Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 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 the internet Grown Folk Jamz.  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, Rev. Reuben Eckels and they are co-founders of New Day Christian Church. They have two children. Carla serves at New Day along side her husband, Reuben and co-pastor Rev., Dr. Cynthia Wolford.

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Politics
4:23 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Wichitans Turn Out For 2014 Primary Elections

Martha Gates votes in primary at Grace Presbyterian Church.
Credit Carla Eckels

Polling sites in Wichita are still open for the Primary Election. KMUW’s Carla Eckels visited a polling place on Tuesday, August 5.

Shawn McCloskey has worked the polls at Wichita's Grace Presbyterian Church for 14 years. He says Tuesday’s turnout has been great.

"Steady crowd. We’ve had a three hour period of masses coming through, but we’ve had smooth voting. More than 500 currently," he says. 

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Music
10:45 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: Tasha Page-Lockhart, Winner Of BET's Sunday Best

Here Right Now is the new album from Tasha Page-Lockhart
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, August 10:

Hear music from Tasha Page-Lockhart; the Detroit-based singer is the winner of BET's gospel music competition "Sunday Best." Page-Lockhart achieved victory over the 15,000 people who auditioned. Overcoming homelessness and drug use several years ago, the talented vocalist takes nothing for granted. Page-Lockhart is signed to gospel icon Kirk Franklin's label, Fo Yo Soul. She's currently touring the country promoting her new album Here Right Now.

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Primary Voters: Bring An I.D. And Vote Along Party Lines

Voters take advantage of the last day (Monday) for advance voting at the Sedgwick County Election Office. Regular polling locations are open today (Tuesday) from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Credit Carla Eckels

The primary election is underway in Sedgwick County. Polls open at 6:00 a.m. Residents will be able to cast their ballots along the two major party lines.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says voters who already belong to a political party must vote that party. She says residents who are unaffiliated can go to the polls and declare at that time.

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Government
3:11 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Nearly 4,000 Sedgwick County Residents Are Incomplete Voter Registrants

The primary election will be held on Tuesday and nearly 4,000 Sedgwick County residents are still considered incomplete registrants. People who filled out registration forms and have not provided proof of citizenship need to send in a copy of a birth certificate, passport or other document in order to vote. 

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Education
6:17 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Regular Enrollment For Wichita Public Schools Ends Thursday Evening

Crystal Engram assists Phung Vuong and Steven Ngo with enrollment at Wichita High School East.
Credit Hugo Phan

Nearly 22 thousand Wichita Public School students have been enrolled so far online, before school starts in August. Schools are also open for in person enrollment through Thursday night.

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Music
12:15 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: New Album From R&B Singer/Songwriter Kem

Sunday, August 3:

This Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from R&B singer/songwriter Kem and his latest single "It's You."  The Motown artist will release his much anticipated fourth album Promise To Love later this month. 

Web Extra: Watch the official lyric video of Kem's "It's You."  

Community
5:00 am
Fri July 25, 2014

UPDATE: Wichita Teen 'Makes A Wish' To Swim With The Sharks

Craig Lehman realizes his dream to swim with sharks, thanks to Make A Wish Kansas.
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    SCROLL DOWN to see how close Craig got to this shark!

An update from Craig Lehman, after he completed his swim on Friday, July 25:

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Community
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

More Than 80,000 Calls to 9-1-1 Last Year Were Misdials

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More than 80,000 misdialed calls were made to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 last year. Public Safety Officials have launched a campaign to help educate callers and reduce the number of accidental calls coming into the center.

Nearly 600,000 calls poured into the 9-1-1 call center in downtown Wichita last year. The calls were from people reporting medical emergencies, accidents, fires, and crime. 9-1-1 deputy director Elora Randleas says 1 in 7 of those calls were cell phone misdials. 

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Community
6:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

More Families Seeking Shelter at YWCA Wichita's Women's Crisis Center

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The YWCA Wichita Women's Crisis Center's emergency shelter continues to operate at maximum capacity.  Hundreds of domestic violence victims seeking shelter were turned away last year due to lack of space.

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