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
2:12 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: New Contemporary Gospel Music From The Walls Group

Sunday, September 7:

This week on Soulsations, we'll hear selections from The Walls Group's new album Fast Forward. This contemporary gospel group from Houston, Texas is made up of four of eight Walls siblings: Darrel, Rhea, Paco and Ahjah. The brothers and sisters bring a youthful, fun approach to gospel, which can be heard on their popular single "Perfect People."

Community
4:38 pm
Mon September 1, 2014

Wichita Officials Participate In 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley and former Police Chief Norman Williams participate in the 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival Parade
Credit Carla Eckels

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer, Wichita Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley, and former Police Chief Norman Williams participated in the 46th Annual Wichita Black Arts Festival Parade Saturday, August 30.  

The festival at McAdams Park, featured vendors, food and music throughout the Labor Day Weekend.  

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Music
9:06 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Soulsations Sunday: Motown Legend Smokey Robinson Releases Duets Album

Smokey and Friends, the latest duets album from Smokey Robinson
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, August 31:

Hear music from Motown legend Smokey Robinson. The acclaimed singer-songwriter has a new release out called Smokey & Friends.  The duets album features songs with Ledisi, John Legend, Elton John and James Taylor.  Once pronounced by Bob Dylan as America’s “greatest living poet”, the acclaimed singer-songwriter’s career spans over 4 decades of hits.  He's been inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

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Health
12:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Health & Wellness Coalition Of Wichita Announces Working Well Awards

KMUW Assistant News Director Carla Eckels emceed the 10th annual Working Well Award ceremony Tuesday morning, August 26th, at the Hyatt in Wichita.
Credit Missty Luchner

The Working Well Award recognizes outstanding employers in Sedgwick County who demonstrate extraordinary success in worksite wellness. Awards are given to applicants who provide a supportive and healthy environment for their employees to make positive healthy lifestyle changes.

The 2014 award winners are listed in bold and italics:

Small Employer Category (100 or less):

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Government
11:00 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Ability To Text Emergency To 9-1-1 Coming By Year's End

Josie Robledo has been a dispatcher for Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 call center for nearly 3 years.
Credit Carla Eckels

By the end of the year, cell phone users will have the ability to text their message to the Sedgwick County Emergency Communications 9-1-1 Call Center in Wichita--and operators will be able to text back. The Federal Communications Commission requires cell phone carriers to provide this capability for call centers nationwide by the end of the year. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has the story…

Operator: "Sedgwick County 911. What city is your emergency?"
"OK, how may I help you sir?"
"OK, what is the address where we need to come?"

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Music
4:17 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Vocalist Al Jarreau Celebrates Friend And Legendary Composer George Duke With New Album

Al Jarreau's My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke
Credit Album Cover Art

Sunday, August 24:

Hear the new release from famed vocalist Al Jarreau, My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke. The album features music brought to life by legendary keyboardist and composer George Duke who passed away August 6, 2013.  Jarreau and Duke were long-time friends who started performing together in San Francisco, California in the mid 60s.  Jarreau assembled an all-star tribute album featuring Lalah Hathaway, Diane Reeves, Boney James, Jeffery Osborne, Kelly Price and Gerald Albright. 

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Music
3:53 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Scottish Funk And R&B From Average White Band On Soulsations Sunday

19-disk box set from Average White Band

Sunday, August 17:

Hear music from Average White Band's All the Pieces: The Complete Studio Recordings 1971 - 2003. The new release features the Scottish funk and R&B band’s entire catalogue of recorded material on a 19-disk box set, which includes all of the band's original studio albums. 

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Community
5:00 am
Wed August 13, 2014

WSU Professor Presents Research On Racial Profiling

Wichita State University Professor, Michael Birzer, with his book, "Racial Profiling: They Stopped Me Because I'm _________"
Credit Carla Eckels

Wichita State University Professor Michael Birzer traveled throughout Kansas researching the effects of how minority citizens experience racial profiling in the state. His research became a book titled Racial Profiling—They Stopped Me Because I’m ______. He's participating in the Civil Rights Symposium Aug. 13, 2014 at WSU. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

This research was commissioned by the Governor’s Taskforce on racial profiling. For the complete interview, click on the audio link above. Following, Dr. Birzer shares one of the case studies with Carla Eckels.

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Community
3:31 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

City Officials Celebrate 13th Street Improvements

City officials celebrate the completion of the improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver during a ribbon cutting on Friday.
Credit Carla Eckels

City officials took part in a ribbon cutting event on Friday to celebrate improvements along 13th Street in northeast Wichita.

    

With scissors in hand, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer and other leaders cut the red ribbon in front of the widened street near 13th and Roosevelt. The project includes arterial street improvements on 13th Street between Hydraulic and Oliver. The work was done in District 1, represented by Councilwoman Lavonta Williams.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gallup Poll Shows Kansas Saw Significant Increase of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas saw a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year, while states expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines.

Kansas, which has not expanded its Medicaid program through the health care law saw the adult uninsured rate rise from 12 percent last year to nearly 18 percent during the first half of this year. It's the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the nation according to data collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

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