Carla Eckels

Reporter, 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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Gospel / R&B
4:41 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

What's On: July 28

Listen for gospel music from Erica Campbell, one of the members of the sister-duo Mary, Mary. She's released her first solo project, I Need Just A Little More Jesus. Also hear R&B sounds from Loose Ends and War.

Health
7:41 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Summertime Leaves Red Cross In Urgent Need For Donors

Landon Freund received 10 blood transfusions after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis.
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The American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal to help boost the blood supply following the Independence Day Holiday.

Blood and platelet donations often decline when schools are out of session and regular donors are on vacation.

Donors of all blood types are needed and those with O negative, B negative and A negative blood are especially encouraged to give. There’s a critical need for platelet donors as well.

Donor Leslee Freund knows all too well about the importance of giving blood.

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Gospel / R&B
1:07 pm
Tue July 16, 2013

What's On: July 21

This Sunday on Soulsations, listen for music from The Natural Four's 1974 self-titled album.
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Listen for the sweet soulful sounds of R&B group The Natural Four. Then hear new music from Ron Isley, Lisa Page Brooks and Jonathan Butler.

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Community
8:05 am
Tue July 16, 2013

'It Ain't Over' Say Supporters At Wichita Trayvon Martin Rally

Mary Dean of Kansas Justice Advocate holds up a sign in support of changing gun laws a a rally for Trayvon Martin Monday night in Wichita.
Carla Eckels KMUW

More than 100 protesters in Wichita took to the streets Monday night in response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial.

The former neighborhood watchman was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of Florida teen, Trayvon Martin.

Demonstrators support the NAACP's effort to get the US Department of Justice to file civil rights charges against Zimmerman.

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Community
2:35 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

Rally In Wichita Monday Night For Trayvon Martin

A protest rally is scheduled for Monday evening in response to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial. The Florida neighborhood watch volunteer was acquitted Saturday in the shooting death of unarmed African-American teenager Trayvon Martin.

Organizers from the Kansas Justice Advocate want the Justice Department to step in and file charges against Zimmerman, claiming that he violated Martin’s civil rights. The rally is set to take place near 21st Street and Hillside in Wichita at 5 p.m.

Wichita State University
5:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

New Academic Affairs VP Looking To Move WSU Forward

Anthony Vizzini, photo courtesy Wichita State University

Anthony Vizzini is settling into his new role as vice president for academic affairs at Wichita State University. Although he’s only been on the job two weeks, he’s already imagining the opportunities that lie ahead.

“My sense is there is going to be great things happening at Wichita State University in the next few years,” Vizzini says, “I definitely want to be part of that team that’s going to move Wichita State forward.”

Vizzini, 54, assumed the position July 1, left vacant by Gary Miller who became chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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Gospel / R&B
12:17 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

What's On: July 14

Listen for new music from R&B singer Will Downing this Sunday on Soulsations.
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Listen for new music from the soulful, smooth R&B singer Will Downing. Also hear tunes from Chic, Karyn White and brand new gospel music from Norman Hutchins.

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Gospel / R&B
10:58 am
Tue July 2, 2013

What's On: July 7

Listen for music from Diana Ross & The Supreme's final album, Cream of the Crop. The 1969 tune, "Someday We'll Be Together" features the Motown trio and co-writer Johnny Bristo, who ad-libs through the song. Then hear a funky groove from Tom Browne, plus The Dramatics and sweet gospel music by The Clark Sisters. 

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Music
7:13 am
Fri June 28, 2013

What's On: June 30

Sunday on Soulsations, new music from India.Arie.  Her latest album is called SongVersion.  Also, the soulful sounds of Kool & The Gang recorded live, plus the Average White Band, the Commodores and cool, inspirational gospel from Kenneth Nash.

2013 Legislative Session
6:31 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Kansas Senator: 'I'm Hoping We'll Do Better Next Session'

Oletha Faust-Goudeau is a Democratic member of the Kansas Senate, representing the 29th District.
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Kansas Senator Oletha Faust-Goudeau returned from Topeka last week after "sine die," the ceremonial adjournment at the statehouse. KMUW’s Carla Eckels sat down with Faust-Goudeau, a democrat, to discuss some of her views about the 2013 legislative session.

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