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.


5:00 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Holiday Rush For A Tasteful Bouquet

Fruit Bouquet Company owner Marsha Fitzpatrick designs a bouquet for Valentine's Day
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It’s been an extremely busy week heading into Valentine’s Day on Saturday for the Fruit Bouquet Company in College Hill--the only business of its kind in Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Fruit arrangers are working around the clock creating bouquets and filling heart-shaped boxes with tasty treats.

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5:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Arts Council Shifts Mayoral Candidate Forum Location

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The Arts Council is moving next week’s mayoral candidate forum to a larger location inside Century II to accommodate a bigger audience. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

All ten mayoral candidates in Wichita have been invited to participate in the forum. Leaders from the Arts Council and other arts organizations are expected to ask the candidates questions about city government’s role in supporting the arts and implementing a comprehensive cultural plan.

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5:00 am
Thu February 5, 2015

Kansas Agencies Push Lawmakers To Protect Sexual Assault Victims

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The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center is among 29 agencies across Kansas pushing for lawmakers to close a loophole that restricts protection for victims across the state. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

A bill introduced by Representative Gail Finney of Wichita would add protection orders for sexual assault victims into the existing Protection from Abuse Act and the Protection from Stalking Act.

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5:00 am
Fri January 30, 2015

Ride Into History With Amelia Earhart

Historian Ann Birney discusses the fate of Amelia Earhart with St. Mary's Catholic School students
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Famed aviator Amelia Earhart will come to life through a performance on Saturday at Bethel College in North Newton. Historian and scholar Ann Birney will portray Earhart in celebration of Kansas Day. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Amelia Earhart was a native of Atchison, Kansas. She was the first woman pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic, and over the Pacific. She flew non-stop across the U.S. faster than any other woman. 

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3:16 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

A Mix Of New Favorites And Classics On Soulsations

Sunday, February 1

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5:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Brownback Vows To Sign Legislation Banning Abortion Procedure

Gov. Brownback at a March For Life rally.
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Gov. Brownback has promised to sign legislation which would ban a procedure used to terminate hundreds of pregnancies in Kansas every year. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Brownback made his pledge during a Statehouse rally on Thursday which drew hundreds of abortion opponents.

Kansans for Life sponsored the event that marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion across the country.

The latest proposal targets a method that would prohibit dismemberment of the fetus when doing a dilation and extraction abortion technique.  

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3:30 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Soulsations Sunday Features New Gospel Jazz From Ben Tankard

Sunday, January 25

Hear new gospel jazz music from award-winning keyboardist and producer Ben Tankard on Soulsations Sunday.   His new release,  Full Tank 2.0,  will be released on February 10 and features R&B and gospel artist Shirley Murdock and jazz artist Kirk Whalum.

Web extra: Here is Ben Tankard's video for the single "Reach Out and Touch" featuring Kirk Whalum.

10:26 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Remembering Andrae Crouch

The Father of Modern Gospel Music, Andrae Crouch, will be remembered in a service Wednesday. Crouch died of a heart attack earlier this month.

Music fans from across the globe are pouring into a Los Angeles church Wednesday to say farewell to gospel legend, Andrae Crouch. The 72-year-old musician and singer died on January 8th from a heart attack. The 7-time Grammy award-winner was known as the Father of Modern Gospel Music. KMUW’s Carla Eckels brings us this remembrance…

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2:58 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Atlanta Songstress Avery*Sunshine On Soulsation Sunday

Atlanta gospel and R&B artist Avery*Sunshine

Sunday, January 18

Listen for music from soul singer, songwriter and classically trained pianist Avery*Sunshine. Rooted in gospel, the Atlanta songstress sings music that articulates the complexities of life with insight.

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