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
4:56 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle Live on Excursions

Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle

Matt Wabnitz, Casey Campbell, Ian Mathieu and Scott Risner of the Americana/Folk band Buffalo Wabs and the Price Hill Hustle came by the WYSO studios to chat and play some songs for us. Listen in to hear the band talk about their newly released EP, the fourteen months it took to get the band together, the recent insurgence of the word buffalo in band and album names, and so much more.

For more information on the band or for upcoming shows you can go to http://www.pricehillhustle.com/home

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Arts & Culture
1:56 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Dayton Gay Men's Chorus To Perform Harvey Milk Tribute

Artistic Director, Kathy Clark and members of the DGMC work on choreography for 'Castro' number in "I Am Harvey Milk."
Credit Sarah Caplan/WYSO

On Saturday, June 7th, 2014, The Dayton Gay Men's Chorus will present the Dayton premiere of an oratorio that reflects the life of Harvey Milk, the first elected openly gay man to hold public office in California. The work, composed by Tony nominated Andrew Lippa, weaves elements of Milk's life, from childhood to his assassination in November of 1978. 

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Music
3:19 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Checking In With James McMurtry

James McMurtry

Musician, singer, and songwriter James McMurtry called into the WYSO studios in the middle of his North American tour. McMurtry talked about a range of subjects from cell phones and their impact on the United States, his father Larry McMurtry’s new book, his upcoming album to be released in October, to his son’s musical career.

For more information on James McMurtry and upcoming shows, visit http://www.jamesmcmurtry.com/index.html

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Arts & Culture
12:50 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Faith Morgan on the Passive House Revolution

Faith Morgan, director of Passive House Revolution

Filmmaker and board member of the Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions, Faith Morgan came by the WYSO studios to talk about her newest documentary Passive House Revolution. Listen below to hear Faith explain what a passive house is, and the distinction between passive and passive solar. Faith also talks about global climate change and the effects that inefficient buildings have on our environment.

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Arts & Culture
4:00 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

Cityfolk Festival Reunion Coming to Courthouse Square

Sunni Russo visited the WYSO studios to talk about the Cityfolk Festival Reunion on Sunday, June 22nd at downtown Dayton's Courthouse Square,where the festival began. Russo spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the bands that will be playing the reunion which include Son Del Caribe, Corndrinkers, and Stivers Jazz Combo. She says that there will also be a food truck and special activities for kids. The event will be free of charge and a fundraiser will be taking place at BD's Mongolian Grill at The Greene on May 21st to support cover production costs.

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