WYSO

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.

Ways to Connect

The Adventure Summit allows participants to try out outdoor activities
courtesy of the Adventure Summit

With spring on the horizon, attendees of the Adventure Summit presented by Wagner Subaru can try out gear and activities designed for the outdoor season.  Brent Anslinger, Outdoor Recreation Program Manager for Five Rivers MetroParks, joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions to talk about this year's event.

The Adventure Summit presented by Wagner Subaru is Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 at Wright State University. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/TheAdventureSummit/

Brooks Daugherty joined WYSO music director Niki Dakota in the studio for an acoustic preview of his new album live on Excursions.  

Brooks Daugherty will celebrate the release of his new CD on March 9 at Hannah's in downtown Dayton. 

The Free Store is an Antioch College tradition that promotes recycling and resource sharing, and for one weekend the store will be open to the larger Yellow Springs community for an event called The Not So Free Free Store, which benefits student activities on campus.  Current Antioch students Joclyn Cruz and Alissa Navarrette joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota to talk about the event.

The Not So Free Free Store is Sunday, February 4, noon - 4pm on the Antioch College campus. 

Steve Connell is an actor, performer, and poet who fuses many different art forms into his unique performances.  As Connell begins his residency at the University of Dayton, he visited the WYSO studios for a conversation with Niki Dakota live on Excursions.  

Steve Connell will perform his solo work, Fluent, at the University of Dayton on Friday, February 2. The culminating performance of his residency at UD is February 23 and 24. 

George Bieri, joined by Carl Schumacher and Ryan Stinston, visited the WYSO studios for live set on Excursions.  They spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their own musical roots, the artistic community in Yellow Springs and more.

Tim Easton returned to the WYSO studios ahead of his SRS Studios show. He talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his musical roots, and they were joined by SRS Studios' Jim Foreman for a preview of the show live on Excursions.

Tim Easton will perform at SRS Studios in Dayton with Michael and Sandy Bashaw on Friday, January 26.

Three guest vocalist and a guest conductor will join the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra in paying tribute to the many of the great women jazz singers in Sophisticated Ladies. Singer N'Kenge joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the upcoming performance and her life in song.

Culture Works Executive Director Lisa Hanson joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the inaugural Eat.Drink.Arts.  The event series pairs local restaurants with arts organizations for a unique dining experience. 

Eat.Drink.Arts is January 16 - 21. Learn more at: http://cultureworks.org/eatdrinkarts/

Winterfolk Festival co-organizer Harold Hensley (Repeating Arms) joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions to share music from and talk about the artistic participating in the fifth annual Winterfolk Festival.

Winterfolk 2018 is Saturday, January 13 at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton

 

Hailing from Wilmington, Ohio, Seahorse Run visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  They talked with Niki Dakota about writing and recording their new EP Seahorse Ran and more.

Seahorse Run's EP, Seahorse Ran, is available now at https://seahorserun.bandcamp.com/releases

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