Ali Lightfoot

Program Director

Ali Lightfoot began her career in television production where she hired cast and crew, managed budgets and assisted in all aspects of production and post-production on a wide variety of projects. She has worked in a more creative capacity as well: acting, directing and writing for TV, film and radio.

Ali became KVNF's program director in 2009.  She produces and develops programming for KVNF as well as training and scheduling more than 70 volunteer DJs.   Ali produces radio documentaries and directs the youth reporting project "Pass the Mic," where young reporters (ages 8-12) create film and radio documentaries about their community.  

Email: ali (at) kvnf.org

Americana Folk artist Lesley Kernochan stopped by the KVNF studios to play some tunes before heading to The Telluride Bluegrass Festival.  Lesley has an eclectic background as a saxophonist, contemporary composer, operatically trained coloratura,  musical saw player, and singer/songwriter. Her most recent record is A Calm Sun.

Health Policy Analyst Bob Semro speaks with Ali Lightfoot about the spending, cost and waste in the American healthcare system.

Cedaredge-based singer songwriter Beth Williams chats with Ali Lightfoot about her many different music projects and collaborations.

Brooke Warren

The election of Donald Trump to the presidency came to the surprise of many. In the aftermath, coastal media rushed to understand rural areas better, but failed to do much more than parachute in and make assumptions. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the political nuances of one Colorado county that flipped from blue to red. 

 

Series Director Dave Bowman gives us a preview of all the music you can catch every first Friday at the Black Canyon Golf Course in Montrose.

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart take calls about citronella, frost, compost, lilacs and raising worms in the winter.

Nick Gonzales

Most people think of Nevada's crime scene investigators as slick detectives from Vegas. In this episode of West Obsessed, however, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss another kind of beat: cow cops, who ride the range and meet up with all kinds of mysteries.

Rob Miller started Pickin' Productions in 2008,  producing two free summer concert series in the towns of Paonia and Ridgway.  Now celebrating ten years of bringing music to the western slope, Rob is starting a brand new series in Moab, Utah as well as one in Crawford, Colorado.  He’s also booking a live music series for Delicious Orchards in Paonia.  Here, Rob speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his work and some of the artists you can catch this summer.

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Music festival director Steve Gumble talks with Ali Lightfoot about his first year producing the Telluride Jazz Festival.    Gumble founded SBG productions in 1994  with the creation of Telluride Blues and Brews.     Here, Steve gives us a preview of the performers you can hear at both festivals this summer.

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In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News take a look at Adelanto, California, a desert town that has embraced the incarceration economy--a corner of our justice system that keeps innocent people, including asylum-seekers, behind bars.

The Wyoming-based band sits down with Ali Lightfoot to talk about their new album "Postcard Town," and how small towns and wide open spaces inspire their sound.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with Jeffrey Wright, who serves as Delta County's Emergency Manager. Emergency Management works with County departments, local governments, volunteer organizations and the private sector across Delta County to develop disaster preparedness plans and provide training and exercise activities.

Michelle Amiott

Aiya, Ellie, Julian and Jackson share the stories and interviews they produced during the 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

HopeWest is a non-profit hospice, palliative care and grief support organization serving western Colorado.   Here, Deb Horowitz and Nancy Hovde of HopeWest discuss the work of the organization with Ali Lightfoot. 

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This program features interviews from Ali Lightfoot's trip to New Orleans for the French Quarter Festival.  Jazz pianist Jesse McBride, Tank and the Bangas' Albert Allenback,   and Aurora Nealand are all featured. 

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Zoe, Carmen, Alyster and Liza share the stories and interviews they produced during the 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

Jadina Lilian

Visual artist Jadina Lilien and activist, writer and radio host Tiokasin Ghosthorse were in Paonia recently for several events to celebrate the publication of their book "Butterfly Against the Wind."  The book includes Lilian's artwork and Ghosthorse's accompanying narrative.   Ali Lightfoot spoke with them about their collaboration.

Sophia Roberts

On Earth Day, thousands of scientists, students and advocates gathered on the National Mall in Washington D.C. to call on the Trump administration to support science and evidence-based policy. Noted scientists including Bill Nye gave speeches in D.C. Satellite marches took place in major metropolitan areas like Los Angeles and Boise. But smaller marches and rallies also took place in places like Grants Pass, Oregon, and Silver City, New Mexico.

As the administration of President Donald Trump moves forward, the writers and editors of High Country News take a look at the Cabinet picks and policies that most affect the West.

Theo, Hannah,  Otus and Lena share the stories they produced during KVNF's Spring 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

Feather Groves

KVNF Youth Radio DJ Jackson Bookout speaks with musician Ayla Nereo about her childhood,  her music and how she feels about soccer.  

Singer songwriter Justin Evan Thompson is joined by Melanie Jean and Gabrielle Louise to play a few tunes and discuss his latest projects.

Wildfire season is getting longer and longer across the West, and fires are burning bigger and hotter than ever. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the newest fire research--and its dark link to the fire bombings of Germany in World War II.

KVNF's Eric Goold and Ali Lightfoot speak with the editors and publishers of three local newspapers.  Jay Seaton of the Daily Sentinel, Randy Sunderland of the Delta County Independent and Thomas Wills of the Merchant Herald discuss fake news, the first amendment and what's news-worthy in rural western Colorado.

The Scones-Kinder band dropped by the KVNF studios to share some music and talk about The Summer of Love, Up with People and their new video for the song "Dead End Street."

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In this episode of West Obsessed the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the landmark investigation that  unraveled a Washington timber-poaching gang.

Violinist Rachel Priday has appeared as soloist with major international orchestras, including the Chicago, St. Louis, Houston, Seattle, National Symphony Orchestras and the Boston Pops.  Here, Rachel and pianist Susan Ellinger discuss their upcoming show Appalachian Spring, a program of violin and piano duos celebrating the beauty and burgeoning spirit of the season.  

In a typical issue of High Country News, they are primarily concerned with the facts and forces that shape the American West: the landscapes, water, people and wildlife that make this region unique. In the travel issue, however, they take a different tack. In this episode of West Obsessed, we imagine the region as though we were new to it, and in doing so, we see it with fresh eyes.

Elephant Revival's Bonnie Paine discusses the influences for the haunting and beautiful sound of their 2016 release  "Petals,"  and describes the highly collaborative and creative process making the video for the title track.  

Andy Dunnigan of the Bluegrass band The Lil' Smokies talks with Ali Lightfoot.

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