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 matchup in Kansas House District 88 in southeast Wichita could be a close race to watch. During the 2014 general election, Republican Joseph Scapa won by less than 30 votes. Now, Democrat Elizabeth Bishop hopes to unseat him.

Both candidates say balancing the state budget is the main priority. Scapa cites the Kansas Statewide Efficiency Review, which he says needs a closer look.

Sunday, November 6

Sunday on Soulsations hear music from Take 6, the most awarded a cappella group in history.  The group has won 10 Grammy Awards, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards),  and several Best Jazz Vocal Group awards. The men completed a 25th anniversary world tour in 2015 and will be featured at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, November 6th at 7:30 pm along with Manhattan Transfer.

Here's a short video showcasing their talents:

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The Wichita Public Library is engaging young readers through the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers program using a selected children's book. The month-long event promotes reading to children statewide from birth through age five.

Parents, librarians, and others who care for children are encouraged to share this year's book, "Bear Sees Colors," by Karma Wilson. The book will also be incorporated into various weekly storytimes at five library locations.

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The issues that are drawing people to the polls in Kansas, or keeping them away, in this election are not new: the economy, taxes, gun laws, schools, health care and abortion. But this election may be splitting some voters from their previous tendencies to vote based on a single issue.

Child Start

A new report shows a steady decline in overall support for Kansas' poorest children and their families.

With Halloween just around the corner, the Wichita Griots are gearing up for some storytelling at their 13th annual fall festival event.

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The 16th annual pumpkin patch sale to support youth missions is open at Wichita’s East Heights United Methodist Church. Nearly 2100 pumpkins have been shipped in, offering a huge variety to choose from.

Much of the lawn is covered with several sizes of orange and white pumpkins, even ones you can hold in your palm. Kyle Goerl, his wife Danae, and their 3-year-old son, Wyatt, are picking pumpkins and placing them in a little red wagon for purchase. Danae says it's great family time.

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A Kansas man will stay behind bars until his trial for his part in an alleged conspiracy by a militia group to detonate truck bombs in Garden City.

The apartment complex they targeted is home to many Somali immigrants who are Muslim.

Curtis Allen waived his detention hearing and entered a not guilty plea to the charge of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction. The FBI called it "a domestic terrorism act."

The two other men involved in the plot already pled not guilty and are also in jail.

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More than 20 Wichita businesses including Walmart, Dillons and several temp agencies will take part in a Job Fair Expo Thursday at a local Wichita church.

The job fair targets formally incarcerated people but is open to anyone who is seeking employment. Organizer David Wilkinson says additional services will also be offered, including from the Kansas Department of Commerce through the Workforce Alliance, making available their mobile workforce center.

The Racial Profiling Advisory Board of Wichita will hold a meeting Thursday to continue to address several citizen concerns, including challenges with suspended and revoked driver’s licenses and civil asset forfeiture.

Board member Juanita Ridge says the meetings are held in part to help people bogged down with red tape and a lack of resources to get their needs met. In September, the board partnered with the Kansas Department of Revenue. The agency came to Wichita and issued restricted driver’s licenses to applicants on the spot.