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 Sedgwick County Board of Canvassers will finalize results from the Aug. 2 primary on Tuesday. The delay came after more than 200 provisional ballots were still being hand-counted on Monday afternoon. More than 1300 provisional ballots were cast, and about half were rejected.

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A Douglas County official says enough signatures have been gathered on Thursday to allow a grand jury to criminally investigate Secretary of State Kris Kobach's handling of Kansas' online voter registration system.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew says that the petition has more than the required number of verified signatures.

The petition seeks an investigation into whether Secretary Kobach's office committed election fraud and voter suppression by deleting registration data.

Sunday, August 6

Flutist Darnell White creates a new single in honor of ‘70s soul music icon, Marvin Gaye. White, who has written and composed music for the legendary Barry White, partners with veteran R&B vocalist Chuckii Booker for the tribute.

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Sixty-three polling sites were open in Sedgwick County for Tuesday’s Primary Election, and unofficial results have been posted. Provisional ballots are now being researched, and the Board of Canvassers will certify those results next week.

The Board of Canvassers is made up of Sedgwick County commissioners, who will decide which votes will count. The county attorney attends and the election commissioner presents the ballots. Chief Deputy Election Commissioner for Sedgwick County Sandra Gritz says the provisional ballots, sealed in envelopes, are grouped by provisional reason.

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Political experts aren't surprised by last night's primary election in Kansas. They say the results show voters might be frustrated with the state's fiscal policies and expect change.

Wichita State Professor and Political Analyst Jeff Jarman says Kansans have grown tired of dealing with some of the policies that come out of the statehouse in Topeka.

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Polls opened at 6 this morning in Sedgwick County for the primary election.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says 7 polling places have moved since the last election. Notifications were sent out in June to about 26,000 people affected by the changes, but she recommends all voters check their polling place.

The last day to change party affiliations was June 1.

Sunday, July 31

Tonight we'll hear old school music from a band from the Bahamas! The Beginning of the End with the 1971 groove, Funky Nassau! Also we wrap up Guitar Month with the sounds of Jonathan Butler.

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For the second time in two years, a major ratings agency downgraded Kansas' credit rating Tuesday because of the state's budget problems.

From the AP:  

S&P Global Ratings dropped its rating for Kansas to "AA-," from AA, three months after putting the state on a negative credit watch. S&P also dropped the state's credit rating in August 2014.

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Dozens of people attended a primary political forum at St. Paul AME Church Sunday night. The event was supported by the Voter Empowerment Committee, which is made up of churches, civic groups and other organizations.

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Several candidates took part in a primary political forum on Sunday at Wichita's St. Paul AME Church. The event was sponsored by 18 churches and organizations called The Voter Empowerment Committee.

The forum included Republicans and Democrats running for judicial office, Sedgwick County Commission, U.S. Congress and seats in the Kansas Legislature.

Moderate Republican Roger Elliott is running for State Representative in District 87, which covers parts of east Wichita. Elliott is a former Andover School Board member and a retired banker.