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 20 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. 

In April 2016, Wichita State University presented Carla with the exclusive honor of the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award, The Carlisle Award is presented to an unclassified professional who models the standard of extraordinary service exhibited by the late Wayne Carlisle.

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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Revenue for online shopping at Goodwill has doubled in the last three years. There is interest for a variety of items, including collectibles.

Vintage dolls, porcelain dishes, Star Wars items and Sylvania Blue Dot Flash Cubes are listed on the website. Goodwill’s Molly Fox says nearly 1800 pieces from Wichita are online daily.

Sedgwick County

A Georgia man pleaded guilty on Thursday to federal charges that he was part of an e-mail spoofing scheme that cost Sedgwick County more than half a million dollars.

Forty-nine-year-old George James pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. James admitted that Sedgwick County sent about $566,000 to his Wells Fargo bank account in Georgia last October.

James denied that the fraud scheme was his idea. He said that he was contacted by a person identified in court records as A.H., who asked to deposit some money into James’ account at Wells Fargo.

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As temperatures rise this week parents are taking their children to splash pads in Wichita to cool off.

Illinoisian Liz Dunning is visiting relatives in Wichita. She says she and her two-year-old son Everett came to the nearby Riverside Park's splash pad for one reason: It’s hot.

She says the water playground is a good way to beat the heat and cool off. Plus it’s free.

“We have one up by us, but it’s not as good," she says. "It's always under maintenance or something wrong with it so.”

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Sunday, July 9

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The Fourth of July brings celebrations and fireworks, which can be frightening to dogs and cats. But there are ways to help our pets cope.

While fireworks are going off outdoors, Emily Griffin, spokeswoman for the Kansas Humane Society, says it's best to keep your pets indoors.

Sunday, July 2

Sunday on Soulsations, hear an encore program of engaging music from one of the most successful bands in America. Earth, Wind & Fire, along with CHIC featuring Nile Rogers, will be on tour this summer beginning July 12th, in Oakland, CA. 

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The railroad underpass on Douglas Avenue near Union Station will be transformed Friday night into a pop-up gallery with bright lights, music and art. It’s part of an effort to improve the walkable connection between Old Town and downtown Wichita.

The collaborative project supported by the Wichita Community Foundation will include up-and-coming artists of color. Thomas Dalton, cofounder of the North End Urban Arts Festival, says graffiti artist Sam Agoita will paint on a huge panel, and DJ CLEME will perform amidst colorful LED lights under the bridge.

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The Kansas Department of Revenue released tax tables on Tuesday that designate how much income employers should withhold from employee paychecks. The policy is the result of the tax increase that was recently passed by state lawmakers.

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Wichita Public Schools plans to keep its doors open this summer while it awaits the Kansas Supreme Court's ruling on a new school funding plan.

Sunday, June 25

Sunday on Soulsations hear “Rock Steady” a 1971 funky soul gem from Aretha Franklin.  The Queen of Soul recently took part in an inaugural Detroit Music Weekend festival with a street naming and a tribute concert as well as her own free headline show in downtown Detroit. The 75 year-old Franklin is working on a new album with Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Lionel Richie that she hopes to have out by January 2018.