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
2:15 pm
Wed July 21, 2010

Live on Excursions: Northern Howl

Northern Howl

As the temperature slowly escalates to the upper 90's, Northern Howl passes by the WYSO studio to provide a wintery mix on a hot summer day. In her interview, Niki Dakota speaks to the young band about life on the road in their second tour through the Midwest and East Coast.

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Music
2:41 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Live on Excursions: Meg Cavanaugh

Meg Cavanaugh

Singer-Songwriter Meg Cavanaugh performed at the Songwriters Showcase at Canal Street Tavern with fellow Dayton-area natives Tod Weidner (Shrug, The Floods) and Chris Montgomery. Niki Dakota spoke with Cavanaugh the day of her performance about her new album, life in the UK, and how it feels to be back home.

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Music
4:13 pm
Fri July 9, 2010

Live on Excursions: Bella Ruse

Bella Ruse arrived at the WYSO studios with a guitar and an organ in a suitcase. In an interview with Niki Dakota, Kay Gillette (vocals, keys) and Joseph Barker (guitar) explain their affection for the suitcase organ and other unusual instruments like a kazoo shaped like a trumpet.

The Minneapolis duo formed in Febraury of 2009 and spent the rest of that year releasing three EPs and touring the Midwest and West coast. Bella Ruse just set out on their latest Midwestern tour and plans to release their first full length album this fall.

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Arts & Culture
2:54 pm
Wed June 30, 2010

Rhythm in Shoes Prepare for Final Performance

Andy Snow

Niki Dakota interviews Sharon Leahy and Rick Good of Rhythm in Shoes on Excursions. Rhythm in Shoes will be performing their final show at this weekend's CityFolk Festival in downtown Dayton.

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Music
2:43 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Live on Excursions: Bettye LaVette

Bettye LaVette
Photo by Elizabeth Fladung

LaVette is renowned for her eclectic musical style, combining elements of rock, funk, R&B, country, gospel, soul, and blues.

In her interview, LaVette reminisces over her early beginnings in 1965 and her experiences with famous artists such as Otis Redding and James Brown humorously admitting, "Well, he wasn't that big then."

After listening to the original recording of her chart single "Let Me Down Easy" on Excursions, she states, "I almost cried."

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