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.


Gospel / R&B
1:14 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

What's On: September 1

Hear music from contemporary gospel recording artists TRU.  The all-female group from Wichita is receiving international airplay for their single I Need Your Love. The four vocalists are working on their first album and will perform at the Wichita Black Arts Festival on Labor Day weekend and at the New Day Christian Church on September 13.

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11:17 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Why Does Wichita Need A New Downtown Library?

Cynthia Berner Harris, director of libraries for the Wichita Public Library, sits with Joel Potter and his children, Emeth and Sela, in the children's room at the central library.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The changing role of libraries is evident across the country. With e-books and other emerging technologies, libraries continue to adapt to meet the needs of their patrons.

A master plan to build a new central library in downtown Wichita has been in the works for the last seven years. Funding for the $29 million facility is now up in the air with the Wichita City Council directing the library to seek out more private funds. 

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Gospel / R&B
8:37 am
Tue August 20, 2013

What's On: August 25

Listen for inspirational sounds from jazz guitarist Tim Bowman. His music infuses gospel, blues, R&B and jazz. The Detroit-native is the former music director of famed gospel music group, The Winans. Also hear music from Fred Hammond's newly formed United Tenors. They are scheduled to perform in Wichita on October 18.

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Criminal Sentencing
5:00 am
Thu August 15, 2013

What Will Become Of The Hard 50?

The Kansas Legislature will hold a special session starting September 3rd to address the “Hard 50” law that allows judges to sentence convicted murderers to serve at least 50 years in prison. A recent Supreme Court case said a jury needs to be part of those decisions.

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Gospel / R&B
8:40 am
Tue August 13, 2013

What's On: August 18

Listen for inspirational sounds from jazz guitarist Tim Bowman. He's the former music director of famed gospel music group the Winans.

7:36 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Do Teachers Perpetuate Bullying?

Linda Rhone, an educator from Southwestern College, facilitates a session designed to help Wichita teachers examine their own behaviors to help lessen bullying in schools.

Wichita teachers are examining their own behaviors to help diminish bullying in schools.

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6:58 am
Tue August 6, 2013

What's On: August 11

Sunday on Soulsations new music from Anita Baker and Pharrell Williams. Plus, the soulful sounds of El Debarge, the Whispers and LTD. We also remember jazz keyboardist and producer George Duke who passed away Monday at age 67. Duke recently released a new album called DreamWeaver.

Gospel / R&B
8:09 am
Tue July 30, 2013

What's On: August 4

You can hear music from Tye Tribbett this Sunday night on Soulsations.
Credit Da Gospel Truth

Listen for the soulful sounds of the Ohio Players, Secret Weapon, Billy Preston and Gladys Knight and the Pips. Plus the latest gospel music from gospel singer/songwriter Tye Tribbett.

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8:12 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Practice, Passion And Dedication Pay Off In Horse Showing

Amanda Conner with her horse Sis on a farm in Abbyville, Kan. Amanda and Sis will compete this weekend on the Kansas State Fairgrounds in Hutchinson.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

On a small farm about 60 miles northwest of Wichita lives a winner: an American quarter horse named Sis, a leading contender this year in 12 horse shows in the state.

Sis will show off her skills in a competition held by the South Central Stock Horse Association this weekend in Hutchinson and is expected to win big this fall.

Amanda Conner, 26, owns Sis and takes care of the mare on her family’s farm in Abbyville, Kan.

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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.