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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Excursions

Like the name suggests, Excursions is a daily journey across musical genres and eras.  Niki Dakota guides listeners through a broad cross-section of the newest music from Ohio, around the world, and everything in between while also spending time with beloved classic tunes.  Each day is an adventure and on Wednesdays, you'll hear the fresh tunes from great artists new and old during the noon hour.  Play for fun and prizes on Thursday Threads, and you can put a song on the playlist every Friday when we spin theme tunes.

Music
3:08 pm
Fri May 13, 2011

Live on Excursions: Captain of Industry

Nathan Peters of Captain of Industry
Photos by WYSO interns Kent Montgomery and Katie Valley

Captain of Industry spent the past two years on hiatus due to family obligations and one member relocating from Dayton to Portland, Oregon. The band is playing 3 reunion shows, and stopped by the WYSO studios perform live and chat with Excursions host Niki Dakota ahead of their performance Friday night (May 13th) at Gilly's in downtown Dayton with The Receiver, Roley Yuma, and Pretty & Nice.

Hear and download more of Captain of Industry's music by clicking here.

Live music engineered by Tim Berger.

WYSO Programming Notes
2:28 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

Host Highlights: Doyle Wright

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 Doyle Wright of Down Home Bluegrass and Rise When the Rooster Crows.  They talk about Doyle's love for Bluegrass music and how he grew up hearing it on WYSO.

Down Home Bluegrass airs Saturday nights 6-9pm. Rise When the Rooster Crows airs Sunday mornings 6-8am.

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3:48 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Host Highlights: Conrad Balliet of Conrad's Corner

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 Conrad Balliet of Conrad's Corner. They discuss Conrad's rich history with poetry and the relationship between poetry and song.

Conrad's Corner airs weeknights at 7:59 and is also available as a podcast.

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1:25 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Host Highlights: Rev Cool

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 Rev Cool of Around the Fringe. They discuss the beginnings of Around the Fringe, and Rev Cool's longstanding involvement with the local music scene.

Around the Fringe airs Friday nights, 8pm - midnight.

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