WYSO

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

Members of Dayton Inspires and the University of Dayton's service fraternity, Gamma Epsilon Lambda, joined Niki Dakota live in the WYSO studio to talk about the upcoming neighborhood clean-up, happening in the Wright-Dunbar community in West Dayton. 

Dayton Inspire's and GEL's Dayton Clean-Up is Saturday, April 8th beginning at 9:30am at the Mount Enon Baptist Church on East Third Street.  The next public clean-up will be in May. 

Dayton native Jordan Hull returned to the Miami Valley for a live performance in the WYSO studios on Excursions ahead of the local release celebration of his new album Somewhere Is a Place to Be. Hull talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the album, his musical history and more.

Jordan Hull will perform at Blind Bob's on Thursday, April 6th with MeTime and Jesse Remnant.

Cincinnati duo Dawg Yawp visited the WYSO studios ahead of their performance at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  They performed songs from their self-titled debut album and chatted with Niki Dakota about their unique guitar and sitar sound, upcoming performances, and more.

Dawg Yawp will perform at the Yellow Cab with M Ross Perkins and Andy Gabbard and G Whizz on Friday, March 31st.

This weekend continues a series of events celebrating the life and work of poet Langston Hughes with two vocal performances.  Jeremy Winston, director of the Central State University Chorus, and Cathy Roma, director of the World House Choir, joined Niki Dakota live in the studio along with soloist Charles Williams to talk about Hughes' work as set to music.  Kevin McGruder joined the conversation via the phone.

Wright State University's Arts Gala is a six hour showcase of student work in the school's Creative Arts Center.  Jennie Buckwalter, Assistant Dean for Community and Student Engagement for Wright State's College of Liberal Arts, joined Niki Dakota live in the studio along with several Wright State University students to talk about this year event. 

The 18th Annual Wright State Arts Gala is Saturday, April 8th, 6pm - midnight.  Learn more at: https://www.wright.edu/artsgala

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery's Super Science Saturday series provides immersive family activities at the Museum.  The 2017 series kicks off with "March Math-ness" this weekend.  The Boonshoft's Donna Vella and Tony Cooper joined WYSO's Niki Dakota to talk about the series. 

Super Science Saturday's: March Math-ness is Saturday, March 18th beginning at 10am at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton.

Brian Lovely and Kelly McCracken of Cincinnati's the Flying Underground visited the WYSO studios for a preview of their performance at Blind Bob's. The duo played live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about re-forming the band from an older project, recording and more.

The Flying Underground will perform at Blind Bob's with Me & Mountains on Friday, March 17th.

Pink Martini
Chris Hornbecker

The last time Pink Martini's Thomas Lauderdale and China Forbes visited the WYSO studios, they played Uno live on the air with Niki Dakota.  12 years later the duo returned to the WYSO studios ahead of their performance in Dayton to talk to Niki Dakota about their latest album, performing live and more.

Pink Martini will perform at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton on Friday, March 3 at 8pm.  More details here: https://victoriatheatre.com/shows/pink-martini/

Known as the drummer for The Mekons, Jon Langford is also a painter and public speaker.  Ahead of his appearance in Yellow Springs, Langford chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his storied career.

Jon Langford will perform at the Antioch School's Gala at the Foundry Theatre in Yellow Springs on Saturday, March 4th. 

courtesy of Beavercreek High School

The Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz is an annual celebration of jazz featuring performances from multiple bands as well as performances from Ellis Marsalis, Diva Jazz Orchestra and more.  The Beavercreek High School Jazz One Ensemble made a return visit to the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions ahead of the event. 

The Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz is March 2-4, 2017 at Beavercreek High School. More information at: www.weekendofjazz.org

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