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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A prayer service was held in Hesston yesterday in memory of those who lost their lives in a shooting rampage Thursday that left three dead and 14 injured. KMUW's Carla Eckels reports the gunman's family was not left out.

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Hesston College resumed classes today after being locked down for just over an hour Thursday after a mass shooting at Excel Industries four blocks away.

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Dozens of young adults took part in a civic engagement workshop in Wichita last week. They listened to their peers in the Republican and Democratic parties. The workshop, put together by Wichita Urban Professionals and Young Professionals of Wichita, was part of an effort to educate millennials and to get them involved in the political process.


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African-American professional artists from across the country will take part in a rare visit to Kansas. Their appearance and exhibit are scheduled for Friday at Wichita State University as part of Black History Month programming.

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A new report shows a decline in the number of farms and ranches in Kansas last year.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported yesterday that Kansas had 60,400 farms in 2015, down 600 from the previous year.

The number of farms with less than $100,000 in agricultural sales decreased by 800 farms, while the number of those with more than $100,000 in sales grew by 200 farms.

Kansas has 46 million acres of land in farms and ranches, unchanged from a year earlier.

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An earlier version of this story mentioned the wrong interstate. It is the Kellogg/I-235 interchange project.

The Kansas Department of Transportation says work is on schedule for the first phase of a multi-year highway project in west Wichita.

The Kellogg/I-235 Interchange rebuild--dubbed the Red Project--began in November. Wichita Metro Public Affairs Manager Tom Hein says a number of improvements, including new ramps, are being put into place.

Sunday, February 21

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from singer/songwriter Regina Belle.  The Grammy-award winning R&B/Gospel artist has produced an inspirational R&B release called The Day Life Began. It’s her first R&B album in 15 years. 

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An aerospace company in Wichita plans to expand and add 100 jobs to its current production facility this year.

Atlas Aerospace in west Wichita specializes in repair of aerospace components and has produced doors for commercial airplanes including the Boeing 737. Atlas announced plans to expand its Wichita facility to meet increasing demands for a variety of aerospace products. The company plans to add about 100 jobs, which will bring the number of employees to 526.

Sunday, February 14

Sunday on Soulsations, it's an hour filled with Valentine's Day love songs including the title cut from the 70s classic, This Song Is For You, from Wichita’s own Rudy Love and the Love family. Plus Brother Bob Love, who also sings in the band, explains the history behind their ever-popular signature song.  

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The Sedgwick County Elections Office has received instructions from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office to adhere to a new voting rule put in place last week.

The decision was made by the new executive director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission.

According to the Secretary of State's office, the decision means Kansas residents can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

In most other states, no such documentation is needed to register; voters need only sign a sworn statement.

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