Carla Eckels

Director of Cultural Diversity, news & engagement | 'Soulsations' Music Host

Carla Eckels is Interim News Director at KMUW.  She's been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 21 years. Carla also produces a R&B and gospel show Soulsations, Sunday nights at 6 on KMUW.  She also hosted 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. 

In April 2016, Wichita State University presented Carla with the exclusive honor of the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award, The Carlisle Award is presented to an unclassified professional who models the standard of extraordinary service exhibited by the late Wayne Carlisle.

Carla has reported on national news stories such as the Hesston Shootings, 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.

Aileen LeBlanc and Carla Eckels have been awarded a prestigious national 2017 Edward R. Murrow Award for their news feature looking at the return of ant-abortion demonstrations to Wichita. Eckels is the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow regional awards for her reporting including a 2015 award for her story on Shockers Men's Basketball: A Candid Look. Carla also won a Public Service Announcement, 2nd place: “A Wichita Basketball Coach Overcomes Depression” in 2017 and a 1st place Kansas Association of Broadcasting award in 2015  for her story on Bipolar Disorder and 2nd place for DJ Personality Aircheck for Soulsations.  Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments.

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, November 12

Hear a brand new release from singer/songwriter, Ted Winn. He’s known for his popular tunes as half of the award winning duo Ted & Shari. The latest solo release from the popular gospel artist is called “Stand In Awe.”

Nearly 200 storytellers, musicians, and African culture scholars will be in Wichita this week as part of the National Association of Black Storytellers Festival and Conference.


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Early voting in Sedgwick County wrapped up at noon on Monday at the Election Office in downtown Wichita.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the number of people who voted on the Monday before Election Day has increased over the past few years.

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Historical documents, audio interviews and artifacts will be on display at Wichita State University's Ablah Library on Sunday as part of the Wichita African American Business History Project.

Between 2011 and 2014, WSU professor Robert Weems recorded dozens of interviews and collected historical artifacts to tell the story of a cross-section of prominent black business owners in Wichita. Weems says black businesses were an integral part of the black community.

Sunday, November 5

We remember Keith Wilder, the founder of 70s funk band, Heatwave.  The R&B singer, mostly known as the lead vocalist on their platinum-selling song “Always and Forever”, died on October 29th. He was 65 years old. 

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The USD 259 listening sessions continue on Thursday.

Thursday night's listening session will take place at Chester Lewis Academic Learning Center, which houses the Wichita Adult Learning Center as well as several other alternative learning programs. Teacher Cindy McGilvery says she's glad for the chance to show what these programs do.

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The Wichita Board of Education and United Teachers of Wichita have reached a tentative agreement for the 2017-18 school year.

The agreement includes a 3.95 percent base salary increase, with one salary step for all teachers who are eligible to advance, and an additional salary step for those teachers who are behind on the step schedule.

Longevity payments for veteran teachers will be unfrozen, and the district will return to the 190-day calendar and shorter school days.

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It’s been three months since country music legend Glen Campbell died. He was 81 years old. His wife, Kim Campbell, will be in Mulvane on Wednesday and Thursday to talk about the effects of Alzheimer’s and supporting caregivers.

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Grandparents and their grandchildren are part of the focus of a statewide literacy event in Wichita on Saturday.

The Grandparents Brownbag Lunch is part of the Kansas Children's Literacy Conference and Festival. Prisca Barnes, with Story Time Village, says the event will feature a reading from a classic children's book called "The Napping House."

She says children under the age of 8 are learning to read, and after the age of 8, they are reading to learn.

Special Collections & University Archives at Pittsburg State University

It's been nearly a decade since Wichita State University acquired the 100-box collection of famed photographer, writer and director Gordon Parks.

His son David Parks visited KMUW last week and says he's pleased that researchers are delving into his dad's work.

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