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.


Gospel/ R&B
5:47 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Sunday, May 4: Soulsations features hit '70s group the Dramatics

Vocal sextet the Dramatics, comprised of Rob Davis, Ron Banks, Larry Reed, Robert Ellington, Larry (Squirrel) Demps and Elbert Wilkens.
Credit Best of the Dramatics album cover art

Sunday, May 4: We've got music from the Dramatics on Soulsations tonight. The soul group, known for such hits as "Whatcha See is Whatcha Get" and "In the Rain" was inducted into the R&B Music Hall of Fame in Cleveland in 2013. Stax Records also recently released The Dramatics Greatest Slow Jams

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5:00 am
Tue April 29, 2014

WSU's Impulse Percussion Group And ARISE Choir Team-Up To Present 'New Jerusalem'

ARISE Choir Director Shawn Chastain and WSU Percussion and Jazz Drums Professor Jerry Scholl.
Credit Carla Eckels

Wichita State’s Impulse Percussion Group and Wichita’s ARISE choir will be performing a world premiere composition written specifically for them.

The performance will be on campus Tuesday night. Hear Carla Eckels’ full story below.

At a Saturday rehearsal in the basement of WSU’s Duerksen Fine Art’s Center, Jerry Scholl, WSU’s Professor of Percussion and Jazz Drums, is waving his baton while conducting a portion of "New Jerusalem."

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5:00 am
Thu April 24, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs Bill That Voids Local Gun Ordinances

Governor Brownback signed legislation on Wednesday that would nullify city and county gun restrictions in Kansas and ensuring that it’s legal statewide to openly carry firearms. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The bill would sweep away most local restrictions on open carry, though cities and counties could prevent people from doing so in public buildings. The National Rifle Association describes it as a model for stripping local officials of their gun-regulating power. Sedgwick County Commissioner Dave Unruh is concerned about the law taking away local control.

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Gospel/ R&B
1:45 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Soulsations features Earth Wind & Fire, whose lead singer recently released his memoirs

Philip Bailey's memoir
Credit Book Cover Art

April 27: Sunday on Soulsations, we have music from the 2014 version of The Essential Earth Wind & Fire. Lead singer, Phillip Bailey, recently released his new book  Shining Star: Braving the Elements of Earth Wind and Fire. Bailey writes about life behind the scenes of one of the most storied bands in music history.

Web extra: EWF perform "Shining Star" live on Midnight Special circa 1975

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1:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Coping With Oppositional Defiant Disorder

Social Worker Cynthia Holcomb helps "Mrs. Smith’s" son by teaching him coping skills.
Credit Carla Eckels

Oppositional defiant disorder, ODD is characterized as argumentative, hostile, defiant behavior, and is reported to affect up to 16 percent of young people. Sometimes ODD is one of several behavioral disorders that can cause problems at school and at home. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

Families who must live with ODD face a sensitive and often difficult path. Because of that we are not using actual names for this story.

“Mrs. Smith” lives in Sumner County. Several years ago, she married into a family which included a child who showed signs of having the disorder.

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Gospel/ R&B
1:28 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Soulsations this week: an Easter Sunday Gospel celebration

Chicago-based gospel group, Malcolm Williams & Great Faith

Easter Sunday, April 20: 

Tune in for a celebration of the Gospel, including Malcolm Williams & Great Faith with "The Blood Still Works!"

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Gospel/ R&B
1:25 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fan favorites from The Jacksons, Tamela Mann this week on Soulsations

The Jacksons: (left to right) Marlon, Tito, Jackie, Jermaine

Sunday April 13 on Soulsations:

Hear music from American music royalty, The Jacksons.  The brothers, Jackie, Jermaine, Tito and Marlon have been performing in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. They're expected to release a new album soon, their first since 1989.

The family act, unparalleled in pop culture history, began their ascension to stardom in 1969 as the Jackson 5. Brother and music icon, Michael, was the lead singer on their Motown debut single "I Want You Back," which sold 2-million copies in six weeks.

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Gospel/ R&B
3:04 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Soulsations this week: Christopher Williams' first release in over 10 years, Women in Soul on PBS

Christopher Williams' latest release, Sunday at 6 p.m.

Soulsations, Sunday, April 6: R&B singer-songwriter and actor Christopher Williams is back.

It’s been more than a decade since Williams’ last release Real Men Do.  The balladeer, who is the nephew of the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, returns with the soulful new single, Not Conditional.   Plus, new gospel music from Mary Mary songstress, Erica Campbell.

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Gospel / R&B
3:47 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

This week on Soulsations: The classic R&B duo of McFadden & Whitehead

The self-titled McFadden and Whitehead album featured the duo's best-selling single, 'Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now'.
Credit Single Cover Art

Sunday, March 30, 2014:

Hear music by Philadelphia soul duo McFadden & Whitehead. The artists, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, are most widely known for their 1979 signature song, "Ain't No Stopping Us Now." As writers, they wrote and produced The O'Jays' million-selling single, "Back Stabbers." The two are also creatively behind nearly all of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes' album Wake Up Everybody and penned that group's U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart No.1 single, "Bad Luck." 

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9:59 am
Tue March 18, 2014

Grammy Award Winning Gospel Singer/Songwriter Israel Houghton


Sunday, March 23:

Sunday on Soulsations, hear music from gospel singer/songwriter Israel Houghton.  The Grammy award winning artist is the worship leader at Lakewood Church  in Houston, Texas.  Lakewood Church is the largest congregation in the United States.