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

Kevin Milner, Georgia Goade, and Mark Cantwil joined us in studio to talk local music and about their Solstice celebration show at Ghostlight Coffee in Downtown Dayton.

CT VanHoose and DJ Rupert are local filmmakers in the midst of production for Deviant, their latest work.  The film is local effort featuring actors and soundtrack musicians from the Miami Valley.  VanHoose and Rupert visited the WYSO studios along with local musician Scott Lee to talk about the film and its local components, and Lee performed live on the air with members of his new band.

Pop and Bodie Wagner return to WYSO for a concert Saturday, December 14.  Tune in to ‘Detours’ and enjoy a unique hour of live radio, beginning at 2p.  There will be singing, poetry, fiddling, picking and lots of laughter.  It is a great honor to host these native sons for this rare return to the Miami Valley.

The brothers have deep roots in Yellow Springs.  They attended school right down the road from the WYSO studios at Mills Lawn Elementary, before heading out to make their marks in folk music circles across the country.

Architect and aficionado of The Fourth Way, David Flannery, joins Niki Dakota on EXCURSIONS, to talk about Spiritual teacher George Gurdjieff, his music and movement, The Fourth Way.

Kris N. joins us with the lovely Lindsey Keene to talk about his new album: THE THANKFUL PARADE, Fifth Street, Don Thrasher, L's, and more.

Over the past few weeks, Yellow Springs has been a hot spot for bronze sculpture as the Village hosts the National Bronze Sculpture Symposium.  Antioch College's Dennie Eagleson and sculptor Susan Byrnes visited the WYSO studios to talk about Symposium and its culminating event, a bronze pour at the foundry at Antioch College on Saturday, October 26th. 

Niki Dakota chats up Mieka Pauley

Oct 8, 2013

October 4th, 2013

Niki was able to sit down and talk with Mieka Pauley, Boston-born folk singer, before her Friday performance at the Kuss auditorium with Johnathon Kingham.

Mieka presented a few songs from her album 'The Science of Making Choices', a name that she notes has no merit to the contents, as the songs are all "...me messing up, song by song." 

Mieka played her set at 7:30 that evening.

Anthony Pettiford

Niki Dakota interviews Mike Haslet of the Day-Tones barbershop quartet and listens to a few choice pieces to publicize the up-coming  barbershop quartet festival on the 12th, this year themed 'Celebrate Dayton'. 

Haslet informed Niki during the interview that this year will not only be the 28th gathering of the Miami Valley Music Men, to which the Day-Tones belong, but also the 75th anniversary of the creation of the barbershop harmony society, originating in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

After being asked to perform at Zane Shawnee Canverns, the members of Box Truck Rescue began working together to help create That One Show Music Festival.  Gathering together bands from Dayton and Yellow Springs, the festival's inaugural run begins Friday evening in Bellefontaine.  Box Truck Rescue visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about their first year as a band and helping to put together the festival.

Anthony Pettiford

After the phrase "disappear fear" was on a note on her desk at work SONiA decided to begin performing under that name.  The band has been around since 1987, and more recently SONiA began performing with artist Katie Marie after meeting her at a festival in Germany. As they embark on a tour in support of new album, Broken Film, SONiA and Katie Marie visited the WYSO studios for a live performance. Sonia spoke with Niki Dakota about her musical career, the new album and bringing social issues into her songs.

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