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

On Friday the 13th, Babbling April will celebrate the release of their debut EP with a show at Blind Bob's in the Oregon District.  They'll be joined onstage by Grenades!?, who recently released their own debut album, Interrobang.  Members of both bands visited the WYSO studios for a conversation with Niki Dakota on Excursions and shared tracks from these new releases.

Babbling April and Grenades!? will perform Friday, February 13th, at Blind Bobs in downtown Dayton.

Louisville's Vessel stopped by the WYSO studio on their way to a Columbus gig for a live set on Excursions.  The six-piece band chatted with Music Director Niki Dakota about their latest release, upcoming shows and more.

Vessel will perform at Old Crow in Middletown on Saturday, February 7th.

Guitar player Eric Loy returns to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  He spoke with Music Director Niki Dakota about his unique playing style, the visual nature of guitar music and more.

Eric Loy will perform at the Spirited Goat Coffeehouse in Yellow Springs on Saturday, February 7th. 

Both a drummer and bass player, Ryan Simpson is now exploring guitar and vocals.  Ahead of his performance at the songwriters in the round session at the 60s vs 70s tribute show, Simpson visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.

Ryan Simpson will perform at the 60 vs 70s tribute show on January 30th at Gilly's.

Craigslist originally brought the members of Top Hat Black together nearly two years ago.  With an EP released in August, the band is forging ahead and visited the WYSO studios for an acoustic performance on Excursions. 

Top Hat Black will perform on January 17th at Peaches in Yellow Springs.

Indiana band and Dayton-based artist Ridge Clint Higgins are among the over 30 participants in this year's Songwriters Solstice fundraiser at Ghostlight Coffee to benefit the Dayton Foodbank.  They visited the WYSO studios ahead of the event to perform live on Excursions and spoke with Niki Dakota about their musical roots and more.

Songwriters Solstice is December 19th and 20th at Ghostlight Coffee. 

The members of Gran Bel Fisher returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their performance in Yellow Springs for a live in-studio performance on Excursions.  They spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their upcoming record and the Kickstarter campaign to support it.

Gran Bel Fisher will perform at Peaches in Yellow Springs on December 20th.

Willy Clark's musical career began with busking, which is how WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota first experienced his music.  Clark visited the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions and talked with Dakota about songwriting and his musical journey.

Willy Clark will perform at One Eyed Jackson on Saturday, December 20th.

In early 2015, the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company will debut a new work choreographed by Kiesha Lalama.  Heart Shakes is based on the music of the Alabama Shakes and tells the story of different phases of a relationship through dance.  Lalama visited the WYSO studios along with DCDC's Jay Peterson to talk about the work, which is making its world premiere in Dayton.

DCDC will present Heart Shakes on January 31st at the Victoria Theater.

Delivering the album to the WYSO Studios just in time for Wednesday premieres, Trey Stone visited Excursions to share some songs from his new holiday album and talk with Niki Dakota about the whirlwind process of writing and recording "Sing About Christmas."

"Sing About Christmas" by Trey Stone and the Ringers is available now.

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