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
Thu March 19, 2015

'Filling The Gap' Helps Provide Meals To Children In Need

Mother Erika Gonzalez and her children Vere, Ray and Aaron.
Credit Carla Eckels

Filling the Gap Lunches for Kids program is underway in Wichita. It's an effort by Partners for Wichita to feed children during Spring Break. Volunteers distribute nearly 5,000 meals at 16 locations. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

So far this week, nearly 100 children-a-day have gone through the line at Wichita’s Evergreen Park. Erika Gonzalez brought her daughter and sons to pick up brown bag lunches plus oranges and bananas.

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12:19 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

New Gospel From Erica Campbell Of Mary Mary, Riverfest 2015 Headliner

Erica Campbell of the gospel duo Mary Mary

Sunday, March 22

Listen for new inspirational music from Erica Campbell of the popular gospel sister duo Mary Mary. We'll hear from the Help 2.0 album on Soulsations, including her new single "More Love." This new release is a reboot of her Grammy and Dove award-winning 2014 album Help

Erica Campbell is one of the concert headliners at the 2015 Wichita Riverfest. Campbell will close out Monday night's Gospelfest on June 1st.

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4:13 pm
Mon March 16, 2015

Wichita Independent Neighborhoods Hosts Mayoral Forum Tonight

Jeff Longwell and Sam Williams

Wichita Independent Neighborhoods (WIN), an advocacy organization for neighbors and neighborhoods in the city, will host a mayoral forum on Monday night in downtown Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

WIN Representative Janet Wilson says the forum will feature both candidates running for Wichita mayor, Jeff Longwell and Sam Williams.

According to Wilson, WIN's forum will concentrate on the mayoral candidates so that people can be informed before they got to the polls.

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10:26 am
Thu March 12, 2015

Rhythm & Blues By Donny Hathaway On Soulsations Sunday

R&B vocalist and musician Donny Hathaway

Sunday March 15

Sunday on Soulsations, live music from R&B vocalist/musician Donny Hathaway.  He is mostly known for his duets with his Howard University classmate Roberta Flack. He also worked as a producer/composer for Aretha Franklin, Jerry Butler, and the Staple Singers.  Hear soulful music from his 1972 release Donny Hathaway Live.

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5:49 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

Youth Symposium In Wichita Saturday

A Youth Symposium for middle and high school teens gets underway in Wichita on Saturday. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The event, in its 7th year in Wichita, is part of a national effort by Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, to focus on education and empowering youth. Organizer Conni Mansaw says a variety of topics will be discussed including college preparation and even swimming techniques.

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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

Credit Carla Eckels

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

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

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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