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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Alzheimer's, an illness that slowly erodes memory, is the most expensive disease in America. A "Walk to End Alzheimer's" is set for Saturday in Wichita.

Breana Jones, Program Director for the Alzheimer's Association says the walk is a chance to support individuals living with this form of dementia and their families.

"There's going to be fun, games and we're going to have that two-mile walk," Jones says. "It's all to raise awareness and honor individuals that have this disease or that have had this disease and has passed away."

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Business owners can gain insight from their peers during a free meeting beginning Saturday on the Wichita State campus. The monthly program is offered by the Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship.

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The third annual Recovery Idol will take place on Saturday at Wichita’s Century II.

It’s similar to American Idol, the national singing competition that aired on FOX for 15 seasons. Artists who have beaten drug or alcohol addiction will compete onstage, showcasing their talent for the top award.

KMUW’s Carla Eckels recently went to an audition at the CrossOver Recovery Center and has this story.

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A free startup seminar will be held in Maize on Thursday to help aspiring entrepreneurs learn more about starting a business.

The workshop includes topics such as developing a sound business plan and covering important marketing strategies.

The session is offered by SCORE, a volunteer-run nonprofit that provides free confidential business advice. It's a resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A free ID program designed to assist older adults and their families in case of emergency is now available in the Wichita area.

The Sheriff's Elderly/Disabled Notification Intensive Outreach Response System (S.E.N.I.O.R.S.) is a program that uses a secure database that stores important information residents provide. Members are given business-sized cards to carry and a decal to indicate membership. Sedgwick County Deputy Jaime Converse says the card contains pertinent information.

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Recently released data shows U.S. driving is up 3.3 percent for the first six months of 2016, the number is even higher in Kansas.

Travel on the state highway system in Kansas is up 3.6 percent over where it was in 2015.

Ann Williamson with the Kansas Department of Transportation says it’s a good sign for travelers.

As travelers plan to hit the road this Labor Day weekend, the Kansas Department Of Transportation is offering useful tools online. KDOT Spokesperson Ann Williamson says the traveler assist system – – can be a helpful resource.

"You can go see camera pictures of the roads, you can also map out your route and then there are links to other travel info, as well as being able to see the weather," she says.


Steven L. Jones is known for demonstrating his sheer joy in playing the Hammond B-3 organ. He’s been playing at numerous church services across the city for more than four decades.

A local chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America decided it was time to recognize many years of musical service with a tribute coming up this weekend. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks to Steven about his music and his impact on the community.

Sunday, September 4

Sunday on Soulsations, a conversation with Wichita gospel musician Steven L. Jones. He’s known for demonstrating his sheer joy in playing the Hammond B-3, electric organ. Jones has played at hundreds of church services across the city over the years. Hear music from his release, Songs I Play in Church.  The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Sunflower Chapter will hold a tribute honoring his 40 years of service to the Wichita community at Tabernacle Bible Church on Sunday, September 4th at 6 pm. 

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Public television station KPTS/Channel 8 in Wichita has announced a new president and chief executive officer.

Victor Hogstrom has extensive experience in public and commercial media dating back to the 1970s. His work includes a term as president and CEO/general manager for KCPT in Kansas City, as well as for stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Chico-Redding, California. He holds several degrees from Brigham Young University.