Carla Eckels

Reporter, Music Host

Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 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 the internet Grown Folk Jamz.  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 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 an Edward R. Murrow regional award for her reporting on Alzheimer’s. Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments. She was the emcee for the 2010, 2011 A Tribute to Trail Blazers Gala for the Kansas African American Museum and the 2011 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

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, Rev. Reuben Eckels and they are co-founders of New Day Christian Church. They have two children. Carla serves at New Day along side her husband, Reuben and co-pastor Rev., Dr. Cynthia Wolford.


11:17 am
Thu January 2, 2014

Soulsations' Top 10: Best of 2013

1. Grace and Mercy -- Jonathan Butler

2. I Blame You -- Ledisi

3. Jesus -- Kem ft. Patti Labelle and Ronald Isley

4. Oye Como Va -- Natalie Cole ft. Arthur Hanlon

5. My Promise -- Earth, Wind & Fire

6. Where is the Love? -- Phil Perry ft. Chante Moore

7. Happy -- Pharrell Williams

8. Just Do You -- India Arie

9. Musik -- Eric Benet

10. We Worship You -- Fred Hammond-United Tenors

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1:18 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

Soulsations Listens Back To The Top Soul And Gospel Releases Of 2013

Sunday on Soulsations, we'll listen back to the Soulsations' top soul and gospel releases of 2013, including Jonathan Butler, Ledisi and Earth Wind & Fire.

5:00 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Wichita Community Kwanzaa Celebration

The basic instructional CD, Kwanzaa, What it is and How to Celebrate it by Tasleem Muqtasid is available at Wichita’s Roseline’s International Enterprise and the Kansas African American Museum.
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The 10th annual Kwanzaa: Unity Celebration will be held on December 26 in north Wichita. Participants will celebrate family, community and culture.

Kwanzaa, which means first fruit in Swahili, is a week-long observance that highlights African and African-American heritage and culture. Founded in the 1960’s, Kwanzaa is celebrated annually from December 26 through January 1.

Storyteller Tasleem Mutasid says everyone can learn at the community enrichment event.

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1:22 pm
Tue December 17, 2013

Mayor Carl Brewer Proclaims Karla Burns Week

Wichitan, Broadway Star Karla Burns receives a proclamation from Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer for her acclaimed work in the performing arts.
Credit Carla Eckels

Broadway star and Wichita native Karla Burns received a proclamation Tuesday during a Wichita City Council meeting.  Mayor Carl Brewer declared December the 17 through the 24 as Karla Burns Week.

Burns is a 1978 graduate of Wichita State University.

She is known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice which won her an Olivier Award in London and a Tony nomination for her portrayal  of "Queenie" in the revival of Show Boat on Broadway. 

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10:29 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Jonathan Butler's First Holiday Album Featured On This Week's Soulsations

Hear new music from South African guitarist Jonathan Butler. It's his first holiday album.  Plus "Hallelujah!"  a 1992 song Handel's Messiah: A Soulful Celebration with various R&B, jazz and gospel artists, conducted by Quincy Jones.  And Christmas music from Bootsy Collins, KEM, The Temptations and Donald Lawrence and the Tri City Singers.

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3:08 pm
Mon December 9, 2013

Karla Burns And Earnest Alexander Featured This Week On Soulsations

Hear Christmas duets from Wichita's own, Tony-nominated Karla Burns and tenor Earnest Alexander. The Broadway singer/actress  is set to receive a proclamation from the city of Wichita announcing Karla Burns Week during a city council meeting on December 17th.  Plus, new music from legendary songstress Gladys Knight. Another Journey is her first album in six years. 

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8:16 am
Tue December 3, 2013

What's On: December 8

Soulful Christmas music from Luther Vandross, Bryan Wilson and Gladys Knight and the Pips and a remix of a Jackson 5 classic.

3:47 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

What's On: December 1

Hear music from Wichita gospel group, the Dennis Family. For decades, the nine brothers and sisters have hosted a much anticipated free Christmas concert singing various gospel and Christmas music with great harmony and joy. The Dennis Family 30th Annual Christmas Concert, Rejoice!, will be held on Sunday, December 1st at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church at 6 pm.  

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8:51 am
Tue November 19, 2013

What's On: November 24

Hear brand new music from the holiday movie soundtrack, Black Nativity. Raphael Saadiq is the executive music producer. The cast of the film includes Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Jennifer Hudson and more. The movie, in theaters November 27, is based on Langston Hughes' celebrated play, Thanksgiving. 

Here's an interview with Saadiq discussing the music behind the film:

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5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

ACT ICT Gathers Input From Community Groups To Help Plan Wichita's Future

City planner John Schlegel facilitated this community event to help gather input from residents on how to improve the city.
Credit Carla Eckels

City leaders are looking for a wide range of community groups to participate in the final phase of ACT ICT, a year-long community engagement process that will help determine priorities for Wichita’s future.

Nearly a dozen of Wichita's Uptown Neighborhood Association members gathered in the basement of College Hill United Methodist Church to share their ideas.

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