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 fatal shooting of 18 year old Michael Brown and the choking death of Eric Garner by Police officers has sparked a national debate about law enforcement's relationship with African Americans, use of force  and what can appear to be a militarized police force with use of armored vehicles and military issued assault rifles.   Ali Lightfoot speaks with Delta police chief Robert Thomas about these issues.

Drummer-turned-songwriter Sean Barna speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his recently released EP "Cutter Street."

Solar historian and author John Perlin speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his book "Let It Shine" which delves into the rich and often unknown history of solar energy dating back several millennia ago.

The Dustbowl Revival is a consortium of folk, jazz, bluegrass and swing music makers.  KVNF's  Ali Lightfoot speaks with band leader Zach Lupetin. 

Brooke Warren

Songwriter Cahalen Morrison and his band Country Hammer offer up comforting sounds of country and western’s roots with this KVNF Field Session performance in a barn outside Paonia, Colorado.

KVNF Field Session Videos for Cahalen Morrison & Country Hammer:

 

Ali Lightfoot speaks with director Merrily Talbott and several young performers from the production of “Hippies and Rednecks Unite, ”  a new play that explores  culture and stereotype in the North Fork Valley. 

Ann Wenzel, Ann Brach and Elaine Brett of The Western Colorado Community Foundation speak with Ali Lightfoot.  The organization primarily serves Mesa, Garfield, Eagle, Rio Blanco, Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties and works closely with individuals, families and organizations to create charitable legacies to benefit our residents and improve the quality of life in western Colorado.

For more info, visit: http://www.wc-cf.org/index.htm

Ali Lightfoot speaks with musicians Justin Thompson,  Gabrielle Louise, Brodie Kinder and Mel Williams before their Paonia Murder Ballad Medley show at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts to celebrate Halloween.

"Punkin" Poems

Oct 31, 2014

Students from Paonia Elementary share their poems about pumpkins.

Zach Deputy is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Savannah, GA and best known for his live looping shows. He describes his style as "island-infused drum n' bass gospel ninja soul."   Ali Lightfoot interviewed Zach at the 2014 Telluride Blues and Brews Fest.

KVNF's Amber McDaniel speaks with Chris Voss of LA based blues band  The Record Company.

A special program to celebrate KVNF's 35th Birthday.  Explore the history of KVNF with station founder Campbell Stanton, former staffers Patrick Webb, Jeff Reynolds and Sally Kane, and longtime volunteers Liz Lilian and Felix Belmont. They share stories about the station's first broadcast and studio and discuss KVNF's mission to serve the community.  Explore the past and find out what these longtime supporters hope for the future.

Colorado musician Wendy Woo speaks with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot.

Physicist and environmental scientist Amory Lovins has worked in the field of energy policy for over 40 years. He speaks with  KVNF's  Jake Ryan about the changing energy landscape around the world.

KVNF's Cynthia Hines interviews the award winning humanities scholar and author, Clay Jenkinson, who portrays Thomas Jefferson on the popular program The Thomas Jefferson Hour.

Jenkinson will be in Montrose on Saturday performing as John Wesley Powell, an explorer of the American West during the 1800's. 

On Sunday Jenkison will tape a live Thomas Jefferson Hour fundraiser in Telluride. 

For more information visit: http://www.jeffersonhour.com/schedule

The Thomas Jefferson Hour airs on Sundays at 3 p.m. on KVNF. 

Musician Patrick Sweany packs a serious punch combining  old school blues, rock, soul, country and folk.   KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with the  musician after his third show of the day at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival. 

Ali Lightfoot

Austin singer, songwriter and guitar virtuoso Shakey Graves  speaks with Ali Lightfoot about his new CD - “And the War Came."    Ali caught up with the 27 year old musician backstage at the Telluride Blues and Brews festival. 

Americana artist, Jim Lauderdale speaks with Ali Lightfoot at the San Juan String Fest.

Geologist Wayne Ranney knows the Colorado Plateau like no other. With a career that started accidentally at the bottom of the Grand Canyon in the early 1970's he has since scrambled his way across all corners of the Colorado Plateau to a fresh geologic vantage of this remarkable region. Wayne sat down with KVNF' s JT Thomas to talk about his rock work near and far.

For more information about Wayne' s work on the Colorado Plateau and international field programs, visit www.wayneranney.com

The three sisters that make up the Swedish band, Baskery,  stop by KVNF to play some tunes and chat with KVNF's Willie Chicken.

KVNF takes a looks at the recent increase of bear sightings in local towns and neighborhoods.  Find out how you can prevent bears from visiting and how to handle a bear that keeps coming back.  

Ali Lightfoot hosts this episode of "Wild Neighbors" with guests:

Brenda Miller,  a licensed wildlife rehabilitator at the non-profit Roubideau Rim Wildlife Rescue.   Brenda runs this wildlife rehab facility outside Olathe where she is involved in direct care and rehabilitation of wildlife, providing educational outreach programs, fundraising,  and training for veterinarians. 

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot,  Rick Watts and Thomas Smith are joined by Jack Young of the Chipeta Solar Springs Lodge to discuss the upcoming KVNF fundraiser.  Hear music from John Cowan, Grant Farm, Jim Lauderdale and Drew Emmitt, just some of the performers at this year's fest.

For tickets to this event visit: http://sanjuanstringfest.com/

John Gutierrez

Shinyribs front man Kevin Russell plays some tunes and chats with Ali Lightfoot and Willie Chicken.

Blues man Kipori Woods stops by the KVNF studios before his show at the  Revolution Brewery in Paonia.

Andrew Cullen

Folk and blues guitarist, Marisa Anderson and alternative country artist, Jesse Hadden chat with Ali Lightfoot before their backyard performance in Paonia.

Singer songwriter, Orion Freeman stops by and plays a few songs before his show in Paonia.   Local musician, David Alderdice joins him on drums.

Hearing Hinsdale:  An Oral History of Mining  was a six-week summer camp that took place in 2013.  It was designed to capture the stories of community members involved in historic and current mining activities in Hinsdale County.  The reporters,  ages 10 to 14,  collected oral histories of residents who have worked in three mines critical to Hinsdale County's growth.  The program mirrored KVNF's  Pass the Mic youth radio program.

Interviews include:

Canadian musician Kid Kotowich stopped by the KVNF studios to play some music and talk about her  stint as a jazz trombonist and vocalist for The Happy Pals – a well known jazz band in Toronto. 

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