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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Film
8:38 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Excursions hosts Aaron Rourke of Rivers Unlimited

Niki Dakota was joined by Aaron Rourke of Rivers Unlimited on Excursions to talk about the film Call of the Scenic River: an Ohio Journey. It tells the story of Ohio's scenic rivers, non-point source pollution and the ecological and economic impacts of water quality. Ohio Rivers Unlimited is the oldest rivers conservation organization in the nation. Wright State University documentary film maker Tom Mayer journeys to fifteen of Ohio's scenic rivers to learn about river conservation and its rich history here in Ohio.

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Music
1:21 pm
Fri December 30, 2011

Live on Excursions: Todd the Fox

Lisa Bunny and Todd the Fox
Photo by Frank Coleman Jr.

Todd the Fox and Lisa Bunny put their own spin on the blues, murder ballads and bluegrass using guitars, a suitcase-drum and a washboard.  Here the duo performs their favorite covers (both classic and modern) and a few original tunes. 

Todd the Fox and Lisa Bunny will perform on Friday, December 30th at the Oregon Express in Dayton.

Music
12:45 pm
Wed December 28, 2011

Live on Excursions: Duke of Owls

Duke of Owls
Photo by Zac Fisher

Together as Duke of Owls, Aaron Maheu, Ben Johnson, Matt Wolfe, John Diamond have just released their debut EP.  Here the band performs live in the WYSO studios and talks to Niki Dakota about forming the band and working toward their first recording.

Music
1:24 pm
Tue December 27, 2011

Live on Excursions: Shoefly

An offshoot of the legendary Rhythms in Shoes, Shoefly combines old time music and dance.  They recently released a new album, Six-Fifty.  Here they perform live on Excursions and chat with Niki Dakota about the new album, musical influences and plans for the new year.

Music
1:00 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Live on Excursions: Sawgrass

 

Dayton-area bluegrass group Sawgrass stops by Excursions for a fun performance and interview in advance of their performance at GearFest 2011.

Sawgrass, which formed in 2005 as an outlet for Springfield singer/songwriter Ryan Judy, is a modern interpretation of the musical stylings of artists such as Hank Williams and Bill Monroe. The group plays high-energy bluegrass music, full of strong harmonies and rich instrumentation.

In this Excursions performance, the group tears through a four-song bluegrass set, which includes the uplifting “Workin’ on a Building.”

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