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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Arts & Culture
1:07 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Live on Excursions: Aaron Rourke of Rivers Unlimited

Construction on the Mad River to make it suitable for kayaking
Cindy Funk
  • Part 1 of Niki Dakota's interview with Aaron Rourke
  • Part 2 of Niki Dakota's interview with Aaron Rourke
  • Part 3 of Niki Dakota's interview with Aaron Rourke

Aaron Rourke returns to Excursions to talk about recent projects underway by Rivers Unlimited, an organization devoted to restoring and preserving rivers throughout the state of Ohio.  Rivers Unlimited recently helped efforts to get the Mad River designated as a recreational river with the help of a Dr. Ritter, Wittenberg professor.  

Rivers Unlimited will host a screening of Call of the Scenic River at Wittenberg University on July 27 at 7pm at the Bailey Auditorium 

Music
4:43 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Live on Excursions: Gathering Mercury

Gathering Mercury

Ashley Stacy (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), QuiQue Bucio (Bass, Vocals) JJ Mangold (Drums) and new member Max Mobarry (Lead Guitar, Vocals) are gearing up to release their debut album as Gathering Mercury.

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Music
1:18 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Live on Excursions: Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams of "American Idol" stops by WYSO to perform live on Excursions.

             Before gaining national attention on the TV show “American Idol”, Abrams was playing bass in small restaurants and other venues in his native Los Angeles. After his run on the show, Abrams began work on his self-titled album with fellow musician Elliot Schwartzman and is currently touring the country.

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Film
12:37 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Filmically Perfect's Live Call-In Special 2012

Join the Film Guys, J. Todd Anderson and George Willeman, along with host Niki Dakota as they kick off a new season of Filmically Perfect with a live call-in special. 

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Music
12:44 pm
Wed July 4, 2012

Live on Excursions: Sport Fishing USA

Rock trio “Sport Fishing USA” visits WYSO to chat with Niki Dakota during this installment of Excursions. 

Local brothers Nathan and Brendan Moore began writing and recording music in 2010. Starting out as a studio-only project, the brothers soon realized that they had stumbled upon something too good to not share. The brothers then recruited drummer David Byrne and have been playing near and far ever since.

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