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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Film
3:00 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

Producer Julia Riechert on Excursions

Julia Reichert joined Niki Dakota on Excursions to talk about the upcoming premiere of the short documentary Sparkle. Reichert is an award winning documentary film maker with her partner Steve Bognar. This latest film tells the story of Sheri 'Sparkle' Williams a dancer with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company (DCDC) and her journey after what should have a career ending injury and the history of the DCDC. Williams has been dancing with the DCDC since she was nine and since then has become central to the company.

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Arts & Culture
2:16 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

The Coffin Daggers Come to Town for Yelloween

The Coffin Daggers

Saturday night marks the third annual Yelloween celebration in downtown Yellow Springs.  Organizer Brother Bear visited the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota about this year's event, which has a sci-fi theme.  The celebration will feature live music from the Coffin Daggers, a New York-based surf punk band with a sci-fi twist of its own, that also stopped by the WYSO studios to share some music ahead of their live performance.

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Music
3:43 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Joe Crow Ryan Live on Excursions

Joe Crow Ryan

Joe Crow Ryan is a well known NYC musician whose subway performances have caught the attention of music fans and writers far and wide including Vice magazine, which produced a documentary about Ryan's busking career.

Joe Crow will perform at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs on October 15th at 7pm.

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Music
1:54 pm
Fri October 12, 2012

David Wilcox Live on Excursions

David Wilcox
Rhys Albrecht

Singer-songwriter David Wilcox has a long history with Yellow Springs and WYSO, having attended Antioch College.  He returns to the area ahead of a performance in Springfield to lend support to WYSO's Fall Membership Drive, sharing songs and stories with Niki Dakota.

David Wilcox will perform with Susan Werner on Friday, October 12th at Kuss Auditorium in Springfield.

Music
11:14 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Miami Valley Music Men Perform on Excursions

The Miami Valley Music Men

The Miami Valley Music Men features 4 quartets and over 35 local men who gather regularly to sing together in traditional barbershop harmonies.  Two of the quartets, Treblemakers and The Daytones, visited the WYSO studios to share some tunes and talk about their upcoming performance: Movie Night, which will feature music performed by the quartets and the larger choral-style group.

The Miami Valley Music Men will perform their annual concert on Saturday, October 13th at the Randy Chisholm Memorial Auditorium on Smithville Road in Dayton.

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