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

The Winding Stream is a documentary that explores the many musical generations of the Carter-Cash family. WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota spoke with director Beth Harrington about the film ahead of its local screening.

The Winding Stream will screen at the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Spring on Thursday, March 24th at 7pm featuring live music from the Corndrinkers. 

Joanna Chattman

Rani Arbo and Dasiy Mayhem stopped by the WYSO studios on their way to Springfield for a performance at Clark State.  The band performed live on Excursions and chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their storied career in American roots music. 

Rani Arbo and Daisy Mayhem will perform at Clark State Performing Arts Center's Kuss Auditorium on Friday, March 18th.

Currently on tour in support of their album album, Restless Ones, the Heartless Bastards will be performing in their hometown of Dayton, Ohio.  WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota chatted with the band's Erika Wennerstorm ahead of their visit to the Miami Valley.

Heartless Bastards will perform at Oddbody's on Saturday, March 5th.

Comedian Suzanne Westenhoefer will headline the Antioch School's upcoming comedy gala.  She chatted with WYSO's Niki Dakota on her way to Yellow Springs about her career in comedy, living in the midwest and more.

Suzanne Westenhoefer will perform as part of the Antioch School's comedy gala on March 5th at Antioch College's Foundry Theater.

Weekend of Jazz is a celebration of jazz music in regional high schools hosted by Beavercreek High School, which boasts a robust jazz program. Beavercreek High School Jazz One and director Michael Bisig visited the WYSO studios for a full band preview of the upcoming event live on Excursions.

Weekend of Jazz is March 3rd - 5th at Beavercreek High School.  More info is at: weekendofjazz.org

Dr. Cathy Roma returned to the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota for an update on her various choir projects including her latest project, a collaborative recording of the song Black Lives Matter.

There will be a listening and viewing party for the song and music video of Black Lives Matter on February 24th at the Emporium in Yellow Springs and on Thursday, March 3rd at Third Perk in Dayton.

Considered by some as "the best musical of all time," Guys and Dolls will be presented by Central State University's theater department.  Director John Flemming and several cast members visited the WYSO studios for a preview live on Excursions.

Guys and Dolls in onstage Thursday - Sunday at Central State University's Robeson Auditorum.

courtesy of Dayton Opera

This weekend marks a first for Dayton Opera as the company prepares its first ever presentation of Verdi's Otello.  Dayton Opera artistic director Thomas Bankston joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the production, and Kasia Borowiec performed an aria from the opera live in the studio.

Dayton Opera will perform Otello on Friday, February 26th and Sunday, February 28th at the Schuster Center. More information at: http://daytonperformingarts.org/

After the recent release of Homemade Version, Columbus' Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons are visiting Dayton for a gig at the Trolley Stop.  They stopped by the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions on the way to the show and chatted with Music Director Niki Dakota about the album and more.

Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons will perform at the Trolley Stop in downtown Dayton on Friday, February 19th.

Dayton-based band Manray is back after the last release of the full length album last fall with a new offering, the Feelin' Alright EP, released on Gas Daddy Go.  The band visited the WYSO studios ahead of the release party for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about writing and recording the EP.

Manray will celebrate the release of Feelin' Alright on February 19th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

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