Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 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 the internet Grown Folk Jamz.  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 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 an Edward R. Murrow regional award for her reporting on Alzheimer’s. Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments. She was the emcee for the 2010, 2011 A Tribute to Trail Blazers Gala for the Kansas African American Museum and the 2011 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

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, Rev. Reuben Eckels and they are co-founders of New Day Christian Church. They have two children. Carla serves at New Day along side her husband, Reuben and co-pastor Rev., Dr. Cynthia Wolford.

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Community
4:00 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

Spray-Painted Racial Epithets Deface Hispanic Students' Mural

Armando Minjarez points to where the faces of three Hispanic youth were spray-painted over. Called the "Dreamers", they represent undocumented Hispanic students working toward high school diplomas.
Credit Carla Eckels

A mural painted by Hispanic teenagers in north Wichita was discovered defaced with racist language Thursday. It was created as an expression of the immigration struggles that undocumented youth face in the American education system.

Visit our original article about the mural's creation, written last Fall.

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Community
5:24 am
Fri February 14, 2014

The Date Maven: Dating In The Modern Age

"The first date is a lot like a job interview if you will, but I always remind people to keep it light and keep it fun." - Suzanna Mathews
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Valentine's Day is one of the most romantic days of the year, and  it's also a busy time for Dating Coach and Strategist, Suzanna Matthews.

Matthews is the Founder and President of The Date Maven. For nearly 25 years, she's been studying dating, mating, gender communications, and human sexuality. She coaches clients throughout the Midwest on how to choose well and find love.

So give us some dating examples. What should we keep in mind on a first date?

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Gospel/R&B
3:22 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

An R&B Take on The Beatles

Roberta Flack - Let It Be

Sunday, Feb. 16

In the spotlight: R&B legend Roberta Flack's interpretive album of Beatles' classics, Let It Be.  The classically trained pianist and four-time Grammy winner released the album in 2012.

Gospel/R&B
3:17 pm
Tue February 11, 2014

For You: Rudy Love and The Love Family

"This Song is For You"
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Sunday, Feb. 9

Valentine's love songs including Wichita's own Rudy Love and the Love Family.  Bob Love explains the background behind their signature tune, "This Song is for You". Plus, the soulful sounds of Patti Labelle and Luther Vandross.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Double 'V' For WWII Victory: African Americans In The Armed Forces

World War II veteran and 20-year serviceman, John Monk, 98.
Credit Carla Eckels

It’s reported that less than half of the 2.5-million African American soldiers who registered for the armed forces at the beginning of World War II were called to serve. Those who were enlisted found that as they served their country abroad, they still faced less than a democratic reception at home.

The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers of its time, received a humble, patriotic, but assertive letter to the editor in 1942. It was penned by 26 year-old African American James G. Thompson of Wichita.

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Weather
9:23 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Wichita Residents Stock Up In Preparation For Winter Storm

Williams Ace Hardware Manager Bruce Anderson says the store near Central and Woodlawn has seen lots of activity in the past 24 hour selling 5000 pounds of ice melt in two hours and about 600 shovels.
Credit Carla Eckels

While some businesses closed early due to the weather or low customer traffic, others were hopping--like pizza places and other delivery joints.

And, merchandise was flying off the shelves at local hardware stores.

Brian Sollo pulled one of the remaining black shovels off the rack at Williams Ace Hardware store in east Wichita yesterday.

"My driveway is full of snow and I don't have a shovel so I figured I'd come get one," Sollo said.

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Music
11:44 am
Tue January 28, 2014

On This Week's Soulsations: 'The Floacist's' Second Studio Release

Natalie Stewart again pairs spoken word poetry and music on her sophomore release, Floetry Re:Birth.

This week, we shine the spotlight on Natalie "The Floacist" Stewart's sophomore release, Floetry Re:Birth. "Floetry" is a mix of poetry and spoken word put to music. You'll find the album-opener, "Start Again", featuring Raheem DeVaughn, reminiscent of 1970's Marvin Gaye.

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Music
3:06 pm
Tue January 21, 2014

Inspiring Gospel From Tamela Mann On This Week's Soulsations

Hear inspiring gospel music from Tamela Mann. The singer/actress won seven awards including artist of the year at the Stellar Gospel Music Awards in Nashville last weekend. Mann also won female vocalist and CD of the year for "Best Days."  

Community
12:34 pm
Sun January 19, 2014

Hundreds Expected To Celebrate The Life Of MLK At WSU MetroPlex Event

Credit http://eriklerouge.blogspot.com/2012/01/mlk-in-detroit-great-march-to-freedom.html

Hundreds are expected to attend this year's Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration scheduled at noon on Monday at the Wichita State University metroplex.

The event is co-sponsored by WSU and The Greater Wichita Ministerial League. It's an effort to reflect on King's message of hope and pursuit of freedom, as evident in the slain civil rights leader's June 1963 speech in Detroit, where he reminds the crowd of the importance of passing the civil rights bill.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Memorial Set For 49th Anniversary Of Piatt Street Plane Crash

A black granite monument erected in 2007 with names of the victims lost in the Piatt Street Plane Crash
Carla Eckels

A memorial service commemorating the 49th anniversary of the Piatt Street Plane Crash will take place Thursday afternoon at Piatt Park in Wichita.

The service will begin at 1pm at the corner of 20th and Piatt Street and a documentary about the crash will air on KPTS on Thursday at 8pm.

On January 16 1965, a Boeing fuel tanker filled with 31 thousand gallons of jet fuel, took off from McConnell Air Force Base and nose-dived into the northeast Wichita neighborhood.

All of the seven crew members and 23 residents on the ground were killed.

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