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

Three candidates vying to become the next member of the U.S. House of Representatives in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District took part in a forum at KWCH-TV in Wichita Tuesday night.

The 30-minute forum was the first time all three candidates participated together. Republican Ron Estes, Libertarian Chris Rockhold and Democrat James Thompson answered questions on such topics as health care, terrorism, immigration and the federal budget.

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A furniture store, not a grocery store, will soon occupy the former Walmart Neighborhood Market in northeast Wichita.

Sunday, March 26

He’s been described as totally original with a voice impossible to mistake. We remember jazz soul artist Al Jarreau. The 76-year-old 7 time Grammy winner died Friday, February 12, 2017. 

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A forum was held Sunday at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Wichita between two of the three candidates looking to fill the seat former congressman and current CIA director Mike Pompeo vacated in Kansas' 4th District.

Democrat James Thompson and Libertarian Chris Rockhold participated. Republican Ron Estes, although he had confirmed to take part, was absent due to a conflict.

The candidates commented on the budget, school funding, race issues and the Affordable Care Act.

Sunday, March 19

Hear music from Sister Sledge best known for their 1979 anthem "We Are Family." Vocalist Joni Sledge, a founding member of the R&B group, died March 10th.  She was 60 years old.

Sunday, March 12

Hear music from 70's R&B funk band Slave. The Ohio band is known by its most popular songs “Just A Touch of Love,” “Watching You,” “Slide” and “Weak at the Knees.”  Former lead singer Steve Arrington, who joined the band in 1979, is currently in studio working on a new release.  

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The Sedgwick County Election Office is getting ready for the 4th Congressional District special election.

The 2017 KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair will take place on Thursday, March 9. Employers will be on hand to talk to prospective employees at 11 workforce centers across the state including in Wichita, Wellington and El Dorado.

Twenty-five employers will be at the KANSASWORKS Statewide Job Fair in Wichita. Angie Duntz, communications director for Workforce Alliance, says job seekers will be able to apply for a variety of positions at all three sites in southcentral Kansas.

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More than twenty construction firms will be represented at the Construction Career Jobs Fair on Saturday at the Wichita Workforce Center.

Angie Duntz with the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas says the goal is to connect the companies with qualified job seekers.

"The top five positions that companies will be hiring for on Saturday are the construction laborer, carpenter, concrete finisher, heavy equipment operator and diesel mechanic but those are not the only jobs that will be available," she says.

Sunday, March 5

Coming up on Soulsations music from Tom Browne, the 1980 "Funkin' For Jamaica." Check out the story behind the song here:

Plus, British band Loose Ends and uplifting gospel from Stellar Award-winner Jonathan Nelson, who will be part of the 2017 Wichita Riverfest lineup.