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

Seefari has a long tradition in the Dayton music community and join fellow musicians and community members in celebrating the legacy of Cityfolk with a concert at Courthouse Square.  Seefari and Melody visited the WYSO studio for an acoustic performance and chat with Niki Dakota.

Seefari will perform as part of the City Celebration on Saturday, June 17th at Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton.

As The Blackbirds, Charlie Tipton and Alyssa Hanson perform sometimes as a duo and others with a full band.  As they prepared for their perform at the Cityfolk Celebration, Tipton and Hanson visited the WYSO for a live set on Excursions.

The Blackbirds will perform at the Cityfolk Celebration on June 27th at Courthouse Square.

Debbie Blunden Diggs and Jasmine Easler visited the WYSO studios to talk about and share songs from The Human Race Theatre Company's production of Crowns, based on a book of stories on African American women and their beautiful hats.

Crowns is running now through June 28th at the Loft Theatre.

Willy Porter's latest release, Human Kindness, is a favorite among WYSO listeners, and the acclaimed songwriter made a visit to the station ahead of a regional gig for a live set on Excursions and conversation with Niki Dakota.

Willy Porter will perform at the Thompson House in Newport, KY on Friday, May 29th.

Hailing from Wilmington, Ohio, brothers Cullen and Myles Corcoran perform together as the Vibrant Troubadors.  The duo visited the WYSO studio for a live performance on Excursions and chatted with host Niki Dakota about writing, recording and finding their instruments. 

Vibrant Troubadors will celebrate the release of their debut album on Saturday, May 23rd at the Oregon Express.

Brenna Myers and Alexander Scaglia have known each and have been playing music together since childhood.  Now performing under the name The Florals, the Springfield duo is releasing its debut album on Poptek Records.  Myers and Scaglia visited the WYSO studios on release day for a live set on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about the new release and an upcoming tour.

Jeff Opt joins Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about how Sideshow began ten years ago, as a creative art show for the public and how it grew as well as the various buildings and processes of preparing those buildings throughout the years. Kara McCray discusses being one of the art co-curators and what goes into preparing the Yellow Cab building for the art involved in that year’s show.

Todd the Fox and Queen Victoria talk about their experience as music coordinators for Sideshow X, which features 40 bands/solo performers. The theme of this year is rejuvenation and reflection, looking at the future and past of music, comedy, and art. They also talk about the Yellow Cab building, a center point for art in Dayton with local art, food, and beer, and the home for the event.

Back from a hiatus since their last record came out, Nathan Peters of Captain of Industry and Columbus-based artist Happy Chichester talk about how they met, where they’ve been, and new skills picked up since they last played. Happy Chichester plays and sings a few songs on guitar incorporating his unique throat singing.

Change Your Hue Blues Concert is an evening of food, music and fundraising in support of the United Methodist Children's Home.  Hall of Fame Blues host Shakin Dave Hussong joined Niki Dakota in the studio and WYSO Resource Board member and event co-organizer Don Hiyashi via phone to talk about the music and the event

Change Your Hue Blues Concert is May 2nd in Columbus.

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