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 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, Reuben Eckels and they have two children.

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An official report shows enrollment at Wichita State University has dipped this semester.

The report from the Kansas Board of Regents shows 14,495 students are enrolled at Wichita State for the fall, a decrease of about 500 students, or 3.4 percent, compared to last year.

Tony Vizzini, WSU Provost and Senior Vice President says enrollment will always be a priority.


Today, the Boys and Girls Club of South Central Kansas celebrate 25 years of service to children in the Wichita Community.

The Boys and Girls Club offers after-school and summer programs focused on science and technology, art and physical education, plus homework help for nearly 200 students a day. Chief Professional Officer Juston White says the club emphasizes three things.

Sunday, September 27

New uplifting music from Kim Burrell this week on Soulsations.  The powerhouse gospel singer and Houston pastor just released her sixth album, A Different Place.  Burrell will be featured in the Festival of Praise Tour 2015 on October 1st at Hartman Arena in Park City (north of Wichita) along with Grammy/Stellar award-winners Hezekiah Walker, Donnie McClurkin and Fred Hammond.


Pope Francis is scheduled to ride in a papal parade this Saturday prior to the Festival of Families celebration in Philadelphia. Some Wichita Catholics have traveled to the East Coast to see the pope.

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Recommendations will be presented to the Wichita Transit Advisory Board tomorrow about restructuring bus fares.

Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade says the base bus fare of $1.75 will remain, but options will be simplified.

"What’s being suggested now is that we do a cash fare of $1.75 and then we do a day pass, a weekly pass and a monthly pass and keep it simple," Spade says. "The other thing that we are doing is offering pretty substantial discounts on our passes."

Sunday, September 20

Hear new music from arranger/producer Brandon Williams.  The  Detroit-based, Grammy nominated musician has recorded with the legendary Stevie Wonder, as well as worked with gospel artist Vicki Winans and R&B artist Lalah Hathaway. Williams, who has toured internationally says "I want people to know I am a ‘real’ producer…I’m striving to be among the people that bring good music back to the world.  Real good, feel good, life–altering, soul healing music is what I’m about."

Members of the legal community are expected to receive a proclamation on Tuesday during the Wichita City Council meeting. The Wichita Bar Association is celebrating 100 years of existence.

The Wichita Bar Association currently has more than 1,300 members consisting of judges and lawyers practicing in the Wichita area and throughout Kansas. President Holly Dyer says the organization takes their duty to serve the public very seriously.

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September marks National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. It’s the most common cancer in men in America, and is a leading cause of cancer death in men. A prostate cancer support group will meet Monday at a Wichita hospital to discuss the latest information on the disease.

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Passengers are encouraged to book holiday travel early this year.

Wichita State Professor and co-author of the annual Airline Quality Rating Dean Headley says travel has been steady all year, and demand is expected to remain strong throughout Thanksgiving and Christmas. He says an influx of passengers and the possibility of bad weather should always be factored into holiday travel plans.

"You can make it easier for yourself by early arrivals or better planning or don’t carry so much stuff on board with you, you can ease the stress," he said at a presentation Thursday.

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A well-respected Wichita horticulturalist died over the weekend.

69-year old Greg McHenry, owner of Hillside Nursery,  died unexpectedly Saturday. The landscaper was responsible for projects throughout Wichita including Exploration Place, the Downing Gorilla Forest at the Sedgwick County Zoo and the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

McHenry was also a big fan of KMUW. For one day of our spring pledge drive, he offered to plant trees in the city for pledges made to the station.