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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The second annual Financial Freedom Expo gets underway at the Urban Prep Academy in Wichita this weekend. Nearly 300 attended last year to learn smart ways of managing money.

The expo is designed as a free day dedicated to improving the financial literacy of everyone from youth to retirees. Twenty-one workshops will be offered, as well as a vendor's fair, a kids' zone and prizes.

Sunday, April 17

Sunday on Soulsations Take 6 has released a new album called Believe.  Hear “You Know You Are In Love,” a collaboration with musical genius Stevie Wonder. Plus, we continue our month long celebration of inspirational sounds from siblings BeBe & CeCe Winans.

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The back-and-forth discussion about school funding in the state of Kansas has been, without a doubt, confusing. Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback signed a bill that lawmakers hope will fix a major problem in education financing. But how could that bill affect students in Wichita? And what does it mean for the future of education funding in Kansas?

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Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed a school aid bill Wednesday that Kansas lawmakers hope will satisfy the state Supreme Court's ruling to fix equity issues in education financing.

Sunday, April 10

Customers can spend less time waiting at the tag office with Sedgwick County’s recently implemented Virtual Wait Line Management System.

The $50,000 system, called QLess, was launched two weeks ago at all four tag offices in Sedgwick County: Derby, Maize, Wichita’s downtown office and the Brittany tag office at 21st and Woodlawn. It’s the same system used to create a virtual waiting line for driver’s licenses throughout the state of Kansas.

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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."