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 Hesston Shootings, 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 two Edward R. Murrow regional awards for her reporting including a 2015 award for her story on Shockers Men's Basketball: A Candid Look. Carla also won a 1st place Kansas Association of Broadcasting award in 2015  for her story on Bipolar Disorder and 2nd place for DJ Personality Aircheck for Soulsations.  Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments.

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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The annual Wichita Employment Forecast has been released by the Center for Economic Development and Research at WSU. Non-farm employment is expected to increase by nearly 2500 jobs next year.

Director Jeremy Hill says the forecast for the Wichita area will grow by .8 percent, which is a little bit slow in growth from last year.

In less than a month, four domestic violence homicides occurred in Wichita, two of which were murder-suicides. StepStone, a two-year transitional housing program for survivors, was awarded a $25,000 grant to help end domestic violence.

Program director Dung Kimble says the grant will be used to facilitate three national speakers as well as implement local training for law enforcement.

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The Wichita Public Library Foundation has received a $100,000 gift from John Hyde, grandson of a Wichitan who invented mentholatum ointment.

The funds will go towards the campaign to build Wichita’s new Advanced Learning Library.

John Hyde serves on the foundation's board of directors and is Professor Emeritus of History at Williams College in Massachusetts. Hyde says he believes in supporting a project that invests in the knowledge of the community and the preservation of its history.


The first U.S. presidential debate is on Monday night between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and her Republican rival Donald Trump. KMUW's Carla Eckels spoke with a Wichita debate coach about the matchup.

Jeff Jarman is interim director of the Elliott School of Communication, as well as the WSU debate coach. He says it will be fascinating to see how well each candidate can stick to their expectations.

Jarman says a lot of what the debates reveal is the character of the candidates, and he says we watch them to see if they can be presidential.

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When the Smithsonian Institution opens the National Museum of African American History and Culture this Saturday, Sept. 24, in Washington, D.C., the celebration will reach beyond the nation's capital to Bethel College in North Newton.

The Kansas Corporation Commission will hold a public hearing Monday about a rate hike requested by the Kansas Gas Service.

The KCC is seeking input from the public regarding an application from the Kansas Gas Service to increase it’s utility rates. Linda Berry, KCC Public Affairs Director, says the gas company is requesting a $ 28 million rate increase.

"The average monthly bill for residential customers would increase about $4.34-per-month, and that’s an increase of about 7.4 percent," Berry says.

Sunday, September 25

Sunday on Soulsations hear one of the most beloved and consistently popular vocal groups, The Whispers. The Hall of Fame Vocal Group still remains a favorite on tour after 50 years of singing and recording award-winning music.

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Dozens of people attended a political forum at Wichita’s Tabernacle Bible Church on Sunday that featured candidates for state Legislature.

Candidates weighed in on various issues such education, job growth, Medicaid expansion and the state's public employee pension system, KPERS. Former teacher J. Michelle Vann, a Democrat running for Kansas Senate District 31, told the crowd it's important to fully fund the state's education system.

"If we don’t invest in our children, if we don’t invest in our public education, we will pay in the penal system," she said.

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An early voting flyer will be mailed Monday to all active registered voters in Sedgwick County who are not already on the list to receive an advance ballot.

Voters will receive information about the option to vote early before the general election on Nov. 8. Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandy Gritz says in order to receive an advance-by-mail ballot, voters need to fill out and return the pre-filled application and provide:

Sunday, September 18

This Sunday on Soulsations hear the soulful sounds of four-time Grammy award winning R&B songstress, Regina Belle. The veteran singer, known for Disney hits including “A Whole New World” with Peabo Bryson, released a new album this year called The Day Life Began. Belle will perform at the Hartman Arena October 16th as part of the “Festival of Praise Tour”.