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

Wright State University

As Wright State University's Creative Arts Center undergoes a renovation, the College of Liberal Arts will celebrate its 16th annual Arts Gala.  The event showcases the work of students majoring in the fine and performing arts, and several of those students along with Jennie Buckwalter, assistant dean of the College of Liberal Arts, visited the WYSO studios to chat with music director Niki Dakota.

Wright State University's Arts Gala is Saturday, March 28th.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

The timeless story of Peter Pan will be coming to the Schuster Center in a combined presentation by Dayton Ballet and Dayton Philharmonic.  Conductor Neil Gittleman and artistic director Karen Russo Burke joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the staging of Peter Pan and shared some of the musical score.

Peter Pan is March 20th, 21st and 22nd at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton. 

Dayton Does Dayton is a two-day musical showcase that features Dayton-based artists performing their own original material as well as covers of their favorite local artists' work.  Each evening features full bands as well as a songwriters in the round session.  Solo performer Janet Ogg and full band Winchester Grey, visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Dayton Does Dayton is March 13th and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Jordan Hull returns to the WYSO studios after relocating to Nashville to share new songs as well as some odes to his hometown in a live set on Excursions. 

Jordan Hull will perform as part of Dayton Does Dayton, March 13th and 14th, at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Warshful is one of over 30 performers participating in Dayton Does Dayton, a two-day musical showcase that features Dayton-based artists performing their own original material as well as covers of their favorite local artists' work.  The band visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Dayton Does Dayton is March 13th and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Having recently performed on NBC's The Voice, local singer Jess Gallo is back in her hometown and visited the WYSO studios to perform with Seth Gilliam.  Gallo and Gilliam talked to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their musical collaboration, upcoming gigs and more.

Jess Gallo will perform as part of Dayton Does Dayton, march 13 and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

This weekend, the Dayton Philharmonic will present Benjamin Britten's War Requiem conducted by Keith Lockhart of the Boston Pops Orchestra.  The concert is a collaboration between the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and Wright State University's center for Collaborative Education, Leadership, and Innovation in the Arts (CELIA) and will serve as a capstone WSU's year-long commemoration of the 100th anniversary of WWI.  Dr. Paul Lockhart, a WSU history professor and Keith Lockhart's brother, will present a pre-concert lecture about the historic aspect of War Requiem.

Jennifer Taylor

Dayton Does Dayton is a two-day musical showcase that features Dayton-based artists performing their own original material as well as covers of their favorite local artists' work.  Each evening features full bands as well as a songwriters in the round session.  Full band DC Connection and songwriter Daniel White, visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Dayton Does Dayton is March 13th and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Jennifer Taylor

Dayton Does Dayton is a two-day musical showcase that features Dayton-based artists performing their own original material as well as covers of their favorite local artists' work.  Each evening features full bands as well as a songwriters in the round session.  Two of those performers, John Mullen and Mike Slone, visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about the upcoming show.

Dayton Does Dayton is March 13th and 14th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Leighann Lord is a stand-up comedian, author and host of StarTalk who incorporates science, words and more into her work.  Ahead of visit to Yellow Springs, Lord spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the roots of her latest book, working with Neil deGrasse Tyson and more.

Leighann Lord will perform at the Antioch School's 19th Annual Auction Gala & Comedy Show at the Foundry Theatre on March 7th.

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