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.

Ways to Connect

Members of the St. Louis-based Pono AM joined Niki Dakota live in the studio ahead of their performance at new Dayton venue The Hive.  The show will actually be the first appearance for Pono AM's lineup; the band talked about this and more on their Excursions appearance.

Pono AM will perform at the Hive on Wayne Avenue in downtown Dayton on Saturday, November 5th.

Mike Doughty
Jennifer Taylor

A mainstay of the WYSO airwaves, songwriter Mike Doughty visited the station for a live, acoustic performance on Excursions. The former front-man of Soul Coughing spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about growing up, music and addiction, and his new album.

Mike Doughty's new album, The Heart Watches While the Brain Burns, is available now.

Performing as the Russian Duo, Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky combine the sounds of the balalaika and the concert piano.  The duo connected through the Ohio Arts Council 9 years ago and performs works from the rich catalog of songs written for their instrumentation.  Oleg Kruglyakov and Terry Boyarsky visited the WYSO studios to speak with Niki Dakota ahead of their upcoming performance for the Bach Society of Dayton.

The Russian Duo will perform at the Kettering Adventist Church on Sunday, October 23rd as part of the Bach Society of Dayton's Russian Echoes series.

Members of the Miami Valley Music Men Barbershop Chorus returned to the WYSO studio ahead of their 31st anniversary show, Broadway Bound.  They were joined by the Miami Valley School's Ars Nova, directed by Ruth Mappes, who performed live on Excursions.

Broadway Bound is Saturday, October 22nd at 2 and 7pm at the Fairborn High School Auditorium.

With the Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience nearing, Five River MetroParks' Brent Anslinger visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the history of the event and the week's offerings.

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is October 1st and 2nd.  More information is available at: http://outdoorx.metroparks.org/

The Slackers visited the WYSO studios ahead of their Dayton performance for an acoustic set live on Excursions.  The band chatted with Niki Dakota about their 25 years as a band, their travels and more.

The Slackers will perform on Thursday, September 22nd at Rock Star Pro Arena on East Third Street in Dayton.

Formerly the Midwest Outdoor Expo, the 2016 Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience will once again bring together outdoor living and great music at Eastwood MetroParks.  Five Rivers MetroParks' Lucy Sanchez joined Niki Dakota live on Excursions to preview the event.

The Wagner Subaru Outdoor Experience is October 1st and 2nd.  More information is available at: http://outdoorx.metroparks.org/

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is the third community clean up effort being lead by Dayton Inspires.  This year's effort will focus on East Third Street.  Zack Silver of Dayton Inspires and Brian Fowls of Keep Montgomery County Beautiful visited the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the upcoming day of service.

Clean Up Dayton 2016 is Saturday, October 1st from 9am to 3pm.  More information is at: https://daytoninspires.com/clean-up/

The Dayton Performing Arts Alliance will open it's 2016-17 season with Vive la France!, a celebration of eight French composers of orchestral music, ballet and opera.  Members of the DPAA, including Dayton Philharmonic conductor Neil Gittleman, joined Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for a preview live on Excursions. 

Vive la France! is onstage Saturday, September 17th at the Schuster Center in downtown Dayton.

Libby McClin

As the seven members of the Burnt Sugar Arkestra tour through the Midwest, the band made a stop in Yellow Springs for a live performance in the WYSO studios on Excursions. 

Find more information on Burnt Sugar  Arkestra at: http://burntsugarindex.com/

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