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.


11:23 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Reyna and Dana Live on Excursions. 1/30/2012

WYSO welcomed into the studio the music of Reyna and Dana. The duo consists of Reyna Spears on piano and Dana Farley on guitar. Both are also part of a local band known as Curious Animals. Reyna Spears is from a family of missionaries. She spent part of her childhood in Peru. Dana Farley has made appearences on WYSO in the past including a performance with a bluegrass band in the 1970's.

Reyna and Dana will perforn live, February 2nd, at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton during Dayton Does Dayton. The show is part of a two night extravaganza of music from local artists.

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2:53 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Dennie Eagleson talks about Meme: A Cultural Transmission on Excursions

Meme: Culture in Transmission is currently showing at the Herndon Gallery on the Antioch College campus. The Creative Director of the gallery, Dennie Eagleson and one of the exhibit's contributing artists, Will Davis, talked with Nikki Dakota on Excursions about the exhibit. The idea for the exhibit grew up around the concept.

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1:31 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Live on Excursions: The Savory Chickens

WYSO was pleased to welcome live into the studio, The Savory Chickens. They will be playing on January 19th at the Springfield Arts Musuem during the opening reception of Outside in Ohio. The event starts at 5:30pm, and The Savory Chickens take the stage at 6:30pm.

The Savory Chickens are mostly a family based band consisting of Ricky Barnes on guitar and vocals, his two children, Henry and Audrey Barnes both on fiddle and vocals, Matt Newman on bass, and Michael Falk on Banjo. Ricky raised his two children on classical and fiddle music from a young age.

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3:14 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Live on Excursions: The Half Shebang

The Half Shebang are Kevin Milner and Lindsey Rogers. They are a local Dayton and Cincinnati Ohio based folk/indie band. They performed at Ghostlight Coffee on Friday January 4th at 8pm along with Todd Widener. They have performed three or four times to date including an appearance on Kaleidoscope on WYSO. While on Excursions, they performed some of their songs including "Demons" and "Ireland."

Ghostlight Coffee in located on 1201 Wayne Avenue in Dayton, OH. For more information visit The Half Shebang on Facebook or go to

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Arts & Culture
1:50 pm
Sat December 15, 2012

Crazy Joe and Richard Stockton Talk About The Professors and Tyrd Fyrgysyn. 12/14/2012

Crazy Joe (a college professor) and Richard Stockton (works with Yellow Springs water) visited the WYSO studios to talk about their band, The Professors which formed ten years ago. They are currently working on a new album. They perform on Saturday, December 15th at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton with Tyrd Fyrgysyn and the Masterxploders.

For more information about the show, visit

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