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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An effort to revive the historic Dunbar Theatre at 9th and Cleveland in Wichita continues.

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Goodwill of Kansas is throwing a Cajun food event at the Wichita Riverfest. The effort benefits the agency’s job training and education programs for people with disabilities and educational barriers.

Nearly 100 Goodwill volunteers will serve up about 3000 cajun meals at Riverfest in downtown Wichita. Molly Fox, vice president of marketing for Goodwill, says proceeds from the Cajun Food Fest will help disabled workers develop their skills at Goodwill's day service programs.

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A new food safety website has been launched by two state agencies in Kansas.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Agriculture (KDA) have partnered to launch FoodSafetyKansas.org.

The website can be used to submit instances of food-related illnesses and health-related complaints regarding restaurants and events such as with pests or employees not washing their hands. Complaints about food items purchased at a grocery or convenience store can also be submitted.

Sunday, May 28

Sunday on Soulsations-- We conclude our month-long celebration of the music of Stevie Wonder. Hear highlights of an  interview with Wonder’s childhood friend Margaret Terry.  The Detroit native remembers the mad rush from neighbors and friends every time Wonder would return home, go to her house and start playing his infectious music!

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Kansas Global Trade Services in Wichita received a Presidential Award in Washington D.C this week for Export Service.

The President’s “E” Award recognizes four consecutive years of sustained commitment to export expansion. The award is the highest recognition any U.S. entity can receive for making a significant contribution to the expansion of American exports.

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President Trump's proposed 2018 budget was released on Tuesday. It includes cuts to benefit programs including Medicaid, farm subsidies and welfare benefits.

Wichita Public Schools

The Wichita School Board has approved the sale of property near Jackson Elementary in the northeast part of the city.

The board unanimously voted Monday to sell off the 17.5 acres of land near 29th & Woodlawn.

"We had that piece of property for many years before we even built Jackson, and through the years we've sold off pieces of the property before to a couple of churches so that areas in the neighborhood could also use the property that we are not using," says USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman.

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The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal will celebrate its second anniversary in June. Officials say that in the last two years, they’ve seen near-record traffic and more satisfied customers.

The new terminal was designed to be more accommodating to travelers, says spokeswoman Valerie Wise. She says there’s a shorter distance from the ticketing wing through security, and to the gates.

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Severe storms are likely to hit Wichita on Thursday afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service in Wichita forecasts severe golf ball- to baseball-sized hail, damaging winds up to 75 mph and flood-producing heavy rain.

Meteorologist Chris Jakub says there is a chance for a few tornadoes with the storms as well, but don't underestimate the hail that's expected.

“You never want to underplay the hail. I mean when you get hail as big as baseballs, that is extremely damaging and the winds as well can cause a lot of damage," Jakub says.

Sunday, May 21

Hear a love song from O’Bryan. The R&B singer/songwriter is known for his very popular 1983 cover of the Stevie Wonder tune “You and I.” O’Bryan has released a 2017 ballad, “For The Love Of You.”

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