Evan Miller

Music Department Assistant / Host, The Outside

Evan Miller is a percussionist, lover of sound, and is probably buying too many cassette tapes online right now. Evan got his start in radio in 2012 at WWSU at Wright State University, where he was studying percussion performance. He followed through with both endeavors and eventually landed a lucrative dual career playing experimental music at home and abroad and volunteering at WYSO. Maintaining a connection to normal music, Evan also plays drums in bands, and fills in for Niki Dakota on Excursions. When not doing something music-related, Evan is most likely listening to podcasts or watching food videos at home with his cat.

Stringus Khan / Facebook

Dayton bluegrass six-piece Stringus Khan are set to release their debut album this month, called "Colorado Speed Bump." The band returned to the WYSO studios to play some live cuts and spin tracks from the new album, and talk with host Juliet Fromholt about band happenings since their last visit to the show.

Stringus Khan will celebrate their new album "Colorado Speed Bump" at Blind Bob's on March 13th with California Howdy, ahead of its wide release on March 18th.

EmiSunshine/Evan Miller

The 15-year-old country music star EmiSunshine is currently making a tour of the United States, and making a couple of stops in Ohio along the way. The singer, born Emilie Sunshine Hamilton, made a detour to WYSO's studios to talk with Niki Dakota on Excursions about her music career (starting at age 9), her tour behind her latest album Family Wars, and play a few songs live on air.


Downhome Bluegrass on WYSO presents a tribute to renowned Dayton banjo player Mike Lilly, who passed away in February at the age of 70. Host Tom Duffee welcomes Fred Bartenstein, bluegrass historian, author, and University of Dayton faculty member, to the show to discuss the legacy of Lilly, and play choice cuts from across his decades-long musical career.

Mud Run Conservancy

The Mud Run Conservancy is hosting another benefit concert this year to support their efforts to preserve and mantain the waterways of the Mud Run Creek, this event a music festival curated by local musician "Crazy Joe" Tritschler (of Crazy Joe and the Mad River Outlaws). Tritschler, along with Mud Run Conservancy board member Carol Culbertson and volunteer (and WYSO alum) Kathy Estep, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk about the event, play a few tunes, and talk WYSO history through the decades.


Beavercreek High School's annual Weekend of Jazz festival returns to the Miami Valley this month, bringing in performers from across the country (including headliners he Yellowjackets and the Huntertones) alongside school jazz ensembles from throughout the area. Beavercreek High School's Jazz One Ensemble, led by director Matt Frost, came to WYSO's studios to speak with Niki Dakota about the festival, and play a couple tunes ahead of the show.

Ohio singer-songwriter Jack Ballengee-Morris will be performing at The Brightside Music and Event Venue this Wednesday night, opening for Milwaukee, WI-based folk duo Dead Horses. Ballengee-Morris, alongside James Hendrickson on bass and Peter Fox on cello, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk to Niki Dakota about the show tonight and give us a taste of what's to come.


The family-friendly STEM learning event TechFest returns to Dayton this weekend at Sinclair Community College. TechFest organizers Kevin Cornell (AKA Mister C) and Audrey Brewer came to WYSO's Excursions to talk with Niki Dakota about what to expect at this information-packed event.

Dayton Human Rights Center

The University of Dayton Human Rights Center is hosting a community forum at The Fitz Center this week called "Six Months On: Gun Violence in Dayton and the U.S." The forum will act as a commemoration of the victims of the 2019 shooting in Dayton's Oregon District, and provide a space for dialogue, proposals, and healing in the community.

Springfield Arts Council

Improv comedy star Colin Mochrie, best known for his work on the TV show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, is bringing a special show to the Clark State Performing Arts Center alongside master hypnotist Asad Mecci. Hyprov, a combination hypnosis and improv comedy show, presents the two hosts creating a improv ensemble of hypnotized volunteers and letting the hilarity ensue. Niki Dakota of WYSO's Excursions spoke to Mochrie over the phone about the show, and some of his career history and highlights.

Speaking Suns

Yellow Springs band Speaking Suns is releasing their third full-length album this week, called Terrestrial Year. The band made a return visit to WYSO's Excursions, new music in hand, to talk with Niki Dakota about the new album, some band history, and the release show this Saturday in Columbus.