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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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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Tourism
7:02 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Gov. Brownback Announces Committee To Guide Tourism Efforts In The State

Spring duck migration at Cheyenne Bottoms in Kansas.
Jeff Slater Flickr

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced the formation of the Kansas Ecotourism Steering Committee Wednesday at Wichita’s Great Plains Nature Center.

Gov. Brownback says the 16-member steering committee will help guide ecotourism efforts as well as recommend objectives and marketing strategies to grow the industry in the state.

Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism Secretary Robin Jennison will spearhead the group.

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Small Business
8:33 am
Thu September 13, 2012

State Officials Speak To Small Business Owners On Empowerment Tour

Kansas Secretary Pat George (standing,) Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee and Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan discuss tax reform with small business owners at the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.
Carla Eckels

State officials stopped in Wichita Wednesday as part of their Kansas Small Business Empowerment Tour.

The officials focused on tax reform and economic development across the state.

Kansas Commerce Secretary Pat George, Revenue Secretary Nick Jordan and Labor Secretary Karin Brownlee met with Wichita business owners and other residents to discuss tax reform changes for 2013.

Secretary George says small businesses make up more than 90 percent of the jobs in the state and nationwide. 

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Wichita City Council
1:01 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Wichita City Council Approves Incentives For NetApp Expansion

The sign in front of NetApp headquarters in Silicon Valley, California.
Ferran Rodenas Flickr

On a 6-1 vote, Wichita City Council members approved an economic incentive grant for NetApp Tuesday, an information technology company that plans to expand in Wichita.

An estimated 418 new customer service employees are expected to double NetApp’s workforce over the next 5 years. The company also plans to invest $86 million in new equipment.

Wichita’s Economic Development Director Allen Bell told the council NetApp had opportunities to expand in other states such as North Carolina, but chose Wichita to grow their customer support center.

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Health
6:25 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Community Baby Showers To Be Held Saturday To Combat SIDS

A baby sleeping in an unsafe manner.

Kansas has the 4th highest Sudden Infant Death syndrome or SIDS rate in the US, and it’s even higher for black children.

An area group organized community baby showers to be held in Wichita Saturday, to promote good health and safe sleep for babies.

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer Tuesday issued a proclamation at the City Council meeting recognizing “A Healthy Baby Begins With You Day”.

SIDS Network Director Christi Schunn says the infant mortality rate in Kansas among black infants is the highest in the country.

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Wichita State University
12:00 am
Thu August 16, 2012

New WSU President Bardo Wants To Explore Private Partnerships, Grow Campus Area

WSU President John Bardo at the announcement of his selection.
Wichita State University

On July 1, John Bardo became the 13th president of Wichita State University. 

He previously served as the chancellor of West Carolina University for 16 years.

KMUW's Carla Eckels talks with President Bardo about his ties to WSU and formulating a strategic plan for the future.

Wichita City Council
8:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Hyatt Revenue Factored Into Wichita City Budget

The City of Wichita anticipates a quarter million dollars in projected hotel cash flow from the city-owned downtown Hyatt as part of the proposed 2013-14 budget.

Wichita City Manager Bob Layton gave an overview of the proposed budget as part of a formal public hearing during Tuesday’s city council meeting.  Layton told council members one issue that helped shape the budget has to do with the Hyatt.

“This budget anticipates for the first time, a revenue flow to the city from the Hyatt operations,” said Layton.

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Aviation
7:11 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Airbus Holds Summit, Vows To Double Investments

European airplane maker Airbus Monday announced plans to double investments in the US at the first Air Capital Supplier Summit in Wichita.

Senator Jerry Moran and Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor hosted the event.

Moran says the partnership between Airbus and Kansas suppliers is aimed at growing the aviation industry in the state through more contracts with the France-based aircraft maker.

Airbus has an engineering center here in Wichita with more than 350 employees, making the Wichita facility the company’s largest engineering center outside of Europe.

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