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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Music
1:12 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Village Harmony Choir Live on Excursions

Members of the Village Harmony Choir in the WYSO studio
Credit Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

The Village Harmony Choir is a Vermont based organization that creates choir workshops and traveling summer camps for teens and adults alike. The Village Harmony Choir Midwest teen summer camp came to the WYSO studios in the midst of their travels to sing some beautiful songs as well as to speak about their organization. The Midwest choir consists of the camp leaders Mollie Stone, Emily Miller, and Gideon Crevoshay, as well as the 13-17 year old choir members who just met each other seven days before their appearance on WYSO.

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Music
3:52 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Home Free Live on Excursions

Home Free performing in the WYSO studios
Credit Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Home Free are an a cappella group that won season 4 of NBC's Sing Off, but the group has been around for nearly 14 years.  The members of Home Free visited the WYSO studios ahead of a local performance and spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about their history, their sound and their television experience.

Home Free will perform tonight at Wright State University's Apollo Room.

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Music
3:10 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Paige Beller To Perform As Part of Cityfolk Reunion

Paige Beller
Credit Aaron Cline

Tune into this broadcast of Excursions to hear multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Paige Beller become the first live musician to be a part of Thursday Threads. In addition to this, you can hear Niki and Paige talk about Paige’s upcoming performance at the Cityfolk Reunion, her incredibly busy schedule, the wide range of bands that she's a part of, and much more. 

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Arts & Culture
2:43 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry Live on Excursions

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry

Musician, dancer, singer, and songwriter Evie Ladin came by the WYSO studios with percussionist, dancer, and educator Keith Terry, who specializes in body percussion. Evie and Keith talk about how they first met at Antioch College, Keith’s unique music style, Evie’s previous experience as a dancer with Rhythm in Shoes, as well as their June 18th performance at the Glen Helen building here in Yellow Springs. Tune in to hear all of this plus four fantastic songs performed by Evie and Terry just for us.

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Music
2:48 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

The Corndrinkers Prepare For Cityfolk Festival Reunion

The Corndrinkers

Tom Duffee and Linda Scutt of traditional country band The Corn Drinkers came by the WYSO studios to play a few songs and to talk about their upcoming performance at the Cityfolk Reunion. Duffee is a long time music host at WYSO and currently runs the country music show The Midnight Ramble on Saturdays 9:00pm - midnight. In addition to talking about their involvement with Cityfolk, Tom and Linda tell the story of how they started the Corn Drinkers thirty eight years ago and how that led to their marriage.

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