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

Actor, songwriter, and musician Michael Malarkey called into the WYSO studios ahead of his show at the Canal Public House on November 29th. Tune in to hear him talk about his lifelong passion for music and his recent success playing Enzo on the CW show The Vampire Diaries.

Tod Weidner is one of 30 local musicians participating in Such A Night: The Last Waltz live, a musical recreation of the Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO.  Weidner visited the WYSO studios for a live set on the air and spoke with Niki Dakota about the collaborative show as well as what he's been up to musically.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

As over 30 local musicians prepare for Such A Night, a recreation of The Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO, organizer Jeff Opt checked in with Niki Dakota to give some context to both the local and film performances as well as give an update on other events coming up at Dayton's Old Yellow Cab Building.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Charlie Tipton is one of 30 local musicians participating in Such A Night: The Last Waltz live, a musical recreation of the Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO.  Tipton visited the WYSO studios for an acoustic set on the air and spoke with Niki Dakota about the collaborative show as well as what he's been up to musically.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 26th and 28th at the Dayton Art Institute.

With the recent release of the full length album, Vanishing Country, Speaking Suns' Sam Salazar and David Byrne visited the WYSO studios to talk with Music Director Niki Dakota and share some of the new material on Excursions.

Speaking Suns will perform on November 17th at the Old Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.

Gery and Gary Deer have performance in their blood.  With their Brothers and Company Variety Show, the Deer Brothers perform a mix of music from a variety of genres as well as comedy, magic and more.  The Deer brothers visited the WYSO studios to talk about their unique show and a very special upcoming benefit performance.

The Brothers and Company Variety Show will perform to benefit the Jamestown Operahouse on November 22nd at 7pm.

Formerly performing under the name Customer Service and the Gem City Horns, the 8 piece Gem City returned to the WYSO studios for a live performance on Excursions.  They talked to Niki Dakota about their upcoming album, the evolution of the band, and having all of the members as roommates.

Gilly’s Jazz in Dayton is having a halloween themed music extravaganza presented by Louis Wood Jr, also known as DJ MisterKid, who is joined us in the WYSO studios to talk about the event. We were also joined by Musician Alex Dahle, who is on the lineup for the Halloween show at Gilly’s. Tune in to hear Alex play a couple of songs for us and for him to talk about his previous band, Freefall Theory, and the music scene in Tipp City.

Local trio Mavis Pearly visited the WYSO studios ahead of their show at Peaches Grille for a live set on Excursions.  The band talked to Niki Dakota about their latest gigs and their album, Late Night Breakfast.

Mavis Pearly will perform on Saturday, October 4th, at Peaches in Yellow Springs with Gran Bel Fisher.

This weekend local songwriters will gather for Songs of Freedom, an event created by Be Free Dayton.  Several of the performers, Angel Angel, Paige Beller and Pam Baugham visited the WYSO studios ahead of the event for a live performance on Excursions.

April Angel, Paige Beller and Pam Baugham will perform Saturday, September 27th at Courthouse Square.

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