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, January 17

As we celebrate the life of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King this holiday weekend, hear freedom music on Soulsations from internationally acclaimed Sweet Honey In The Rock. The African-American female A cappella ensemble known for its beautiful harmonies will release a new album, #LoveInEvolution, on January 22.

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We remember singer/songwriter Nick Caldwell, one of the founding members of the legendary R&B group, The Whispers. Caldwell died as a result of heart failure January 5, 2016, at age 71. 

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Sedgwick County lawmakers will hold a public forum Wednesday night in downtown Wichita. It’s an opportunity for residents to voice concerns and request action from the South Central Kansas Legislative Delegation.

State Rep. Gail Finney of Wichita says she expects the forum will include several topics, including the state budget, Medicaid expansion, mental health, school funding, Kansas Department of Transportation funding, medical marijuana and changes in sales tax.

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NAACP Wichita branch president Kenya Cox has accepted a new position to aid African-American communities across Kansas.

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The City Law Department on Monday presented findings and recommendations from a review of the Wichita Police Department's policy and practice involving limited access files.

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A Republican Kansas lawmaker is calling for an end to the state’s first-in-the-nation privatized foster care system, as it nears its 20th anniversary with increasing scrutiny and a record number of children in foster homes.

Republican Representative Mike Kiegerl, an Olathe Republican, wrote a report that was among more than 100 pages of documents provided to the Legislature’s Special Committee on Foster Care Adequacy, which met for a day last month and wants to arrange more meetings.

Music hosts Jedd Beaudoin, Chris Heim, Carla Eckels and Bill Pearce run down the best in music for 2015 - including selections for world, rock, local music, jazz, R&B, gospel, blues, rockumentaries and books about music.

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The Kansas Grazing Lands Coalition plans to have informational meetings early next year to help educate ranchers about its plan to help restore monarch habitats across Kansas grazing lands.

Sunday, December 27

Sunday on Soulsations,  hear new sounds from R&B vocal trio After 7, also a classic New Year’s Eve song from Lou Rawls.

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The Office of Multicultural Affairs at the University of Kansas has named a permanent director after student protests last month.

Precious Porras has been interim director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs since May and will become its new director on Jan. 4. She joined the office in 2005 and was named its program coordinator of diversity education the next year.

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