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.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy Kelly Arnold

Kansas Republican Party Chairman Kelly Arnold says it has been an exciting week at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland leading up to GOP nominee Donald Trump's speech tonight.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

Twenty-five years ago, thousands of people came to the Summer of Mercy abortion protests in Wichita. This week, Operation Save America is back in the city to demonstrate, pray, and to stop abortions.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

An alternative to a protest in support of Black Lives Matter took place at McAdams Park in Wichita on Sunday: a cookout uniting hundreds in the Wichita community with law enforcement officers. It was an effort to get to know each other in a relaxed setting.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay thought of the idea and local activist AJ Bohannon agreed to co-host. KMUW’s Carla Eckels was there at the First Steps Community Cookout and caught up with some of the folks attending.

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A wide cross-section of the Wichita community munched down hamburgers and hotdogs while visiting with members of law enforcement Sunday night at the First Step Cookout.

Wichita Police Chief Gordon Ramsay suggested the event after local activist A.J. Bohannon told him he was planning a protest in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Bohannan says the killings in Baton Rouge on Sunday morning made the local event that much more important in bringing the community together.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Republican Party leaders have been crafting their platform ahead of the GOP convention in Cleveland next week. Delegates will decide whether or not to adopt the platform that includes opposition to same-sex marriage.

Among the proposed planks is one calling for a reversal of the U.S. Supreme Court decision last year that legalized same-sex unions in all 50 states.


The Wichita Police Department and protestors who support the Black Lives Matter movement will host what they're calling a "First Steps" cookout for the community this Sunday at McAdams Park.

The idea of the barbecue came after local activist A.J. Bohannon lead a protest in northeast Wichita Tuesday seeking police reform. Bohannon says Police Chief Gordon Ramsay initiated the cookout after listening to concerns.

Kellie Hogan / Wichita Women Attorneys Association

The Wichita Women's Attorneys Association is encouraging voters to learn more about the candidates in the 20 district judicial races in Sedgwick County on the Aug. 2 ballot. 

There are four contested races in the county's 18th Judicial District Court: divisions 3, 14, 21 and 24. Two have sitting judges.

The Wichita Women Attorneys Association's Kellie Hogan says outcomes of the judicial races impact many in the community and voters quite often have very little information. She says there are various ways for voters to find out about the judicial candidates.

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Landowners and local leaders on Tuesday celebrated the beginning of the construction of the Kingman Wind Energy Center. The site is near the city of Kingman, about 45 minutes west of Wichita.

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback and other leaders participated in the event, where they signed a 150-foot wind turbine blade that will be used in the project.

John DiDonato, vice president of wind development for Next-Era Energy Resources, says the project will help sustain Kingman County economically and provide clean, renewable energy for generations of Kansans to come.

Stephen Koranda / KPR/File photo

Tuesday is the deadline to register to vote in Sedgwick County before the Aug. 2 primary.

People can register by mail, on site at the Department of Motor Vehicles, or at the Sedgwick County Election office in downtown Wichita.

Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandra Gritz says people can also submit a voter registration card via fax, email or online, but it must be done by Tuesday, July 12, at 11:59 p.m. The timeline is different when registering in person.

Sunday, July 10

Sunday on Soulsations, hear the gospel sounds of master worship leader, William McDowell. The Grammy and Dove awards nominee has spent years serving as music director for Ron Kenoly and is now the pastor of Deeper Fellowship Church in Orlando, Florida.  He is most widely known for his chart topping single "I Give Myself Away."  McDowell will be in concert along with a mass choir of more than 20 Wichita-area churches at Century II in Wichita on Friday, July 15th at 6:00 pm as part of the United Methodist Church South Central Jurisdictional Conference.