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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Sunday, February 21

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music from singer/songwriter Regina Belle.  The Grammy-award winning R&B/Gospel artist has produced an inspirational R&B release called The Day Life Began. It’s her first R&B album in 15 years. 

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An aerospace company in Wichita plans to expand and add 100 jobs to its current production facility this year.

Atlas Aerospace in west Wichita specializes in repair of aerospace components and has produced doors for commercial airplanes including the Boeing 737. Atlas announced plans to expand its Wichita facility to meet increasing demands for a variety of aerospace products. The company plans to add about 100 jobs, which will bring the number of employees to 526.

Sunday, February 14

Sunday on Soulsations, it's an hour filled with Valentine's Day love songs including the title cut from the 70s classic, This Song Is For You, from Wichita’s own Rudy Love and the Love family. Plus Brother Bob Love, who also sings in the band, explains the history behind their ever-popular signature song.  

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The Sedgwick County Elections Office has received instructions from the Kansas Secretary of State’s office to adhere to a new voting rule put in place last week.

The decision was made by the new executive director of the U.S. Elections Assistance Commission.

According to the Secretary of State's office, the decision means Kansas residents can no longer register to vote using a federal form without providing proof of citizenship, such as a birth certificate.

In most other states, no such documentation is needed to register; voters need only sign a sworn statement.

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The Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review has approved more than $1 million in grants that will help preserve houses, churches and other projects across the state.

The Source

Sunday February 7 

This week on Soulsations, we remember Earth, Wind & Fire founder, Maurice White.  The singer, songwriter, producer, and innovator died in his sleep at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 74 this week.  He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1992 and stopped touring with the band soon after.  

White once told Newsweek we live in a negative society: "Most people can’t see beauty and love.  I see music as medicine”.  Maurice White was inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010 and his wildly successful jazz, funk,  R&B, and  gospel band, Earth Wind & Fire, has sold 90 million records worldwide. Listen for an hour filled with Earth, Wind & Fire music as we celebrate this remarkable musician!

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The QuikTrip store at 13th and Oliver in northeast Wichita is expected to close for good Thursday night. It follows the Walmart Neighborhood Market that closed nearby last week. One city official is assessing the area and seeking input on what's next for the property.

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The Sedgwick County Election Office hosted a public demonstration today prospective of new voting equipment that will replace current election machines.

The current voting machines have been in use for 10 years and for security purposes need to be upgraded to newer technology. But Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the new machines won’t be be put into use until 2017.

Sunday, January 31

Join us this week for soul music from Paige Bryan, daughter of comedian Sinbad, and the latest release from 3WB – 3 Winans Brothers featuring the Clark Sisters. Plus Wichita singer/songwriter Eugene Canady talks about his jazz/gospel release, Blue Skies

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Carla Eckels sat down with Sheldon Weisgrau, director of the Health Reform Resource Project, to talk about the Affordable Care Act in Kansas.

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