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

With preparations underway for a new album in January, Nasty Bingo returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  The band chatted with Niki Dakota about the upcoming album, live gigs and more.

Nasty Bingo will celebrate the release of their new album on January 23rd and will perform at the Oregon Express on Saturday, December 12th.

Yellow Springs-based hiphop artist V-3 recently released his solo album, Genetically Altered, and visited the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota about his music, an upcoming gig at Peach's and the Village Fam.

V-3 will perform at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs on Saturday December 12th.

courtesy of Human Race Theatre Company

The stage at the Loft Theatre will be transformed into Macy's Santaland for the Human Race Theatre Company's production of The Santaland Diaries, the one-man shows based on David Sedaris' famous public radio essay.  Tim Lile, who will portray Crumpet, joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the upcoming show.

The Santaland Diaries is onstage at the Loft Theatre December 10 - 19th.  More information is at www.humanracetheatre.org

Scott Lee, Rich Reuter, Brad Denson and Sharon Lane are among the local musicians who will perform to benefit the creative writing program at Stivers School for the Arts in Dayton.  The event will take place at Square Roots Recording Studio in Troy, and the group gave Niki Dakota a musical preview of the festivities.

Forever Young, a celebration of the music of Bob Dylan to benefit Stivers School for the Arts Creative Writing Program, is Saturday, December 5th.

Adam Pascal made the journey from rock bands to musical theater by debuting the role of Roger in RENT.  While in town to work with students at Wright State University, Adam visited the WYSO studios along with WSU musical theater professor Joe Deer to chat with Niki Dakota live on Excursions.

Adam Pascal will perform at Wright State University on December 2nd at 8pm

Jimmy Rogers 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.  Rogers made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live set on the air and spoke with Tod Weidner 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 25th and 27th at the Dayton Art Institute.

30 local musicians will participate in Such A Night: The Last Waltz live, a musical recreation of the Band's The Last Waltz to benefit WYSO.  Organizer Jeff opt made a return visit to the WYSO studios for a live set on the air and spoke with Niki Dakota about the collaborative show as well as his other community projects.

Such A Night: The Last Waltz Live to benefit WYSO is November 25th and 27th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Steve Makofka 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.  Makofka made a return visit to 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 25th and 27th at the Dayton Art Institute.

Rich Reuter 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.  Reuter made a return visit to 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 25th and 27th at the Dayton Art Institute.

With the recent release of their latest album, Hard to Please,  The Black Lillies' tour is bringing them to the Miami Valley for a show.  The band visited the WYSO studios to share some tracks from the album and chatted with Niki Dakota about writing, recording and more.

The Black Lillies will perform at Oddbody's on Tuesday, November 19th. 

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