Soulsations

Sundays at 6am and 6pm

Soulsations takes listeners on an engaging musical journey of R&B and Gospel music.

You’ll hear the sounds of Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly, dubbed the best kept secret in the industry, musical innovators Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye along with other tunes from Motown’s golden era. You’ll discover the distinct sounds of contemporary gospel from Yolanda Adams to the long-time a cappella gospel quartet the Fairfield Four, known as house wreckers because they “bring down the house” when they perform. We’ll also showcase new works from seasoned R&B veterans including Al Green and Aretha Franklin plus gospel siblings BeBe & CeCe Winans.

Host Carla Eckels has been recognized numerous times for her work on Soulsations, including DJ Personality of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters. Join Carla every Sunday at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. for an hour of pure musical enjoyment.

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Sunday, June 14 

This Sunday on Soulsations, we continue with our theme of socially conscious songs and gospel tunes that uplift the spirit. We’ll also hear from demonstrators at a recent Black Lives Matter rally in Wichita. Be sure to stay with us following Soulsations, as we air a special national program celebrating music from the Civil Rights Movement. That’s right after Soulsations wraps up at 7 p.m.

The Music of the Civil Rights and Black Consciousness Movements is a two-hour special production from the African-American Public Radio Consortium. The program weaves together over 60 songs with narrative of events and voice clips of history makers and historians. Host Esther Armah is an award-winning radio host and international journalist. Featured artists include:

  • Nina Simone
  • James Brown
  • John Coltrane
  • Bob Dylan
  • Sly Stone
  • Stevie Wonder
  • Sam Cooke
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Aretha Franklin

Courtesy of the artist.

Sunday, June 7

Sunday on Soulsations it’s an hour of R&B, gospel, and socially conscious tunes. Hear the inspiring sounds of Sweet Honey in The Rock, the Staple Singers, Marvin Gaye, The Impression, and Wichita's own gospel ensemble TRU. Plus, I talk with AhSa-Ti Nu about her empowering song “My Pharaoh.”

Sunday, May 31

Sunday on Soulsations, we wrap up the month of May with socially conscious songs, including “You Haven’t Done Nothin'" by musical genius Stevie Wonder. When asked about the tune, the Motown legend is quoted as saying "The best way to get an important and heavy message across is to wrap it up nicely. It’s better to try and level out the weight of the lyrics by making the melody lighter.”  We’ll also feature other expressive songs by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, Marvin Gaye and The Isley Brothers. Plus, R&B artist Stokley talks about his socially conscious song, "We Me."

Sunday, May 24

Sunday on Soulsations, hear new music by John Legend.  The singer/songwriter and judge on ABC’s The Voice is scheduled to release his 7th studio album on June 19. Here’s the video of the title track, “Bigger Love.” It includes people from around the world who submitted video of themselves practicing social distancing, dancing and sharing love during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“This video was made to celebrate our shared love, hope and resilience,” Legend stated in a press release. Raphael Saadiq is the executive producer of the project.

Courtesy Victoria Theodore

Sunday, May 10 

Legendary music icon Stevie Wonder turns 70 on May 13th! Join us this Sunday on Soulsations for an hour-long celebration of Stevie Wonder and his music. We'll hear what its like to work with the music legend from Victoria Theodore, Wonder's former keyboardist and background singer. Theodore, a pianist, composer and producer, also worked with Beyonce on the 2016 Formation World Tour and Posse 2.0 during the 2013 Arsenio Hall Show.

Sunday, May 3

Hear new music from Kem, this Sunday on Soulsations. “Lie to Me” is the first release in six years from the soulful Motown artist.  Kem co-wrote the new single with Anthony Hamilton, Salaam Remi and James Poyser.  

In a Billboard article, the recent newlywed shares that he sat on the song for three years before putting his pen to it. "’Lie to Me’ is about not holding back from the ones we love." The three-time Grammy-nominee adds, "It's about being transparent, not trying to put a selfie filter on the truth about ourselves." 

Courtesy of The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center

Sunday, April 26

The funk is here, Sunday on Soulsations! Join us for 70's funk bands from the Dayton, Ohio area. Hear old school jams from The Ohio Players, Heatwave, Lakeside, Slave, Faze-O, Sun and Roger Troutman, and Zapp. Plus, host Carla Eckels has a conversation with David Webb, Founder and CEO of Dayton's Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center.

Sunday, April 19

Sunday on Soulsations, it’s new music from Ledisi. The powerhouse singer portrays the legendary Patti Labelle on BET's American Soul. In an interview with theknockturnal.com, Ledisi talks about writing her new song, "Anything For You."

"I think right now it's perfect for this time since we're forced to look inward and not go outward, we have to be in our homes and deal with whatever we have internally with the process of life and getting close to our loved ones and closer and inward in ourselves."  "So I think it's a perfect time to express love always," she said. 

Steven L. Jones

 

Sunday, April 12

 Hear an hour full of inspirational music this Easter Sunday. We’ll share traditional and contemporary gospel tunes, including an instrumental selection from Wichita’s own Steven L. Jones. He’s been a musician for more than 40 years and is currently working on a new project. Jones is known for his expertise on the Hammond organ and other keyboards. He’ll talk about playing his engaging rendition of “I Know It Was The Blood.”

Courtesy DarkChild Gospel

Sunday, April 5

Award-winning producer Fred Jerkins presents A Project of Healing. It features music by gospel artists Trini-i-Tee 5:7 and Lowell Pye. The project is designed to provide a message of encouragement and healing, perfect for such a time as this. Hear selections from that release tonight at 6 p.m. on Soulsations.

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