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 20 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. 

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.

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, December 18

Sunday on Soulsations, we introduce a new Christmas song by Wichita artist, Roy Moye III, affectionately called "the singing engineer." Also Angie Stone & Boney James share a soulful jazzy rendition of "Merry Christmas Baby." Plus, Christmas music from two longtime Wichita talents, Broadway star Karla Burns and baritone Earnest Alexander.  

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Karla Burns is a native Wichitan and a Broadway star. She recently received an honorary doctorate from Wichita State University. Baritone Earnest Alexander sang with the Friends University Singing Quakers. He’s known for his annual benefit concerts in Wichita to help underprivileged children.

They both have sung all over the world and given concerts at Carnegie Hall.

Before producing their Christmas CD, A Christmas Celebration, Karla says she and Earnest had never sung together.

“But people told me, 'You need to do that,'" Karla says.

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The Kansas Democratic Party is hearing from those who may be interested in running for the 4th District Congressional seat if Republican incumbent Mike Pompeo is confirmed to become the next CIA director.

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Two Wichita State University alumni will receive awards this Sunday. Operatic mezzo-soprano and actress Karla Burns will receive an honorary doctorate, and opera star Samuel Ramey will receive the president’s award at WSU's fall commencement.

Karla Burns' numerous accomplishments range from her work on Broadway to winning an Olivier Award – the British equivalent of Broadway's Tony Award. Burns was inducted into Wichita State's Fine Arts Hall of Fame earlier this year.

Sunday, December 11

This week we'll hear joyful Christmas music and conversation from Broadway star Karla Burns and baritone extraordinaire Earnest Alexander. The two talk about collaborating on their holiday release, “A Christmas Celebration.”

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Former Republican Congressman Todd Tiahrt is among several people who have expressed interest in replacing U.S. congressional Rep. Mike Pompeo, who has been appointed as the next CIA director in the Trump administration, pending Senate approval.

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Gov. Sam Brownback has named Kansas' top revenue official to an economic advisory post and replaced him with a retired executive of a Wichita marketing and advertising agency.

Brownback announced on Monday that former state lawmaker Nick Jordan has been appointed to lead the governor's Economic Advisory Council with the Kansas Department of Commerce.  Jordan has been the state's revenue secretary since Brownback took office in 2011.

 

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Brown v. Board of Education is the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that ended legal segregation in the public school system. That was in 1954. Now a mural commemorating the case will be painted inside the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka.

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On Tuesday, Inter-Faith Ministries in Wichita will host an exhibit opening that presents posters from the Smithsonian Institute’s new National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as local artwork.

Garland Egerton, executive director for Inter-Faith Ministries, says the event will be a great way to learn about the new museum in Washington and will include posters about the roots of jazz and the Alvin Alley Dancers.

Sunday, December 4

Hear Christmas music all month long on Soulsations including the signature sounds of Luther Vandross and Whitney Houston plus Micah Stampley and Sherri Jones-Moffett. We’ll also feature a special rendition of “Little Drummer Boy” from Donald Lawrence and the Tri-City Singers. 

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