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

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. 

courtesy of the artist

Christopher Diaz perform as part of a cappella group The Exchange, which was featured on NBC's The Sing-Off.  Diaz has also served as a vocal coach and join Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios ahead of The Exchange's performance in Kettering.

The Exchange will join over 60 other a cappella groups performing at Kettering Fairmont High School's Trent Arena on Saturday, November 14th.

courtesy of Dayton Performing Arts Alliance

Puccini's tragic love story, Madame Butterfly, is the latest offering from Dayton Opera.  Stage director Albert Sherman, tenor John Pickle and soprano Yunah Lee join WYSO's Niki Dakota live in the studio for a preview of the production in conversation and song.

Dayton Opera's production of Madame Butterfly is Friday, November 20th and Sunday, November 22nd at the Schuster Center.

Dan Tedesco returns to the WYSO studios ahead of his Canal Public House gig along with Dylan Boyle for a live performance on Excursions.  Tesdeco chatted with Niki Dakota about his new self-titled album, his latest travels and more.

Dan Tedesco will perform at Canal Public House on Sunday, October 27th.

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