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.

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Music
5:42 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Giant Steps Visit Excursions

The Giant Steps

The Giant Steps have stayed true to their name.  In a few years the group won Canal Street Tavern's Dayton Band Playoffs, produced their Transitions album and continued their careers as students.  The band visited the WYSO studios ahead of a performance at Canal Street Tavern and shared live music and conversion with Excursions host Niki Dakota.

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Music
1:59 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Sam Bodary Says Goodbye to Excursions (That's Me!)

WYSO interns Sam Bodary and Rory Papania
Credit Juliet Fromholt

I am Sam Bodary. I have been the summer intern for Niki Dakota on Excursions for the past three or so months. One of my responsibilities is to post here when we have live guests on the show, be it an interview, performance, or a little of both. Welp, I have run into a small predicament.

I was the live guest. This may read a bit awkwardly.

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Film
1:15 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Hannah Beachler Joins Us for a Chat on Excursions

Hannah Beachler is a graduate from the Wright State University film school and the lead production designer for the film Fruitvale Station. Niki talked to her about her experience working on the film and sculpting the landscape around the actors. They also discuss the real events that inspired the inspiration of a feature film.

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Music
1:55 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Streetcorner Symphony and Eleventh Hour Stop By Excursions

  A cappella music filled the noon hour today on Excursions as two great groups shared songs with us. Eleventh Hour, a high school pop a cappella group from Kettering Fairmont performed first with three covers. Niki chatted it up with the group's current members and about the yearly rotation of voices in the group. After that, Streetcorner Symphony, shared some tunes. They are an all male, professional group based out of Nashville, Tennessee. They just released a new album, Southern Autumn Nostalgia, consisting of all original tunes. 

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Art
1:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Steve and Julia of Reinvention Portraits Stop by Excursions

Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert chatted with Niki today about the most recent of their projects, debuting at the Dayton Art Institute tonight. It's called Reinvention Portraits, and if you listen to this station in the slightest, you've probably heard of their work before. They discuss the growth of the project and its presentation at the Dayton Art Institute tonight.

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