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

The band Front Country blends everything from old grass to new-wave power pop.    Lead singer and songwriter Melody Walker talks with Ali Lightfoot about being outspoken in Nashville,  millennials taking over the world and what she's learned from pop vocal coaches.

The KVNF news team talked to female journalists, hosts and producers who have been mentors and a source of inspiration for them.  Sarah Koenig, Marty Durlin, Bente Birkland, Andrea Chalfin, Phoebe Judge and Susan Loubet are all featured.

Paige Blankenbuehler

Ben Sollee is a Kentucky-born cellist, singer-songwriter and composer who plays a mix of  a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B.  Sollee is known for his activism around Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining in Appalachia and collaborations with environmental and social justice organizations. KVNF's Michelle Amiott spoke with Sollee at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.

Paige Blankenbuehler

Ben Sollee is a Kentucky-born cellist, singer-songwriter and composer who plays a mix of  a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B.  Sollee is known for his activism around Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining in Appalachia and collaborations with environmental and social justice organizations. KVNF's Michelle Amiott spoke with Sollee at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.

Willie Stark

In April 2014, Cliven Bundy, along with hundreds of supporters, faced down federal agents over the removal of his cattle from public lands. They'd been illegally grazing for years and a court had ordered their impoundment. Three years later, Cliven Bundy, along with two of his sons and a handful of supporters, is slated to go on trial. It's been a long and windy road to the courtroom; HCN associate editor Tay Wiles breaks it down.

 

Amber McDaniel

With his bold and innovative style,  LA born musician Miles Mosley has been described as the "Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass."   In addition to his solo career,  he has toured and recorded with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Miss Lauren Hill and Rihanna.    Miles performed at this year's Telluride Jazz Festival and took time to speak with Ali Lightfoot before his show.

District 2 Commissioner, Don Suppes talks with Felix Belmont about the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (known ss DURA).

The administration of President Donald Trump has done little to acknowledge the risks of climate change. Trump himself has called climate change a hoax. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss one place in the West where human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are a real problem: ocean acidification and its impact on fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.

Ali Lightfoot and Taya Jae talk with Andy Frasco after his performance at Delicious Orchards in Paonia.  Find out why Andy's reputation precedes him in this candid discussion about his Jewish Catholic upbringing, performance anxiety,  and his early obsession with Damien Rice.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with district 3 Commissioner, Mark Roeber.

Michael Emanuele

Gasoline Lollipop's frontman Clay Rose talks to Ali Lightfoot about the new album in the works,  alt country and his early folk influences.

Photo by Andy Ritchie

Western dams are a contentious issue. But in this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the realities of dam removal, from Washington’s Elwha River, whose dams came down six years ago, to Utah’s Bear River, where a diversion is still being planned. 

Music Director Melanie Jean gives us a preview of this year's festival and shares music from some of the performers.

A.J. Fullerton is an award-winning  singer, songwriter and blues guitarist raised in Western Colorado. At only 22 years old, A.J. has quickly gained wide acclaim in Colorado.  He sat down to talk to Ali Lightfoot about his latest release titled Kalamath and share some new songs.

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot catches up with this Boston based group before their show in Paonia Town Park.

Michelle Amiott

KVNF is working with Montrose and Ouray County community members to open up a new studio in Montrose.   KVNF’s General Manager Jon Howard and two members of the Community Advisory Board heading up the project – Margaret Freeman and Chris Marcinek give us an update on the project.

New Orleans based singer Maggie Koerner sat down with Ali Lightfoot at the 2017 Ride Festival to talk about her new album "Dig Down Deep," touring with Galactic, her love of Kendrick Lamar and the importance of keeping it real. 

DJ Christi Gubser catches up with Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris of the Americana Soul duo- Freddy and Francine,  before their performance in Paonia Town Park.

Ali Lightfoot

KVNF News takes at the issue of racism in Western Colorado.   Locals share their feelings about the events in Charlottesville, VA. including those who attended a vigil in Montrose for Heather Heyer.   History Professor, Steven Schulte talks about the history of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado.  The Grand Junction chapter of Black Lives Matter responds to KKK flyers being distributed in their area.

Michael Owen and Magedelys Savgine of the Toronto-based group The Battle of Santiago sat down with  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot before their show in Ridgway Town Park.

KVNF DJ Lauren Ziccardi speaks with members of Yonder Mountain String Band at the 2017 Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

High Country News

Climate chaos, mass extinction, and the potential collapse of civilization? In the episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News ask the question: How can we face grief in the age of ecocide?

Lukas Nelson talks with KVNF DJ Willie Chicken and Ali Lightfoot about growing up with dad Willie Nelson,  his literary influences and what it means to be a country outlaw these days. 

Ali Lightfoot

Local storytellers share stories about Fire and Ice...

The Columbus Ohio-based rock band band, Angela Perley and the Howlin' Moons played a show for the Montrose Summer Music Series back in June.   They stopped by the KVNF studios for a chat before their show.

In this episode of West Obsessed, High Country News Assistant Editor Paige Blankenbuehler and Tribal Affairs Editor Tristan Ahtone talks with editor Kate Schimel about the recent attempts to overhaul the American health insurance system. The most recent version of a health insurance bill would implement big cuts to Medicaid and to other programs vital to the rural West and to tribal communities in the West. It prompted protests and pressure on some Western senators to block the bill; it's not yet clear how they'll respond.

Ali Lightfoot

Scruffy Pearls is a NYC based band fronted by Carly Brooke.  This dynamic 5 piece band performed at the KVNF studios and talked with Ali Lightfoot about their newly released debut album and first trip to Colorado.

Felix Belm0nt speaks with Delta County's Community and Economic Development Director, Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry.

Michelle Amiott

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot took a road trip to the California desert to interview the 5 piece country band - The Deslondes.   Sam Doores, Riley Downing and Dan Cutler discuss their creative process and their new album, Hurry Home, which was released this June.  

Patrick J. Endres/Alaska Photographics

The massive trail network of the West has always been a place for pilgrimages. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss an ongoing effort by the state of Alaska to turn toward more recreation and a long-distance trail--along an oil pipeline. 

 

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