Weekdays, 10am -1pm

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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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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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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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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2:06 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Gathering Mercury Gather Local Musicians to Benefit Animals In Need

Ashley Stacy of Gathering Mercury

Saturday evening at Canal Street Tavern marks Peace, Love and Pits, a benefit show put on by local band Gathering Mercury.  Funds raised will benefit the Miami Valley Pit Crew, a nonprofit devoted to rescue and fostering dogs, in particular "Bully" breeds.  Gathering Mercury's Ashley Stacy made a return visit to the WYSO studios for an acoustic preview with Niki Dakota.

Gathering Mercury performs Saturday, September 14th at Canal Street Tavern.

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Arts & Culture
3:22 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Antioch College Div Dance To Feature Student and Community Artists

Div Dance flyer adapted from "Folk Dancing in Red Square, Antioch College, 1963" by alumna Janet Elfring '65.

Div Dance is an Antioch College tradition, a campus-wide gathering before students leave for 3-6 months to go on co-op.  This time around, Div Dance will feature live performances from Yellow Springs and Antioch College artists and is open to the community.  Several of those artists visited the WYSO studios to perform live including Antioch College students Della Jerkan and Zachary Sullivan.

Yellow Springs' Speaking Suns are among the community artists that will perform at Div Dance.  The band made a return visit to Excursions to share some new material.

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