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

Two Colorado organizations that provide resources and legal aid to immigrants weigh in on the humanitarian crisis on the border.  We hear from Tom Acker from the Hispanic Affairs Project – a grassroots organization serving western Colorado and Cristian Solano-Córdova from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – a statewide organization advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.     

Delta County's Community and Economic Development Director, Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry is the guest on this episode. She joins Felix Belmont and Ali Lightfoot to talk about new projects and initiatives aimed at creating jobs as well as several new working groups focused on planning for oil and gas development and concentrated animal feeding operations.

Paonia singer songwriter Steve Clisset plays some music and talks with Ali Lightfoot.

David Starr

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is getting ready to open its doors this month.  This new venue, located in Cedaredge,  will host concerts, artist exhibits, classes and receptions. One of the founders, musician David Starr, shares information about this new community center and plays some songs from his latest CD, South and West.

One-man-band Forest Beutel plays some tunes and talks with Ali Lightfoot about touring with punk bands, cats on leashes, and how to stay hopeful during troubled times.

Talkin Music: Kuinka

Jun 1, 2018

Kuinka blends folk, indie, pop, electronica and bluegrass for a sound all their own. Currently touring for their new EP “Stay Up Late,” they stopped by KVNF to play some music and chat with Ali Lightfoot before their show at the Old Mad Dog Dog Cafe in Crawford.

The hosts of My Generation interview rock journalist Ellen Sander about the Greenwich Village folk scene, Haight-Ashbury in its heyday and studio sessions with the Rolling Stones - all chronicled in her book, "Trips: Rock Life in the 60s"

Talkin Music: Zephyr

May 24, 2018

Paonia artist Eden Clearwater, known by the stage name Zephyr,  talks about his new CD titled Time in Sensations.    Zephyr uses acoustic instruments, electronic sounds, and nature to create this psychedelic ambient electronica composition.

Elsewhere Studios

Elsewhere Studios is an artist in residency program in Paonia, Colorado.  Here, Carolina Porras and Deirdre Morrison from Elsewhere talk about the Inspired Art At Work project, the residency program, upcoming events and the role artists can play building bridges and celebrating a community.

Anita Evans and Kat Fitzpatrick of The Nature Connection talk to Ali Lightfoot about the organization, a hub of environmental education for Delta County and Olathe.  They discuss what is being done with the 1.7 million dollar grant to provide outdoor education that enhances the school district's curriculum, as well as offering students the opportunity to extend that outdoor experience with their families and train for jobs in recreation.

Ali Lightfoot interviews some of the coolest musicians she bumped into during the 2018 French Quarter Festival.   First we hear from the Norwegian, Denmark-based jazz singer Live Foyn Friis who Ali discovered singing at The Spotted Cat with The Jazz Vipers.    Then she talks to Futon (Efuntola Akinlana),  a street musician, who has been playing saxophone since he was 14  in The Hundreds Brass Band.

Ali Lightfoot

Otis Taylor and members of his band led a Trance Blues workshop at Hotchkiss High School this week.   Ali Lightfoot documented the process and talked with Otis Taylor and the school's music teacher Jeannette Carey about the project.

Paonia singer songwriters  Sam Heart, Carrie Williams and Gustavo Brett share original songs that will be featured as part of Songwriter's Alchemy - an evening where 4 local musicians swap songs and play them live.

Ali Lightfoot takes to the streets of Montrose to talk to  residents about what makes their town special.

Political consultant Joel Dyar talks with Ali Lightfoot about trends in politics regionally and nationally, and discusses notable Colorado candidates and races in the 2018 election.

Kyra Vogt

The New Orleans band Bon Bon Vivant makes original music combining Cabaret Nouveau, Indie Gypsy and bawdy blues.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot caught up with them after their performance at the 2018 French Quarter Festival.

Singer, songwriter and multi instrumentalist, Shawn James talks with Ali Lightfoot before his show at Mesa Theater in Grand Junction.

Felix Belmont discusses the Delta County master plan with district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber.

The Grand Junction based funk rock reggae band Zolopht has been playing together for almost 10 years now.  Ali Lightfoot catches up with the band's percussionist, Greg Indivero about the grand junction music scene,  the Colorado festival circuit and keeping things creative at the day job. 

High Country News

The borderlands are a long-misunderstood region of the country, wrapped up in rhetoric and myth. In this episode of West Obsessed, Tucson-based Associate Editor Maya Kapoor joins Editor-in-Chief Brian Calvert and Deputy Editor-Digital Kate Schimel to discuss the realities of the border, the communities along it and their intertwined ecologies and economies.

Ewelina Bajda

The town of Crawford, like many other rural areas,  has limited resources for law enforcement.  Crawford's mayor, Delta county sheriffs and residents share stories about how the lack of police presence affects them. 

Kori Stanton, Eva Vanbeek

Local farmers talk to KVNF's Kori Stanton about how they plan, sustain and grow their operations.   Vintner Alfred Eames,  farmer Scott Horner and orchardist Harrison Topp are featured.

Kori Stanton

Candidates from Colorado's 3rd Congressional district talk about where they stand on gun laws as well as school security and mental health funding.   We hear from Diane Mitsch Bush, Karl Hanlon, and Arn Menconi.

Kori Stanton

A local gun control activist,  gun enthusiast, school official, parents and a Columbine survivor weigh in on the issue of gun control, gun safety and school security. 

This lively SoCal band stopped by the KVNF studios to play some music and discuss life on the road,  their cameo on Portlandia and the metal bands at Berklee School of Music.

In this episode of West Obsessed, contributing editor Jonathan Thompson joins High Country News editor Kate Schimel to explore the struggle of Navajo Nation residents, and others, to prevent more oil and gas exploration in historically important lands. Chaco Canyon holds cultural significance to several tribal nations and is also at the center of one of the richest oil and gas fields in the country.

The Seattle-based musician, writer and activist talks with Ali Lightfoot about her recent residency at Elsewhere in Paonia and her songs exploring environmental issues and social justice movements.

Singer songwriter Jordyn Pepper visits the KVNF studios to play some tunes and talk about her journey from being a Colorado farm girl to a Nashville musician.  

Courtney Ryan

Feb 23, 2018

The KVNF Family would like to send our heart felt condolences to our former news producer Jake Ryan,  who lost his wife Courtney in a car accident on Monday.  Courtney was a beloved member of the Paonia community. She and Jake were an important part of KVNF and contributed their time and energy to many other great area non profits and causes while they lived here.  We send all our love to Jake and Courtney's family as they cope with this tremendous loss.  

Carmen shares her thoughts on social media and its use in our lives.

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