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

Sharon Lane To Perform At Backyard Boogie

May 18, 2018
Sharon Lane
Music Connection Dayton

Longtime Dayton singer-songwriter Sharon Lane stopped by the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota ahead of her performance at this year's Backyard Boogie festival. Lane spoke with Dakota, and shared music and poetry in a live performance.

Sharon Lane is performing at the 2018 Backyard Boogie festival, running from June 1-3 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, OH. More information can be found at backyardboogie.live.

Andrew Calhoun
Jennifer Berman/Antioch College

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Andrew Calhoun joins WYSO's Niki Dakota on Excursions for a conversation and performance ahead of his show this week in Yellow Springs.

Andrew Calhoun is performing at the Vernet Ecological Institute (Glen Helen Building) on May 9. The event is free for Antioch faculty and students. For more information, email jberman@antiochcollege.edu or call (937) 971-8477.

Backyard Boogie flyer
via Facebook

Backyard Boogie is returning this June to the Miami Valley. Event coordinators Shane Dobson and Stephanie Pearce joined Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions to talk about the family (and pet) friendly festival, and its new venue, Adventures on the Great Miami.

Backyard Boogie is June 1-3 at Adventures on the Great Miami in Tipp City, OH. More information can be found at backyardboogie.live.

Kelsey Cassidy

New Brunswick, Canada's Stephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun stopped by the WYSO studios before their show this week at Hannah's in Dayton to talk with Niki Dakota about their loop-based performance style, and share some music live on Excursions.

Stephen Lewis and The Big Band of Fun will perform at Hannah's in Dayton on Thursday, May 3, joined by local band Beesly.

Local band Paul's Apartment is back for a special reunion show this week at Peach's in Yellow Springs. Ahead of the show, the band returned to the WYSO studios for the first time since 2002 to talk band history and share some recordings on Excursions with Niki Dakota. 

Pauls Apartment will perform with Country Provisions at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs on Friday, May 4.

Fresh Local Producers / Facebook

Founder of Cincinnati-based electronic producers group Fresh Local Producers and local DJ (and former WYSO intern) Barry Leohnard sit down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions to share some music and talk about the growing local community of electronic music artists.

For more info on these guests, check out Fresh Local Producers and DJ Barry Leohnard on Facebook.

The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument is in Wilberforce, Ohio

Dr. Joy Young, superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument at Wilberforce, Ohio, returned to Excursions to talk as the monument prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary as part of the National Parks System and National Park Week.  She talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the monument's namesake Charles Young, the importance of history and more.

Learn more about the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument at: https://www.nps.gov/chyo/index.htm

Mick Montgomery
Jennifer Taylor

A new book on legendary Dayton music promoter/ Canal Street Tavern owner Mick Montgomery is on the way. Editor Jim Hedrick and Mick's son Eli Montgomery join WYSO's Niki Dakota live on Excursions to discuss the book (mostly written by Mick prior to his death), share some archival recordings, and tell stories from the Montgomery era of Canal Street Tavern and the Dayton music scene.

Niki Dakota / WYSO

The nineteen-piece Wright State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brian Cashwell, visited the WYSO studios ahead of their spring performance for a live set on Excursions.

The Wright State University Jazz Ensemble will perform at Wright State' Creative Arts Center on April 19 at 8pm. Learn more at: https://www.wright.edu/events/jazz-ensemble-8

Dayton area native Alexis Gomez returns to the Miami Valley for a performance at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Ahead of the show, Gomez visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic set on Excursions with Niki Dakota.

Alexis Gomez will perform at the Yellow Cab on April 13 with Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway and Kyleen Downes.