Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels is Assistant News Director at KMUW.  She's has 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.


12:45 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

'Vinyl Daze' On Soulsations Sunday

R&B songstress Rhonda Thomas

Sunday March 8

Brand new music from captivating jazz and R&B artist, Rhonda Thomas.  The talented songstress was a featured soloist and background singer for music legend Issac Hayes. Her new recording on Atlanta Records is called Vinyl Daze. Also hear selections from nine-time Grammy nominee Ledisi Young.

Web Special: Here is Ledisi  performing her popular single "I Blame You" live from the 2013 Black Girls Rock! show. 

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4:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Primary Voter Turnout Light, But Determined

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Voter turnout in Wichita has been light Tuesday as predicted. Still, some determined voters made it to the polls. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports...


There were a few in the early hours Tuesday, but the largest number of voters--nearly 150--took advantage of the lunch hour to vote at the Wichita State Metroplex. Poll staff hope the numbers will increase after work.

Charlene Chapman says she took part in community forums with mayoral candidates which she says made her decision easy. She says it’s important to vote.

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4:51 pm
Thu February 26, 2015

ESPN College GameDay Comes To Wichita State

ESPN College GameDay features, from left, analysts Jay Williams, Seth Greenberg, Jay Bilas and Rece Davis. The show will air live from Koch Arena on ESPN networks beginning at 10am.

Shocker fans are gearing up to fill Wichita State’s Koch Arena as part of ESPN’s basketball show called “College GameDay."

The sports network is bringing their cameras to WSU to broadcast live on Saturday morning beginning at 10am. 

KMUW’s Carla Eckels speaks with WSU Athletic Director Eric Sexton about the significance of the event…

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10:48 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Urban Mystic's Positive Tune

Sunday March 1

Hear new hip hop/soul music from singer-songwriter Brandon Williams, better known as Urban Mystic. His new uplifting two-stepping  record “Feel Good” is an energetic danceable tune infused with positive lyrics.

Web Special: Here is Urban Mystic's encouraging single "Feel Good." Listen for it on Soulsations Sunday. 

4:55 pm
Wed February 25, 2015

Advance Voting For Local Primary Begins

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Starting at noon on Thursday, advance voting sites in Wichita will be open. Ballots cast in the primary will help narrow the field for city and school board positions. Election officials say they hope to see an uptick in voter turnout. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

According to Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandra Gritz, the 2011 primary -- the last primary in Wichita that included a mayoral vote -- resulted in just under 8 percent voter turnout. The 2013 primary had even fewer people casting ballots.

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Crime and Courts
3:46 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Sedgwick Co. Sheriffs Extra Vigilant Near Schools

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Starting Monday, Sedgwick County Sheriffs will be extra vigilant when patrolling near schools. It’s part of an effort to remind Kansas teens to buckle up. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office will join other law enforcement agencies across the state to promote the importance of youth wearing seat belts while in a vehicle. Sgt. Lloyd Brownlee says 34 teenagers died last year due to car crashes in Kansas.

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3:45 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Youth Celebrate Lunar New Year

Members of the Tri Pho Lion dance team celebrate the 2015 Lunar New Year
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Wearing bright red and yellow lion dance costumes, members of the Tri Pho Lion dance team welcome in the 2015 Lunar New Year Friday by performing in front, a Vietnamese-owned business in Wichita.

Organizer Jennifer Tran says the group performs around certain restaurants or stores including Nails Express near 21st and Woodlawn, to bring businesses good luck for the New Year.

“We scare away bad spirits from last year," says Tran, "and welcome in new and positive spirits.”

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3:08 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

'WOW' Worthy Gospel on Soulsations Sunday

Grammy Award winner Israel Houghton

Sunday, February 22

Hear uplifting music from the new WOW Gospel 2015 release including Anita Wilson, Israel Houghton, and New Breed Africa. 

4:59 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

Selma March Presentation in Wichita

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Retired Wichita educator and former Howard University Museum archivist Denise Nickens Randle will speak about the Selma Civil Rights March Wednesday at The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

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11:39 am
Fri February 13, 2015

A Soulful Celebration Of Love

Sunday, February 15

Sunday on Soulsations hear R&B and gospel music centered around love to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend.