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.

Ways to Connect

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Now that the veto session is over, Kansas House Minority Leader Jim Ward says he believes lawmakers will head back to Topeka for a special session to discuss a constitutionally acceptable school funding formula.

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Wichita artist Armando Minjarez has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Knight Foundation for his idea to connect two neighborhoods in the city.

A film and discussion about race will take place Monday evening at Wichita’s Rockwell Branch Library. Participants will explore where the idea of race comes from.

Part one of the acclaimed PBS documentary series “Race: The Power of an Illusion” will give participants a chance to learn about the ways we consider race.

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Kansas business owners will have a chance to promote trade in Brazil this summer.

The trade mission to Brazil is supported by the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Department of Commerce. Businesses throughout the state who have an interest in exporting products to Brazil will get a chance to increase market opportunities.

Heather Landsdowne with the agriculture department says Brazil was the 7th largest export market for Kansas last year.

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The head of the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce says the tax deal Kansas lawmakers struck Tuesday wasn’t exactly what the local business community was looking for.

Sunday, June 11

Sunday on Soulsations hear jazzy, soulful sounds from Los Angeles-based drummer, Laval W. Belle.  He's known for his explosive synchronization behind popular artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire, Bette Midler, and Lyle Lovett. He’s also enjoyed playing drums for such artists as George Benson, Andrae Crouch and Brian McKnight. In addition to his drumming, Belle is a respected author, playwright and minister. 

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Hundreds of empty plastic water bottles discarded at Wichita’s Riverfest are not going to waste. The bottles will be turned into colorful art by children participating in what's called a STEAM project.

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Wichita’s Lower Arkansas River wastewater treatment plant has seen significant cost savings since upgrading its ultraviolet disinfection system last year, its supervisor says. The plant is now able to treat more wastewater, which is then released into the Arkansas River.

Last year, the treatment plant switched from a medium ultraviolet treatment system to a high-intensity, low-pressure system.

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Thousands are expected to participate in the annual Riverfest in downtown Wichita. The event kicks off on Friday night with the Sundown Parade. Riverfest is considered one of the top 40 largest outdoor events in the world.

KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks to Wichita Festivals President and CEO Mary Beth Jarvis about the nine-day celebration filled with concerts, food and other attractions.  

Sunday, June 4

Sunday on Soulsations, hear inspiring gospel music from singer/songwriter Jonathan Nelson.  The husband, father, son of a preacher, and artist/producer has been an inspiring worship leader at his home church, The Faith Center, in Sunrise, Florida. Nelson’s fifth and latest release is a live recording entitled Fearless. Nelson believes listeners will receive his music by “embracing the messages, melodies and songs."