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.


Returning to the Little Art Theatre in Yellow Springs by popular demand, Jesus Christ Superstar (in a newly-remastered 70 mm print) will be showing this week accompanied by the film's lead, actor and musician Ted Neeley. Neeley, along with producer/manager Frank Munoz, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk with Niki Dakota about the showings, and tell stories about the history of the film and his career.

The Wright State University Motion Pictures program will host their annual Doc Night event this weekend on campus. Every year, junior Motion Pictures students create a new documentary film as their junior thesis project, and in promotion of their new works, students Adam Clark and Jacob Louis Miller stopped by WYSO's Excursions to speak with Niki Dakota about their new films and the Motion Pictures program.


Dayton native (and current Tennessee resident) Charlie Tipton is home for the holidays this week, and bringing his band alongside Wolf Moon Revival down to The Brightside venue in downtown Dayton this Friday night. Tipton stopped by WYSO's Excursions with Niki Dakota to talk about the show, and play some songs live on air.

Russian Duo (Terry Boyarsky and Oleg Kruglyakov)

Russian Duo is bringing their international medley of traditional and classical instruments to the Miami Valley this weekend. Terry Boyarsky, piano, and Oleg Kruglyakov, balalaika (a traditional Russian string instrument similar to a mandolin), came to WYSO's Excursions to talk with Niki Dakota about their project, their instruments, and their upcoming performance in Oakwood.


Miami Valley filmmaker and musician Dale Farmer is bringing his award-winning film The Mountain Minor to the Little Art Theatre this Thursday night. The film's story centers on the migration of Appalachian musical traditions sourced from Eastern Kentucky, and employed numerous musicians near and far in the cast, including Elizabeth LaPrelle from the duo Anna & Elizabeth.

Day of Absence is a 1965 play that explores race and community when a town wakes up to find that all of its Black residents have disappeared.  Director John Fleming and members of the student cast joined WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota on Excursions to talk about the production and share some previews of the performance.

Angela Perley

Columbus-based musician Angela Perley returned to the WYSO studio to perform live on Excursions ahead of her show at the historic Holland Theatre in Bellefontaine. Perley talked with WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about her new album 4:30. They were joined by the theater's managing director Chris Westhoff who talked about the venue's restoration and upcoming events.

Angela Perley will perform at the Holland Theatre on Saturday, November 9. Learn more at: http://thehollandtheatre.org/

Springfield Symphony

The Springfield Symphony is adding a new ensemble to their lineup: The Springfield Symphony Jazz Orchestra, directed by Todd Stoll. Stoll, along with pianist Isaiah J. Thompson, came to WYSO's Excursions to talk with Evan Miller and guest host Duante Beddingfield of WYSO's Equinox about their new emsemble, some jazz history, and their upcoming inaugural performance, Big Band Royalty: The Count Meets The Duke.


The Arthur Morgan Institute for Community Solutions is hosting the Pathways to Regeneration: Soil, Food, and Plant Medicine conference next month in Yellow Springs. Arthur Morgan Institute Executive Director Susan Jennings, and photographer Dennie Eagleson (currently working on a documentary on the institute's purchase of the Agraria farm), came to WYSO's studios to speak with Excursions' Niki Dakota about the institute, and what to expect at the conference.

Billi Ewing returned to the WYSO studios ahead of the 2019 Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure. Ewing talked to WYSO Music Director Niki Dakota about her own experience with a brain tumor and how she's rallying the community for awareness and work toward a cure.

10th Annual Walk Ahead for a Brain Tumor Cure is Sunday, October 20 at 9am at Yeatman's Cove in Downtown Cincinnati. Registration and more information is available at http://walkahead.org/