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
1:55 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Streetcorner Symphony and Eleventh Hour Stop By Excursions

  A cappella music filled the noon hour today on Excursions as two great groups shared songs with us. Eleventh Hour, a high school pop a cappella group from Kettering Fairmont performed first with three covers. Niki chatted it up with the group's current members and about the yearly rotation of voices in the group. After that, Streetcorner Symphony, shared some tunes. They are an all male, professional group based out of Nashville, Tennessee. They just released a new album, Southern Autumn Nostalgia, consisting of all original tunes. 

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Art
1:15 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Steve and Julia of Reinvention Portraits Stop by Excursions

Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert chatted with Niki today about the most recent of their projects, debuting at the Dayton Art Institute tonight. It's called Reinvention Portraits, and if you listen to this station in the slightest, you've probably heard of their work before. They discuss the growth of the project and its presentation at the Dayton Art Institute tonight.

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Music
1:25 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Sultans of String Play Live on Excursions

  A duo of Canadian musicians stopped by the WYSO studios today on their way to Indianapolis, and we're so happy they did! The Sultans of String, as they call themselves, are Chris McKhool and Kevin Laliberte who play violin and guitar. The two share songwriting duties and are the cornerstone of the larger incarnations of the Sultans of String. We discuss their unique instruments and their long time on the road, as well as so much more.

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Music
1:41 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Paul Sanchez and Davis Rogan Stop by Excursions

Davis Rogan
Credit Aubrey Edwards

Davis Rogan dropped in to chat with Niki today and link Dayton to the heart of New Orleans. He shared stories of his experiences as a DJ and growing up in New Orleans, as well as his work with the HBO show Treme. Racing in at the last minute, he was joined by Paul Sanchez, another New Orleans native, songwriter, and guitarist. We listened to songs from each of their records, with plenty of anecdotes mixed in throughout. 

You can see Davis and Paul perform a solo/duet show tonight at 8pm at Canal Street Tavern. 

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Music
9:52 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Susan Werner Chats and Plays Live on Excursions

Susan Werner

Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Susan Werner stopped by the studio on Monday following a show with the Springfield Arts Council just the previous night. Listen in to hear her talk about the importance of agriculture in the changing world and her recent album themed around farms. On top of everything, she even plays three songs live just for us.

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