Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels is Interim News Director at KMUW.  She's been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 21 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.

Ways to Connect

Sunday, September 10

Sunday on Soulsations- An encore program featuring the innovative musical expressions of Al Jarreau. His unique vocal style is considered one of the world’s most precious gifts. The critically-acclaimed jazz/soul performer has won seven Grammy awards and scores of international music awards. Jarreau passed away in February of this year.

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A teacher in the Maize School District has won a national award for her work in the classroom.

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Wichita's largest annual job fair will take place on Thursday at Intrust Bank Arena.

The Get Hired Job Fair will connect employers from across Kansas with veterans, military and general job seekers.

Angie Duntz with the Wichita Work Force Alliance says up to 70 employers will be there.

“There will be companies hiring from manufacturing to hourly jobs," Duntz says. "A couple of health care industries will be there, as well as Wichita Public Schools.”

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Water rescue teams from Kansas who were deployed to Texas to help with flood recovery efforts are back home.

The firefighters, law enforcement and first responders from agencies across the state helped clear more than 1500 structures and provided 50 evacuations during the deployment.

The coordinator from the State Fire Marshal’s Office says the crews also provided basic life support and medical care, while supporting helicopter and urban search and rescue efforts.

The crews left last Wednesday and returned on Tuesday morning.

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Four Kansas swift-water rescue teams and their boats are in Texas to help with flood evacuations in response to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Nearly 61 rescue team members were sent from across the state including the Kansas Fire Marshal's Office, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism and the Sedgwick County, Hutchinson and Newton Fire Departments.

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A Wichita pastor who formerly spent 27 years in Houston will lead an effort with other churches to assist those ravaged by Tropical Storm Harvey.

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A small four-year private college in Winfield, south of Wichita, has experienced record enrollment this fall.

Southwestern College has enrolled 272 new students, more than half of the total student body.

College spokeswoman Kadee Riggs-Johnson says the school, which has an overall enrollment of about 500, attributes the growth to robust recruiting, and possibly, a newly added baseball program.

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Retired Wichita Fire Chief Larry Garcia died on Tuesday morning. He was 81 years old. Chief Garcia was the longest serving city of Wichita employee, working in the department for nearly 50 years. Recently retired Fire Chief Larry Blackwell remembers Chief Garcia as a leader and a mentor.

"Very compassionate and caring and, in fact, one of the last things he said to the department was 'Never get tired of doing good,' and with that, he completed his retirement ceremony and went out the door," Blackwell says. "It's been 10 years since he retired but we think about him every day."

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Kansas Red Cross disaster relief workers are in the Houston area to help with flood recovery efforts. Several other volunteers are on standby for possible deployment.

The Red Cross is providing shelter, meals and comfort to people impacted by the catastrophic flooding in Texas. The South Central and Southeast Red Cross chapter sent four emergency response vehicles and about two dozen volunteers.

Executive director Jennifer Sanders says more than 30 shelters are open in the Houston area.

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About 385,000 people in Kansas are struggling with hunger. Wichita State University's Ceramics Guild is hosting an event that gives people a chance to create their own ceramic bowl and help fight hunger in this community at the same time.