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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Wichita City Council
8:42 am
Wed August 8, 2012

Hyatt Revenue Factored Into Wichita City Budget

The City of Wichita anticipates a quarter million dollars in projected hotel cash flow from the city-owned downtown Hyatt as part of the proposed 2013-14 budget.

Wichita City Manager Bob Layton gave an overview of the proposed budget as part of a formal public hearing during Tuesday’s city council meeting.  Layton told council members one issue that helped shape the budget has to do with the Hyatt.

“This budget anticipates for the first time, a revenue flow to the city from the Hyatt operations,” said Layton.

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Aviation
7:11 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Airbus Holds Summit, Vows To Double Investments

European airplane maker Airbus Monday announced plans to double investments in the US at the first Air Capital Supplier Summit in Wichita.

Senator Jerry Moran and Airbus Americas Chairman Allan McArtor hosted the event.

Moran says the partnership between Airbus and Kansas suppliers is aimed at growing the aviation industry in the state through more contracts with the France-based aircraft maker.

Airbus has an engineering center here in Wichita with more than 350 employees, making the Wichita facility the company’s largest engineering center outside of Europe.

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Election 2012
6:18 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Candidates In 8th District BOE Race Discuss NCLB, Evolution

Half of the Kansas Board of Education’s 10 seats are on the ballot in this year’s elections.  The August 7 primary will most likely settle the race in Wichita’s 8th district. Both Republican candidates say they’re ready to serve.

At a recent forum in Wichita, 70 year old incumbent, Walt Chappell, explained why he’s running for a second 4-year term on the state school board. Chappell told the crowd it’s important to provide relevant education to every child.

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Election 2012
6:18 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Advance Voting Begins Thursday

Advance voting begins Thursday at 15 satellite sites in Sedgwick County including The Center for Health and Wellness, Bel Aire City Building and the Sedgwick County Zoo. 

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says voters can take advantage of the opportunity before the August 7 Primary.

“Voters can start going to any of our satellite sites today beginning at noon and those will be open until Saturday at 4pm and the voters just need to make sure to bring their government issued voter ID,” says Lehman.

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Election 2012
6:22 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Candidate Forum To Take Place Sunday At Wichita State

With the August 7 primary approaching, voters will have the opportunity to hear from some of the candidates.

The Wichita Voter Empowerment 2012 Committee will sponsor a Community Candidates Forum at a church near Wichita State this Sunday.

Candidates running for office on the National, State and Local level have confirmed their attendance at the forum.

Several candidates will participate in a question and answer period after their platform presentations.  A meet the candidate reception will follow. 

Downtown Development
5:55 am
Thu July 26, 2012

Ground Broken On ‘Block 1’ Downtown

A digital representation of the completed 'Block 1'.
Press courtesy photo

A ground breaking event was held Wednesday to build new headquarters for the Kansas Leadership Center and Kansas Health Foundation Conference center in downtown Wichita. 

The 3-story building will feature a 200-seat town hall meeting space, offices and classrooms and an unfinished 3rd floor for future expansion. 

KLC’s Ed O’Malley says the building is designed as a flexible, functional space that contributes to developing more engaged leaders in healthier communities. 

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Wichitan Spotlight
8:41 am
Fri July 20, 2012

Wichita Auctioneer Hopes To Win International Competition

Carla Eckels

Meet Megan McCurdy.

“Here we go ladies and gentlemen! What do you want to give?”

The 29-year old auctioneer conducts a recent charity auction at Wichita’s Botanica Gardens.

(Auctioneer chanting.)

Megan will compete Friday in the 2012 International Auctioneer Championship in Spokane, Washington.  It’s not her first time though, she was named first runner up in the final round of vigorous competition last year.

“Well, it’s intense. I will say that,” says McCurdy.

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Wichita City Council
6:00 am
Wed June 27, 2012

Wichita To Eliminate Jobs, Increase Fees To Balance Budget

City of Wichita Budget Manager, Mark Manning, explains updated proposed budget.
Carla Eckels

An update of the proposed 2013-2014 budget was presented to Wichita City council members Tuesday.  The plan includes eliminating 37 positions to help balance the budget.

The 37 jobs slated to be cut include 19 vacant positions in the Office of Central Inspection, and 10 in engineering.  Also, eight police positions will be eliminated including seven grant-funded police officers plus another police position, a civilian working in parking enforcement.

City Manager Robert Layton says the plan is to move these workers into other positions.

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Voting
6:00 am
Fri June 22, 2012

‘Souls To The Polls’ Seeks To Increase Voter Turnout

Rev. Eric Williams of the Greater Wichita Ministerial League talks to ministers and volunteers about increasing voter turnout in Wichita.
Carla Eckels

Ministers and representatives from churches across Wichita met with staff from the Sedgwick County voter registration office Thursday as part of an initiative called ‘Souls to the Polls’. 

The goal of the initiative is to get more people out to vote. 

Ministers and volunteers discussed ways to increase voter turnout and decrease apathy by some citizens who may think their vote isn’t important. 

Rev. Eric Williams is the Business Administrator for the Greater Wichita Ministerial League.

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Wichita State University
8:48 am
Fri June 15, 2012

WSU Holds Farewell Reception For The Beggs

Don and Shirley Beggs enjoying their farewell party
Carla Eckels

A farewell reception for Wichita State University President and First Lady, Don and Shirley Beggs was held Thursday on campus.

A room in Koch Arena was filled with well-wishers, faculty and staff wearing black and gold, the Wu Shock, cheerleaders, all wanting to express their appreciation for the Beggs.

For 13 and a half years, the couple tirelessly supported WSU.

Bobby Gandu was a student during their tenure and is now WSU’s Director of Admissions. He says the Beggs are going out with style, grace and a lot of respect and pride for the institution.

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