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 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, Reuben Eckels and they have two children.

Ways To Connect

Sunday March 1

Hear new hip hop/soul music from singer-songwriter Brandon Williams, better known as Urban Mystic. His new uplifting two-stepping  record “Feel Good” is an energetic danceable tune infused with positive lyrics.

Web Special: Here is Urban Mystic's encouraging single "Feel Good." Listen for it on Soulsations Sunday. 

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Starting at noon on Thursday, advance voting sites in Wichita will be open. Ballots cast in the primary will help narrow the field for city and school board positions. Election officials say they hope to see an uptick in voter turnout. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

According to Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandra Gritz, the 2011 primary -- the last primary in Wichita that included a mayoral vote -- resulted in just under 8 percent voter turnout. The 2013 primary had even fewer people casting ballots.

Starting Monday, Sedgwick County Sheriffs will be extra vigilant when patrolling near schools. It’s part of an effort to remind Kansas teens to buckle up. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office will join other law enforcement agencies across the state to promote the importance of youth wearing seat belts while in a vehicle. Sgt. Lloyd Brownlee says 34 teenagers died last year due to car crashes in Kansas.

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Wearing bright red and yellow lion dance costumes, members of the Tri Pho Lion dance team welcome in the 2015 Lunar New Year Friday by performing in front, a Vietnamese-owned business in Wichita.

Organizer Jennifer Tran says the group performs around certain restaurants or stores including Nails Express near 21st and Woodlawn, to bring businesses good luck for the New Year.

“We scare away bad spirits from last year," says Tran, "and welcome in new and positive spirits.”

Sunday, February 22

Hear uplifting music from the new WOW Gospel 2015 release including Anita Wilson, Israel Houghton, and New Breed Africa. 

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Retired Wichita educator and former Howard University Museum archivist Denise Nickens Randle will speak about the Selma Civil Rights March Wednesday at The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Sunday, February 15

Sunday on Soulsations hear R&B and gospel music centered around love to celebrate Valentine’s Day weekend. 

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It’s been an extremely busy week heading into Valentine’s Day on Saturday for the Fruit Bouquet Company in College Hill--the only business of its kind in Wichita. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Fruit arrangers are working around the clock creating bouquets and filling heart-shaped boxes with tasty treats.

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The Arts Council is moving next week’s mayoral candidate forum to a larger location inside Century II to accommodate a bigger audience. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

All ten mayoral candidates in Wichita have been invited to participate in the forum. Leaders from the Arts Council and other arts organizations are expected to ask the candidates questions about city government’s role in supporting the arts and implementing a comprehensive cultural plan.

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The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center is among 29 agencies across Kansas pushing for lawmakers to close a loophole that restricts protection for victims across the state. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

A bill introduced by Representative Gail Finney of Wichita would add protection orders for sexual assault victims into the existing Protection from Abuse Act and the Protection from Stalking Act.

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