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.

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Recently released data shows U.S. driving is up 3.3 percent for the first six months of 2016, the number is even higher in Kansas. Travel on the state highway system in Kansas is up 3.6 percent over where it was in 2015. Ann Williamson with the Kansas Department of Transportation says it’s a good sign for travelers. "Right now we’re thinking that the fuel prices are lower than they were a year ago, and overall the economy is better than it was," Williamson says. "Both reasons that encourage...

As travelers plan to hit the road this Labor Day weekend, the Kansas Department Of Transportation is offering useful tools online. KDOT Spokesperson Ann Williamson says the traveler assist system – – can be a helpful resource. "You can go see camera pictures of the roads, you can also map out your route and then there are links to other travel info, as well as being able to see the weather," she says. Also, Williamson says, the campaign "You Drink, You Drive, You Lose" is still...


Steven L. Jones is known for demonstrating his sheer joy in playing the Hammond B-3 organ. He’s been playing at numerous church services across the city for more than four decades. A local chapter of the Gospel Music Workshop of America decided it was time to recognize many years of musical service with a tribute coming up this weekend. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks to Steven about his music and his impact on the community.

Sunday, September 4 Sunday on Soulsations , a conversation with Wichita gospel musician Steven L. Jones. He’s known for demonstrating his sheer joy in playing the Hammond B-3, electric organ. Jones has played at hundreds of church services across the city over the years. Hear music from his release, Songs I Play in Church . The Gospel Music Workshop of America, Sunflower Chapter will hold a tribute honoring his 40 years of service...

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Public television station KPTS/Channel 8 in Wichita has announced a new president and chief executive officer. Victor Hogstrom has extensive experience in public and commercial media dating back to the 1970s. His work includes a term as president and CEO/general manager for KCPT in Kansas City, as well as for stations in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Chico-Redding, California. He holds several degrees from Brigham Young University. Hogstrom said in a news release announcing his hire that the...

If the name "Rose Royce" doesn't ring a bell, the band's biggest hit certainly will: Since hitting the charts in 1976, "Car Wash" is still, even today, one of the most recognizable songs.

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Wichita Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build gets underway on Friday. It’s is an annual event in which women build a house for a family. Construction gets underway near 12th and Green in Wichita's A. Price Woodard neighborhood with a wall-raising ceremony. This will be the 13th home built by women for the organization. Spokeswoman Kathy Lefler says women don’t need to have any construction skills or experience; they’ll learn everything they need on site. "The reason why we do this is that it's...

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More than 50,000 Kansans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Wandering, walking away from home, with no apparent direction or destination, can be a significant safety issue. Six out of 10 people with Alzheimer’s are known to wander. Last month, a man who lives in Wichita was found nearly 20 miles away in Rose Hill.

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Some residents in Mulvane are seeking assistance from the American Red Cross after flood waters rose quickly in the area over the weekend. Dozens of residents have contacted the Red Cross at a service center in Mulvane. Executive director Michelle Jantz says people came into the center talking about how they didn’t expect the flood to move so rapidly. "You know, they’re just talking about their homes, and the damage that they're seeing, and the personal belongings that are destroyed," she...

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St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, the oldest black church in Wichita, began 141 years ago. The anniversary coincides with this year’s bicentennial incorporation of the AME Church worldwide. Wichita was founded in 1870; St. Paul African Methodist Episcopal Church, 5 years later, by a handful of African-Americans. The church was established in a house, then in downtown Wichita, and for the last 60 years at the corner of 17th and Piatt . The mission of the AME Church is to minister to...