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
10:55 am
Wed October 10, 2012

Dawns Live on Excursions

Hailing from Montana, songwriter David Boone's project Dawns began with a batch of songs sent to a UK producer Danton Supple.  This resulted in Boone traveling to the UK to work with Supple and a host of musicians including a string arranger.  Boone travels with a six-piece band but also performs acoustic.  He visited the WYSO studios for an acoustic performance and spoke about the experience of working on the various incarnations of the Dawns project.

Boone will perform at Ghostlight Coffee on October 9th.

Music
11:39 am
Mon October 8, 2012

BJSR Live on Excursions

On October 5th, 2012, Ben Rivet aka. BJSR stopped by Excursions to chat with Niki Dakota about his yoga / music project called Go W/ The Flow, and perform a few songs. While at the station, he demonstrated his looping station which allows him to create one person songs using mathematical phrasing.

Ben performed this past weekend, on October 6th,  at the Midwest Outdoor Experience. He hit the stage once at 3pm where he performed his own music, and again at 7pm for an hour of Go W/ The Flow yoga.

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Around the Miami Valley
1:21 pm
Fri October 5, 2012

The Midwest Outdoor Experience Takes Place This Weekend, Oct. 5-6.

The Midwest Outdoor experience kicks off today, Oct. 5th, at 6:00pm, and will last until tomorrow night, Oct. 6th, at Eastwood Metropark.  Teamed with Dayton Music Festival and vendors from around the country, this year's event is expected to draw a larger crowd than in recent years.

This year's event will provide activities for the whole family icluding: camping, fly fishing, climbing, slacklining, IMBA bike village, geocaching, and disc golf. There will also be a 5k run taking place this evening. More experienced athletes can compete in any of the competitions.

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Music
1:18 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

Ashley Martin live on Excursions

Ashley Martin, from Springboro, OH, attended school at Belmont University in Nashville, TN where she studied Music Business. She has recorded with such music talents as Frankie Ballard.

On Monday October 1st, 2012, Ashley made her radio debut on Excursions with Niki Dakota. During the show, she performed "Hello Lonely" and "Heartbreak Medicine" from her album Torn.

She kicks off the Midwest Outdoor Experience on Friday at 6:30pm. The event will take place on October 5-6. For more information visit www.Outdoorx.org or www.metroparks.org

Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Fred Bartenstein Helps Tell the Story of a Bluegrass Bluesman

Fred Bartenstein has been a bluegrass presence on the WYSO airwaves since the 1980's hosting programs such as Bluegrass Countdown and Banks of the Ohio.  Recently he edited Bluegrass Bluesman: A Memoir, which captures the stories and reflections of Josh Graves, an American musician who born in 1927. 

Bartenstein joins Excursions host Niki Dakota in the WYSO studio to talk about Graves' life and music and the process of compiling material for the book.

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