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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1:29 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Gillia and Kevin J Chat and Sing on Excursions

Atlanta musicians Gillia and Kevin J stopped in just in time from the airport to join Niki at the end of today's show. They shared their soulful voices a cappella in studio, and brought a couple tracks to listen to. 

DJ Sparechange will join them tomorrow for a free preformance. They will be performing at the King's Yard in Downtown Yellow Springs tomorrow from 4pm to 7pm for a FREE and all ages 4th of July celebration. 

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1:19 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Nelly's Echo on Excursions

Nelson Emokpae, performing under the name "Nelly's Echo," was a finalist on season three of the NBC show The Voice. He called in to Excursions today to talk with Niki about where he came from and how a refugee from Africa achieved musical success in the US. They discuss the reasoning behind the name "Nelly's Echo" as well as his experience for performing for the armed forces in Cuba.

Nelson and his two band mates will perform on Saturday, June 8th at 8pm at the historic Sidney Theatre in Sidney, Ohio.

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1:43 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Mandy Jewell on Excursions

Mandy Jewell

Mandy Jewell stopped by Excursions today to tell Niki a bit about her adventure down to Tennessee to record her debut EP, entitled "The Road to Tennessee." They spoke about her unique blue Fender acoustic guitar, as well as the heartbreak that led her to some of the songs she's most proud of.

Mandy will play at One-Eyed Jacks tomorrow at 9pm with Good English and Repeating Arms filling out the bill for a night of great music.

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1:49 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Austin "Walkin' Cane" Calls in to the Studio

Blues singer and guitarist Austin "Walkin' Cane" called in to the studio today to chat about his album, "Murder of a Blues Singer" and share a couple stories with Niki Dakota. Niki played three tracks from his album as they spoke about his guitars, sponsorship from National, and how he got that catchy nickname.

Austin "Walkin' Cane" will be performing at the beautifully restored Murphy Theatre in downtown Wilmington this Saturday, June 1st.

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2:34 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Songwriters in the Round on Excursions

(Left to right) Daniel Dye, Kevin Milner, Tim Pritchard

 Kevin Milner, Daniel Dye, and Tim Pritchard stopped by the WYSO studios today to share a couple big laughs and great songs. Niki Dakota hosted as they all told stories and played from the heart.

These three musicians, along with six other of Dayton's best singer/songwriters, will be performing at Canal Street Tavern on Sunday night at 8pm  for the Singer/Songwriter Celebration. 

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