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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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.