WYSO

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

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: https://daytoninspires.com/clean-up/

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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: http://burntsugarindex.com/

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. 

courtesy of Central State University Chorus

Members of the Central State University Chorus and director Jeremy Winston joined WYSO Music Director live in the studio on Excursions.  The Chorus performed several songs on the air, and Winston talked about their upcoming season, including a performance at the WYSO Community Concert.

The Central State University Chorus will perform at the WYSO Community Concert on Sunday, September 11th at RiverScape MetroPark. 

Inversion, the latest release from Eric Leonhardt Brown, comes 11 years after his prior release and spans genres across an arc of emotion.  Brown returned to the WYSO studios to share the album on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about the process of returning to music after a hiatus and and creating Inversion.

Inversion is available now on iTunes and other digital outlets.  Learn more at ericleonhardtbrown.com

Nigerian painter Ben Ibebe has returned to the Miami Valley for a second art show, New Works, at Front Street.   Ibebe visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the upcoming opening.  He was joined by the Collaboratory's Peter Benkendorf.

Ben Ibebe's New Works exhibition opens on August 19th at Front Street in downtown Dayton.

Fred Bartenstein of the Springfield Rotary Club, and local musician Andy Fox visited WYSO to talk about the Springfield Rotary Club's Third Annual Gourmet Food Truck Competition. The event takes place Saturday, August 13th, from 11am, to 9pm, at Veteran's Park (formerly Cliff Park), 250 Cliff Park Road, Springfield, Ohio.

There will be 35 food trucks, which will serve a variety of dishes from different cultures, such as Cuban, BBQ, Italian, and Mediterranean. There will be live music played throughout the event by several bands, including Andy Fox. Admission to the event is free.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band

  This week Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band, a group from Mutual, Ohio, stopped by for a live performance and a chat with Niki Dakota. They’re the founders of the annual Madden Road Music Festival, which takes place Saturday, August 13, at the old Madden Farm in Mutual.

The Miller Road Band is a family affair. Lead singer Daniel Dye, who plays guitar and banjo, is joined by his nieces and nephews: Emily on violin and viola, Carrie on violin, and Thomas on cello. Today they were joined by Dye’s sister, Sarah, who plays a major role in organizing the festival.

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