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

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. 

 

Americana artist Nathan McEuen plays live in the KVNF studios and discusses life on the road.   Find out how Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired his latest album.

Brooke Warren

The Minneapolis band Davina and the Vagabonds is lead by the powerful and expressive vocalist and pianist Davina Sowers,  backed by dueling horn players, standup bass and drums.    The KVNF Field Session Crew filmed Davina and the Vagabonds doing a set on Black Bridge in Paonia.   This episode of Talkin Music documents that video shoot. 

The South African electronic duo Goldfish speak with Ali Lightfoot before their show at Belly Up in Aspen.

Brooke Warren

The KVNF Field Session crew filmed Davina and the Vagabonds performing on the historic Black Bridge in Paonia in August of 2015.  Powerhouse vocalist and pianist Davina Sowers leads her band of Vagabonds through a high energy set featuring  blues, jazz, R&B and gospel..  creating a sound that is both and fresh and nostalgic. 

Grand Junction based singer songwriter Will Whalen shares some songs and talks with Ali Lightfoot.

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West Obsessed is the show where High Country News editors and eriters discuss the region’s most important stories. On this episodehost Brian Calvert explores current movements of so-called 'constitutional sheriffs'.  These are law enforcement officials who believe that the federal government has no jurisdiction over their counties. Brian is joined by writers Jonathan Thompson and Tay Wiles to discuss the movements around the country led by sheriffs who are part of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officer's Association.

Alyssa Pinkerton and Amy Deluca discuss their Paonia  production of Eve Ensler’s "The Good Body". The play explores women's body issues through two acts of monologues merging cross-cultural explorations with Eve’s own personal journey coming to terms with her “less-than-flat, post-forties stomach.” 

In the February 2016 edition of The Delta County Commissioners Report,  Felix Belmont speaks with district 1 commissioner Doug Atchley.

Brooke Warren

West Obsessed is a new audio series, where the journalists of High Country News discuss the stories and issues that make the American West such an interesting, unique place.  In the latest episode, editors Brian Calvert and Tay Wiles discuss the Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation in Oregon with photographer Brooke Warren, who spent a few days with the occupiers as they set up in the refuge.

In the January 2016 edition of The Delta County Commissioners Report,  Felix Belmont speaks with district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber.

Denver-based hip hop artist Kokayi Danladi came to Paonia  to perform a benefit show at NOFO last summer.

After careful consideration and a year of gathering input from the 2015 Listener Survey,  the CAB (Community Advisory Board)  and Program Committees, local message board discussions and KVNF volunteers,  KVNF has decided to discontinue carrying the program Democracy Now.  

Volunteers from the  Sharing Ministries Food Bank discuss their mission and current expansion plans.

Desdemona Dallas

Kristen Ford's one ­woman band performance includes guitar, percussion and variety of effects pedals, creating a unique musical experience.

Here, the Boston based multi-instrumentalist delivers a high energy  set at the Terror Creek Vineyard outside Paonia Colorado.   

In this episode of The North Fork Storytellers, Tara Miller and Dana Stovern share true stories about Christmas trees.

Laura Palmisano

Joe Cocker fans, Brenda and Tom Kelley of Grand Junction, Colo. were the winning bidders in the recent auction of Joe Cocker’s 1995 Jaguar. The car was given to KVNF by Joe’s wife, Pam, shortly after his death in December of 2014.  The Kelleys won by just $5 making the final bid $25,705. KVNF’s Ali Lightfoot spoke with the couple about winning the car.

Sandy Wilt

After nearly a decade of performing all over the West with their “60s’ infused” rock group The Strolling Scones, Rick Stockton, Helen Highwater and Harry Knipe have evolved the band into a more compact unit, simply called The Scones. Here the band plays some songs off their latest CD release, "Light in the Forest" and chats with Ali Lightfoot.

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