the west side will split $80,000 from the Capital Improvement Program to meet the new federal ADA standards. That's half of the funding, with the other 50 percent coming from the Department of Public Works and Utilities.

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Community
5:54 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Workshop Teaches Digital Skills For Sharing African-American Culture

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A two-day workshop in Wichita will offer skills on how to email, text, tweet and post on Facebook. The workshop is designed to build intergenerational bonds around African-American culture and technology.

The Digital Elder Project is a traveling, leadership and professional development retreat that teaches digital techniques. Shani Byard, founder and director of the Los Angeles-based, Message Media Ed - School of Black Leadership in the Digital Age, will facilitate the workshop. 

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2013 Legislative Session
5:53 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Education, Taxes Hot Topics At Legislative Forum

Dozens of citizens addressed legislators Saturday at the South-Central Kansas Legislative Delegation forum.
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More than 300 people including teachers from Wichita and surrounding districts attended the South-Central Delegation legislative forum held at the National Center for Aviation Training in Wichita Saturday.

Several issues were raised including the importance of funding public education.

Tracy Callard is an elementary school teacher at Wichita's Horace Mann Duel Language Magnet. Callard says she's very concerned about program cuts.

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Environment
6:47 am
Wed February 27, 2013

City Council Hears Drought Planning Options

Alan King, director of public works and utilities, addresses the Wichita City Council Tuesday about drought conditions.
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More than one third of the state of Kansas is in severe drought, including Wichita.

Even though Wichita saw record snowfall in February, it wasn't enough to cure the severe drought problem.

Alan King of the City of Wichita public works department told the City Council that every foot of snow typically provides about an inch of rain, which he says does not represent a lot of rainfall.

The drought has been so severe that normal rainfall will not be enough.

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