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)

Locals Weigh In On Government Shutdown

Oct 18, 2013
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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.

It's never too late to start...

Guardian angels are easy to find.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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Listen to youth reporters,  Cristina Rankin and Eden Clearwater interviewing local "off the gird" rancher, Todd Harding.

“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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Listen in as youth reporter, Liza Eller, interviews local dancer extraordinaire, Lindsey Ballyhoo as part of the Pass the Mic project.

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

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot speaks to Isa and JoeAlan about life in Boulder and the new CD they're recording.

Partners of Delta, Montrose and Ouray Colorado is a non-profit organization working to help children receive positive guidance and encouragement from a mentor. Hannah Wheeler and Holly Hernandez are members of teen advisory board at Partners.  Julianne Johnson is the coordinator for Art Partners.    Here, Ali Lightfoot speaks with them about the program.

Local writers, Gustavo Brett and Marilyn Colter share pieces they will be reading at the 2013 Harvest of Voices in Paonia.

New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Paolo Bacigalupi takes on hard-hitting themes--from food safety to racism and immigration in his new young adult novel "Zombie Baseball Beatdown." 

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot and Amber McDaniel catch up with rock and blues musician, Anders Osborne,  at the 2013 Telluride Blues and Brews Festival.

Pass the Mic youth reporters share their thoughts on a variety of issues.

KVNF’s  SaraTonin  covers this year’s  Sonic Bloom music festival.  Hear music and interviews with  Govinda, David Starfire and Lucent Dossier.

  J.T. Nero and Allison Russell of Birds of Chicago, came by the KVNF studios with their band on August 22, 2013 before they played "Pickin' in the Park" in Paonia Town Park. Listen to their interview with Ali Lightfoot-

KVNF DJ Joanna Calabrese speaks with a festival organizer, pie eating contest winners and bands at the 2013 Crestone Music Festival.

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KVNF recently competed in the First Annual KCRW 24-Hour Radio Race, where radio producers from across the country and the world were given 24 hours to imagine, capture and produce a non-fiction story on the theme "The Last Thing You'd Expect." 

  The man behind the man behind the curtain...

How many units of pleasure are contained in a bottle of scotch?

Bluegrass and country artist, Bradford Lee Folk,  speaks with Ali Lightfoot before his show in Paonia Town Park.