Carla Eckels

Reporter, 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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Film
6:10 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Film Highlights Kansas Farming In The Mid-Twentieth Century

A premiere of the film Harvesting the High Plains will take place Friday at Wichita's Orpheum Theatre.

The film takes western Kansas from the 1930's Dustbowl to post World War II and was inspired by a book of the same name written by the late Craig Miner, former Wichita State professor and Kansas historian.

Director Jay Kriss says the film is a story about a farming operation that started in the middle of the Dustbowl but basically turned the American desert into the breadbasket of the world.

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Politics
9:07 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Kansas Dems Look At Future Plans After Long Election Night

District 4 Democratic Congressional candidate Richard Tillman and supporters pose with a cardboard cutout of President Barack Obama.
Credit Carla Eckels

Republican Mike Pompeo beat out both Democrat Robert Tillman and Libertarian candidate Thomas Jefferson.  Tillman who served the state for 24 years says he desired to continue serving Kansas as a United States Congressman, but now will look to other things.

"The whole world is open to me," says Tillman. "I still have a chance to decide what I'm going to do. I'm a retired Kansas Supreme Court Services officer, I retired in 2008 so I'll go back right into retirement and then I'll regroup."

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Politics
3:56 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voters See Long Lines On Election Day

Residents waiting to vote at Bel Aire City Hall.
Carla Eckels

Several voting sites throughout Sedgwick County were busy Tuesday.

A steady line of voters snaked throughout the hallway at the Bel Aire polling place just north of Wichita.

Supervising Judge Vickie Woodworth said the turnout has been tremendous with more than 500 people voting before noon.

"To me, it seems like there's a larger turnout this time than 4 years ago," said Woodworth. "I think that it's just a very important election and people want their views known."

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Election 2012
6:01 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Kansas GOP May Lose Seats In The House

Top Republicans say Tuesday's elections could cost them a few seats in the Kansas House and reduce the influence of the chamber's GOP conservatives.

Several Republicans Thursday said this year's redrawing of political district boundaries appears to have hurt the GOP in some places, especially in the Wichita area. And Governor Sam Brownback said he doesn't know how much power his fellow conservatives will have after Tuesday's voting.

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Election 2012
6:47 am
Wed October 31, 2012

Candidates Speak Out At Voter Empowerment Forum

(L-R) Rodrick Houston, Kenya Cox, Barry Stanley, Gail Finney, Patrick Cantwell, Oletha Faust-Goudeau
Credit Carla Eckels

A political forum was held at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church Sunday giving voters a chance to learn more about candidates before going to the polls.

Several candidates took part in a forum sponsored by 19 churches and organizations called The Voter Empowerment Committee. Democrat Gail Finney, an incumbent running for the 84th district responded to a question about corporate personhood, affordable health care, and student debt.

Finney says its, what she calls, "the 1 percenters" who benefit the most.

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Election 2012
6:17 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Early Voting Underway In Sedgwick County, Numbers Down From 2008

Voters casting their ballots early in downtown Wichita Thursday.
Credit Carla Eckels

Some voters in Wichita are taking advantage of casting their ballots early during this election cycle, but so far there hasn't been as many advanced voters in person as in 2008.

On the first day of voting Wednesday, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the number of early voters was a little more than 400, about half as many as on the first day of advanced voting during the 2008 Presidential Election.  However, Lehman says voting by mail has significantly increased.

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Election 2012
6:39 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Candidates Speak At Event For League Of Women Voters

Candidates and constituents talk politics at a League of Women Voters event in downtown Wichita
Credit Carla Eckels

Key political issues were on the minds of attendees at a League of Women Voters membership drive in downtown Wichita Saturday. Some candidates were invited to share what they see as priorities during this election season.

Seated at round tables with white linen tablecloths and steaming cups of coffee, League members and guests wait for three politicians take to the podium in Larkspur's banquet room. Kenya Cox is running for State Senate district 29. Cox says generating jobs is essential.

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Arts
7:00 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Broadway Actor And Artist Charles Holt Visits Wichita

Broadway actor and recording artist, Charles Holt.
Carla Eckels

Broadway actor, recording artist and author Charles Holt is in Wichita this week, as part of the Centennial celebration of Gordon Park’s life.

Holt spoke at Wichita State and to public school students and will wrap up his visit at a book signing Thursday.

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Music
12:21 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Music Therapy Helps Motivation, Communication

Meg Beck, music therapist at Larksfield Place.
Credit Carla Eckels

Music therapy is having a positive effect on some residents at Wichita's Larksfield Place. The older adults are showing signs of increased motivation and improved communication.

Meg Beck has spent nearly 30 years as a music therapist engaging adults and children with the use of music in hospitals, schools and senior facilities.

Inside the health care center at Larksfield Place, about 10 wheelchair-bound residents between the ages of 70 and 100 sit in a semi- circle. Some suffer from dementia and impaired vision.

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Government
7:58 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Commission Makes Progress On Wichita City Council Redistricting

Wichita City Council members heard a presentation on redistricting Tuesday during their scheduled workshop. The plan will revise the council district boundaries in the city.

Since August, the Commission of Electors made up of representatives from all six districts in Wichita and an appointee by Mayor Carl Brewer have worked on redistricting with information from the 2010 census.

The revised map includes a population of 60,000 to 67,000 people per district. Commission member Misty Bruckner told the council that the group looked at various growth patterns.

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