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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Bison from Wind Cave National Park in western South Dakota are scheduled to be transferred to preserves in the area and to other states to help form new herds or boost existing herds.

The National Park Service says about 70 bison are part of this year's relocation effort. The bison transferred out of South Dakota are going to Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Illinois.

The transfers will take place as part of an agreement between the Park Service and the Nature Conservancy. Wind Cave's bison herd is known for its high levels of genetic purity and diversity.

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The Wichita NAACP branch will hold its 96th annual Freedom Fund Banquet Saturday. The civil rights organization will honor local leaders and highlight the need for changes in the criminal justice system.

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Sunday, October 18

Hear new music from South African guitarist Jonathan Butler.  He began singing and playing guitar at the age of 7 and was one of the first  black artists to be played on white radio stations in South Africa. Butler's music includes R&B and gospel and jazz.  His latest release, Free features gospel music.

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Wichita Public Schools Superintendent and Board of Education members will kick off National School Lunch Week Monday by trying out the new "Build Your Own Lunch" program at an area middle school.

Superintendent John Allison and board members will go through the meal lines at Wichita's Hamilton Middle School and eat lunch with students in their new cafeteria to celebrate improvements to school menus and food presentation.

Sunday, October 11

Hear soulful music from gospel singer and civil rights icon, Mavis Staples.  Her family group the Staple Singers inspired millions and helped fuel the civil rights movement with their tunes.  Performing for more than 60 years, Staples is currently on the Solid Soul Tour with Joan Osborne.

City officials say Wichita is prepared for the stricter ozone levels set by the federal government last week. The new standard for ground-level ozone was reduced from 75 parts per billion to 70.

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The Wichita City Council will hear a proposal on Tuesday about a utility partnership that could help determine which projects in the water and sewer system need to be addressed first. The proposal will also explore alternative financing. KMUW’s Carla Eckels talks with Wichita Public Works and Utility’s Ben Nelson about the plan.

Aviation enthusiasts, aircraft builders and a former NASA astronaut will be part of the 52nd annual Fly-in at the Newton Airport on Saturday.

Victim advocacy groups and supporters have organized a walk on the Wichita State University campus to heighten awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault.

The walk, called The Purple Mile, is designed to increase awareness and celebrate survivors of domestic violence.

Purple ribbons and lapel pins are worn throughout October to promote the high number of incidents locally and nationwide. So far this year in Wichita, there have been six reported victims of domestic violence homicides compared to four in 2014.

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Sunday, October 4

Hear the new single from Jermaine Jackson.  The singer/bass guitar player is a member of one of the most famous families in entertainment, The Jackson family. His new release is called Summer Time Feeling