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

Dayton's Dia de Los Muertos celebration is a family-friendly tradition that mixes art and Mexican culture.  Ahead of the parade and celebration, Sue Elam and Tiffany Clark visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about preparations. 

Dia de Los Muetros Dayton is Sunday, October 29  beginning at 2pm at the Yellow Cab and culminating at Missing Peace Art Space. On Wednesday, October 22, Toxic Brew in the Oregon District will host a sugar skull nightlight painting party with proceeds benefittng the celebration.

Members of Nasty Bingo, Miss Lissa and Co, Rites of Venus and Rachel Litteral joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio for a musical preview of the second annual Brews & Blues event.  The musicians shared some songs and talked about collaborative nature of the event and their love for the blues.

Brews & Blues is Saturday, October 21 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton. More information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/309339626198723

Yellow Springs musician Eric Leonhardt Brown returned to Excursions to talk with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his new album, Climbing Mountains Across The Shoreline Of Your Thought. They were joined by local film producer Elias Kelley who created music videos and documented the album's development.  Brown and Kelley shared songs from the concept album and talked about the process of composing and recording the project. 

Yellow Springs songwriter Emma Lee Woodruff returns to the WYSO studios to share some live music and talk with Music Director Niki Dakota about finding her voice, her musical career so far and more.

Nick Oliver / Popticals

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is a weekend of outdoor recreation, music and community at Eastwood MetroPark.  As setup was underway, MetroParks Outdoor Recreation Program Manager Brett Anslinger spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about this year's event.

Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/WagnerSubaruOutdoorExperience/

Scottish singer Julie Fowlis visited the WYSO studios ahead of her performance at Clark State Performing Arts Center. She spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota and Dear Green Place host Cindy Funk about singing in Gaelic, her upcoming album Alterum, and more.

Speaking Suns
Khalil Nasar

Members of Speaking Suns visited the WYSO studios to share tracks from their new two-disc album, Range. They spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about writing and recording the album, the upcoming release show and more.

Speaking Suns will celebrate the release of Range on Saturday, September 30 at Pretty House in Dayton. More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/114909342522533

Comedian and RV enthusiast Luke Capasso returned to the WYSO studios for a conversation with Niki Dakota about his latest set, the differences between comedy in the U.S. and U.K. and more.

Luke Capasso will perform at the Yellow Springs Arts Center on Corry Street on Saturday, September 23 at 8:30pm.

Tony Holloway's 'A Caregiver's Mixtape' tells the story of his wife's stage IV cancer diagnosis and the changes in his family as he stepped into the role of caregiver.

Josh Krajcik
Red Generation Photography

Songwriter Josh Krajcik visited the WYSO studios ahead of his performance in Clifton.  He gave a musical preview live on Excrusions and chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

Josh Krajcik will perform at Clifton Opera House on September 15 at 7pm