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

Jerry Kenney / WYSO

Home Free are an a cappella group that won season 4 of NBC's Sing Off, but the group has been around for nearly 14 years.  The members of Home Free visited the WYSO studios ahead of a local performance and spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about their history, their sound and their television experience.

Home Free will perform tonight at Wright State University's Apollo Room.

Aaron Cline

Tune into this broadcast of Excursions to hear multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter Paige Beller become the first live musician to be a part of Thursday Threads. In addition to this, you can hear Niki and Paige talk about Paige’s upcoming performance at the Cityfolk Reunion, her incredibly busy schedule, the wide range of bands that she's a part of, and much more. 

Evie Ladin and Keith Terry Live on Excursions

Jun 19, 2014

Musician, dancer, singer, and songwriter Evie Ladin came by the WYSO studios with percussionist, dancer, and educator Keith Terry, who specializes in body percussion. Evie and Keith talk about how they first met at Antioch College, Keith’s unique music style, Evie’s previous experience as a dancer with Rhythm in Shoes, as well as their June 18th performance at the Glen Helen building here in Yellow Springs. Tune in to hear all of this plus four fantastic songs performed by Evie and Terry just for us.

Tom Duffee and Linda Scutt of traditional country band The Corn Drinkers came by the WYSO studios to play a few songs and to talk about their upcoming performance at the Cityfolk Reunion. Duffee is a long time music host at WYSO and currently runs the country music show The Midnight Ramble on Saturdays 9:00pm - midnight. In addition to talking about their involvement with Cityfolk, Tom and Linda tell the story of how they started the Corn Drinkers thirty eight years ago and how that led to their marriage.

Human Race Theatre Presents Play It By Heart

Jun 14, 2014

WYSO was joined by many guests from the Human Race Theatre Company production of the musical Play it by Heart, which is being shown in the Loft Theatre in Dayton. Co-composer and lyricist David Spangler as well producing artistic director Kevin Moore discuss the origins of the play, David’s musical influences, and the empowerment of women in modern country music. Cast members Trisha Rapier and Kathryn Boswell even sing two phenomenal songs for us accompanied by Music Director Nils-Petter Ankarblom on the piano and Assistant Music Director Jay Brunner on the guitar.

Matt Wabnitz, Casey Campbell, Ian Mathieu and Scott Risner of the Americana/Folk band Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle came by the WYSO studios to chat and play some songs for us. Listen in to hear the band talk about their newly released EP, the fourteen months it took to get the band together, the recent insurgence of the word buffalo in band and album names, and so much more.

For more information on the band or for upcoming shows you can go to http://www.pricehillhustle.com/home

Sarah Caplan/WYSO

On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, The Dayton Gay Men's Chorus will present the Dayton premiere of an oratorio that reflects the life of Harvey Milk, the first elected openly gay man to hold public office in California. The work, composed by Tony nominated Andrew Lippa, weaves elements of Milk's life, from childhood to his assassination in November of 1978. 

Checking In With James McMurtry

May 30, 2014

Musician, singer, and songwriter James McMurtry called into the WYSO studios in the middle of his North American tour. McMurtry talked about a range of subjects from cell phones and their impact on the United States, his father Larry McMurtry’s new book, his upcoming album to be released in October, to his son’s musical career.

For more information on James McMurtry and upcoming shows, visit http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com/index.html

Faith Morgan on the Passive House Revolution

May 22, 2014

Filmmaker and board member of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, Faith Morgan came by the WYSO studios to talk about her newest documentary Passive House Revolution. Listen below to hear Faith explain what a passive house is, and the distinction between passive and passive solar. Faith also talks about global climate change and the effects that inefficient buildings have on our environment.

Sunni Russo visited the WYSO studios to talk about the Cityfolk Festival Reunion on Sunday, June 22nd at downtown Dayton's Courthouse Square,where the festival began. Russo spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the bands that will be playing the reunion which include Son Del Caribe, Corndrinkers, and Stivers Jazz Combo. She says that there will also be a food truck and special activities for kids. The event will be free of charge and a fundraiser will be taking place at BD's Mongolian Grill at The Greene on May 21st to support cover production costs.

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