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.  

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Ali Lightfoot

The "Adorable Deplorables" were out in full force  when Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump held a rally at Grand Junction Regional Airport. Supporters lined up around the West Star Aviation hangar several hours before Trump arrived.  An estimated 3,000 very vocal supporters welcomed the candidate to Grand Junction.  KVNF's Eric Goold and Ali Lightfoot attended and spoke with Trump supporters and protestors.

Rock musician Israel Nash speaks with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot backstage at the 2016 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.  They discuss the importance of radio, touring and making music that requires introspection. 

KVNF's Cynthia Hines speaks with the American humanities scholar, author and host of the Thomas Jefferson Hour, Clay Jenkinson.     Jenkinson will be portraying Theodore Roosevelt at the Montrose Pavilion on Saturday October 15th.   The event and fundraiser celebrates 100 years of the National Park Service.

The League of Women Voters hosted the Delta County Candidate Forum on Tuesday October 11th  at Memorial Hall in Hotchkiss.    The forum was conducted  in a Town Hall format taking questions from the audience.   Delta County Commissioner candidates,   and District 61 candidates participated.   District 61 candidates are Bob Schutt, Republican; and Millie Hamner, Democrat. County commissioner candidates are Don Suppes (R), Travis Mills (D) and Mark Eckhart (Independent) in District 2, and Jere Lowe (D) and Mark Roeber (R) in District 3.

KVNF DJ Christie Gubser speaks with David Wax and Suz Slezak of the  band The David Wax Museum.  Christie caught up with them at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons, Colorado. 

High Country News

Donald Trump’s unlikely run for the presidency has upset America's political apple cart. Trump’s ridicule of Republican Party leaders, his calls for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and for a ban on Muslim immigration, and the vitriol and violence evident at his rallies raise major questions about our nation and our democracy. But how are they playing out in the West? In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss Trump's run for president and the impact its having in the region.

Jill, Lance and Lulu talk about how to wind up and clean up your gardens and enjoy some gifted free stone plums,  apples and crispy snap peas.   Alison from Paonia calls in with a broccoli success story.

Mark Sink

Gabrielle’s new album, “If the Static Clears,”  releases on Sept. 30.    Here,  she tells Ali Lightfoot about her recent TED talk, her approach to navigating the music industry and some stories behind the songs.   

KVNF looks at the recent Draft Resource Management Plan (called an RMP) released by the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office in June.  Alex Johnson, Director of the Western Slope Conservation Center,  Dana Wilson, Acting Field Manager at the BLM Uncompahgre Field Office and Bill Day of Western Colorado Congress, break it down. 

As part of KVNF’s 2016 election coverage,  we bring to you 5 minute speeches from all the Delta County Commissioner candidates  and District 61 State Representative candidates. In Delta County’s district 2, Republican Don Suppes, Independent Mark Eckhart and Democrat Travis Mills.  In Delta County’s district 3 race,   Republican Incumbent Mark Roeber and Democrat Jere Lowe. We also hear speeches from District 61 House of Representative candidates,  Incumbent Democrat Millie Hamner and Republican Bob Schutt.

KVNF host Jill Spears and gardening gurus Lance Swigart & Lulu Volckhausen talk tomatoes,  birds and wasp control.  

Talkin Music: Humbird

Sep 15, 2016

Ali Lightfoot speaks with musician Siri Undlin whose solo project Humbird combines soundscapes characterized by traditional folk music, flute loops and field recordings.    Siri talks about her 3 month residency at Elsewhere Studios and plays some tunes.

Zephyros Farm, Paonia

For something as important as food, many communities in the West struggle. That's because agricultural systems aren't really geared for the communities that harvest the food. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss some of the most interesting challenges--and solutions--to rural food supply.

Starting on Saturday October 1st,  there will be some changes to our programming.  Due to recent budget cuts at KVNF and price increases at NPR, we had to discontinue some of our public affairs programs.   The changes are as follows:

On Saturdays,  instead of Wait Wait Don't Tell Me,  you now will hear a re-broadcast of our locally produced programs Local Motion and Talkin Music.

Fresh Air will be replaced by a re-broadcast of Radio Lab.

Instead of Latino USA on Sundays at 4pm you will now hear Counterspin and Left Right and Center.

Polyrhythmics are an all original 8-piece Afro-beat and funk orchestra from Seattle.  They played in Ridgway Town Park in July and Ali Lightfoot spoke to members of the band and singer Lucky Brown, after their show.

Across the West, rural communities struggle with access to good health care. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss how some towns are finding innovative solutions to fill in the gaps.

Roger Blevins, Jr. of the funk soul outfit Mingo Fishtrap,  sits down with Ali Lightfoot after his show in Paonia Town Park.   Here, he talks about the importance of love and compassion during this election cycle and explains why Mingo Fishtrap's new album is  "politically charged as hell."

Michelle Amiott

The 6 piece Denver band, Paper Bird stopped by the KVNF studios before their show in Paonia Town Park.  Hear some of their new songs  and find out about all the changes to their sound, their hometown and how it was working with John Oates as a producer.

High Country News

The National Parks have been called America's best idea. But 100 years into that idea, the edges are starting to fray. The National Parks face myriad challenges if they are going to make it to their next centennial, ranging from climate change, funding woes and even a lack of diversity in park visitation. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss those challenges and possible solutions.

New Orleans based songwriter Colin Lake talks with Ali Lightfoot before his show in Paonia Town Park. 

How will Delta County move forward now that one of its main economic drivers is gone?  A new alliance of local organizations is working to strengthen and diversify Delta County’s economy.   Pete Kolbenschlog of the Colorado Farm and Food Alliance, Marla Korpar from Solar Energy International and Trish Thibodo of Delta County Economic Development talk about opportunities they see to move the local economy forward.   

This award winning songwriter and master guitarist sat down to chat with Ali Lightfoot before his sold out show at Belly Up in Aspen.

This Dublin 5 piece band is rooted in the old time style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana.   Here they chat with Ali Lightfoot  about American politics,  Irish country music,  and the importance of music during turbulent times.  

In the Southwestern United States, thing seem to be looking up for a population of Mexican wolves. After years of struggle, their population has rebounded, reaching more than 100 for the first time in 2015. But trouble lurks for the wolves. They are dangerously inbred and in desperate need of new blood to recovery. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High County News discuss the future for these endangered wolves... and how mismanagement and turf wars isn't helping them.

Rising Latin alternative artists, Jenny and the Mexicats, stopped by the KVNF  studios to play some music and talk with Ali Lightfoot before their show in Ridgway. 

An in-depth look at the issues explored in a blog titled “What It’s Like to be a Student with a Brain in the Delta County School District."   The blog, written by Grand Junction resident Ann Landman of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, chronicles Cidney Fisk’s senior year at Delta High School, where Cidney says she was punished for speaking out about what she felt were violations of Separation of Church and State at the school and their decision to spend money on a new gym floor instead of books.

Multi-intrumentalist and storyteller Lipbone Redding made a return trip to Paonia to perform at the Cherry Days Festival this July.   Here, he plays a few tunes and catches up with Ali Lightfoot.

This Canadian band chats with Ali Lightfoot before their show at The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.

This high energy group whose sound has been tagged “Bayou Americana,” opened up the free concert series in Ridgway Town Park last week.  The New Orleans based band stopped by the KVNF studios to play some music and talk with Ali Lightfoot before their show.

The T Sisters sound represents a continuum of music, from traditional to pop influences, moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with  the sisters before their performance at the Paradise Theater in Paonia.