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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.

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

The Adventure Summit allows participants to try out outdoor activities
courtesy of the Adventure Summit

With spring on the horizon, attendees of the Adventure Summit presented by Wagner Subaru can try out gear and activities designed for the outdoor season.  Brent Anslinger, Outdoor Recreation Program Manager for Five Rivers MetroParks, joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota live on Excursions to talk about this year's event.

The Adventure Summit presented by Wagner Subaru is Friday, February 9 and Saturday, February 10 at Wright State University. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/TheAdventureSummit/

Brooks Daugherty joined WYSO music director Niki Dakota in the studio for an acoustic preview of his new album live on Excursions.  

Brooks Daugherty will celebrate the release of his new CD on March 9 at Hannah's in downtown Dayton. 

The Free Store is an Antioch College tradition that promotes recycling and resource sharing, and for one weekend the store will be open to the larger Yellow Springs community for an event called The Not So Free Free Store, which benefits student activities on campus.  Current Antioch students Joclyn Cruz and Alissa Navarrette joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota to talk about the event.

The Not So Free Free Store is Sunday, February 4, noon - 4pm on the Antioch College campus. 

Steve Connell is an actor, performer, and poet who fuses many different art forms into his unique performances.  As Connell begins his residency at the University of Dayton, he visited the WYSO studios for a conversation with Niki Dakota live on Excursions.  

Steve Connell will perform his solo work, Fluent, at the University of Dayton on Friday, February 2. The culminating performance of his residency at UD is February 23 and 24. 

George Bieri, joined by Carl Schumacher and Ryan Stinston, visited the WYSO studios for live set on Excursions.  They spoke with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about their own musical roots, the artistic community in Yellow Springs and more.