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

Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio is a comedic opera with a twist ending and virtuosic music.  In anticipation of Dayton Opera's presentation,  stage director Kathleen Clawson,  tenor Robert Norman, soprano Chelsea Friedlander, and Dayton Opera chorus master Jeffrey Powell joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for musical preview and behind the scenes conversation. 

The Living in Divided States exhibit has been in display at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery since December.  It explores concepts of diversity and division in post-election America through a variety of art forms and activities. 

Now in its ninth year, the Dayton Blues Society presents and sponsors many events throughout the year including the upcoming Winter Blues Showcase.  DBS president Jeff Hill joined WYSO's Niki Dakota by phone ahead of the annual event to talk about the concert which will feature local and regional blues performers including headliner the Stacy Mitchhart Band.

The Dayton Blues Society's Winter Blues Showcase is Saturday, January 21st at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Tecumseh Land Trust's Krista Magaw returned to the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota about the organization's latest preservation efforts and upcoming winter events including the Winter Solstice Poetry Reading and Alternative Gift Fair. 

Learn more at: http://tecumsehlandtrust.org/

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.

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