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

Winterfolk Festival co-organizer Harold Hensley (Repeating Arms) joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions to share music from and talk about the artistic participating in the fifth annual Winterfolk Festival.

Winterfolk 2018 is Saturday, January 13 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton

 

Hailing from Wilmington, Ohio, Seahorse Run visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  They talked with Niki Dakota about writing and recording their new EP Seahorse Ran and more.

Seahorse Run's EP, Seahorse Ran, is available now at https://seahorserun.bandcamp.com/releases

Regular Excursions guest, Jeff Opt visited the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota about upcoming events at the Yellow Cab this winter.  

The venue will host a a special Canal Street Stories event honoring Mick Montgomery's former music venue on January 6, a special New Year's Eve ball drop and more.  For a full schedule of events, visit: http://www.yellowcabtavern.com/

Dayton International Peace Museum

Each year the Dayton International Peace Museum holds a luncheon to honor the winner of the Nobel Peace and celebrate work toward peace in the local and international community.  Sinclair Professor of Sociology Kathy Rowell, who will serve as keynote speaker, and Kevin Kelly from the Dayton International Peace Museum joined Excursions host Niki Dakota in the WYSO studio to talk about the event.

The Dayton International Peace Museum's Nobel Peace Prize Luncheon is Saturday, December 9 at Sinclair Community College's Ponitz Center.

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.

 

Central State University Chorus will perform on Sunday, December 3, 2017 at 6pm. at the Paul Robeson Fine & Performing Arts Center on the Central State campus.

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.

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