Niki Dakota

Music Director and Host, Excursions

Born a Hoosier, but only living there in spurts, Niki Dakota spent much of her young life moving around the United States with her archeologist mother. Throughout these years, there was always a ukulele somewhere close at hand. By the time the family settled in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ms. Dakota found herself in pursuit of professional music-making as she headed-up the Alterna-Folk band, Plow On Boy. In the course of her first live radio interview to promote the band, Niki’s keen excitedness manifest itself in extreme chattiness. At the conclusion of the segment, the DJ closed the mic and said, “You need to be in radio."  That was in 1990.

In 2002, Niki’s radio career brought her to WYSO where she continues to enjoy a love of music and shares that love with the Miami Valley weekdays on Excursions.

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Music
3:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Home Free Live on Excursions

Home Free performing in the WYSO studios
Credit Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Home Free are an a cappella group that won season 4 of NBC's Sing Off, but the group has been around for nearly 14 years.  The members of Home Free visited the WYSO studios ahead of a local performance and spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about their history, their sound and their television experience.

Home Free will perform tonight at Wright State University's Apollo Room.

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Music
3:10 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Paige Beller To Perform As Part of Cityfolk Reunion

Paige Beller
Credit Aaron Cline

Tune into this broadcast of Excursions to hear multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Paige Beller become the first live musician to be a part of Thursday Threads. In addition to this, you can hear Niki and Paige talk about Paige’s upcoming performance at the Cityfolk Reunion, her incredibly busy schedule, the wide range of bands that she's a part of, and much more. 

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Arts & Culture
2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry Live on Excursions

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry

Musician, dancer, singer, and songwriter Evie Ladin came by the WYSO studios with percussionist, dancer, and educator Keith Terry, who specializes in body percussion. Evie and Keith talk about how they first met at Antioch College, Keith’s unique music style, Evie’s previous experience as a dancer with Rhythm in Shoes, as well as their June 18th performance at the Glen Helen building here in Yellow Springs. Tune in to hear all of this plus four fantastic songs performed by Evie and Terry just for us.

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Music
2:48 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Corndrinkers Prepare For Cityfolk Festival Reunion

The Corndrinkers

Tom Duffee and Linda Scutt of traditional country band The Corn Drinkers came by the WYSO studios to play a few songs and to talk about their upcoming performance at the Cityfolk Reunion. Duffee is a long time music host at WYSO and currently runs the country music show The Midnight Ramble on Saturdays 9:00pm - midnight. In addition to talking about their involvement with Cityfolk, Tom and Linda tell the story of how they started the Corn Drinkers thirty eight years ago and how that led to their marriage.

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Arts & Culture
4:35 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Human Race Theatre Presents Play It By Heart

WYSO was joined by many guests from the Human Race Theatre Company production of the musical Play it by Heart, which is being shown in the Loft Theatre in Dayton. Co-composer and lyricist David Spangler as well producing artistic director Kevin Moore discuss the origins of the play, David’s musical influences, and the empowerment of women in modern country music. Cast members Trisha Rapier and Kathryn Boswell even sing two phenomenal songs for us accompanied by Music Director Nils-Petter Ankarblom on the piano and Assistant Music Director Jay Brunner on the guitar.

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