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
2:20 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Live on Excursions: Threefifty Duo

Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick, the Threefifty Duo

Brett Parnell and Geremy Schulick met in music school at Yale.  Now the classically trained guitarists perform under the name Threefifty Duo.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live performance ahead of a performance at Wittenberg University.

WYSO Programming Notes
3:09 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Host Highlights: Norm Whitman

Host highlights features conversations between WYSO Music Director, Niki Dakota and WYSO's volunteer hosts about their programs, how they came to WYSO, etc. This week, Niki chats with Norm Whitman of Detours.  They talk about how fellow host Cindy Funk introduced him to the station as a listener and his early days as a host.

Detours airs Saturday afternoons 1-3pm.

Music
10:31 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Live on Excursions: Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band visit WYSO to chat with Niki Dakota during this installment of Excursions.

Daniel Dye and Andrew, Carrie, and Thomas Miller makeup this excellent group that brings classic Bluegrass style wherever it goes. One unique aspect of this group is that they are family (Daniel being the uncle to the Miller siblings). Dye and the Millers began playing together at family reunions for fun, but soon realized they had stumbled upon a sound that is heartwarming and soulful (and too good to only showcase at the occasional family reunion).

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Music
11:11 am
Sat January 22, 2011

Live on Excursions: The Bengsons

The Folk Indie duo known as the Bengsons (composed of Abigail and Shaun Bengson) come to perform live in this installment of Excursions on WYSO.

       The Bengsons describe themselves as “the best in vaudevillian indie folk”, and this label comes across very clearly in their music. Combining a traditional folk duo sound with musical theater and a little humor, The Bengsons give their music a unique and welcoming feeling that is an absolute treat to hear.

Music
11:10 am
Sat November 27, 2010

The Hotmud Family Reunion

  • Hour 1 of the Hotmud Family Reunion
  • Hour 2 of the Hotmud Family Reunion

In the late 1960's, three young musicians from Dayton Ohio, Suzanne Thomas, Rick Good and Dave Edmundson, formed the Hotmud Family and began performing traditional music on stages in the Miami Valley and beyond.  On October 1, 2, and 3, 2010, WYSO hosted a Hotmud Family Reunion at Canal Street Tavern in Dayton.

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