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
11:40 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Collaboration Results in Ruckus Roboticus' T.G.I.F.

Ruckus Roboticus discovered Spanky Wilson when she released a record in 2006.  Later when Ruckus was writing a new song, he knew he wanted Spanky Wilson as a vocalist.  The resulting single is "T.G.I.F." which will be released on September 21st. 

Ruckus Roboticus will celebrate the release of "T.G.I.F." and premiere the music video on September 20th at One Eyed Jacks in Fairborn.

Music
10:43 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Magic Jackson Releases Venus In Transit

Magic Jackson

The vibe of a summer in the 1970s is alive and well on Magic Jackson's new album, Venus In Transit.  For their sophomore album, the band sought feedback from friends and fans before the release to ensure they captured the sound they were seeking.  Magic Jackson will celebrate the release of Venus in Transit on Saturday, September 15 at Canal Street Tavern.  Nathan Lewis visisted the WYSO studios to share from tracks from the new album and spoke with Niki Dakota about the recording process.

Around the Miami Valley
1:00 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Tecumseh Land Trust Prepares for Annual Auction

One of the properties under easement through Tecumseh Land Trust
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Tecumseh Land Trust is devoted to helping land owners protect and preserve their farms and nature lands.  Executive Director Krista Magaw joins Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about their mission and the upcoming silent auction that will benefit Tecumseh Land Trust's efforts. 

The 8th Annual Tecumseh Land Trust Harvest Auction is September 21st at the Hollenbeck Bayley Center in Springfield.

Music
12:48 pm
Wed September 12, 2012

Pop Wagner Live on Excursions

Pop Wagner
Mel Floyd

Like his brother Bodie, Pop Wagner's musical roots were influenced by his time in Yellow Springs.  He continues to collaborate with many noted players in the folk and traditional music community, traveling across the United States and the world performing.  Pop Wagner visited the new WYSO studios to perform live and chat with Music Director Niki Dakota about his local musical roots, the early days of Prairie Home Companion and his work to celebrate the legacy of Woodie Guthrie.

Music
2:00 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

A Sampling of 90s Reloaded With Epistone and Louie Wood Jr. Live on Excursions

On August 31st, several local bands will pay tribute to a more recently bygone decade of music in the 90s Reloaded show.  One of those bands, Epistone, visited the WYSO studios to give listeners a sample of what they can experience at Canal Street Tavern during 90s Reloaded with a live set in the WYSO studios.  Promoter and DJ Louie Wood Jr. also joined Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the origins of the event and share his favorite 90s songs.

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