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
2:37 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Niki Dakota Hosts the Day-Tones Barbershop Quartet

Members of the Day-Tones with Niki Dakota
Credit Anthony Pettiford

Niki Dakota interviews Mike Haslet of the Day-Tones barbershop quartet and listens to a few choice pieces to publicize the up-coming  barbershop quartet festival on the 12th, this year themed 'Celebrate Dayton'. 

Haslet informed Niki during the interview that this year will not only be the 28th gathering of the Miami Valley Music Men, to which the Day-Tones belong, but also the 75th anniversary of the creation of the barbershop harmony society, originating in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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Music
12:38 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Box Truck Rescue Live on Excursions

Box Truck Rescue

After being asked to perform at Zane Shawnee Canverns, the members of Box Truck Rescue began working together to help create That One Show Music Festival.  Gathering together bands from Dayton and Yellow Springs, the festival's inaugural run begins Friday evening in Bellefontaine.  Box Truck Rescue visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about their first year as a band and helping to put together the festival.

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Music
4:50 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

SONiA of Disappear Fear Live on Excursions

SONiA and Katie Marie perform live on Excursions
Credit Anthony Pettiford

After the phrase "disappear fear" was on a note on her desk at work SONiA decided to begin performing under that name.  The band has been around since 1987, and more recently SONiA began performing with artist Katie Marie after meeting her at a festival in Germany. As they embark on a tour in support of new album, Broken Film, SONiA and Katie Marie visited the WYSO studios for a live performance. Sonia spoke with Niki Dakota about her musical career, the new album and bringing social issues into her songs.

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Music
4:33 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Steven Gregory Band Live on Excursions

The Steven Gregory Band live on Excursions
Anthony Pettiford

After years of performing solo, Steve Gregory is now playing with a full band.  The whole group visited the WYSO studios for a live set and spoke with Niki Dakota about musical roots and writing and performing as a group.

The Steven Gregory Band performs Friday, September 20th at Peaches in Yellow Springs.

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Music
3:53 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

Hickory Robot Live on Excursions

Hickory Robot live on WYSO
Credit Juliet Fromholt

Previously performing as a trio, Cincinnati's Hickory Robot has been a quartet since 2011.  Last fall the band released sophomore album, Sawyer and has been keeping busy since then performing regionally including opening for Dr. Ralph Stanley.  Hickory Robot visited the WYSO studios for a live set on Excursions and chatted with Niki Dakota about Sawyer and upcoming performances.

Hickory Robot performs on Saturday, September 21st at the Fort Ancient Bluegrass Festival.

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