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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Affordable Care Act
2:40 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Health Care Reform Questions? Local Workshops Have Answers

Sheldon Weisgrau, Director of the Health Reform Resource Project, discusses the impact of the new Affordable Care Act at a workshop in Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

A health care reform expert fielded questions in Wichita Thursday about the Affordable Care Act.

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Community
6:26 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Posters Featuring Trayvon Martin Defaced On WSU Campus

Promotional posters featuring a photo of Trayvon Martin were recently defaced on the WSU campus.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Posters with images of African-American Trayvon Martin were defaced recently at Wichita State University.  The posters were advertising a diversity discussion, which was held Wednesday called "Does My Hoodie Scare You?"

Danielle Johnson is the program director for the WSU Office of Multicultural Affairs. She says someone scratched out the photo of Trayvon Martin on one and drew in a Hitler-style mustache on another. A third poster was marked with a large X.

"So someone took the time to deface the pictures," she says.

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Music
4:14 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

What's On: September 8

Deitrick Haddon has a new album entitled R.E.D (Restoring Everything Damaged), the album features songs that show off Haddon's gospel-meets-soul style. Haddon is one of the high-profile pastors in a new reality TV series coming this fall called “Preachers of L.A."

Environment
8:52 am
Fri August 30, 2013

6 Questions (And Answers) About Water In Wichita

KMUW's Carla Eckels recently sat down with Ben Nelson of the city’s public works and utilities department to find out more about the state of water in Wichita.

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Community
8:01 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Workers' Rights Supporters New Addition To Black Arts Festival Parade

Immigration reform supporters, unions and social justice groups are joining forces to march for workers' rights this Labor Day weekend.

The event marks the first time these organizations will participate in Saturday’s unity parade that kicks off the 45th annual Wichita Black Art’s Festival.

Sulma Arias is the executive director of Sunflower Community Action in Wichita, a grass-roots social justice organization.

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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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Community
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.

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