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.

Fresh Local Producers / Facebook

Founder of Cincinnati-based electronic producers group Fresh Local Producers and local DJ (and former WYSO intern) Barry Leohnard sit down with Niki Dakota on WYSO's Excursions to share some music and talk about the growing local community of electronic music artists.

For more info on these guests, check out Fresh Local Producers and DJ Barry Leohnard on Facebook.

The Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument is in Wilberforce, Ohio

Dr. Joy Young, superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument at Wilberforce, Ohio, returned to Excursions to talk as the monument prepares to celebrate its fifth anniversary as part of the National Parks System and National Park Week.  She talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about the monument's namesake Charles Young, the importance of history and more.

Learn more about the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument at: https://www.nps.gov/chyo/index.htm

Mick Montgomery
Jennifer Taylor

A new book on legendary Dayton music promoter/ Canal Street Tavern owner Mick Montgomery is on the way. Editor Jim Hedrick and Mick's son Eli Montgomery join WYSO's Niki Dakota live on Excursions to discuss the book (mostly written by Mick prior to his death), share some archival recordings, and tell stories from the Montgomery era of Canal Street Tavern and the Dayton music scene.

Niki Dakota / WYSO

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

Dayton area native Alexis Gomez returns to the Miami Valley for a performance at the Yellow Cab in downtown Dayton.  Ahead of the show, Gomez visited the WYSO studios for a live acoustic set on Excursions with Niki Dakota.

Alexis Gomez will perform at the Yellow Cab on April 13 with Charlie Jackson and the Heartland Railway and Kyleen Downes. 

The Claudettes
Jaka Vinsek

The Claudettes returned to the WYSO studios ahead of the band's performance in Yellow Springs.  They talked with Niki Dakota about their new album Dance Scandal at the Gymnasium!

The Claudettes will perform at the Emporium in Yellow Springs on April 6 and at MOTR Pub in Cincinnati on April 7. 

via Dayton Inspires

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