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.

Ways To Connect

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band make a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of their appearance at the Madden Road Music Festival this Saturday in Mutual, Ohio.  Dye is hosting the festival, which takes place in the Mutual, Ohio's historic town hall and proceeds go towards restorations on the building.  More information is available at www.maddenroadmusic.com

courtesy of Muse Machine

Every summer Muse Machine produces a song and dance revue spotlighting the most talented student singers, dancers and musicians in the Greater Dayton area.  Next week they'll do it again.  Here Muse Machine Executive Director Luke Dennis visits the WYSO studios to give Niki Dakota a preview of the show.

Photos by WYSO interns Kent Montgomery and Katie Valley

Captain of Industry spent the past two years on hiatus due to family obligations and one member relocating from Dayton to Portland, Oregon. The band is playing 3 reunion shows, and stopped by the WYSO studios perform live and chat with Excursions host Niki Dakota ahead of their performance Friday night (May 13th) at Gilly's in downtown Dayton with The Receiver, Roley Yuma, and Pretty & Nice.

Hear and download more of Captain of Industry's music by clicking here.

Live music engineered by Tim Berger.

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Doyle Wright of Down Home Bluegrass and Rise When the Rooster Crows.  They talk about Doyle's love for Bluegrass music and how he grew up hearing it on WYSO.

Down Home Bluegrass airs Saturday nights 6-9pm. Rise When the Rooster Crows airs Sunday mornings 6-8am.

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Conrad Balliet of Conrad's Corner. They discuss Conrad's rich history with poetry and the relationship between poetry and song.

Conrad's Corner airs weeknights at 7:59 and is also available as a podcast.

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Rev Cool of Around the Fringe. They discuss the beginnings of Around the Fringe, and Rev Cool's longstanding involvement with the local music scene.

Around the Fringe airs Friday nights, 8pm - midnight.

Wolf Ram Heart hails from Columbus, OH and takes their name from an episode of Angel.  The band visited the WYSO studios ahead of their show at South Tavern Park, and chatted with Niki Dakota about their latest album, Betrayal of Hearts.  Recorded in the Hocking Hills, the band focused on giving the album a sense of place, which they hope to continue when the record their followup, hopefully entirely on equipment powered by solar energy.

Wolf Ram Heart performs tomorrow night at South Park Tavern in Dayton. 

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Cindy Funk, host of the Dear Green Place. They discuss the roots of Celtic music on the WYSO airwaves and Cindy's love for the genre.

The Dear Green Place airs Saturday afternoons, 3 - 5pm.

The Richter Uzur Duo features Viktor Uzur on cello and Brad Richter on guitar.  Uzur and Richter visited the WYSO studio ahead of their performance at the University of Dayton and performed several live songs on Excursions.  The duo chats with Niki Dakota about what brought them together as musical partners and how they make their two instruments work together in composition.  Their latest album, String Theory, is available now.

Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick met in music school at Yale.  Now the classically trained guitarists perform under the name Threefifty Duo.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live performance ahead of a performance at Wittenberg University.

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