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 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, Reuben Eckels and they have two children.

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Sunday, July 12

Tonight on Soulsations we'll hear a new release from gospel music legend Richard Smallwood.  He founded The Richard Smallwood Singers in 1977 and is best-known for his worship classics “Total Praise” and “Center Of My Joy”.  Released earlier this year, Anthology Live is Smallwood's first live album in several years.

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More than $300 million in unclaimed property is being held by the state of Kansas. The state treasurer is trying to get those assets back to their rightful owners.

In Sedgwick County, $34 million in assets have gone unclaimed. State Treasurer Ron Estes says it can be anything from a check that got lost in the mail to a utility refund.

Sunday, July 5

Tonight on Soulsations we'll hear a touch of jazz from the Crusaders.  The 70's R&B band is known for their favorite hit “Keep That Same Old Feeling”--a great summer tune! Plus music from Chaka Khan and Rufus, and uplifting gospel from Daryl Coley.

Below, check out a live performance from Los Angeles of "Keep That Same Old Feeling".

Kansas Water Office

Recent rains have eased drought conditions in many areas in the state, leading Gov. Sam Brownback to update the Drought Declaration for Kansas counties.

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Sunday, June 28

This week on Soulsations, hear music from Earth Wind & Fire from their latest album Now, Then & Forever. Their first album in eight years, Now, Then & Forever allows the iconic sound of the band to connect past to present and even looks forward to the future of music. 

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A prayer vigil at Wichita’s St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church took place Thursday afternoon in response to the shooting at an AME church last night in Charleston, South Carolina. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports.

Sunday, June 21  

Janet Jackson, the youngest daughter of the famed Jackson family, is expected to have a new release soon.  BMG is proud to announce that it will release Unbreakable, the first album in seven years by the award winning, singer/songwriter and Oscar nominee.  Jackson is also embarking on a North American Tour and she’s scheduled to perform in Kansas City , MO on October 27th.  Hear some of her notable music, Sunday on Soulsations

Sunday, June 14

Coming up on Soulsations, we hear new gospel music from Gladys Knight. The legendary singer who turned 71 last month has recorded an inspirational tune with old school R&B flavor.  The 7-time Grammy Award-winner just purchased a school that she and her husband William McDowell are renovating into a community center.  Knight recently told Billboard magazine that they're passionate about making a difference in young people’s lives. 

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Riverfest is in full swing in downtown Wichita with musical acts, funnel cakes and fireworks. Festival-goers can also get a demonstration Thursday of the Wichita Public Library’s Book-A-Librarian program. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

The free Book-A-Librarian program was developed to meet the growing needs of customers. Cindy Bailey, Technology Training Manager at Wichita’s Central Library, says it’s a personalized way to learn about e-books, computers and digital devices.

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Sunday, June 7

Chart-topping gospel artist Marvin Sapp has a new album out titled You Shall Live. In a recent MLive interview, Sapp says his new album's message is about affirmation and declaration. He says the title You Shall Live is a declaration that "even though we go through many challenges in life and want to quit, it's not really an option."