Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, Music Host

Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 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 the internet Grown Folk Jamz.  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, Rev. Reuben Eckels and they are co-founders of New Day Christian Church. They have two children. Carla serves at New Day along side her husband, Reuben and co-pastor Rev., Dr. Cynthia Wolford.

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Music
8:16 am
Tue December 3, 2013

What's On: December 8

Soulful Christmas music from Luther Vandross, Bryan Wilson and Gladys Knight and the Pips and a remix of a Jackson 5 classic.

Music
3:47 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

What's On: December 1

Hear music from Wichita gospel group, the Dennis Family. For decades, the nine brothers and sisters have hosted a much anticipated free Christmas concert singing various gospel and Christmas music with great harmony and joy. The Dennis Family 30th Annual Christmas Concert, Rejoice!, will be held on Sunday, December 1st at Wichita's Tabernacle Bible Church at 6 pm.  

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Music
8:51 am
Tue November 19, 2013

What's On: November 24

Hear brand new music from the holiday movie soundtrack, Black Nativity. Raphael Saadiq is the executive music producer. The cast of the film includes Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jacob Latimore, Jennifer Hudson and more. The movie, in theaters November 27, is based on Langston Hughes' celebrated play, Thanksgiving. 

Here's an interview with Saadiq discussing the music behind the film:

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Community
5:00 am
Fri November 15, 2013

ACT ICT Gathers Input From Community Groups To Help Plan Wichita's Future

City planner John Schlegel facilitated this community event to help gather input from residents on how to improve the city.
Credit Carla Eckels

City leaders are looking for a wide range of community groups to participate in the final phase of ACT ICT, a year-long community engagement process that will help determine priorities for Wichita’s future.

Nearly a dozen of Wichita's Uptown Neighborhood Association members gathered in the basement of College Hill United Methodist Church to share their ideas.

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Music
11:13 am
Tue November 12, 2013

What's On: November 17

Hear music from singer, rapper and producer, Pharrell Williams. The 40-year-old contributed three original songs to the Despicable Me 2 soundtrack, including the upbeat “Happy." Williams won a Soul Train Award, November 10th. He’s also been tapped to co-compose the forthcoming 2014 film The Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

Watch the official lyric video of "Happy" here:

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Music
8:12 am
Tue November 5, 2013

What's On: November 10

Hear new music from R&B artist, Ledisi. The single, “I Blame You,” is a positive song about relationships. It’s from her forthcoming album “The Truth," to be released in February 2014. The Grammy-nominated artist started her singing career at age 8 with the New Orleans Symphony. Ledisi performed the song for the first time live on BET’s "Black Girls Rock!" November 3.

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Music
8:12 am
Tue November 5, 2013

What's On: November 10

Hear new music from R&B artist, Ledisi. The single, “I Blame You,” is a positive song about relationships. It’s from her forthcoming album “The Truth," to be released in February 2014. The Grammy-nominated artist started her singing career at age 8 with the New Orleans Symphony. Ledisi performed the song for the first time live on BET’s "Black Girls Rock!" November 3.

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Music
4:33 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

What's On: November 3

Hear new music from Maysa. The Baltimore-based artist has a new album out called Blue Velvet Soul. Maysa sang with Stevie Wonder’s female backing group, Wonderlove, and is the former lead vocalist for British jazz/funk/R&B band Incognito.

Watch the official music video of Maysa's Inside My Dream:

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Arts
7:03 am
Thu October 24, 2013

New Mural In North Wichita Depicts Immigration Struggles

South High students paint a mural depicting the immigration story near 21st Street and Park Place.
Credit Minjarez Armando / Courtesy photo

About a dozen high school students, called Latino Leaders, who attend Wichita South High School have created a mural near 21st and Park Place addressing the issue of immigration.

The idea came from resident artist, Armando Minjarez. He's the co-founder of The Seed House~Casa de la Semilla, a non-profit educational organization that works with various groups, including the high schoolers on this project.

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Music
10:00 am
Tue October 22, 2013

What's On: October 27

Hear music from new movie soundtrack  I'm In Love With A Church Girl.  Contemporary gospel artist Israel Houghton writes four original songs on the album.  The release also features JaRule who stars in the movie, Toby Mack, Anthony Hamilton, Sheila E., The Andrae Crouch Singers  and the GAP band. 

Watch below for an interview with Israel Houghton:

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