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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Public television station KPTS/Channel 8 in Wichita has announced a new president and chief executive officer.

Victor Hogstrom has extensive experience in public and commercial media dating back to the 1970s. His work includes a term as president and CEO/general manager for KCPT in Kansas City, as well as for stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Chico-Redding, California. He holds several degrees from Brigham Young University.

If the name "Rose Royce" doesn't ring a bell, the band's biggest hit certainly will: Since hitting the charts in 1976, "Car Wash" is still, even today, one of the most recognizable songs.

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Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build gets underway on Friday. It’s is an annual event in which women build a house for a family.

Construction gets underway near 12th and Green in Wichita's A. Price Woodard neighborhood with a wall-raising ceremony. This will be the 13th home built by women for the organization.

Spokeswoman Kathy Lefler says women don’t need to have any construction skills or experience; they’ll learn everything they need on site.

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More than 50,000 Kansans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Wandering, walking away from home, with no apparent direction or destination, can be a significant safety issue. Six out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s are known to wander. Last month, a man who lives in Wichita was found nearly 20 miles away in Rose Hill.

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Some residents in Mulvane are seeking assistance from the American Red Cross after flood waters rose quickly in the area over the weekend.

Dozens of residents have contacted the Red Cross at a service center in Mulvane. Executive director Michelle Jantz says people came into the center talking about how they didn’t expect the flood to move so rapidly.

"You know, they’re just talking about their homes, and the damage that they're seeing, and the personal belongings that are destroyed," she says.

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St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in Wichita, began 141 years ago. The anniversary coincides with this year’s bicentennial incorporation of the AME Church worldwide.

Wichita was founded in 1870; St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 5 years later, by a handful of African-Americans. The church was established in a house, then in downtown Wichita, and for the last 60 years at the corner of 17th and Piatt.


Kansas lawmakers will take part in a candidate roundtable during DemoFest 2016 on Friday.

Democratic Sen. Oletha Faust-Goudeau will spearhead the roundtable discussion along with state Reps. Jim Ward and Brandon Whipple, who won their recent primary elections unopposed.

Faust-Goudeau says they will offer helpful tips to candidates who will be on the November ballot. She says one tip for candidates is to meet with voters and hear their concerns.

Sunday, August 14

Old school music will take center stage at the Grub & Groove festival coming to Wichita, August 27th.  Hear music from some of the featured artists on this weekend's Soulsations including the popular 70's funk group The Zapp Band. 

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Canvassing results were finalized Tuesday at the Sedgwick County Election Office in downtown Wichita. Voter turnout for the Aug. 2 primary election was 17 percent.

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The Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers will finalize results from the Aug. 2 primary on Tuesday. The delay came after more than 200 provisional ballots were still being hand-counted on Monday afternoon. More than 1300 provisional ballots were cast, and about half were rejected.