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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Vessel make a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of their appearance at Oscar's Bar and Grill in Vandalia.  The Louisville-based band performed a preview of the evening's show and chatted with WYSO music director Niki Dakota.

Vessel will perform at Oscars Bar and Grill on Thursday, January

Formerly of the band Left Hand Hold, Tony Leibold is now out on his own with a new EP.  Leibold visited the WYSO studios to perform live on Excursions and chatted with WYSO music director Niki Dakota about writing, recording and touring.

Tony Leibold will perform at Canal Public House on January 12th and February 16th. 

Currently based in the UK, Dayton area native Meg Cavanugh recently released her latest full length album, Hello Mr. Magpie.  Cavanaugh and Steve Falearos visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic performance on Excursions.

Meg Cavanaugh will celebrate the release of Hello Mr. Magpie with a performance at Canal Public House on Wednesday, January 6th.

Comedian Adrian Cosby returned to the WYSO studios for conversation with Niki Dakota live on Excursions ahead of  a string of local and regional performances.  He talked about splitting time between Chicago and Dayton, his career, soccer and more.

Adrian Cosby will perform at the Spirited Goat coffeehouse in Yellow Springs on Friday, December 18th. 

Rick Good, Sharon Leahy and Michael and Sandy Bashaw have combined their collective musical efforts to form The Elements.  The band visited the WYSO studio for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about their longstanding musical friendship.

The Elements will perform on Sunday, December 27th at Natalie's Coal Fired Pizza and Live Music in Columbus.

With preparations underway for a new album in January, Nasty Bingo returned to the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions.  The band chatted with Niki Dakota about the upcoming album, live gigs and more.

Nasty Bingo will celebrate the release of their new album on January 23rd and will perform at the Oregon Express on Saturday, December 12th.

Yellow Springs-based hiphop artist V-3 recently released his solo album, Genetically Altered, and visited the WYSO studios to chat with Niki Dakota about his music, an upcoming gig at Peach's and the Village Fam.

V-3 will perform at Peach's Grill in Yellow Springs on Saturday December 12th.

courtesy of Human Race Theatre Company

The stage at the Loft Theatre will be transformed into Macy's Santaland for the Human Race Theatre Company's production of The Santaland Diaries, the one-man shows based on David Sedaris' famous public radio essay.  Tim Lile, who will portray Crumpet, joined WYSO's Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the upcoming show.

The Santaland Diaries is onstage at the Loft Theatre December 10 - 19th.  More information is at www.humanracetheatre.org

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

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