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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Music
11:29 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Soulsations Sunday features new music from jazz funk band Afro Elements

Sunday, July 13

Hear new music by Afro Elements.  The jazz funk band's sophomore project, Out of the Centre, features a large brass section and two new vocalists. The album also features as it’s special guest musician Barry Finnerty, the former guitarist for many legendary artists, including The Crusaders.

Web extra: Preview Afro Elements' new album Out of the Centre with the featured video.

Community
5:00 am
Thu June 26, 2014

Wichita Fire Dept. Unveils New Fire Engine Fleet, New Firefighters

Acting Lieutenant, Michael Ring, Firefighter, John Haltrup, Josh Roberts, Jermiah Toothaker, Captain Mark Jordon, Firefighter Clint Goode stand by new fire engine at Wichita Fire Department Station 10.
Credit Carla Eckels

The Wichita Fire Department unveiled nine new fire engines and a new ladder truck -- replacing part of an aging fleet. The department also has hired 17 new firefighters. KMUW's Carla Eckels has more...

Fire Marshal Brad Crisp says the new equipment will help improve service and enhance safety. He says the new engines look slightly different.

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Community
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Wichita Public Library To Celebrate The Life Of Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou as a teacher at Wichita State University
Credit Courtesy of WSU Special Collections

  The Wichita Public Library will celebrate the life and legacy of poet and author Maya Angelou Friday at the library branch named in her honor.

Dr. Angelou died May 28th.

She was a strong proponent of education and was a champion of public libraries. She attended the opening of the city’s Maya Angelou Northeast Branch Library in December of 1996.

Maya Angelou also taught classes at Wichita State University in March of 1974. Sonia Faust is a regular visitor to the Angelou library and has read her books. She says Dr. Angelou was a hero within your reach.

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Education
12:04 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

KBOR Approves 5 Percent Tuition Hike For WSU

The Kansas Board of Regents is raising tuition and fees at state universities this fall, which includes Wichita State University. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports...

The resident undergraduate rate for tuition and fees ranges from a 2.5 percent increase at Fort Hays State University to a 5.7 percent increase at Kansas State University-Salina.

The increases will provide almost 29 million dollars in additional revenues for the universities in the system.

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Health
6:24 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Seniors With Alzheimer's Benefit From iPod Therapy

Linsey Norton, Program Director for Central and Western chapter of the Kansas Alzheimer’s Association, adjusts headphones on Kristi Wilson while her husband Barrick Wilson looks on.
Credit Carla Eckels

One of the most heartbreaking things for families who have a loved one with Alzheimer’s is that there are very few ways for them to communicate. The Roth Project: Music Memories has partnered with the local Alzheimer's Association in an effort to help families connect with those living with the disease through a new iPod Therapy Program. A Wichita woman living with Alzheimer’s has experienced a bit of a breakthrough through therapy with music.

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Music
10:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

The return of the S.O.S. Band on Soulsations Sunday

The S.O.S. Band returns with "Just Get Ready"

Sunday June 15, 2014

Sunday on Soulsations hear funky music from the S.O.S. Band. This American R&B and electro-funk group rose to popularity in the 1980s, and are known for their first hit single "Take Your Time (Do It Right)."

The group also worked with the phenomenal duo, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis in the 80s.  Jam & Lewis have more number ones than any other songwriting and production team in history.  The S.O.S. Band is currently working on a 2014 release.

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Arts
5:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Renaissance Woman: Wichitans Reflect On The Life Of Maya Angelou

Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelou and Wichitans Emilyn and Dr. George Rogers.
Credit Courtesy photo

A private funeral service was held Saturday, June 7, 2014, in North Carolina for famed poet, author and activist Maya Angelou. She died at her Winston-Salem home on May 28 at age 86. KMUW's Carla Eckels remembers Angelous's time as a distinguished professor at Wichita State University.

Hear excerpts of Angelou's speech during the 1973 WSU Forum Board Lecture Series and more by clicking the audio story above.

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Music
3:14 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Soulsations Sunday honors Luther Vandross

Luther Vandross remembered on Soulsations
Credit Platon Official Photo

Sunday June 8, 2014

Sunday on Soulsations, hear songs from the unforgettable voice of Luther Vandross.  The music master was honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on June 3, 2014.  Vandross is ranked 54 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Singers of All Time and was included as one of NPR's 50 Great Voices in 2010.

Web extra: Luther Vandross performs "A House Is Not A Home" live at the NAACP Image Awards in 1988.

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