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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Music
12:45 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Live on Excursions: Bodie Wagner

Bodie Wagner
Allison Odell

Bodie Wagner and his brother Pop have roots in Yellow Springs, attending school right down the road from the WYSO studios at Mills Lawn Elementary.  Wagner says his father introduced the family to a variety of music when he studied at Antioch College in the 1940s and as a six year old, Bodie made his first appearance on WYSO.  Wagner has spent his life performing and collaborating with musicians across the folk community including Utah Phillips.

On a trip through Yellow Springs, Bodie Wagner joins Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for live music and stories from his career.  

Music
10:51 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Live on Excursions: Scott Lee

Scott Lee

Scott Lee returns to the WYSO studios after a few years and a few miles of travel.  After a brief stint of performing and songwriting in New York City, Lee found his way back to the Miami Valley.  Lee performs live in the WYSO studios and chat with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about finding his way to Woody Guthrie's music and plans for an upcoming album. 

Scott Lee will perform this weekend during the Miami Valley Music Fest, Friday and Saturday (Aug 10th and 11th) at the Troy Eagles Campground. 

Arts & Culture
1:07 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Live on Excursions: Aaron Rourke of Rivers Unlimited

Construction on the Mad River to make it suitable for kayaking
Cindy Funk
  • Part 1 of Niki Dakota's interview with Aaron Rourke
  • Part 2 of Niki Dakota's interview with Aaron Rourke
  • Part 3 of Niki Dakota's interview with Aaron Rourke

Aaron Rourke returns to Excursions to talk about recent projects underway by Rivers Unlimited, an organization devoted to restoring and preserving rivers throughout the state of Ohio.  Rivers Unlimited recently helped efforts to get the Mad River designated as a recreational river with the help of a Dr. Ritter, Wittenberg professor.  

Rivers Unlimited will host a screening of Call of the Scenic River at Wittenberg University on July 27 at 7pm at the Bailey Auditorium 

Music
4:43 pm
Wed July 18, 2012

Live on Excursions: Gathering Mercury

Gathering Mercury

Ashley Stacy (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), QuiQue Bucio (Bass, Vocals) JJ Mangold (Drums) and new member Max Mobarry (Lead Guitar, Vocals) are gearing up to release their debut album as Gathering Mercury.

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Music
1:18 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Live on Excursions: Casey Abrams

Casey Abrams of "American Idol" stops by WYSO to perform live on Excursions.

             Before gaining national attention on the TV show “American Idol”, Abrams was playing bass in small restaurants and other venues in his native Los Angeles. After his run on the show, Abrams began work on his self-titled album with fellow musician Elliot Schwartzman and is currently touring the country.

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