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Like the name suggests, Excursions is a daily journey across musical genres and eras.  Niki Dakota guides listeners through a broad cross-section of the newest music from Ohio, around the world, and everything in between while also spending time with beloved classic tunes.  Each day is an adventure and on Wednesdays, you'll hear the fresh tunes from great artists new and old during the noon hour.  Play for fun and prizes on Thursday Threads, and you can put a song on the playlist every Friday when we spin theme tunes.

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The nineteen-piece Wright State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Brian Cashwell, visited the WYSO studios ahead of their spring performance for a live set on Excursions.

The Wright State University Jazz Ensemble will perform at Wright State' Creative Arts Center on April 19 at 8pm. Learn more at: https://www.wright.edu/events/jazz-ensemble-8

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Matthew Sliver of Dayton Inspires and Keep Montgomery County Beautiful returned to the WYSO studios to talk with Niki Dakota about the latest neighborhood cleanup which will place over 450 University of Dayton students into local neighborhoods.  

Happy Chichester returned to the WYSO studios for a live preview of his upcoming Dayton show on Excursions.  He talked with Niki Dakota about writing, recording and more.

Happy Chichester will perform at the Yellow Cab on Friday, March 23 with Darlene. 

Wright State University's ArtsGala is a springtime tradition.  Now in it's nineteenth year, the event showcases the work of Wright State students in a variety of visual and performing arts including music, dance, theatre, and motion pictures. Assistant Dean in the College of Liberal Arts Jennie Buckwalter and several students participating in this year's event joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in studio on Excursions for a preview.

Steve Connell returned to the WYSO studios as his University of Dayton residency wraps up.  He talked with Niki Dakota about his work with UD students and their collaborative show, Unfinished

Unfinished will be performed at the University of Dayton's Black Box Theatre on February 23 and 24. Learn more at: https://udayton.edu/calendar/2018/02/tdp-unfinished-2-23.php

Student musicians and professional jazz performers will once again come together in Beavercreek at the annual Weekend of Jazz, celebrating its seventeenth year.    The Beavercreek High School Jazz One Ensemble visited the WYSO studios for a live preview set on Excursions, and members talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their love for the genre.

The Beavercreek Weekend of Jazz is March 1 -3 featuring headliners The Victor Wooten Band and The Dave Liebman Big Band. More information at http://www.weekendofjazz.org/

Audrey Brewer from Affiliate Societies Council of Dayton join Niki Dakota in the studio live on Excursions for a preview of TechFest 2018.  This yearly event presents family-friendly STEM experiences and activities to Miami Valley families.

Techfest 2018 is February 17 and 18 at Sinclair Community College's Ponitz Center.  The event is free and open to the public. Learn more at http://www.ascdayton.org/TechFest/

Team Void joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live in the studio on Excursions ahead of their appearance at the 2018 Voodoo Carnival Masquerade.  The band performed songs from their upcoming EP, Cursed to Rock the Living and talked with Dakota about their luncha-rock roots.

Team Void will perform at the 2018 2018 Voodoo Carnival Masquerade at the Southgate House Revival in Newport, KY.  More details at: https://www.facebook.com/events/124156044796102/

On February 8, 1958, WYSO went on the air on the Antioch College campus.  As the station kicks off a year of 60th anniversary celebrations, WYSO General Manager Neenah Ellis joined Niki Dakota in the studio live on Excursions to talk about the station's founding and history.

You can record a birthday greeting for WYSO. Learn more here: http://wyso.org/record-birthday-greeting-wyso

Comedian and Wait Wait Don't Tell Me panelist Paula Poundstone is returning to the Miami Valley for a performance at Victoria Theater.  Ahead of the visit, she spoke to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota by phone.

Paul Poundstone will appear at Victoria Theater on Saturday, February 10.  More information at: www.ticketcenterstage.com