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)

Western Colorado AIDS  Project (WESTCAP) provides services to HIV positive clients and at-risk individuals in 22 counties on the Western Slope. Jeff Basinger and CJ Tobe of WESTCAP share information about new treatments for those who are HIV+ and talk about resources  for the LGBT community in Western Colorado.   

Paonia musicians Ky Burt and Melanie Jean play some music and discuss plans for a crowd funded tour where they hope to perform free concerts for organizations around the country that build community.

Paonia musician Mike Gwinn talks about the connections between blues and jazz and plays songs where they intersect.

Ali Lightfoot talks about meth addiction and treatment with Pam Bliss, volunteer coordinator and sober events planner for Drug Free Delta County, and to Misty, a recovering meth addict who is soon to be a graduate of the program. 

In the April 2015 edition Ali Lightfoot speaks with district 1 commissioner Doug Atchley about new efforts to provide broadband, the local economy and a surge in robberies in Delta county.

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Lea Petmezas

One of the pre-eminent practitioners of 'live-looping', Zach Deputy’s one-man show weaves a tapestry of instrumentation and voices in an ever-evolving, improvised arrangement that is ultimately based on a composition but allowed to breathe with the audience.

Zach Deputy’s show transforms clubs and open fields alike into sweaty dance parties for fans of R&B, soul, jam, Caribbean music and electronica.

Zach performed at Avalanche Dairy outside Paonia, Colorado for an adoring audience of goats.

 Judy Livingston and Claudia King are best friends with deep roots in the North Fork Valley. They've lived in Paonia their whole lives and met in school over 70 years ago. As part of the Local Motion episode on community roots, Ali Lightfoot spoke to them about their lifelong friendship and how Paonia has changed over the years.

Carla and Floy met during apple pickin' season in the 1970's. They were both working at the same orchard and became good friends.   After that, they partnered up to run Wildwood Ranch on Stucker Mesa outside of Paonia.  As Carla says 'anyone who ever raised a chicken around here knows who they are'.  As part of the community roots episode of Local Motion, KVNF's Ali Lightfoot talked to Carla and Floy about their lasting friendship and life on the ranch. 

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Betty Palik,  a producer for the documentary film "Rocksteady – The Roots of Reggae."   This documentary tells the story of the Rocksteady era which was from 1966 to 1969 in Jamaica  and considered by music experts to be the golden age of Jamaican music.  A blend of ska, soul and R&B, Rocksteady developed the rhythms, prominent bass line, beautiful vocals and socially conscious lyrics that became Reggae.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with musician and producer Justin Walden (AKA Scarecrow Adams). 

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Laura Palmisano

Marty Durlin, Matthew Harris, Ali Lightfoot and Don Foster perform the radio play "Paradise" by Paonia writer, Elizabeth Aley.  The performance is  followed by an interview with the playwright.

Paonia musician Brodie Kinder plays some tunes off his new EP "222" with his band The Killer Bees.

Local Motion: V-Day

Feb 25, 2015

The Blue Sage in Paonia presented a new play by Eve Ensler in February called “A Memory, A Rant, A Monologue and A Prayer” –   a collection of short stories and poems about women and men who struggle with violence.   The directors of the play, Amber McDaniel and Sunshine Knight talk about the issues explored in the play.

Lea Petmezas

Looper and multi-instrumentalist Zach Deputy speaks with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot about his hard-to-classify sound,  his early experiences as a musician and how he started looping. 

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Ali Lightfoot speaks with District 1 Commissioner Doug Atchley. 

The Montrose band Triptihkal plays some music at the KVNF studios before their show at Louie's in Paonia.

Musician Gustavo Brett plays some new songs and talks with Ali Lightfoot.

Three public meetings to discuss the future of the Delta County School District were held in December.  Hear what community members had to say about budget cuts, standardized testing, academic standards and  charter schools in their district.   Ali Lightfoot spoke to US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan about these issues as well as a student privacy law and proposed legislation to increase awareness and resources for dyslexic students.

Members of the Montrose band The Blue Gators play music and talk with Ali Lightfoot.

A policy adopted by the Delta County School Board allows outside parties to distribute religious materials on school grounds.  Ali Lightfoot speaks with Kurt Clay, Assistant Superintendent for the Delta County School District who explains the policy and Andrew Seidel, an attorney  for the Freedom From Religion Foundation, an organization that believes the distribution of religious materials in schools creates social pressure for students and infringes on the rights of parents to direct the religious or non-religious upbringing of their children. 

The Montrose library hosted an Open Mic in early December.  Writers  shared original poems, short stories or memories.   Some of the readers this month wrote on the theme of the evening: "Cycles."

For information about events and future open mic readings at Montrose library, visit