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

Juliet Fromholt / WYSO

This year marks the fourth annual Dayton Dia de los Muertos celebration.  The day is a celebration of life and loved ones in the Mexican tradition with a parade, imagery of sugar skulls and more.  Three of the organizers, London Coe, Gabriela Pickett, and Tiffany Clark visited the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota about the tradition and this year's event.

Dia de los Muertos Dayton will take place on Sunday, November 1st with a parade down Fifth Street and will culminate at the Missing Peace Art Space.

Filmmakers Eryn Montgomery and Kel Lind join WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the films they're presenting in this weekend's Big Lens Film Festival, which showcases new work from Wright State University's film program.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Friday, October 16th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Ahead of his appearance in Dayton, comedian Bill Burr chats with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his comedy, podcasting and more.

Bill Burr will perform at the Schuster Center on October 20th at 7pm.

Actor and comedian Tim Meadows joins WYSO Music Director live in the studio on Excursions for a conversation about his career, musical inspiration and more.

Tim Meadows will perform at Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton on October 2nd and 3rd.

Local filmmaker and photographer Jennifer Taylor and musician and filmmaker Tim Gebard visit the WYSO studio to talk about their collaboration, The Fall League.  The film tells the story of a senior citizens softball league and is gaining national attention.  Tim and his son Aaron also performed music from the film live in the WYSO studios.

Midwest Outdoor Experience brings music and outdoor culture together
courtesy of Five Rivers Metroparks

Brent Ansligner from Five Rivers MetroParks joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio for a preview of the Midwest Outdoor Experience, a two day festival of music and outdoor culture. 

Midwest Outdoor Experience is October 2nd and 3rd at Eastwood MetroPark.

Comedian Emo Philips joins WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio ahead of his appearances at Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton.  They discuss his return to Dayton, his writing process and more.

Emo Philips performs at Wiley's Comedy Club in the Oregon District September 24-26th.

Ahead of the Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, Jake Kouwe of the Chardon Polka Band caught up with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his band's unique brand of polka music.

The Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest is Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th.

Before heading to their upcoming show tonight (September, 19 2015) in Columbus, musicians Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky stopped by the WYSO studios to chat with Music Director, Niki Dakota. They'll perform at the Six String Concert at the Agnes Jeffrey Schedd Theater Columbus School for Girls

You can find out more about the project here.

Byrd Photography

Gran Bel Fisher return to the WYSO studios in the midst of their latest tour in support of Yokefellow, their new album.  The duo performed live on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about their latest album, their travels and more.

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