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
4:45 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Live on Excursions: Wolf Ram Heart

Wolf Ram Heart

Wolf Ram Heart hails from Columbus, OH and takes their name from an episode of Angel.  The band visited the WYSO studios ahead of their show at South Tavern Park, and chatted with Niki Dakota about their latest album, Betrayal of Hearts.  Recorded in the Hocking Hills, the band focused on giving the album a sense of place, which they hope to continue when the record their followup, hopefully entirely on equipment powered by solar energy.

Wolf Ram Heart performs tomorrow night at South Park Tavern in Dayton. 

WYSO Programming Notes
2:57 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

Host Highlights: Cindy Funk

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 Cindy Funk, host of the Dear Green Place. They discuss the roots of Celtic music on the WYSO airwaves and Cindy's love for the genre.

The Dear Green Place airs Saturday afternoons, 3 - 5pm.

Music
3:04 pm
Thu March 24, 2011

Live on Excursions: The Richter Uzur Duo

The Richter Uzur Duo

The Richter Uzur Duo features Viktor Uzur on cello and Brad Richter on guitar.  Uzur and Richter visited the WYSO studio ahead of their performance at the University of Dayton and performed several live songs on Excursions.  The duo chats with Niki Dakota about what brought them together as musical partners and how they make their two instruments work together in composition.  Their latest album, String Theory, is available now.

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.

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