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.

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Singer songwriter Mandy Jewell returns to the WYSO studios to preview her upcoming set at Sideshow 12.  Jewell chatted with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about writing, developing a band and more.

Sideshow 12 is May 12th and 13th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Full lineup at: https://www.facebook.com/events/1645899565425648/

Peter Mulvey returned to the WYSO studio ahead of his performance at Dayton's Yellow Cab.  Mulvey performed live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about recording his latest album with Ani Difranco, his recent TED Talk and more.

Peter Mulvey will perform at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton on Saturday, April 22nd with Shrug. 

Litz Live on Excursions

Apr 21, 2017

Baltimore-based Litz is a family band currently on their spring tour.  On their way to a Dayton gig, they visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about growing up musical, recording and more.

Litz will perform at Jimmie's Ladder 11 on Brown Street in downtown on Friday, April 21st.  

Writer/director Christopher Blazavich and producer Kara Lynch are seniors preparing to graduate from Wright State University's film program.  Their work will be among seven films screen at the Big Lens Film Festival, a yearly event that showcases the work of Wright State students.  Blazavich and Lynch joined Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk their film careers so far, future plans and more.

The Big Lens Film Festival is Sunday, April 30th, 3-5pm at the Rave Cinemas at the Greene.  

Matt Baumann, who performs under the name Wolfcryer, and Eric Barnett met and began making music together in college.  The duo visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions and talked with Niki Dakota about songwriting, music as social commentary and more. 

Wolfcryer and Eric Barnett will perform at Songwriters Showcase on Thursday, April 20th at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  

This spring marks the opening of year four for the 3rd on Third Outdoor Market.  The market, which takes place on East Third Street on the edge of downtown Dayton, features local businesses, artisans, foodtrucks and more.  Organizer Peter Benkendorf visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about what how this grassroots effort has grown and what visitors can expect this season.  

Longstanding local band Speaking Suns has a new album in the works and in the recording process added horn player Jonathan Jacky to the lineup.  Jacky, a music major at Wright State University, will perform his senior recital with Speaking Suns.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live preview on Excursions.

Jonathan Jacky's senior recital at Wright State University is Thursday, April 13th at 5:30pm.  Speaking Suns will perform at Blind Bob's on Friday, April 14th with Manray and Me & Mountains.

Members of Dayton Inspires and the University of Dayton's service fraternity, Gamma Epsilon Lambda, joined Niki Dakota live in the WYSO studio to talk about the upcoming neighborhood clean-up, happening in the Wright-Dunbar community in West Dayton. 

Dayton Inspire's and GEL's Dayton Clean-Up is Saturday, April 8th beginning at 9:30am at the Mount Enon Baptist Church on East Third Street.  The next public clean-up will be in May. 

Dayton native Jordan Hull returned to the Miami Valley for a live performance in the WYSO studios on Excursions ahead of the local release celebration of his new album Somewhere Is a Place to Be. Hull talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the album, his musical history and more.

Jordan Hull will perform at Blind Bob's on Thursday, April 6th with MeTime and Jesse Remnant.

Cincinnati duo Dawg Yawp visited the WYSO studios ahead of their performance at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  They performed songs from their self-titled debut album and chatted with Niki Dakota about their unique guitar and sitar sound, upcoming performances, and more.

Dawg Yawp will perform at the Yellow Cab with M Ross Perkins and Andy Gabbard and G Whizz on Friday, March 31st.

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