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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The fourth Regional Mayors Summit will be held in Derby on Wednesday. As KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports, mayors from a 10-county region are expected to share ideas about how to stimulate the economy in south-central Kansas.

Mayors from Wichita, Derby, Mount Hope and Goddard are coordinating the summit, which is expected to attract close to 30 mayors from across south-central Kansas.

Sunday, November 27

Sunday on Soulsations we wrap up this month with our featured artist Earth, Wind & Fire! A book has recently been released entitled My Life With Earth, Wind & Fire by founder Maurice White. It tells the story about the late Grammy award-winner and the legendary soul/pop/funk band's rise to fame. 

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The cooks are in their kitchens preparing food for a tasty Thanksgiving meal with turkey and all the trimmings.

For nearly 30 years, local vegan expert Diane Waltner has left turkey off her menu. She's the organizer of the Vegetarian and Animal Rights Meetup groups in Wichita.

Recently, Waltner welcomed KMUW’s Carla Eckels into her kitchen where she was gathering items to prepare a popular vegan side dish.

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Community leaders will join the Wichita Griots for a special night of storytelling Saturday.

The event is called Tellabration, which is a global effort to build community support for storytelling.

Founder Jean Pouncil-Burton says a great lineup is planned, including stories from the principal of Holy Savior Catholic Academy and Urban Prep Academy, as well as the pastor of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita.

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There continues to be an improvement in the area of using inclusive language when referring to people with disabilities. It's something that experts want to build on.

Shawn Walters is the service manager for the Independent Living Resource Center in Wichita, which helps people with various disabilities: mental, physical or developmental. He says it's important to learn what language a person prefers when describing their disability.

Sunday, November 20

Sunday on Soulsations hear Pharrell Williams with a new single from the movie soundtrack “Hidden Figures".  The movie scheduled to be released in January 2017, showcases a team of African-American women who provide NASA with mathematical information to launch the first successful space missions. 

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Local activist and educator Claudia Amaro says people in Wichita's Latino community have concerns with the Trump administration being in power next year.

After last week's presidential election, Amaro says she is hearing from the community. She says kids have talked about being bullied at schools, parents are wondering whether to rethink buying a home here, and that there's more talk about a wall being built along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sunday, November 13

Sunday on Soulsations, an hour full of Earth, Wind & Fire music. Percussionist and vocalist Ralph Johnson is one of the original members of the legendary band. Johnson says he’s been told that Earth, Wind & Fire music is being played every one minute and 38 seconds somewhere on the planet. Hear their music that spans generations and see Earth, Wind & Fire perform along with the 70s band Chicago as part of the Heart & Soul Tour on Wednesday, November 16th at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita.

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Cities across the country are honoring veterans today with parades, memorials and free dinners. But many Americans may not know how the holiday came about: Its roots are in Emporia, Kansas.

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Two native Wichitans are running for Sedgwick County sheriff.

Jefrey Weinman is a retired Wichita police officer who served 19-and-a-half years on the force. He has been volunteering with outreach agencies and helping former inmates in recent years.

Weinman says his plan includes bringing in a faith-based panel to assist the sheriff's office and "show the community when they stand with us that everything is being done to bring accountability, to bring truthfulness, fairness and justice to everything that goes on in the sheriff’s office."

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