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.

Ways To Connect

The Kansas Volunteer Commission is offering mini-grants to support the September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance.

The goal of the mini-grants is to provide a way for people to remember and pay tribute to the 9/11 victims, and honor those who rose in service in response to the attacks.

Sunday, August 2

Hear new urban contemporary gospel music from Anthony Brown and group therAPy this week on Soulsations. The Stellar Award-winning ensemble released what critics are calling a 'spectacular' single this past April. According to Brown, the chart-topping song "Worth" is all about love, and it recently reached #1 in Billboard's Hot Gospel Songs and Gospel Digital Songs charts.

Watch a performance of "Worth" below:

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Kansas taxpayers who owe personal or business back taxes accrued before December 2013 have the opportunity to clear their debt without having to pay interest and penalties on the amount owed.

The Tax Amnesty Program applies to income, estate, sales, liquor and other taxes. Kansas Department of Revenue spokesperson Jeannine Koranda says taxpayers must have an approved application and pay the debt between September 1 and October 15.

Sunday, July 26

Tonight on Soulsations, hear brand new inspirational gospel music from award winning producer/songwriter Derrick “Doc” Pearson. He has composed, recorded and produced chart-topping songs for such R&B artists as The O’Jays and The Whispers.  

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This piece originally aired July 20, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A former Wichita police chief and a long-time pastor will receive special awards tonight as part of the Real Men, Real Heroes annual recognition banquet.

Real Men, Real Heroes is an organization that provides positive role models for African-American boys. More than half of black children in America live without a father in the home.

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This piece originally aired July 15, 2015, during All Things Considered.

A peaceful vigil to remember the nine church members gunned down in South Carolina and to promote gun safety will be held in Wichita’s Old Town Friday.

The Rising for Charleston vigil will take place one month after the massacre where nine African Americans were murdered in a South Carolina African Methodist Episcopal church. Victims will be honored with the ringing of a bell and the recitation of their names.

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An earlier version of this piece originally aired July 14, 2015, during All Things Considered.

The fate of several of Wichita's swimming pools will be decided with the help of local residents.

The city will decide how to spend $18 million on its aquatics plan over the next decade. The money comes from its Capital Improvement Program fund.

R&B From A Family Band

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Sunday, July 19

This week on Soulsations, tune in for music from The Sylvers.  The much loved 70s band made up of 9 siblings produced popular R&B sounds with chart-topping hits, such as the "Freestyle" featured in the video above, plus "Boogie Fever" and "Hotline."

Plus, hear new contemporary gospel music from Detroit-based duo 21:03. Watch their official music video for "Brand New Day" below:

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It’s been eight months since Sheinelle Jones joined the weekend team at the "Today" show. The news anchor recently traveled back to her hometown of Wichita--on her first weekend off from the network-- to speak at the Alpha Kappa Alpha 80th anniversary banquet. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Jones about her journalistic beginnings, which lead to her high-profile life at NBC in New York.

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a public health warning about the presence of blue-green algae in five lakes including one in Sedgwick County.

High levels of toxic blue-green algae have been detected in Chisholm Creek Park Lake in Sedgwick County.

KDHE Spokesperson Ashton Rucker says the lakes remain open, but caution is advised.

"Even other things, like fishing and boating, can be safe," Rucker says. "We just want to be sure that if you come in contact with the water you’re cleaning yourself with clean water as soon as possible."