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

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.

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.

The Minimalists To Speak At DVAC

May 2, 2014

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.

Rebellum Live on Excursions

May 1, 2014

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.

Rob Fetters Live on Excursions

Apr 28, 2014
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.

Robert Sanae Live on Excursions

Apr 25, 2014
Andrew Grigiss

Local musician, producer, and composer Robert Sanae came by the WYSO studios last week to play three songs off of his new album Indigo Blue. During his time in the studio Robert also talks about the logistics of playing shows, his family’s affiliation with music, composing, and his musical background.

Local music pioneer Don Thrasher came by the WYSO studios to talk to Niki Dakota on Excursions. Don talks about the Dayton Music Fest as well as his label Gas Daddy Go, and is about to release the debut album for the band Me Time. Tune to hear a song from Me Time’s new album as well as a song from the Buffalo Killers. 

If you would like more information about Don’s label you can head on over to: http://gasdaddygo.bandcamp.com/

Cosy Sheridan Releases Pretty Bird

Apr 24, 2014

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, and teacher Cosy Sheridan called into the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota. Tune in as Cosy talks about her newest album, her move to the northeast, as well as some recent hard times that she has been going through. You’ll also get to hear three songs off of her newest album Pretty Bird.

Cosy Sheridan will perform at Freedom Farms in West Liberty on May 3rd. For more information about the show or Cosy’s new album go to her website at: http://www.cosysheridan.com

Sharon Leahy and Rick Good On Dance For Camera

Apr 23, 2014

Dancer, director, choreographer, and musician Sharon Leahy came by the WYSO studios April 22nd with Musician and Composer Rick Good to talk about their new film, Carry it on. Carry it on is a Dance for Camera film shot in Michigan featuring several local film makers. Tune in as Sharon and Rick talk about the beginnings of the film, the music creation process, and their new band The Elements. You’ll also get to listen to two fantastic songs from their film!

Lab Partners Live on Excursions

Apr 18, 2014

Dayton band Lab Partners stopped by the WYSO studios today following the release of their new album Seven Seas. The album is already available for download, but tomorrow is the release of their limited edition vinyl version of the album. Tune in as they talk about their new album and the origins of the name Lab Partners. You'll also get to enjoy four fabulous songs performed live for us.

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