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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The Libertarian Party in Kansas is gearing up for their convention next week in Wichita to select a candidate to run in the special 4th Congressional District election. The seat was vacated recently after Republican Mike Pompeo was confirmed as the new CIA director of the CIA.

The convention will take place Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Wichita Public Library's Alford Branch, and will be open to any registered Libertarian in the 4th District.

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Wichita's Via Christi Hospital St. Joseph is under construction.

St. Joseph is undergoing a $50 million renovation plan. The hospital, located in southeast Wichita, is converting its medical-surgical units to private patient rooms on the 5th, 6th and 7th floors.

This follows the renovation of their New Life Center, which now has large private delivery rooms.

Laurie Labarca, the hospital's president, says the plan also includes location changes for some of the mental health services.

If U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas is confirmed as the next CIA director, several steps will have to play out to name his successor.

Gov. Sam Brownback would have five days to call for a special election to replace the Republican congressman. That election would have to be held 75 to 90 days after he proclamation is issued. That's a change from previous state law, which required special elections to be held within 60 days.

Sunday, January 22

Hear fan favorite love songs from Anita Baker.  The soulful songstress reportedly took to twitter last week writing about her retirement.

“Lotta rumours out there. No Tour. No CD. #Retired#BeachBum#ThankUJesus.”

Baker added, “Jan 26th will celebrate my 59th BDay (lord willing) retirement was 1 of many goals/dreams #SuchaBlessing.”

“I still love 2 write & record music… its part of my DNA. But, im on a different road. #BeachBum.”

We’ll share some of her award-winning music Sunday at 6 pm on Soulsations

On Monday, the Greater Wichita Ministerial League will host a celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ministerial League President Rev. Roosevelt DeShazer says Dr. King stood for justice for all.

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Sunday, January 15

Sunday on Soulsations Gospel singers Darwin Hobbs and Karen Clark Sheard sing a tribute song to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  It's featured on the HBO movie soundtrack Boycott.  The slain civil rights leader would have been 88 today, January 15th.  We’ll also feature the sounds of Honey In The Rock, The Isley Brothers and The Staple Singers.  Find out more about MLK events this holiday weekend at kmuw.org.

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The National Weather Service says there’s the potential of a winter ice storm across much of Kansas starting Friday night and into the weekend.

Meteorologist Vanessa Pearce says to expect some freezing rain which could turn into ice, especially on elevated surfaces.

"The ice accumulations could be a quarter to a half of an inch on those elevated surfaces, especially tree limbs, power lines, overpasses and bridges, as well as some of the surface objects, streets, sidewalks and parking lots, depending on what the temperatures ends up being," Pearce says.

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U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo of Wichita is the subject of a Senate hearing scheduled for Thursday. The three-term congressman is looking to be confirmed as the next CIA director.

Pompeo, who represents Kansas’ 4th Congressional District, was nominated by President-elect Donald Trump in November to head the agency. The CIA director reports to the director of National Intelligence.

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A hearing was held at the Statehouse Tuesday on a proposed bill that would change the timing of a special election to be held in the event of a vacancy in the 4th Congressional District. Now, the Sedgwick County Election Office is anticipating the next steps.

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Clergy, lawmakers, law enforcement, schools and community members will gather at the Kansas Statehouse on Thursday to acknowledge the work of a non-violent civil rights leader.

The governor’s annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will feature keynote speaker Dr. Anthony Moore.

Moore is a former chief diversity officer who currently serves as an adjunct professor and Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Education in the Raytown School District.

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