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
2:05 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Wheels Prepare for Local Finale

Wheels at the WYSO studios
Credit Steve Bognar

After several years and several albums, Yellow Springs band Wheels is saying farewell for the time being its members head off to work, school and travel.  Having performed on the air many times throughout the years, the members of Wheels stopped by the WYSO studios ahead of their perform at Canal Street Tavern for some live music and spoke with Excursions host Niki Dakota about what's next for each of them.

Wheels will perform their Canal Street Tavern finale on Saturday, August 17th

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Music
1:30 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Checking In With Davis Rogan

Davis Rogan
Credit Aubrey Edwards

Crossing the border from Tennessee to Kentucky, Davis Rogan calls in to Excursions to update Niki Dakota ahead of his performance at Canal Street Tavern.  Rogan was in the Dayton area earlier this summer as a solo performer of song and story.  This time, he's back with his band to play New Orleans-style rhythm and blues with their own spin. 

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Music
5:42 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

The Giant Steps Visit Excursions

The Giant Steps

The Giant Steps have stayed true to their name.  In a few years the group won Canal Street Tavern's Dayton Band Playoffs, produced their Transitions album and continued their careers as students.  The band visited the WYSO studios ahead of a performance at Canal Street Tavern and shared live music and conversion with Excursions host Niki Dakota.

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Music
1:59 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Sam Bodary Says Goodbye to Excursions (That's Me!)

WYSO interns Sam Bodary and Rory Papania
Credit Juliet Fromholt

I am Sam Bodary. I have been the summer intern for Niki Dakota on Excursions for the past three or so months. One of my responsibilities is to post here when we have live guests on the show, be it an interview, performance, or a little of both. Welp, I have run into a small predicament.

I was the live guest. This may read a bit awkwardly.

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Film
1:15 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Hannah Beachler Joins Us for a Chat on Excursions

Hannah Beachler is a graduate from the Wright State University film school and the lead production designer for the film Fruitvale Station. Niki talked to her about her experience working on the film and sculpting the landscape around the actors. They also discuss the real events that inspired the inspiration of a feature film.

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