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
2:27 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Speaking Suns on Excursions 3/11/2013

Speaking sons is one of six bands that will appearing at 8pm on Saturday, March 16th during Antistoch: a benefit for WYSO 91.3fm. The event will take place at The Glen Helen Building located at 405/505 Corry St. in Yellow Springs. All Proceeds from the event will go to support WYSO.

Speaking Suns are Jacob Diebold, Sam Compston, David Byrne, and Graham King. The band got their start around 3 years ago in Yellow Springs, OH.

For more information about Antistoch visit the events page on www.wyso.org or search "Speaking Suns" on Facebook.

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Arts & Culture
11:21 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Thrash About Dayton 2.25.2013

In this month's edition of Thrash About Dayton, Don Thrasher talked about the latest album out on the local Dayton record label, Atom Records. The new album is "Barrier Reef" by The Nicky Kay Orchestra. They are an instrumental band consisting of two keyboard players, 2 guitarists, a violin, bass, and drums. For more information about this album, visit www.atomrecords.com

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Arts & Culture
12:59 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Such a Night: The Last Waltz Live in Dayton

In 1976, The Band hosted a farewell tour at The Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco that featured more than a dozen special guests that inspired The Band and others that were influenced by them including: Paul Butterfield, Eric Clapton, Neil Diamond, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Ronnie Hawkins, Dr. John, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, Muddy Waters, Ronnie Wood, Bobby Charles, Neil Young, and the Staple Singers. Now in 2013, the famous documentary filmed by Martin Scorsese will be reenacted in its entirety at Gilly's in Dayton.

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Music
4:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Cast of Recreation of The Last Waltz on 'Excursions'

In 1976 The Band, a hugely influential band of the 1960's and '70's gave a historic farewell concert which they named The Last Waltz. The many guest performers included Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan and Eric Clapton and the concert was filmed and turned into the documentary, The Last Waltz, by Martin Scorsese. This Sunday at Gilly's Niteclub in Dayton over 30 local artists will recreate this concert in a live extravaganza to benefit the Dayton Foodbank.

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Music
11:44 am
Fri February 8, 2013

The Ohio Players' bassist Marshall Jones on Excursions

Last Tuesday Niki Dakota was joined by Basim Blunt, a Community Voices Producer and the bass player for the Ohio Players, Marshall Jones, to talk about music, Dayton, the Ohio Players and, of course, Leroy Sugarfoot Bonner, the Ohio Players' lead singer who passed away last week.

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