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

Midwest Outdoor Experience brings music and outdoor culture together
courtesy of Five Rivers Metroparks

Brent Ansligner from Five Rivers MetroParks joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio for a preview of the Midwest Outdoor Experience, a two day festival of music and outdoor culture. 

Midwest Outdoor Experience is October 2nd and 3rd at Eastwood MetroPark.

Comedian Emo Philips joins WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio ahead of his appearances at Wiley's Comedy Club in Dayton.  They discuss his return to Dayton, his writing process and more.

Emo Philips performs at Wiley's Comedy Club in the Oregon District September 24-26th.

Ahead of the Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest, Jake Kouwe of the Chardon Polka Band caught up with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his band's unique brand of polka music.

The Dayton Art Institute's Oktoberfest is Saturday, September 26th and Sunday, September 27th.

Before heading to their upcoming show tonight (September, 19 2015) in Columbus, musicians Richard Shindell and Lucy Kaplansky stopped by the WYSO studios to chat with Music Director, Niki Dakota. They'll perform at the Six String Concert at the Agnes Jeffrey Schedd Theater Columbus School for Girls

You can find out more about the project here.

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Gran Bel Fisher return to the WYSO studios in the midst of their latest tour in support of Yokefellow, their new album.  The duo performed live on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about their latest album, their travels and more.

Brian Ehlers, manager of the historic Clifton Opera House, joins Niki Dakota live in the WYSO Studio to talk about the history of the venue, future musical plans and gives a preview of this fall's lineup of shows.

Learn more about the Clifton Opera House at its website: http://www.villageofclifton.com/clifton-opera-house/

Todd the Fox made a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of his appearance at the 2015 WYSO Community Concert.  Joined by Queen Victoria and Alan Frazier, Todd the Fox gave a musical preview live on Excursions and talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about what he's been up to musically.

The WYSO Community Concert is Sunday, September 13th at RiverScape MetroPark

As Tecumseh Land Trust celebrates its 25th year, the organization is celebrating several big achievements this year.  Director Krista Magaw visited the WYSO studios for a conversation with Niki Dakota ahead of the organization's annual auction fundraiser.

Tecumseh Land Trust's annual auction is September 18th in Springfield

As the World House Choir prepares for its performance of Paul Winter's Missa Gaia, director Dr. Cathy Roma joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota in the studio for a conversation about the piece.

The World House Choir will perform Missa Gaia September 11-13th.

Zach Sliver and Brett Hill join Niki Dakota live in the WYSO studio to discuss the inaugural Great Dayton Clean-Up, a grassroots initiative to clean up areas of the city as part of the Dayton Inspires program.

The Great Dayton Clean-Up is Saturday, September 12th.

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