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.

Ways to Connect

Mike Doughty
Jennifer Taylor

A mainstay of the WYSO airwaves, songwriter Mike Doughty visited the station for a live, acoustic performance on Excursions. The former front-man of Soul Coughing spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about growing up, music and addiction, and his new album.

Mike Doughty's new album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, is available now.

The Slackers visited the WYSO studios ahead of their Dayton performance for an acoustic set live on Excursions.  The band chatted with Niki Dakota about their 25 years as a band, their travels and more.

The Slackers will perform on Thursday, September 22nd at Rock Star Pro Arena on East Third Street in Dayton.

Formerly the Midwest Outdoor Expo, the 2016 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience will once again bring together outdoor living and great music at Eastwood MetroParks.  Five Rivers MetroParks' Lucy Sanchez joined Niki Dakota live on Excursions to preview the event.

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is October 1st and 2nd.  More information is available at:

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is the third community clean up effort being lead by Dayton Inspires.  This year's effort will focus on East Third Street.  Zack Silver of Dayton Inspires and Brian Fowls of Keep Montgomery County Beautiful visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the upcoming day of service.

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 3pm.  More information is at:

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will open it's 2016-17 season with Vive la France!, a celebration of eight French composers of orchestral music, ballet and opera.  Members of the DPAA, including Dayton Philharmonic conductor Neil Gittleman, joined Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for a preview live on Excursions. 

Vive la France! is onstage Saturday, September 17th at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

Libby McClin

As the seven members of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra tour through the Midwest, the band made a stop in Yellow Springs for a live performance in the WYSO studios on Excursions. 

Find more information on Burnt Sugar  Arkestra at:

The Repeating Arms returned to the WYSO studios ahead of the second annual Miami Valley Brewgrass Festival.  They gave a musical preview of the festival live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about their recently revamped lineup.

The Second Annual Miami Valley Brewgrass Festival is Saturday, September 17th at Riverfront Park in downtown Miamisburg. 

Songwriter Wheatley Matthews returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions as he prepares to release his latest full length album, Taken the Wrong Way

Wheatley Matthews will celebrate the release of the his newest album on Saturday, September 24th at the Oregon Express.

courtesy of Tecumseh Land Trust

Tecumseh Land Trust is working to protect 100,000 acres of land in Clark and Greene counties forever.  Executive Director Krista Magaw visited the WYSO studios to talk about the organization's latest work and its upcoming auction fundraiser. 

Tecumseh Land Trust's 12th Annual Auction is Friday, September 16th at the Hollenbeck-Bayley Center in Springfield. 

The New Old-Fashioned has stayed busy since the release of their last full-length album, Low Down Dirty Summer Nights. The band has been writing new songs and performing live gigs and is preparing for local and regional gigs this fall.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.

The New Old-Fashioned will perform at Dayton Music, Art and Film Festival on September 17th at Gilly's.