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
4:22 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

After 5 Years And $17M, St. Mary's Cathedral Reopens In Downtown Wichita

St. Mary's Cathedral will reopen to the public Saturday after a renovation that took five years to plan and complete.
Credit St. Mary's Cathedral

St. Mary's Cathedral will reopen after the dedication of the altar Saturday in downtown Wichita.

Father John Sherlock says after $17 million dollars and five years of planning, the sanctuary has been totally renovated, including a new baptismal, 7-ft bronze statues, extension of the choir loft and the return of the tabernacle to the front of the church.

He says there is also a significant space inside the top of the dome.

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Arts
6:03 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Gospel Music Executive To Start Network In Wichita

Gospel music executive, Carla Williams.
Credit Michael Gomez

For more than two decades, Carla Williams has worked as a gospel music executive. She’s helped manage the careers of platinum and Grammy award-winning gospel artists.

A couple of years ago, she started her own company, CW Creative, and recently returned home to Wichita to start a new initiative to help area artists.

KMUW’s Carla Eckels talked with Williams about her expertise in the industry and launching The Gathering Network.

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Business
6:14 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Chamber Survey Suggests Strong Support For Tax Cuts

Results from the 10th annual Kansas Chamber CEO Poll were released Wednesday. The Chamber uses the results to assist in developing its agenda.

Project Director Pat McFerron says the survey showed strong support for continued state tax reform.

"Twenty-nine percent of Kansas business owners say that taxes are their top concern," says McFerron.

"It's the same percentage that we had last year and again, for 10 years it's been a top concern and this is asked at the start of the survey without us mentioning anything else."

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Community
6:13 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Community Members To Hold Vigil In Support Of Immigrant Rights

Students and support organizations in Wichita will lead a prayer vigil at Newman University Friday in support of immigration legislation that creates paths to citizenship.

The Newman University Hispanic American Leadership Opportunity group (H.A.L.O.), student organizations, Sunflower Action, the Wichita Casa De La Semilla, and other organizations are partnering to host the prayer vigil called Respect Human Dignity - Keep Families Together.

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Community
6:05 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Wichita Celebrates Life Of MLK, Inauguration

Credit Carla Eckels

Hundreds took part in an annual Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration in Wichita Monday, co-sponsored by The Greater Wichita Ministerial League and Wichita State University.

This year’s event showcased a live broadcast of the second inauguration of President Barack Obama. 

The audience erupted in applause while watching Obama take the ceremonial oath of office on a big screen at the WSU Metroplex.

Attendee Floyd Johnson, Sr. considered the day historic.

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Community
5:54 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Wichita To Celebrate Life Of MLK With Several Events

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C
Credit Tom LeGro/PBS NewsHour / Flickr

Several events will take place in Wichita this weekend in remembrance of civil rights leader, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Activities are scheduled through the King federal holiday on Monday.

Saturday's kickoff event includes an MLK parade starting at Christian Faith Centre, on South Broadway, winding through downtown Wichita heading to the Chester I. Lewis Reflection Square on Douglas.

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City Government
6:19 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Wichita City Council Approves Bonds For Sports Complex

A rendering of the GoodSports Fieldhouse at night.
Courtesy illustration City of Wichita

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve phase one of the STAR Bond project plan that will help establish a multi-sport athletic complex in northeast Wichita.

The 430 acre complex site near K-96 and Greenwich road will serve as an attraction for regional and national youth sports competition. The site plan includes hotels, retailers and an aquatic attraction with a goal of increasing tourism for Wichita and the region.

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City Government
1:34 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Paul Gray Sworn In As Interim District IV City Council Member

Municipal court judge Jennifer Jones swears in Paul Gray as the interim city council member for District IV.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Wichita City Council chose former council member Paul Gray to fill the interim District IV seat, which represents southwest Wichita.

The vote was 4-2, with Mayor Carl Brewer and Vice Mayor Janet Miller voting for former council member Stan Reeser.

Gray previously served two terms with the council and left due to term limits.

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Politics
6:04 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Community Leaders Set Priorities For Legislative Session

Lawmakers meet with area leaders to discuss the 2013 legislative session.
Credit Carla Eckels

The South Central Delegation heard from business, government and community leaders Thursday during their annual meeting in Wichita.

More than 30 Kansas lawmakers who are part of the delegation heard presentations on the budget, the need to fund transportation projects, the Equus Beds Aquifer, preserving Wichita's workforce, and the importance of funding education.

During a break, Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau said education remains a top priority.

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Politics
5:57 am
Thu January 10, 2013

Community Leaders To Share Hopes, Concerns For State Legislative Session

The South Central Delegation will hold its annual meeting Thursday at the Wichita State University Metroplex. Wichita leaders will share their agenda with state lawmakers before the 2013 legislative session starts Monday.

Fifty state representatives and senators make up the South Central Delegation and more than half are expected to be in attendance.

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