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

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MUSIC
9:17 am
Fri January 24, 2014

Talkin Music: The Reminders

MC Big Samir of the Colorado Springs based hip hop group The Reminders talks with Ali Lightfoot.

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MUSIC
11:39 am
Fri January 17, 2014

Talkin Music: Bill O'Brien

Bill O'Brien plays some original tunes on Talkin Music

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Paonia singer songwriter, Bill O'Brien.

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MUSIC
1:30 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Talkin Music: Monika Evstatieva

On this episode of Talkin Music, KVNF's Ali Lightfoot and DJMJ speak with Monika Evstatieva, the director of NPR's All Things Considered.   Monika selects all the music you hear on the program and shares her secrets for finding the perfect music to accompany the news.

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MUSIC
8:53 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Talkin Music: Emancipator

KVNF's SaraTonin speaks with Portland Oregon based electronic artist, Emancipator.

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MUSIC
4:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Talkin Music: David Starr

KVNFs Willie Chicken catches up with local musician, David Starr.

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MUSIC
4:05 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Talkin Music: Marc Cary

KVNF's DJ Hurricane speaks with New York based jazz pianist,  Marc Cary.

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Pass the Mic
2:48 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Pass the Mic 2013: The Video Collection

The youth reporters from the 2013 round of Pass the Mic have produced some entertaining and informative videos. They interviewed members of the community that represented different sectors of the local economy, including agriculture, energy, arts, healthcare, and recreation.

They also interviewed a group of teens, asking them what it's like to be a teenager in the North Fork Valley. Enjoy their videos below!

Agriculture: An interview with hops farmer, Glen Fuller, and Mike King, and owner and brewer of Revolution Brewery.

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Pass the Mic
6:11 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Pass the Mic Documentary showing on December 7th

KVNF and the North Fork Vision 2020 Project invite you to come see the North Fork Valley through the eyes of seven young reporters. 

On Saturday, December 7th from 3-4 pm,  join us at the Paradise Theatre for a screening of the Pass the Mic documentary. The film features interviews with a wide variety of characters from the valley, all conducted by youth reporters. 

You'll hear interviews with a dancer, hops farmer, coal miners, a micro-hydro expert and more. The short film "HeartSpots" will also be shown. 

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MUSIC
3:37 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Talkin Music: Honey Don't

This Paonia-based duo just released a new CD called "Heart Like a Wheel."  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot talks with Bill Powers and Shelley Gray about their new tunes and events that inspired the album.   

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SHORT FEATURES
3:56 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker: Buzzed

SHORT FEATURES
3:32 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker: I am what I am

MUSIC
2:30 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Talkin Music: Molly O'Brien

Photo courtesy of: Mollie O'Brien

Singer, Mollie O'Brien speaks with Marty Durlin.  Molly has released a number of Americana albums with her brother, Grammy- winner Tim O'Brien.  She has also released five positively received solo albums.  She is currently based in Denver, and regularly tours and performs with her husband, guitarist Rich Moore, as a duo.  Mollie and Rich will be performing at the Paradise Theater in Paonia on Friday November 8th.

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HEALTH
1:29 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Local Motion: Connect for Health Colorado

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot explores her options for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act with Maria Forster at Connect for Health Colorado.

We also spoke with I-News Network reporter Kristin Jones about a recent statewide survey looking at the state of healthcare in Colorado.

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iSeeChange
9:39 am
Mon November 4, 2013

iSeeChange: Halloween Through the Years

Trick or treaters gear up for Halloween in Paonia
Credit Ali Lightfoot/KVNF

Another Halloween has come and gone, and this year for a very special iSeeChange report, KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with trick or treaters about how the holiday has changed over the years.

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MUSIC
4:40 pm
Thu October 31, 2013

Talkin Music: Lou Reed

Brian Cambria and Ali Lightfoot host a special tribute to Lou Reed,  including interviews and a retrospective of his work.

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NEWS
2:47 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Locals Weigh In On Government Shutdown

Credit Verbeeldingskr8 via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA)

On Wednesday, October 16th, US Senate leaders announced they had reached a deal to avert a default on the federal government’s debt and to reopen the government after being shut down for more than 14 days. The US House passed the bill late in the evening and President Obama signed it into law just after midnight. 

KVNF's Cyn Holder took to the streets of Paonia and Hotchkiss during the day, just as lawmakers had begun working towards a deal, to ask people what they thought about the shutdown and the political gridlock that had perpetuated it.

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SHORT FEATURES
1:54 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker: Smoker

It's never too late to start...

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SHORT FEATURES
12:04 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

Confessions of a Heavy Thinker: Angels

Guardian angels are easy to find.

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ENVIRONMENT
11:32 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pass the Mic: Jeff Tobe of Solar Energy International

Eden Clearwater interviewing Jeff Tobe

Energy reporter, Eden Clearwater interviews Jeff Tobe about the future of solar energy.

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ARTS
11:24 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pass the Mic: Annette Petorius, Director of the Blue Sage Center for the Arts

Sadie Miller speaking with Annette Pretorius.

Pass the Mic's Arts Reporter, Sadie Miller speaks with Annette Pretorius about the Blue Sage Center for the Arts in Paonia.

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COMMUNITY
11:04 am
Wed October 16, 2013

Pass the Mic: Mike King of Revolution Brewery

Pass the Mic's Tao Freeman speaks with Paonia brewer, Mike King

Pass the Mic's agriculture reporter, Tao Freeman, interview Mike King - brewmaster and owner of Revolution Brewery in Paonia.

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ENVIRONMENT
6:51 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Pass the Mic: Young reporters explore the local coal industry

Cristina Rankin speaks with Bowie miner, RJ Wist.

Pass the Mic's energy reporters, Cristina Rankin and Eden Clearwater,  visit with coal miners and share their own opinions about this local industry.

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MUSIC
1:39 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Telluride Blues and Brews

Rainbows!

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot and Amber McDaniel attended the 2013 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival and brought back these interviews...

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HEALTH
9:39 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Pass the Mic: Interview with volunteer EMT, Linda Kiser

Healthcare reporter, Noah McDaniel interviews North Fork Ambulance Association EMT, Linda Kiser.

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Pass the Mic
4:47 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Pass the Mic: North Fork Ambulance

Youth reporters visit the North Fork Ambulance station
Ali Lightfoot

Listen as Pass the Mic student youth reporters visit the ambulance garage in Paonia and interview volunteer EMTs Linda and Bob Kaiser.

“Pass the Mic” is a youth storytelling and news corps program developed by KVNF in partnership with The North Fork Heart & Soul Project.

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