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 20 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. 

In April 2016, Wichita State University presented Carla with the exclusive honor of the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award, The Carlisle Award is presented to an unclassified professional who models the standard of extraordinary service exhibited by the late Wayne Carlisle.

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 latest ranking from the national Airline Quality Rating was announced on Monday at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. The Airline Quality Rating system rates the performance of 12 different commercial airlines that carry the majority of all passengers in the United States.

The report shows that all four factors – on-time performance, involuntary denied boardings, mishandled bags and customer complaints – improved for the airline industry in 2016.

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A celebration of life event will be held Saturday to honor Shocker football legend Linwood Sexton, who died last week at the age of 90.

In this StoryCorps segment, recorded in Wichita in 2010, Sexton’s son, former Wichita State University athletic director Eric Sexton, asks his dad about his experiences, on and off the field. 

The celebration of life event will be held on April 8 Wichita State University’s Koch Arena. Doors open at 10 a.m.

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A special election is taking place on Tuesday, April 11, in Kansas' 4th Congressional District. Voters will decide on which candidate will replace former Rep. Mike Pompeo. KMUW’s Carla Eckels went downtown to find out if Wichitans are voting or not.

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Beginning next month, Wichita’s Q-Line – the free shuttle trolley service – will change routes to serve a broader area, and will include weekday service during lunchtime.

Currently, the trolley service operates in a circular fashion in the downtown area. Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade says the new system will operate north and south, serving hotels on Market and Main streets and in Old Town. Spade says the second route will expand east and west on Douglas.

Sunday, April 9

Coming up on Soulsations, new music from legendary R&B artist Phil Perry. His voice has been described as a unique, mellifluous, dynamic instrument. Hear his new release “Breathless.”

WSU International Business Professor Dharma de Silva has died. He was 83 years old. De Silva led the World Trade Council and taught international business for more than 40 years.

Dharma de Silva was a force to be reckoned with, according to his wife Deema de Silva, who also worked for decades at Wichita State. She says her husband of more than 50 years was a pure academic and insisted that the standards of WSU's College of Business be as good as any in the country. Deema got a condolence call from one of Dharma's students who now lives in Switzerland.

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Advanced voting continues in Sedgwick County, with early voting centers opening this week. Voters will determine which candidate will fill the seat in Kansas’ 4th Congressional District race.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says early voting centers will be open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday before next week’s special election.

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Children of incarcerated parents will benefit from a community service project that was begun to honor the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The event, rescheduled from January, is one of two MLK programs offered Saturday by The Kansas African American Museum in Wichita.

Volunteers will sort through the donations at the museum beginning at 11 a.m. Museum education director Christyn Gunter says they are requesting various items, including school supplies.

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Wichita State University Shocker football legend Linwood Sexton died Wednesday at the age of 90.

Sexton, who graduated from the University of Wichita in 1948, was a charter inductee into the Shocker Sports Hall of Fame and was a Kansas Sports Hall of Fame honoree.  

In an interview with KMUW a few years ago, he remembered early life in his football career as the only black player on the team.

Sunday, April 2

Sunday on Soulsations sensational funk, jazzy sounds from the newly formed MF Robots.  The duo, Jan Kincaid and Dawn Joseph, are former members of the band Brand New Heavies.  The two will release their second single "Come On With The Good Thing " on April 14th.