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
1:45 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

The States and Alex Dahle Live on Excursions

The States

MuGilly’s Jazz in Dayton is having a halloween themed music extravaganza presented by Louis Wood Jr, also known as DJ MisterKid, who is joined us in the WYSO studios to talk about the event. We were also joined by Musician Alex Dahle, who is on the lineup for the halloween show at Gilly’s. Tune in to hear Alex play a couple of songs for us and for him to talk about his previous band, Freefall Theory, and the music scene in Tipp City.

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Arts & Culture
2:58 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Disappearing Acts On Display At Antioch's Herndon Gallery

Deep Sleep will be on display as part of Disappearing Acts
Credit Basma Alsharif

Basma Alsharif is a nomadic artist who incorporates field recordings from the Gaza Strip into her latest project, Disappearing Acts, which is on display at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery.  Alsharif's work spans different artistic mediums, and the local display will incorporate film, photography and sound and includes several juxtaposed pieces from Alsharif's body of work.  Alsharif and co-curator Charles Fairbanks visited the WYSO studios ahead of the opening reception and spoke with Excursions host Niki Dakota about Alsharif's work and some of the elements of the exhibit.

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Music
2:59 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

William The Accountant To Release Zero Stroke, Perform At WYSO Community Concert

William the Accountant

William the Accountant has a big weekend ahead.  The five piece band is releasing a new album, Zero Stroke, and the Dayton-area celebration runs from Friday with a performance at Blind Bob's to Sunday when they'll play at the WYSO Community Concert. Kevin Luce and Teddy B visited the WYSO studios for a preview of the weekend's festivities on Excursions.

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Arts & Culture
1:10 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Stewart Huff On Comedy, Storytelling and Travel

Comedian Stewart Huff
Credit © Hillary Demmon 2009

Stewart Huff savors his life on the road as a working comedian.  He visited the WYSO studios ahead of a 4 day stint at Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton to talk about his love of travel, storytelling and finding artistic expression in comedy.

Stewart Huff will perform at Wiley's in downtown Dayton August 28-31st including a performance at the 14th Annual Blues and Comedy Party.

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Arts & Culture
6:55 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Antioch College Brings Response To Call In Performance

These artists, shown above in order, are: Awilda Rodríguez Lora (San Juan, PR), Rosamond S. King (Brooklyn, NY), Wura-Natasha Ogunji (Austin, TX and Lagos, Nigeria), Miré Regulus (Minneapolis), Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle (LA), Gabrielle Civil (Antioch College) and Duriel E. Harris (Chicago).
Credit Dennie Eagleson

Gabrielle Civil, Associate Professor of Performance at Antioch College, came to WYSO today to talk about the second part of the Call and Response event, or dynamic of black women and performance. In July seven black women artists, each with a different relationship to the words black, women, and performance, came to Antioch to develop a call to the community; a prompt to make art in a different way. The call that they came up with is to conduct experiments in joy.

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