Excursions

Weekdays, noon-3pm

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.

On August 31st, several local bands will pay tribute to a more recently bygone decade of music in the 90s Reloaded show.  One of those bands, Epistone, visited the WYSO studios to give listeners a sample of what they can experience at Canal Street Tavern during 90s Reloaded with a live set in the WYSO studios.  Promoter and DJ Louie Wood Jr. also joined Niki Dakota in the studio to talk about the origins of the event and share his favorite 90s songs.

Named for Rabbit Hash, Kentucky, the hometown of their founder, the Rabbit Hash String Band is a four-piece string and vocal band.  They visited the WYSO studios for a live performance and to chat with Niki Dakota about their music and their namesake community.

Juliet Fromholt

As self-professed music nerds, the eight members of Customer Service and the Gem City Horns (including former WYSO intern Mike Jones) formed the band for an ArtStreet project at the University of Dayton.  The band visited the WYSO studios to perform live, and spoke with Niki Dakota about forming the band, preparing to record an album and upcoming performances.

Customer Service and the Gem City Horns will perform at the Downtown Dayton Revival Music Festival, September 8 and 9 in downtown Dayton.

Frank Coleman Jr.

Todd the Fox returns to the WYSO studios to perform ahead of his appearance at the WYSO Community Concert.  He performs live on the air and chats with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about playing live, collaboration, and crafting homemade instruments.  

Todd the Fox will perform at the WYSO Community Concert on August 19th at Riverscape MetroPark along with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band return to the WYSO studios ahead of their appearance at the WYSO Community Concert.  This family band performs live on the air and chats with Juliet Fromholt (filling in for Niki Dakota) about growing together as a band, plans for upcoming travel and a new album in the works.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band will perform at the WYSO Community Concert on August 19th at Riverscape MetroPark along with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and Todd the Fox.

Allison Odell

Bodie Wagner and his brother Pop have roots in Yellow Springs, attending school right down the road from the WYSO studios at Mills Lawn Elementary.  Wagner says his father introduced the family to a variety of music when he studied at Antioch College in the 1940s and as a six year old, Bodie made his first appearance on WYSO.  Wagner has spent his life performing and collaborating with musicians across the folk community including Utah Phillips.

On a trip through Yellow Springs, Bodie Wagner joins Niki Dakota in the WYSO studios for live music and stories from his career.  

Scott Lee returns to the WYSO studios after a few years and a few miles of travel.  After a brief stint of performing and songwriting in New York City, Lee found his way back to the Miami Valley.  Lee performs live in the WYSO studios and chat with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about finding his way to Woody Guthrie's music and plans for an upcoming album. 

Scott Lee will perform this weekend during the Miami Valley Music Fest, Friday and Saturday (Aug 10th and 11th) at the Troy Eagles Campground. 

Cindy Funk

Aaron Rourke returns to Excursions to talk about recent projects underway by Rivers Unlimited, an organization devoted to restoring and preserving rivers throughout the state of Ohio.  Rivers Unlimited recently helped efforts to get the Mad River designated as a recreational river with the help of a Dr. Ritter, Wittenberg professor.  

Rivers Unlimited will host a screening of Call of the Scenic River at Wittenberg University on July 27 at 7pm at the Bailey Auditorium 

Ashley Stacy (Lead Vocals, Rhythm Guitar), QuiQue Bucio (Bass, Vocals) JJ Mangold (Drums) and new member Max Mobarry (Lead Guitar, Vocals) are gearing up to release their debut album as Gathering Mercury.

Casey Abrams of "American Idol" stops by WYSO to perform live on Excursions.

             Before gaining national attention on the TV show “American Idol”, Abrams was playing bass in small restaurants and other venues in his native Los Angeles. After his run on the show, Abrams began work on his self-titled album with fellow musician Elliot Schwartzman and is currently touring the country.

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