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

Central State University Chorus
Courtesy of Central State University Chorus

The Central State University Chorus visited the WYSO studios for a musical preview of their upcoming concert. WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota spoke chorus director Jeremy Winston who says the concert will be recorded and released on CD.

DGMC

Members of the Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus were among Niki Dakota's guests on Excursions this week.

DGMC President, Drew Huggins, and Artistic Director Kathy Clark spoke to her about their upcoming holiday concert and a new project underway that involves LGBTQA youth in the Miami Valley.

 

 

Local hiphop artist V-3 returned to the WYSO studios to share his new single, "Box 'Em Out" on Excursions.  V-3 freestyled live on the air and talked with Niki Dakota about working with fellow Village Fam member Issa Ali, putting Yellow Springs on the hip hop map and more. 

V-3's new single, "Box Em Out" is available now.  Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/Makemoves30

Yellow Springs' Little Art Theatre will once again host a weekend of screenings of Jesus Christ Superstar with Ted Neeley, who portrayed Jesus in the film and on stage, on hand to meet with fans.  Neeley and producer Frank Munoz joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio on Excursions to talk about the screenings, Ted's recent projects and how he fell in to the role of a lifetime.

The Little Art Theatre's screenings of Jesus Christ Superstar run Nov 10 - 12. Details below.

Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live brings together over 30 local musicians to recreate the Band's historic Thanksgiving concert. Organizer Jeff Opt joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions to talk about this year's event, which benefits WYSO and the Dayton Art Institute.

This Pine Box returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their performance at Dayton's Yellow Cab.  They played live on Excursions and talked to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about forming the band, their upcoming album and more.

This Pine Box will perform at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton on Saturday, November 11. They'll be joined onstage by Automagik and Telehope.

Celebrating its second year, Ohayo Ohio is a Japanese Symposium and Cultural Event at Antioch College.  As part of the weekend's activities, Antioch alumni, students and friends will participate in Walking Heaven and Hell, An Evening of Japanese Theater And Dance, and some of those performers joined WYSO's Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk about the performance. 

Cincinnati-based Dawg Yawp visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic performance on Excursions.  The duo talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their upcoming tour.

Dawg Yawp will perform at the Yellow Cab on Friday, October 27 with Lioness and the Boxcar Suite.

Members of the Miami Valley Music Men Chorus returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their 32nd anniversary show. They were joined by Fairmont High School's a capella group, Eleventh Hour, who will join them onstage as part of Rock, Roll, Remember.

The Miami Valley Music Men's 32nd anniversary show Rock, Roll, Remember is Saturday, October 28th at the Miami Valley School Auditorium. 

The Claudettes
Jaka Vinsek

After their smash performance at the WYSO Community Concert, The Claudettes are returning to the Miami Valley for two shows in Yellow Springs and Beavercreek.  Ahead of their visit, pianist Johnny Iguana spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions.

The Claudettes will perform on Friday, October  27 at the Emporium in Yellow Springs and on Saturday, 

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