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.

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.

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.

Daniel Fishkin

The arts series Sound Action is currently underway at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, curated by Visiting Assistant Professor of Media Arts Catalina Jordan Alvarez. Tonight in the college's Herndon Gallery, Sound Action presents Dead Metaphors, featuring composer/sound artist/instrument builder Daniel Fishkin, alongside an ensemble of SOUND students from Antioch.

A quartet version of Lioness, the Dayton-area band fronted by vocalist/guitarist Nathan Peters, will be performing Friday night in Yellow Springs at Emporium Wines and Underdog Cafe. Peters, alongside bassist Ben Cooper, came to WYSO's Excursions to play some live cuts, and spin a new studio track from their upcoming 2020 album.