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.


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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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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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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1:27 am
Sat February 2, 2013

William The Accountant Live on Excursions 2/1/2013

Accounting has never sounded better than when it's involved with the creative minds of Kevin Bednar, Zachary Tamplin, Andrew Hahn, Chris Murphy, and Kevin Luce. They are the five members that make up Excursions' latest musical guests, William The Accountant." They will be part of the third annual Dayton Does Dayton at Canal Street Tavern this weekend, February 1st and 2nd at 7pm. The members of the band have roots in Columbus, Springfield and Yellow Springs. While in the WYSO studio they performed songs off their album, "Strophes," including: "To be a creator," "Mail Rooms," and "134."

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12:30 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Cinder Home Live on Excursions. 2/1/2012

Among many of great bands attending this year's third annual Dayton Does Dayton event at Canal Street Tavern this weekend, February 1st and 2nd, is Cinder Home. They are Shawn Zerkle (Guitar/vocals), Calvin Garber (Guitar/Mandolin/Perc.), Gabe Cottrel (Banjo/Perc./Vocals), Meredith Miles (Viola), and Trey Miller (Bass).

Cinder Home will take the stage at Canal Street Tavern during Dayton Does Dayton on Friday, February 1st. For more information about Cinder Home or Dayton Does Dayton search them on Facebook or visit

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