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

Local filmmaker and photographer Jennifer Taylor and musician and filmmaker Tim Gebard visit the WYSO studio to talk about their collaboration, The Fall League.  The film tells the story of a senior citizens softball league and is gaining national attention.  Tim and his son Aaron also performed music from the film live in the WYSO studios.

Before heading to their upcoming show tonight (September, 19 2015) in Columbus, musicians Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky stopped by the WYSO studios to chat with Music Director, Niki Dakota. They'll perform at the Six String Concert at the Agnes Jeffrey Schedd Theater Columbus School for Girls

You can find out more about the project here.

Byrd Photography

Gran Bel Fisher return to the WYSO studios in the midst of their latest tour in support of Yokefellow, their new album.  The duo performed live on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about their latest album, their travels and more.

Todd the Fox made a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of his appearance at the 2015 WYSO Community Concert.  Joined by Queen Victoria and Alan Frazier, Todd the Fox gave a musical preview live on Excursions and talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about what he's been up to musically.

The WYSO Community Concert is Sunday, September 13th at RiverScape MetroPark

Members of Manray visited the WYSO studios for a preview of their new album, Classic Jurassic, set to be released this weekend.  The band chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about recording the album and more.

Manray will celebrate the release of Classic Jurassic on September 4th at Blind Bob's.

Kicking off a month-long musical residency on Excursions, the New Old-Fashioned performed live in the WYSO studios ahead of the release of their sophomore full length album, Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights.

The New Old-Fashioned will celebrate the release of Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights on Saturday, September 26th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Having released their new album, No Hotel, The Claudettes returned to the WYSO studios to chat with Music Director Niki Dakota ahead of their Yellow Springs performance.

Ahead of his performance at Oddbody's in Dayton, Ellis Paul visited the WYSO studios for a live, acoustic set on Excursions.  The prolific songwriter talked to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his music, his instrument of choice and more.

Tod Weidner and Ruckus Roboticus
Peter Hayes / WYSO

Dayton native Ruckus Roboticus recently released his latest full-length album, Phantom of the Disco, and visited the WYSO studios ahead of a hometown album release celebration.  He chatted with Excursions fill-in host Tod Weidner about the release and shared a few songs from it.

Ruckus Roboticus will celebrate the release of Phantom of the Disco on Thursday, August 13th at Hole In the Wall in downtown Dayton.

Tanya Maus, from Wilmington College's Peace Resource Center and Kiku Hibino, a musician from Chicago visisted the WYSO studios ahead of Hibino's performance in Yellow Springs. Both had just come from a 12 hour vigil the previous day at Wilmington College remembering the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Kiku plays and sings some of his yet-to-be-recorded music, much inspired by the atomic bombing 70 years ago.