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 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.

She’s 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 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, March 20

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Kansas is holding a statewide tornado drill today as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that for most of Kansas, the drill will take place at 6:30 p.m. this evening.

Sunday, March 13

This week on Soulsations we'll feature brand new gospel music from Grammy award-winning artist, Hezekiah Walker.  The choir director and singer/songwriter has produced an uplifting single called “Better”.  It’s from his 15th studio album set to be released this summer. 

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The Kansas House has approved a measure today that would prohibit minors from using tanning devices such as sun lamps and tanning beds.

Representatives voted 77 to 44 in favor of the bill. Salon owners could be fined up to $250 and incur disciplinary action for allowing people under 18 to use tanning devices.

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Wichita Public Schools is reviewing options to balance the budget for fiscal year 2016-17.

The $427 million operating budget was balanced last year by not having any salary increases, reduced staff through attrition, and the use of $3 million in the contingency reserve.

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Thousands of Kansans participated in caucuses Saturday. Both the Democratic and Republican parties were pleased and surprised at the significant numbers.

Kerry Gooch, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, says the response at the 47 caucus sites across Kansas was larger than expected.

"We had over 40,000 Democrats come out and participate in our caucus, which was about 7,000 more than we had in 2008," he says. "So a lot of people came out to participate and we are really excited about that."

Abigail Wilson

On Feb. 25, the city of Hesston suffered a terrible tragedy. An employee of Excel Industries shot and killed three people at work and wounded another 14. He was stopped by the Hesston police chief, who shot and killed him. Now the healing must start. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this sound portrait.

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Republicans are projecting 5,000 attendees at their caucus in downtown Wichita Saturday. Democratic caucuses will also get underway Saturday, including on Wichita State's campus and in Andover.

Dalton Glasscock, state chair of the College Republicans, says all Republicans who registered before Feb. 4 are invited to attend the 10 a.m. caucus.

Sunday, March 6

Sunday on Soulsations hear the soulful sounds of phenomenal vocalist, Chaka Khan. The “I’m Every Woman” singer has enjoyed a career that spans four decades.  The Grammy Award-winning songstress turns 63 on March 23rd. 

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A prayer service was held in Hesston yesterday in memory of those who lost their lives in a shooting rampage Thursday that left three dead and 14 injured. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports the gunman's family was not left out.