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 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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Results from the 26th annual Airline Quality Rating survey were released Monday morning. The survey reveals the 13 best performing airlines in the U.S. for 2015. Industry performance has improved overall, but complaints are up.

According to the survey, conducted by Wichita State University and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona, the airlines are doing better at on-time arrival, not overbooking so travelers don’t get bumped, and handling people’s bags.

Sunday, April 3

Sunday on Soulsations we'll hear the distinctive soulful sounds of Maze featuring Frankie Beverly. The band has been performing for nearly thirty years and continues to attract sold-out audiences. Frankie Beverly and Maze is considered one of the most influential groups in modern history.  In 2012, the band was awarded a BET Cadillac Lifetime Achievement Award.

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As firefighters continue to work to get the wildfire in South central Kansas under control, some residents are still battling the affects from the smoke.

Susan Erlenwein, Director of Environmental Services for Sedgwick County, says inhaling smoke from the wildfire tends to irritate pre-existing conditions.

Sunday, March 27

This week on Soulsations we feature songs for Easter including a phenomenal gospel tune from spectacular soprano,  L’Tanya Moore-Copeland.  The Atlanta choir director sings and talks about a well-loved classic, “He Decided to Die."

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Budget cuts are looming at Wichita Public Schools with the board soon making recommendations for the next fiscal year. The district is facing an estimated $16 to 30 million cost increase.

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Lawyers will work with older adults who want to designate a durable power of attorney at an event on Tuesday in Wichita.

The event, targeting individuals 60 and older, will offer the opportunity to appoint someone as a durable power of attorney to handle their affairs if they become incapacitated.

Lawyers from Kansas Legal Services, a non-profit law firm and community education organization, will assist with the effort. Melody McCray-Miller, who’s coordinating the event says it’s important to have legal documents completed.

Sunday, March 20

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Kansas is holding a statewide tornado drill today as part of Severe Weather Awareness Week. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that for most of Kansas, the drill will take place at 6:30 p.m. this evening.

Sunday, March 13

This week on Soulsations we'll feature brand new gospel music from Grammy award-winning artist, Hezekiah Walker.  The choir director and singer/songwriter has produced an uplifting single called “Better”.  It’s from his 15th studio album set to be released this summer. 

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The Kansas House has approved a measure today that would prohibit minors from using tanning devices such as sun lamps and tanning beds.

Representatives voted 77 to 44 in favor of the bill. Salon owners could be fined up to $250 and incur disciplinary action for allowing people under 18 to use tanning devices.