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

This Dublin 5 piece band is rooted in the old time style of the Appalachian Mountains, drawing on Irish traditional music and modern Americana.   Here they chat with Ali Lightfoot  about American politics,  Irish country music,  and the importance of music during turbulent times.  

In the Southwestern United States, thing seem to be looking up for a population of Mexican wolves. After years of struggle, their population has rebounded, reaching more than 100 for the first time in 2015. But trouble lurks for the wolves. They are dangerously inbred and in desperate need of new blood to recovery. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High County News discuss the future for these endangered wolves... and how mismanagement and turf wars isn't helping them.

Rising Latin alternative artists, Jenny and the Mexicats, stopped by the KVNF  studios to play some music and talk with Ali Lightfoot before their show in Ridgway. 

An in-depth look at the issues explored in a blog titled “What It’s Like to be a Student with a Brain in the Delta County School District."   The blog, written by Grand Junction resident Ann Landman of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers, chronicles Cidney Fisk’s senior year at Delta High School, where Cidney says she was punished for speaking out about what she felt were violations of Separation of Church and State at the school and their decision to spend money on a new gym floor instead of books.

Multi-intrumentalist and storyteller Lipbone Redding made a return trip to Paonia to perform at the Cherry Days Festival this July.   Here, he plays a few tunes and catches up with Ali Lightfoot.

This Canadian band chats with Ali Lightfoot before their show at The Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.

This high energy group whose sound has been tagged “Bayou Americana,” opened up the free concert series in Ridgway Town Park last week.  The New Orleans based band stopped by the KVNF studios to play some music and talk with Ali Lightfoot before their show.

The T Sisters sound represents a continuum of music, from traditional to pop influences, moments of breathtaking a cappella to swells of energetic indie Americana.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with  the sisters before their performance at the Paradise Theater in Paonia.

KVNF DJ Rob Miller sits down with Grammy award-winning musician Jerry Douglas for a great conversation at the 2016 Telluride Bluegrass Festival. 

NPS photo by Mark Lellouch

The public lands are one of the West's most precious resources. But an ongoing investigation by High Country News reveals that sexual harassment, discrimination and abuse are widespread through the agencies we rely on to protect the public land. In the latest episode of West Obsessed, the magazine's editors and writers discuss what is--and isn't--being done to protect women employees in public lands agencies.

KVNF's Rachel Boschen interviews performers from the first annual Bite the Mic festival in Montrose.   Features interviews with:   Kreature of Habit, Black Lab and the Banjo, Erik Stucky,  Darcy Figgs,  Johnson County Coroners, Sergio Sabaleta,  Taylor Malone,  The Poachers, Rico, Vince Lovato, and the Blue Gators

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with district 2 commissioner Bruce Hovde.

Ali Lightfoot discovered this talented crooner singing at her  local grocery store.   In this segment, Sam and Ali discuss the healing power of  music and tell stories about how famous singers were discovered.

Ali Lightfoot

The Grand Junction non-profit Operation Revamp is one of just a handful of organizations in the U.S. that provide healing arts for war veterans.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot visited their Veterans Art Center to speak with the founder of the organization, Wendy Hoffman and talk to several veterans participating in the program.

The St. Louis folk trio stopped by the KVNF studio to play some songs and talk with Ali Lightfoot before their show at Revolution Brewery.

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Elizabeth Marro, author of a new novel called “Casualties,”   which explores life after war.   The author will be signing books at a fundraiser for  Operation Revamp,  an organization in Grand Junction dedicated to helping veterans heal through art.  

Curtis Martin, author of the book Ephemeral Bounty talks about wickiups and the final years of the Autonomous Ute.    Recent archeological studies by the Colorado Wickiup Project have discovered that many native peoples remained on their traditional homelands in Western Colorado long after originally thought. 

Talkin Music: Miner

May 13, 2016

KVNF DJ Tara Styck interviews Kate and Justin of the California band, Miner.

Students from Mrs. Simpson's 2nd grade class at Paonia Elementary share stories about the things they love to do in their community.

For our spring edition of the show – we chose the theme The Birds and the Bees.   True stories about birds, bees, spring, nature, sex, coming of age, first love, birth, rebirth are shared in one of the most intimate of storytelling events to date.   Part 2 includes stories from Alex Carr Johnson, Gary Hall, Julia Bowman, Jake Ryan and Lindi Mereness.

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