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

Dayton, Ohio is one of several locations in the U.S. and Canada that will receive ashes from the sacred fire at Standing Rock Reservation.  Later this month, the sacred fires will be re-lit around the continent.  On Thursday, June 15th local musicians will perform a benefit concert for the Stand Rock Fire Runners, who will deliver the sacred ashes to our community.  Event organizer Sue Elam and featured speaker Guy Jones joined Niki Dakota live on Excursions to talk about about the upcoming events.

Véronique Allaer, from the Cincinnati-based trio Leggy, visited the WYSO studios ahead of the band's Dayton performance at the Yellow Cab.  She performed live on Excursions and talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

Leggy will perform at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton on Saturday, June 10th with the Harlequins, Brat Curse and Oh Condor.  

TreeHouse
Twisted Dreams Radio Photography

Based in the Carolina's, TreeHouse returns to the Miami Valley for a show at Peach's in Yellow Springs with  Roots of a Rebellion.  Both bands joined Niki Dakota live in studio for a musical preview, and Vanessa Cubanno from the Festival of Fire (which TreeHouse will participate in later this summer) joined them to talk about that upcoming event.

Tim Gebard
Jennifer Taylor

Tim Gebard joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions for a musical preview of his appearance at Sideshow 12.  

Sideshow 12 is May 12th and 13th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Full lineup at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645899565425648/

Mandy Jewell
Jennifer Taylor

Singer songwriter Mandy Jewell returns to the WYSO studios to preview her upcoming set at Sideshow 12.  Jewell chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about writing, developing a band and more.

Sideshow 12 is May 12th and 13th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Full lineup at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645899565425648/

Peter Mulvey returned to the WYSO studio ahead of his performance at Dayton's Yellow Cab.  Mulvey performed live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about recording his latest album with Ani Difranco, his recent TED Talk and more.

Peter Mulvey will perform at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton on Saturday, April 22nd with Shrug. 

Litz Live on Excursions

Apr 21, 2017

Baltimore-based Litz is a family band currently on their spring tour.  On their way to a Dayton gig, they visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about growing up musical, recording and more.

Litz will perform at Jimmie's Ladder 11 on Brown Street in downtown on Friday, April 21st.  

Writer/director Christopher Blazavich and producer Kara Lynch are seniors preparing to graduate from Wright State University's film program.  Their work will be among seven films screen at the Big Lens Film Festival, a yearly event that showcases the work of Wright State students.  Blazavich and Lynch joined Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk their film careers so far, future plans and more.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Sunday, April 30th, 3-5pm at the Rave Cinemas at the Greene.  

Matt Baumann, who performs under the name Wolfcryer, and Eric Barnett met and began making music together in college.  The duo visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about songwriting, music as social commentary and more. 

Wolfcryer and Eric Barnett will perform at Songwriters Showcase on Thursday, April 20th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  

This spring marks the opening of year four for the 3rd on Third Outdoor Market.  The market, which takes place on East Third Street on the edge of downtown Dayton, features local businesses, artisans, foodtrucks and more.  Organizer Peter Benkendorf visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about what how this grassroots effort has grown and what visitors can expect this season.  

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