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 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 an Edward R. Murrow regional award for her reporting on Alzheimer’s. Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments. She was the emcee for the 2010, 2011 A Tribute to Trail Blazers Gala for the Kansas African American Museum and the 2011 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

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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If you’ve been curious about the inviting steel archways and concrete panels erected in northeast Wichita, it’s part of a two and a half mile stretch of the Redbud Bike Trail. It’s called a 'pause point' in the trail and it has circular plazas as resting places for walkers, joggers and people on bikes. Artwork will be added to each of the pause points – that design idea came from Wichita City Councilwoman Lavonta Williams, who met up with KMUW’s Carla Eckels recently to check it out at one of the sites…

Sunday, May 31

Sunday on Soulsations, hear a brand new duet from Motown great Stevie Wonder and new solo artist Tina Campbell from the Grammy-winning duo Mary Mary. Her sister, Erica Campbell, will be the headliner at the Gospelfest during the Wichita Riverfest Monday night, June 1st on the  Kennedy Plaza stage in downtown Wichita.  We’ll share songs from Erica's debut release called Help.  Plus, we'll  wrap up this month's Stevie Wonder Moments with Motown Museum’s Coraleen Rawls.  

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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) will participate in a public meeting on Monday, June 8, to review the metropolitan transportation planning process for the Wichita area. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

The meeting gives both agencies the opportunity to jointly review the metropolitan transportation planning process for the Wichita Metropolitan Area. It's also designed to allow Wichitans to give their ideas and feedback.

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Fifty Hispanic high school seniors in the Wichita area will be awarded $67,000 in scholarships. The Kansas Hispanic Education & Development Foundation will present the awards at a recognition banquet in Wichita Wednesday night. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports:

The students will receive scholarships ranging from $1,000 up to $5,000 to help them pursue their higher education goals. Irma Luna, administrative director for the Wichita-based foundation, says the awards are based on financial need, academic achievements and community involvement.

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Educator and yearbook advisor Justin Bell is determined that Northeast Magnet’s new yearbook won’t sit on a shelf and collect dust in the coming years. The annual will actually have segments embedded that come to life.

Sunday, May 24

This Sunday on Soulsations, we continue our month long celebration of Stevie Wonder's 65th birthday with more Stevie Wonder moments!  Hear tunes from the musical genius plus Wonder’s childhood friend from Detroit shares what happens when the Motown star visits her home after touring on the road. 

Find more Stevie Wonder moments from KMUW online here.

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Starting June 1st, adults interested in taking elementary education classes at Friends University in Wichita will have a new option to attend classes at night. KMUW’s Carla Eckels has more…

The Elementary Education program at Friends University prepares adult students to teach grades K-6.

David Hofmeister Dean of the Graduate School and Interim Dean of the College of Adult and Professional Studies says adult students will be well prepared by the faculty.

Sunday, May 17

We continue our celebration of Stevie Wonder with his music and a look at his life! Hear Motown Museum’s Coraleen Rawls share stories about the musical legend  during his early days at Motown.  Plus music from a tribute album to Stevie Wonder and new gospel sounds from Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago.

Web Special: Here is Pastor Charles Jenkins and his ministry, Fellowship Chicago, performing their new single titled "War."  

Sunday, May 10

Sunday on Soulsations, we continue our month-long celebration of musical genius, Stevie Wonder. The Motown star  turns 65 years old on May 13th. Hear how young Stevie learned to play the piano with both hands from childhood friend, Margaret Terry, who lived in his Detroit neighborhood. 

Web Special: Here is Stevie Wonder singing gospel with the Williams Brothers- performing a live version of "I'm Too Close."

Sunday, May 3

We're celebrating the birthday of  Stevie Wonder throughout the month of May. The musical genius turns 65 on May 13th. Hear interviews with two of his childhood friends and an archivist at the Motown Museum in Detroit, Michigan.