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

Ahead of his performance in Bellefontaine, Jordan Tice visited the WYSO studios with his bandmates Sam Grisman and Christian Sedelmyer.  The trio performed live on Excursions and talked with host Niki Dakota about their new album Horse County.

Jordan Tice will perform live at the Holland Theatre in Bellefontaine on February 25th. 

Joy Kincard and Robert Stewart from the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in studio live on Excursions to talk about the history of and upcoming activities at the Wilberforce, Ohio site. 

Learn more about the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument at: https://www.nps.gov/chyo/index.htm

TechFest is a career exploration  and demonstration event that brings together educators and professionals in the STEM field.  Lyle Lockwood, chair of the Affiliate Societies Council, joined WYSO's Niki Dakota live in the studio to talk about this year's event, which is also TechFest's 15th anniversary.

TechFest 2017 is Saturday, February 18th and Sunday, February 19th at Sinclair Community College.

Mozart's The Abduction from the Seraglio is a comedic opera with a twist ending and virtuosic music.  In anticipation of Dayton Opera's presentation,  stage director Kathleen Clawson,  tenor Robert Norman, soprano Chelsea Friedlander, and Dayton Opera chorus master Jeffrey Powell joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for musical preview and behind the scenes conversation. 

Carl Van Vechten / via the Library of Congress

World House Choir director Dr. Cathy Roma returns to the WYSO studios joined by Antioch College professor Dr. Kevin McGruder to talk about an upcoming series of collaborative events commemorating Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. 

The Living in Divided States exhibit has been in display at Antioch College's Herndon Gallery since December.  It explores concepts of diversity and division in post-election America through a variety of art forms and activities. 

Now in its ninth year, the Dayton Blues Society presents and sponsors many events throughout the year including the upcoming Winter Blues Showcase.  DBS president Jeff Hill joined WYSO's Niki Dakota by phone ahead of the annual event to talk about the concert which will feature local and regional blues performers including headliner the Stacy Mitchhart Band.

The Dayton Blues Society's Winter Blues Showcase is Saturday, January 21st at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Tecumseh Land Trust's Krista Magaw returned to the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota about the organization's latest preservation efforts and upcoming winter events including the Winter Solstice Poetry Reading and Alternative Gift Fair. 

Learn more at: http://tecumsehlandtrust.org/

A holiday radio classic returns to the stage at the Loft Theater this year with the Human Race Theatre's presentation of David Sedaris' Santaland Diaries.  Actor Tim Lile once again stars at Crumpet in this one-man comedy that's for more mature audiences.  Lile joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in studio on Excursions to talk about the upcoming show.

Guitarist Keith Lykins returns to the WYSO studios ahead of his local holiday performances to share some songs live on Excursions.  Using his uniquely crafted instruments Lykins share music with influences from around the world and chat with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota.

Keith Lykins will perform at Taffy's of Eaton on November 25th and at Ray's Wine, Spirits and Grill in Englewood on November 26th

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