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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Arts & Culture
12:41 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Circe Link Live on Excursions

Singer, songwriter, and poet Circe Link came by WYSO with her producer and guitarist Christian Nesmith before playing a concert at the SRS rehearsal stage out in Dayton. Circe and Christian discuss their beginnings in Los Angeles, how they met, the joys of house concerts, and a whole lot more. They also play three fantastic songs for us. Tune in below!

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Arts & Culture
2:59 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Yellow Springs High School To Present Pirates of Penzance

Students and faculty members involved in Yellow Springs High School Drama Club's production of Pirates of Penzance visited the WYSO studios the morning of opening night to perform some of the show's songs live on Excursions. 

Yellow Springs High School Drama Club's production of Pirates of Penzance is March 14th - 23rd at the Mills Lawn Auditorium in Yellow Springs.

Photos by Andrew Grigiss

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Arts & Culture
3:44 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Julia Sweeney On Comedy and Collaboration

Comedian and Saturday Night Live alum, Julia Sweeney talks family, comedy, her ongoing tour with musician Jill Sobule. 

The Jill & Julia Show is coming to the Dayton Art Institute on February 28 at 6pm.  Proceeds will benefit the scholarship fund at the Antioch School.  Tickets are available at 937. 767. 7642

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Arts & Culture
4:50 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

YSKP To Present 500 Ft. Lizard Tale

This week marks the inaugural performance of YSKP's original musical parody, Godzilla!  Writer and director Corrie Van Ausdal visited the WYSO studios along with Blaze Wright, one of the performers and songwriters.  Van Ausdal and Wright talked about the development of the production, and Wright shared one of the show's songs.

YSKP's production of Gozilla! is February 8-15th at the Glen Building in Yellow Springs.  More details are available at yskp.org.

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Arts & Culture
12:47 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

World House Choir: Affecting Change Through Song

Dr. Cathy Roma, director of the World House Choir

Named for an essay by Dr. Martin Luther King, the World House Choir made its debut performance in 2013 at Antioch College's Coretta Scott King Center.

WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota spoke with Dr. Cathy Roma, director of the World House Choir, before a rehearsal for their 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King Day performance at the Coretta Scott King Center.  Roma shared her thoughts on why singing together as a community can affect change, and the choir shared some selections from its upcoming performance.

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