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

Singer-songwriter, Noah Cornelius and his band play some music and chat with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot before their show at The Blue Sage in Paonia. 

The Dirty Bourbon River Show is a New Orleans big brass band.   Drawing from a diversity of musical backgrounds – these 6 musicians play a revolving set of instruments to create what they call 'circus rock.'  North Fork musician Jon Hickam and KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with front man Noah Adams,   saxophone player Matt Thomas and vocalist Sandra Love after their show at The Paradise Theater in Paonia.

Jon Hickam, Lazer Kid Kotowich and David Alderdice make up the North Fork band The Grizzly Pears.   They play a mix of New Orleans style street jazz, grinder blues, and cabaret music fresh from western Colorado farm country.  Here,  they talk about the formation of the band and play a few tunes.

Doug Dicharry of The Ben Miller Band  plays every instrument under the sun.   During a typical set he might play drums, mandolin, spoons, trombone, trumpet, and washboard.    KVNF DJs Cyn Holder and Ali Lightfoot chased him down after his performance at Telluride Blues and Brews to find out more about him.

Marty Durlin and long time residents,  Cathy and Carrie Boyd,  share memories of growing up in Delta Colorado.

Hillstomp is a blues duo consisting of Henry Hill Kammerer and John Johnson.  Ali Lightfoot and Cyn Holder spoke with Henry before his show at Telluride Blues and Brews. 

Felix Belmont speaks with District One Commissioner, Doug Atchley about the local economy and latest developments with broadband, zoning and coal mine layoffs.

Cyn Holder

New Mexico native CW Ayon speaks with Cyn Holder and Ali Lightfoot after his performance at the 2015 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.  Ayon plays a unique version of  hill country blues on a simple kick-snare, guitar and harmonica set-up.   

Ali Lightfoot  speaks with the winner of the 2015 Telluride Blues Challenge, Isaac Aragon.    Aragon competed against five other finalists at the festival.    Here,  he talks about the experience of  performing in front of 10 thousand people on the main stage.  

KVNF DJ Adam Gall speaks with lead singer Dave Shaw and drummer Andrew Campanelli of the New Orleans-based rock band The Revivalists.   Adam caught up with them back stage after their performance at Telluride Blues and Brews.

Elizabeth Woods Darby

Once a year,  40 or 50 blues dancers descend upon Paonia and other parts of the Western Slope.  Wonder what this new dance phenomenon is all about?   Ali Lightfoot speaks with Jared Tarr,  one of the directors of Aspen Blues Recess to find out about the  movement and the music that inspires it.

Host Jill Spears & gardening gurus Lulu Volckhausen & Lance Swigart discuss how to prepare your garden for winter.

We Dream Dawn performs at the KVNF studios.  Front man,  Sage discusses farming, music festivals and new language for the new paradigm with Ali Lightfoot.

KVNF Pickin DJ Lauren Ziccardi speaks with Eric Berry of the band- Trampled by Turtles and the gospel group - The McCrary Sisters.

Leah Song of the band Rising Appalachia talks with KVNF's Dallas Meck and Ali Lightfoot after her performance at the Arise Music Festival.


Dallas Meck

Nathaniel Rateliff talks about his new album and why it's full of lighthearted songs on dark topics.  Plus- he shares stories about  his Tonight Show appearance,  navigating the music industry and the downside of legal marijuana.

Dallas Meck

Anna Horton and Joel Ludford who make up folk-jazz duo  "Handmade Moments" stopped by the KVNF studios to chat with Ali Lightfoot before their show in Paonia Town Park.

Denver based hip hop artist Kokayi Danladi speaks with Ali Lightfoot before his show at NOFO in Paonia.

Travis Mann and his band have been creating a craze on Nashville’s historic “Lower Broadway” since his arrival in 2005.   Here, Ali Lightfoot speaks with Travis about his growing up in Paonia,  life in Nashville and his upcoming show for Celebrate the Fork in August.

Todo Mundo ("All the World") blends the musical flavors of Spanish Rumba, Reggae, Brazilian, Balkan, and Middle Eastern styles into an irresistible groove.  The band performed a live set  on the 'sky porch' at the Darby earthship on Pitkin Mesa in Paonia.

The Blackberry Bushes are a Bluegrass and Americana Stringband from Seattle WA.  They stopped by the KVNF studios to play some tunes before their show in Ridgway.

Art Partners is a program where area youth, who are interested  in art, are matched with a mentor from the community.  Julianne Johnson, who is an Art Partners case manager in Delta county and her youth partner, Erin Johnston tell us about the program.

The Nashville based band stops by the KVNF studios to play some music and talk with Ali Lightfoot before their show in Ridgway town park.

Hey Joe Opus/Red Meat, the new album from visionary roots music songwriter and bandleader Otis Taylor.  KVNF's DJ Geitz catches up with Otis about the album and his upcoming visit to the North Fork for the Celebrate the Fork concert.

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