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

KVNF DJ Rob Miller sits down with Grammy award-winning musician Jerry Douglas for a great conversation at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 

NPS photo by Mark Lellouch

The public lands are one of the West's most precious resources. But an ongoing investigation by High Country News reveals that sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse are widespread through the agencies we rely on to protect the public land. In the latest episode of West Obsessed, the magazine's editors and writers discuss what is--and isn't--being done to protect women employees in public lands agencies.

KVNF's Rachel Boschen interviews performers from the first annual Bite the Mic festival in Montrose.   Features interviews with:   Kreature of Habit, Black Lab and the Banjo, Erik Stucky,  Darcy Figgs,  Johnson County Coroners, Sergio Sabaleta,  Taylor Malone,  The Poachers, Rico, Vince Lovato, and the Blue Gators

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with district 2 commissioner Bruce Hovde.

Ali Lightfoot discovered this talented crooner singing at her  local grocery store.   In this segment, Sam and Ali discuss the healing power of  music and tell stories about how famous singers were discovered.

Ali Lightfoot

The Grand Junction non-profit Operation Revamp is one of just a handful of organizations in the U.S. that provide healing arts for war veterans.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot visited their Veterans Art Center to speak with the founder of the organization, Wendy Hoffman and talk to several veterans participating in the program.

The St. Louis folk trio stopped by the KVNF studio to play some songs and talk with Ali Lightfoot before their show at Revolution Brewery.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Elizabeth Marro, author of a new novel called “Casualties,”   which explores life after war.   The author will be signing books at a fundraiser for  Operation Revamp,  an organization in Grand Junction dedicated to helping veterans heal through art.  

Curtis Martin, author of the book Ephemeral Bounty talks about wickiups and the final years of the Autonomous Ute.    Recent archeological studies by the Colorado Wickiup Project have discovered that many native peoples remained on their traditional homelands in Western Colorado long after originally thought. 

Talkin Music: Miner

May 13, 2016

KVNF DJ Tara Styck interviews Kate and Justin of the California band, Miner.

Students from Mrs. Simpson's 2nd grade class at Paonia Elementary share stories about the things they love to do in their community.

For our spring edition of the show – we chose the theme The Birds and the Bees.   True stories about birds, bees, spring, nature, sex, coming of age, first love, birth, rebirth are shared in one of the most intimate of storytelling events to date.   Part 2 includes stories from Alex Carr Johnson, Gary Hall, Julia Bowman, Jake Ryan and Lindi Mereness.

In recent years there has been a rise of Native American producers and scriptwriters, working to offer audiences a new perspective on Native culture.    Alan 'Stands Alone' Bryant has spent many years portraying Native American characters in film, as a model and now as a writer.   Here, he shares his perspective on how the story is changing.

Jeneve Rose Mitchell
Laura Palmisano

Crawford resident Jeneve Rose Mitchell sings her heart out and talks about her experience as a semifinalist on the final season of American Idol.

For our spring edition of the show – we chose the theme The Birds and the Bees.   True stories about birds, bees, spring, nature, sex, coming of age, first love, birth, rebirth are shared in one of the most intimate of storytelling events to date.   Part 1 includes stories from Steve Cassard, Dana Stovern, Dakin Henderson and Diane Sylvain.

Gabrielle Louise is a nationally touring troubadour noted for her poignant lyrics and lush voice.  Her music is anchored deeply in folk, but undeniably drawn to rich harmonies and melodic adventurism. In this KVNF Field Session, Gabrielle performs from Kropp Orchards in Paonia, CO.

Three local authors share excerpts and talk about their self published books.  Joseph Colwell discusses his book of essays and poems - Canyon Breezes –Exploring Magical Places in Nature.   Steve Lyons talks about exploring the Black Canyon with his book Black Canyon of the Gunnison Explorer’s Guide.  Laura Lee Yates talks about her new historical novel Bound for the Western Sea: The Canine Account of the Lewis & Clark Expedition.

Local percussionist David Alderdice and friends play music from the Blue Sage World Music Concert Series  "Near Eastern Sounds"  program.

On this episode of Talkin' Music, Elsewhere resident Clay Hamilton plays some music and discusses her two-month stay in Paonia.   

If you're a rancher who deals with predators, you probably know a lot about Wildlife Services. But for many people, this federal agency remains obscure. In the upcoming episode of West Obsessed, writers and editors from High Country News discuss the practice of predator killing--and it's non-lethal alternatives. 

 

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