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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Arts & Culture
12:21 am
Sat December 1, 2012

The Human Race Theatre Presents Oliver!

The Human Race Theatre is proud to present the reductionist version of Oliver! directed by Alan Souza. The show runs from November 29th - December 22nd at The Loft Theatre in Dayton.   The musical is based off of Charles Dicken's famous novel Oliver Twist which became a literary phenomenon in England around the 1830's. Many years later the book became a musical and a movie. The music of Oliver! was performed by many famous divas including Judy Garland and Shirley Bassey.

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Music
10:27 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Thrash About Dayton. 11/26/2012.

On this months segment of Thrash About Dayton, music and arts writer for the Dayton Daily News, Don Thrasher, talked about the Xenia, OH based band, The New Old-Fashioned. Their Debut album will be released on December 7th, 2012 at Canal Street Tavern during their CD release party. Special guests will include Tim Pritchard and The Boxcar Suite, and Absinthe Junk from Nasville, TN.

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Arts & Culture
1:20 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Jerri Stanard talks about K-12 Gallery in Dayton

Jerri Stanard, founder of the K-12 Gallery stopped by the WYSO studios to talk about the gallery and art.  The 6,000 sq ft., decorated building is located at 510 E. 3rd St. in Dayton. The school teaches art to children of all ages as well as adults. Stanard also hosts art competitions for different age grounds

Jerri got her start as an art teacher in 1993 when she helped out with a children's art event which saw around 150 people. Now, almost 20 years later, she has taught numerous children of all ages how to create art with different materials.

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Arts & Culture
12:35 pm
Mon November 12, 2012

The Footmen Live on Excursions

On November 9th, 2012, WYSO welcomed Jason and Jerry from the band The Footmen into the studio live on Excursions. The band consists of the two brothers, Jason and Jerry, and a madolin player, Chris McFadden. While in the studio, they performed their songs "Bright Eyes," "American Spirit," "Runaway American Train," and "Bitter Rhapsody."

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Music
10:30 am
Wed November 7, 2012

Four Schillings Short Live on Excursions

Four Schillings Short spend most of their time on the road.  Their current project is called Around the World in 30 instruments, which incorporates traditional instruments from around the world played in both traditional and modern styles.  Four Schillings Short made a return visit to the WYSO studios to perform on Excursions and talk about the eclectic collection of musical instruments.

Four Schillings Short will perform at the Cedarville Library on Wednesday, November 7th at 2pm and at 6:30pm at the Yellow Springs Library.

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