Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 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 the internet Grown Folk Jamz.  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, Rev. Reuben Eckels and they are co-founders of New Day Christian Church. They have two children. Carla serves at New Day along side her husband, Reuben and co-pastor Rev., Dr. Cynthia Wolford.

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Entertainment
1:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

'Jayhawkers' Depicts Wilt Chamberlain's Lasting Effect On KU And Lawrence, KS

Top Photo: Current KU Forward Justin Wesley portrays Wilt Chamberlain in the independent film Jayhawkers. Bottom Photo: Legendery KU Center Wilt Chamberlain later went on to become the first NBA player to score 100 points in a game, setting a league record for the highest number of points scored in a single game, a record that still stands today.
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Jayhawkers, a new independent film, brings the legend of famed 7-foot 1 basketball player, Wilt Chamberlain back to life. The movie, co-written and directed by University of Kansas Associate Professor of Film Kevin Willmott, is centered on the three years Chamberlain spent in Lawrence and the permanent effect that period of time had on both the city and the game of basketball.

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Transportation
10:57 am
Tue March 4, 2014

UPDATE: City Council Passes Motion To Change Mid-Continent To Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport

UPDATE:  Wichita's City Council has passed the motion to change Mid-Continent Airport into Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. It will cost the city about $140,000 to change signs at the airport. It wasn't immediately clear when the new name would be posted.

Wichita's City Council will discuss whether to re-name Wichita's airport during their regular meeting on Tuesday.

Following a petition drive, council members are weighting whether to re-name Mid-Continent Airport as Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

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Gospel / R&B
4:50 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Worship Leader and Grammy-Nominated Vocalist Anita Wilson

Ms. Anita Wilson is known for her dynamic brand of gospel vocals, described as a mixture of the Chicago Sound and Worship Soul
Credit Chandler West/Sun-Times

Sunday, March 9 2014:

Gospel artist Anita Wilson has released the single "That's What He's Done For Me" from her forthcoming sophomore project, Vintage Worship. Drawn to music and singing at an early age, the east St. Louis native developed a vocal style that merged traditional gospel with jazz, pop and R&B.

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Sports
11:26 am
Mon March 3, 2014

Shockers Set Sights On MVC Tournament After Undefeated Regular Season

A sold out Charles Koch arena was filled with a sea of black and gold cladded fans chanting "undefeated" as they lift up signs that read 31-0.
Carla Eckels

The Wichita State Shockers have made history by becoming the first men's basketball team in NCAA history to win 31-regular season games. The Shockers achieved this record on Saturday by beating Missouri State 68-45.

The sold out arena was a sea of black and gold cladded fans chanting "undefeated" as they lift up signs that read 31-0. The Wichita State Shockers becomes the first team since St. Joseph's in 2004 to head into a conference tournament unbeaten.

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Gospel / R&B
2:01 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Child Broadway Star Who Grew Into A Grammy-Winning Soulstress, Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills
Credit Artist's Twitter page: www.twitter.com/PrettyMill1

Sunday, Mar. 2 2014:

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Sports
10:49 am
Sat February 22, 2014

The Last Undefeated College Basketball Team Plays For Title

Originally published on Sat February 22, 2014 12:06 pm

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Wichita State's basketball team is the last undefeated men's team in America - 28 wins. That got them on one of the regional covers of Sports Illustrated, and that adds a little pressure. If the Shockers win tonight, they'll clinch the Missouri Valley Conference title. From member station KMUW in Wichita, Carla Eckels reports on the team's winning season.

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Sports
10:48 am
Sat February 22, 2014

The Wichita State Shockers Continue Their Quest To Remain Undefeated

Wichita State's next game is Saturday, Feb. 22 at 7pm. They'll be playing Drake University.
Carla Eckels

Wichita State University Shockers are the only undefeated college men's college basketball team in America with a 28-0 record. They could cut down the net Saturday, February 23, 2014 to win the regular season Missouri Valley Conference title. KMUW's Carla Eckels looks into the Shocker momentum.

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Arts
5:00 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Friends University Hosts Jazz Fest With Master Classes

Friends University Jazz Director Lisa Hittle and Jazz Vocal Ensemble Director Craig Curry in Hittle's office.
Credit Carla Eckels

Area high school, middle school, and junior college jazz bands and jazz vocal ensembles will sharpen their skills this weekend under the direction of musical masters at Friends University.  The 21st Annual Jazz Festival is a two-day event on the Friends University campus in Wichita. An invitational vocal concert will cap off Friday's events and the festival will culminate with the Headliner Concert Saturday night. (The festival's daytime events are no-cost and welcome observers.)

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gospel, R&B
1:01 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Reuben Studdard: The American Idol, Now 120 Pounds Lighter, Releases Sixth Solo Album

Studdard performing post-weight loss
Credit Amanda E.H. Pritchard - http://www.newsaegis.com

Sunday, Feb. 23 2014

We'll hear from 2003 American Idol winner Reuben Studdard. He's just released his sixth solo album, Unconditonal Love. Studdard, affectionately dubbed the “Velvet Teddy Bear” by legendary soul singer Gladys Knight, recently shed 120 pounds during NBC's Biggest Loser 15 weight loss competition.

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Community
4:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Spray-Painted Racial Epithets Deface Hispanic Students' Mural

Armando Minjarez points to where the faces of three Hispanic youth were spray-painted over. Called the "Dreamers", they represent undocumented Hispanic students working toward high school diplomas.
Credit Carla Eckels

A mural painted by Hispanic teenagers in north Wichita was discovered defaced with racist language Thursday. It was created as an expression of the immigration struggles that undocumented youth face in the American education system.

Visit our original article about the mural's creation, written last Fall.

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