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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Sunday, July 10

Sunday on Soulsations, hear the gospel sounds of master worship leader, William McDowell. The Grammy and Dove awards nominee has spent years serving as music director for Ron Kenoly and is now the pastor of Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida.  He is most widely known for his chart topping single "I Give Myself Away."  McDowell will be in concert along with a mass choir of more than 20 Wichita-area churches at Century II in Wichita on Friday, July 15th at 6:00 pm as part of the United Methodist Church South Central Jurisdictional Conference. 

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The Kansas Corporation Commission(KCC) announced Monday that it will provide $350,000 in grant funds to help provide weatherization assistance to low-income Kansans.

The Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC) operates the Weatherization Assistance Program, which has helped nearly 600 households so far this year.

The KCC grant, funded by the Department of Energy, will help whittle down the waiting list.

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Special interest groups and some Republican delegates are actively pushing to unbind delegates for the upcoming convention so that they can vote freely for any candidate. One GOP leader in Wichita is not in favor of the move.

Kelly Arnold, chair of the Kansas Republican Party, serves on the committee that determines the rules at the Republican National Convention, which is being held in Cleveland later this month. Arnold says there's a push from people who aren't fully on board with presumptive nominee Donald Trump to vote for another candidate.

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A new report ranks Wichita as one of the top 10 safest cities for drivers in the U.S.

The report is offered as a safety reminder as millions take to the road this holiday weekend. Insurance experts say July 4th is the deadliest day of the year for drivers.

The "Allstate America’s Best Drivers" report measures vehicle collision frequency in the 200 largest cities in the country. The data shows the average driver in Wichita experiences an auto collision every 12.5 years, which is 20 percent less often than the national average of every 10 years.

Sunday July 3
This Sunday on Soulsations catch acclaimed a cappella group Naturally 7.  The talented septet, who use only their voices as instruments, are called the "Architects of Vocal Play".  Naturally 7 will open for Motown legend Diana Ross at the Hollywood Bowl mid July.

Check out their video Wall of Sound!

Sunday, June 26

This week on Soulsations we'll hear contemporary sounds from Dove and Stellar award-winning gospel duo,  Anointed.  Born in Columbus, Ohio in a family of nine, Da'dra Crawford Greathouse and her brother, Steve Crawford have sang from the time they could walk, first performing as part of the family group, The Crawford Singers.  The duo is known for pioneering a sound that crosses cultural boundaries.  The two currently serve on the worship team at Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, the largest congregation in America.  

Sunday, June 19

This Sunday on Soulsations we feature The Dazz Band, who have been inducted into the R&B Hall of Fame. They will perform at the WSU Metroplex on Saturday, June 25. Proceeds will go to the Real Men, Real Heroes organization which provides mentors to Wichita's youth. 

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The 2016 Juneteenth celebration culminates this Saturday at McAdams Park in Wichita.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration of the ending of slavery in the United States. On June 19, 1865, General Gordon Granger of the Union Army proclaimed the slaves of Texas free, two-and-a-half years after President Abraham Lincoln's emancipation of the slaves, which became official on January 1, 1863.

For the local observance of Juneteenth, organizer Djuan Wash says a host of events will take place.

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A quiet vigil to remember the victims of Sunday’s mass shooting in Orlando will take place downtown on Wednesday.

The Wichita Coalition Against Gun Violence will host a vigil to reflect on the 49 victims who lost their lives, as well as for those who were injured. The shootings occurred early Sunday morning at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. Police killed the gunman.

Rev. Michael Poage, the vigil's organizer, says that the local community can come together after the tragic event.

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A Bernie Sanders supporter in Wichita is still holding out hope for her candidate to somehow be nominated at the National Democratic Convention in July, but if not, she plans to vigorously help to secure local wins for Democrats. Republicans are also seeking committed volunteers to help invigorate their campaigns.

Die-hard Sanders supporter Carri New is a delegate being sent to the National Democratic Convention in July. She says if Bernie Sanders concedes, she will turn most of her attention to Kansas races.

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