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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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.

Local storytellers Julia Boman, Topher Dalrymple and Dakin Henderson share some true stories about being "Home for the Holidays."

Linda Wolf

Ali Lightfoot speaks with photographer Linda Wolf about her new book which chronicles the legendary 1970 Joe Cocker tour. The Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishman Memory Book features over 150 never-before published photographs and intimate quotes.  

For more information about Linda Wolf and to order a copy of the book, visit:

Jon Howard
Laura Palmisano

KVNF’s new General Manager, Jon Howard speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his past work experience, the state of community radio and the road ahead for KVNF.   

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot explores various viewpoints,  the history and current laws for sex education in the US.   Hear interviews with faith-based abstinence until marriage advocate Shelly Donahue and Andie Lyons an advocate for comprehensive sexual education from Colorado Youth Matter.   A Paonia High School student also shares her perspective.