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 20 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.

Ways to Connect

Sunday, November 13

Sunday on Soulsations, an hour full of Earth, Wind & Fire music. Percussionist and vocalist Ralph Johnson is one of the original members of the legendary band. Johnson says he’s been told that Earth, Wind & Fire music is being played every one minute and 38 seconds somewhere on the planet. Hear their music that spans generations and see Earth, Wind & Fire perform along with the 70s band Chicago as part of the Heart & Soul Tour on Wednesday, November 16th at the Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita.

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Cities across the country are honoring veterans today with parades, memorials and free dinners. But many Americans may not know how the holiday came about: Its roots are in Emporia, Kansas.

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Two native Wichitans are running for Sedgwick County sheriff.

Jefrey Weinman is a retired Wichita police officer who served 19-and-a-half years on the force. He has been volunteering with outreach agencies and helping former inmates in recent years.

Weinman says his plan includes bringing in a faith-based panel to assist the sheriff's office and "show the community when they stand with us that everything is being done to bring accountability, to bring truthfulness, fairness and justice to everything that goes on in the sheriff’s office."

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Many early voters lined up on the side of a hallway at the historic ​Sedgwick County Courthouse in downtown Wichita Monday to cast their votes. 

For one voter, it was an easy process. Julia says she was motivated to vote for one main reason.

"I’m voting because I don’t want to see Trump as president. It’s just as simple as that," she says. "I've never witnessed a person who's been so divisive, hateful. You know, we teach children that they can’t call [each other] names, they can’t bully. These are the things that we see with Donald Trump."

The matchup in Kansas House District 88 in southeast Wichita could be a close race to watch. During the 2014 general election, Republican Joseph Scapa won by less than 30 votes. Now, Democrat Elizabeth Bishop hopes to unseat him.

Both candidates say balancing the state budget is the main priority. Scapa cites the Kansas Statewide Efficiency Review, which he says needs a closer look.

Sunday, November 6

Sunday on Soulsations hear music from Take 6, the most awarded a cappella group in history.  The group has won 10 Grammy Awards, ten Dove Awards (Gospel Music Awards),  and several Best Jazz Vocal Group awards. The men completed a 25th anniversary world tour in 2015 and will be featured at Wichita’s Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, November 6th at 7:30 pm along with Manhattan Transfer.

Here's a short video showcasing their talents:

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The Wichita Public Library is engaging young readers through the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers program using a selected children's book. The month-long event promotes reading to children statewide from birth through age five.

Parents, librarians, and others who care for children are encouraged to share this year's book, "Bear Sees Colors," by Karma Wilson. The book will also be incorporated into various weekly storytimes at five library locations.

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The issues that are drawing people to the polls in Kansas, or keeping them away, in this election are not new: the economy, taxes, gun laws, schools, health care and abortion. But this election may be splitting some voters from their previous tendencies to vote based on a single issue.

Child Start

A new report shows a steady decline in overall support for Kansas' poorest children and their families.

With Halloween just around the corner, the Wichita Griots are gearing up for some storytelling at their 13th annual fall festival event.

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