Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels is Interim News Director at KMUW.  She's been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 21 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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Fresh off Tuesday's primary race, Wichita City Council District 1 candidates Brandon Johnson and Mike Kinard say they plan to work hard to encourage a high voter turnout in November's general election.

More than 35,000 Wichita residents were eligible to vote in the District 1 primary. The unofficial report shows just under 3,000 cast ballots.

To combat low voter turnout, candidate Brandon Johnson, who received 52 percent of the vote, says it's important to have a message that resonates with people.

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A monthly survey of business leaders suggests that in Kansas and other Midwestern and Great Plains states, business conditions worsened slightly in July, but should improve.

The Mid-America Business Conditions Index dipped by 6 points in July, falling to 56.6. Overall, the survey's index range is from 0 to 100; an index greater than 50 indicates an expanding economy.

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Early voting wraps up at noon on Monday at the Sedgwick County Election office in downtown Wichita. A couple of polling sites have changed for those who plan to vote in Tuesday's primary elections.

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More than 100 people attended a political forum coordinated by the Voter Empowerment Committee at Wichita’s St. Paul AME Church earlier this month. The forum was a chance for voters to hear from all four candidates in the race for Wichita City Council District 1, which includes mostly northeast Wichita but also stretches to areas near Century II, north to Heights High School and south to the Cox Communications building.

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The African Children's Choir will perform along with the Wichita Community Children's Choir on Sunday. The 19 children are from Uganda, in east Africa, where half of the population is teenage or younger.

The tour, which began in April, is the first time the energetic 8-to-10-year-olds have been in the U.S.

Tina Sipp, who manages the choir, says the young people are experiencing Western culture, which is very different from their home.

Sunday, July 30

Hear new music from R&B singer/songwriter Lynne Fiddmont. The lead single/video is from her upcoming CD, Power of Love, a collection of both original songs and covers of soul classics. The first single is “Groovy People." The Urban Music Scene calls it "Fiddmont’s  Motown-styled flip on the Philly Soul classic made famous by the late, great Lou Rawls in 1976." Fiddmont has worked with iconic artists including Stevie Wonder, Phil Collins and Whitney Houston. 

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It's hot, and people who work outdoors in Wichita have to endure the sweltering heat, including city letter carriers. How are they keeping cool?

Teresa Rash manages Wichita’s downtown post office. She supervises 66 carriers and their 47 routes.

“They can be out there anywhere for 6 to 8 hours sometimes carrying mail. It puts their bodies through the ringers, so to speak," she says.

Rash says it's important for carriers to stay cool in hot weather.

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More than 100 members from the Midwest including the Kansas NAACP branch are attending a national convention in Baltimore.

"There's going to be a lot of good things that will be coming out of this," says Wichita Branch NAACP President Larry Burks.

Burks says NAACP branches all across the country are talking about how to recruit more young people to join one of the oldest civil rights organizations in the U.S.

It's part of a new national leadership training program called Next Generation, or NextGen.

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Early voting began last week at the Sedgwick County election office for the Aug. 1 primary election. Satellite polling places across Sedgwick County will also open later this week.

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Sunday, July 23

Sunday on Soulsations R&B crooner Babyface sings about love.  His latest old school album is called Return of the Tender Lover. Last week Babyface reportedly serenaded music genius Steve Wonder and his new bride during their wedding reception.