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.


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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1:27 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

What's On: October 20

Hear music from pianist, violinist and vocalist, Rachelle Ferrell. Known for her six- octave range. She’s worked with Dizzie Gillespie, Quincy Jones, George Benson, and George Duke.

6:48 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Why Wichita Is Perfect For Kite Flying

Carla Eckels KMUW

 There's a store on the east side of Wichita called Wings of the Wind; they sell kites.

On a bright, windy afternoon store owners Mark and Susan Adams are at Wichita’s Coleman Middle School, doing what they really love, flying kites.

“If it dives down then you just give out a lot of line and most of the time it will correct itself and give it a jerk when it's pointed back up and then it will go right back up again,” says Mark.

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10:07 am
Tue October 15, 2013

Jaime's Story: A Domestic Violence Survivor Speaks Out

Jaime, who requested her last name be withheld for privacy, lived in a relationship of domestic violence for 10 years.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The content of this story on domestic violence is not suitable for children and may be disturbing for all listeners. Please be advised.

For 10 years, Jaime, who lives in a town near Wichita, suffered from marital rape. The sexual assault began when she was 14 years old. Jaime, like many, felt there was no way out.

This is Jaime's story:

For the past eight years, Jaime has been happily married to her new husband. Her former husband now lives in another state.


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6:03 pm
Wed October 9, 2013

Q&A: The Affordable Care Act In Kansas

KMUW hosted a live call-in show October 9. We took questions from callers, email and Twitter. Below are questions and answers from the hour. We received more questions than we could get to during the hour, but we followed up with our panelists and added those additional questions and answers below.

Our guests were:

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2:48 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

What's On: October 6

New music from soul, funk, jazz artist, Sandra St. Victor. She's toured and sang with Roy Ayers, Freddie Jackson and soul legend Chaka Khan who says Sandra is one of the best vocalists and songwriters she knows.

5:00 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Do You Know Enough About The Affordable Care Act?

Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently talked to Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger about how the Affordable Care Act is going to affect people in Kansas and what to expect when the health insurance marketplace opens on October 1. Learn more about the basics of the marketplace here.

1. I’ve been asking people about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, and so many people don’t know much about it. They’re a bit confused, not knowing what to expect. Can you give us an overview?

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9:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Big Read Celebrates Literacy, Wichita Heritage

This is the 6th year Wichita is participating in The Big Read, a celebration of literacy where communities nationwide read the same book each October.

Wichita and 77 other cities will read True Grit by Charles Portis.

First published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, the story follows a young woman and her journey to seek retribution for her father's murder.

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8:10 am
Tue September 17, 2013

What's On: September 22

Hear music from her first Spanish album, "Natalie Cole en Espanol." Cole was sent more than 120 Latin songs to consider from record producer Rudy Perez, who is president of the Latin Songwriters Hall of Fame. The album title is reminiscent of her famous father Nat King Cole's "Cole Espanol," which brought him love and recognition in Spanish-speaking countries.

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8:53 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Services For Former KMUW Gospel Host To Be Held Saturday

Dennis Shaw with KMUW's Carla Eckels during a pledge drive in the 1990s.
Credit KMUW

Funeral services will be held Saturday for former KMUW gospel announcer Dennis Shaw, who died last week from an illness. For more than two decades, Shaw hosted the program Gospel Express.

He coined the phrase “Dennis Shaw from Wichita” and "The Man with the Tan on Radio Land.” Shaw gained an extensive following as host of his show heard Sunday mornings from the summer of 1972 to the mid-'90s. He was a devoted volunteer host who aired choir and quartet music and community announcements.

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