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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.

Local filmmaker and photographer Jennifer Taylor and musician and filmmaker Tim Gebard visit the WYSO studio to talk about their collaboration, The Fall League.  The film tells the story of a senior citizens softball league and is gaining national attention.  Tim and his son Aaron also performed music from the film live in the WYSO studios.

Byrd Photography

Gran Bel Fisher return to the WYSO studios in the midst of their latest tour in support of Yokefellow, their new album.  The duo performed live on Excursions and talked to Niki Dakota about their latest album, their travels and more.

Todd the Fox made a return visit to the WYSO studios ahead of his appearance at the 2015 WYSO Community Concert.  Joined by Queen Victoria and Alan Frazier, Todd the Fox gave a musical preview live on Excursions and talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about what he's been up to musically.

The WYSO Community Concert is Sunday, September 13th at RiverScape MetroPark

Kicking off a month-long musical residency on Excursions, the New Old-Fashioned performed live in the WYSO studios ahead of the release of their sophomore full length album, Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights.

The New Old-Fashioned will celebrate the release of Low-Down Dirty Summer Nights on Saturday, September 26th at Gilly's in downtown Dayton.

Having released their new album, No Hotel, The Claudettes returned to the WYSO studios to chat with Music Director Niki Dakota ahead of their Yellow Springs performance.

Ahead of his performance at Oddbody's in Dayton, Ellis Paul visited the WYSO studios for a live, acoustic set on Excursions.  The prolific songwriter talked to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about his music, his instrument of choice and more.

Tod Weidner and Ruckus Roboticus
Peter Hayes / WYSO

Dayton native Ruckus Roboticus recently released his latest full-length album, Phantom of the Disco, and visited the WYSO studios ahead of a hometown album release celebration.  He chatted with Excursions fill-in host Tod Weidner about the release and shared a few songs from it.

Ruckus Roboticus will celebrate the release of Phantom of the Disco on Thursday, August 13th at Hole In the Wall in downtown Dayton.

Tanya Maus, from Wilmington College's Peace Resource Center and Kiku Hibino, a musician from Chicago visisted the WYSO studios ahead of Hibino's performance in Yellow Springs. Both had just come from a 12 hour vigil the previous day at Wilmington College remembering the atomic bombing at Hiroshima. Kiku plays and sings some of his yet-to-be-recorded music, much inspired by the atomic bombing 70 years ago.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band return to Excursions to preview the 2015 Madden Road Music Fest.  The festival is in Mutual Ohio at the Madden Road Farm, and was started to bring their own musically inclined family back together once a year, but is open to the public to listen and play on August 15, 2015.

On her way to a gig in Dayton, Ellie Lee talks to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about Blues Fury, the band she leads and plays guitar for. She also talks about taking 25 years off from music to raise a family, and the music she is playing now. Find more about her music at bluesfury.com

Ellie Lee and Blues Fury will perform at Gilly's in downtown Dayton on August 6th.