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

A holiday radio classic returns to the stage at the Loft Theater this year with the Human Race Theatre's presentation of David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries.  Actor Tim Lile once again stars at Crumpet in this one-man comedy that's for more mature audiences.  Lile joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in studio on Excursions to talk about the upcoming show.

Guitarist Keith Lykins returns to the WYSO studios ahead of his local holiday performances to share some songs live on Excursions.  Using his uniquely crafted instruments Lykins share music with influences from around the world and chat with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

Keith Lykins will perform at Taffy's of Eaton on November 25th and at Ray's Wine, Spirits and Grill in Englewood on November 26th

Jennifer Taylor

Nearly 30 local musicians will gather on the stage of The DAI's Renaissance Auditorium to recreate the historic performances of The Band's The Last Waltz and celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original concert, which took place November 25, 1976. Organizer Jeff Opt and musician Dan Hereford joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk about the upcoming event.

Members of the St. Louis-based Pono AM joined Niki Dakota live in the studio ahead of their performance at new Dayton venue The Hive.  The show will actually be the first appearance for Pono AM's lineup; the band talked about this and more on their Excursions appearance.

Pono AM will perform at the Hive on Wayne Avenue in downtown Dayton on Saturday, November 5th.

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.

Performing as the Russian Duo, Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky combine the sounds of the balalaika and the concert piano.  The duo connected through the Ohio Arts Council 9 years ago and performs works from the rich catalog of songs written for their instrumentation.  Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky visited the WYSO studios to speak with Niki Dakota ahead of their upcoming performance for the Bach Society of Dayton.

The Russian Duo will perform at the Kettering Adventist Church on Sunday, October 23rd as part of the Bach Society of Dayton's Russian Echoes series.

Members of the Miami Valley Music Men Barbershop Chorus returned to the WYSO studio ahead of their 31st anniversary show, Broadway Bound.  They were joined by the Miami Valley School's Ars Nova, directed by Ruth Mappes, who performed live on Excursions.

Broadway Bound is Saturday, October 22nd at 2 and 7pm at the Fairborn High School Auditorium.

With the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience nearing, Five River MetroParks' Brent Anslinger visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the history of the event and the week's offerings.

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is October 1st and 2nd.  More information is available at: http://outdoorx.metroparks.org/

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: http://outdoorx.metroparks.org/

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