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
4:04 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Urban Nights To Highlight The Best of Downtown Dayton

Urban Nights in downtown Dayton
Credit Lynn Adams

Courtney Deutsch of the Downtown Dayton Partnership called into the WYSO studios yesterday to talk about tonight’s Urban Nights event. Courtney told us all about the exciting things that will be happening at Urban Nights such as live music, runway shows, local artists selling prints, makeovers, Dayton dining, and much more. Tune in below to hear all of the details about the happenings at Downtown Dayton’s Urban Nights.

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Arts & Culture
1:59 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Dayton Philharmonic, Human Race Collaborate For Best of Broadway

Neal Gittleman, the director and Conductor of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra, came by the WYSO studios on May 1st along with Sean Michael Flowers, the vocal director of the Dayton Philharmonic, and guest artists from the Human Race Theater Company, Katie Pees and Jay Pierce. They came in to talk about the collaboration between Human Race Theater and the Dayton Philharmonic for their upcoming show “The Best of Broadway," and gave a little preview in the form of  three fantastic songs from the upcoming show.

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Books
11:05 am
Fri May 2, 2014

The Minimalists To Speak At DVAC

Ryan Nicodemus and Joshua Fields, authors of Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists

Joshua Fields, author of As a Decade Fades, called into the WYSO studios to talk about his newest book Everything That Remains: A Memoir by the Minimalists, co written with Ryan Nicodemus. Joshua talks about what inspired him to become a minimalist, writing, and the many forms of minimalism.

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Music
4:11 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Rebellum Live on Excursions

Rebellum

Rebellum came by the WYSO studios after playing the first of two nights in Dayton on their U.S. ‘pre tour’ to the release of their debut album The Darknuss. Listen as they talk about their new album, where they are from, as well as the four shows that they're playing in Dayton. If you tune in, you will also get to live renditions of four songs from their album The Darknuss, which will be released later this year.

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Music
1:53 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Rob Fetters Live on Excursions

Rob Fetters in the WYSO studio
Credit Dennie Eagleson

A staple of the Cincinnati music scene performing solo as well as with the Psychodots, Rob Fetters has also enjoyed a long career in commercial music.  Fetters visited the WYSO studio to perform acoustic versions of songs from his latest solo album, Saint Ain't, and spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the process of writing and recording the album as well his storied musical career.

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