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

Sarah Jacobson

This program features excerpts from the Delta County Election Candidate Forum.  The forum, organized by Delta's Republican and Democratic party leaders, was held in Delta in October and moderated by KVNF's Eric Goold.   Senate District 5 Candidates Republican Olen Lund and Democratic incumbent Kerry Donovan and House District 54 candidates, Republican Matt Soper and Independent Thea Chase are featured in this episode. 

Durango Herald

As part of KVNF’s midterm election coverage,  we are featuring portions of the 2018 Club 20 Debates.    This 2 part debate is between 3rd congressional district candidates Diane Mitsch Bush and Scott Tipton.

The North Carolina Folk band River Whyless and Quebec's Les Poulet a Colin talk with KVNF at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.

This Texas based musician talks with Ali Lightfoot about making his album Maria the Gun, crossing borders all over the Americas and how his van became home.

Ali Lightfoot

This episode of Local Motion features the Club 20 debate between the candidates in Senate District 6: Republican incumbent Don Coram and Democratic candidate Guinn Unger, Jr.  

KVNF talks with Delta county's district 3 commissioner Mark Roeber about proposed fracking operations, disbanding the area planning committees and his work with Colorado Counties Inc.

Ali Lightfoot

Kelsey Wilson and Alexander Beggins of the Austin band Wild Child talk with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot backstage at the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.  The band shares stories about their new album and its multiple producers,  making sweet songs for dark times and their most popular love song (which is actually about a cat.)

Celia Roberts

KVNF celebrates local journalist Ed Marston who passed away on August 31st.  In this interview conducted by reporter Abigail Censky in February of 2018, Ed talks about covering the rural west, Delta County politics,  accepting change and the importance of having vision. 

KVNF speaks with Regina Spektor at the 2018 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival.  Regina talks about the different approaches to studying music in the US and Russia,  her early days playing in NYC's east village and her creative process.  

In this episode of Local Motion, we investigate a fatal car crash involving an Olathe Police Officer and an Olathe family that occurred on July 3rd. We also speak with the Montrose County Sheriff's Office, Mesa County Sheriff's Office, and a federal law enforcement officer with the National Park Service to find out what resources and training are available to them that help keep their officers and the public safe. 

 

Ali Lightfoot

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot speaks with duo about their latest CD Everywhere I Go,  touring America (pre and post  Trump) and meeting Gillian Welch.

Delta's District 2 commissioner Don Suppes speaks with KVNF's Felix Belmont and Eric Goold about the CAFO and Oil and Gas Working Groups and disbanding the area planning groups.

Claire Sheridan from the Colorado Center on Law and Policy talks with KVNF's Ali Lightfoot about a new report on income inequality in the US.  The report shows that income inequality has risen dramatically in every state including Colorado since the 1970s.  Claire discusses why the gap is widening, how it's affecting the state and initiatives being proposed to help.

Brother and sister Jeneda and Clayson Benallyof the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona make up the band Sihasin.  Ali Lightfoot talks to them about their environmental activism,  a trip to the white house and how their music has evolved to be more hopeful over the years.

The Wood Brothers are an American folk band consisting of brothers Chris and Oliver Wood as well as multi-instrumentalist Jano Rix.  KVNF Pickin DJ NickyBoy spoke with the band at this year's Telluride Bluegrass Festival.

Colorado’s foster care system needs more than a thousand new foster families by 2019 according to the Colorado Department of Human Services.    On this episode of Local Motion, we hear about the process of becoming a foster parent, why the need is so great and how foster kids are helped through the organization CASA as they go through the court proceedings to determine guardianship.  Rebecca Lansdown of the child placement agency, Whimspire,  Carlton Mason executive director at CASA and a Grand Junction foster mom are interviewed. 

Jackie Sievers and Leslie Sparks of Hilltop's Domestic Violence Services respond to the tragic death of Hotchkiss resident Madelaine Loh, 27, who died at the hands of her boyfriend Edgar Macias-Moreno in June. Hilltop serves Delta, Montrose and Ouray counties and works to help those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault. 

Joel and Anna of Handmade Moments talk with Ali Lightfoot about their new album Paw Paw Tree and their trip to South America.

The two bands have joined forces for a performance at The Telluride Bluegrass Festival.   They stopped by the KVNF studios to play some new music and share stories about their trip to India,  the Roots of Freedom project and how to break an accordion.

Two Colorado organizations that provide resources and legal aid to immigrants weigh in on the humanitarian crisis on the border.  We hear from Tom Acker from the Hispanic Affairs Project – a grassroots organization serving western Colorado and Cristian Solano-Córdova from the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition – a statewide organization advocating for workable, fair and humane immigration policies.     

Delta County's Community and Economic Development Director, Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry is the guest on this episode. She joins Felix Belmont and Ali Lightfoot to talk about new projects and initiatives aimed at creating jobs as well as several new working groups focused on planning for oil and gas development and concentrated animal feeding operations.

Paonia singer songwriter Steve Clisset plays some music and talks with Ali Lightfoot.

David Starr

The Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center is getting ready to open its doors this month.  This new venue, located in Cedaredge,  will host concerts, artist exhibits, classes and receptions. One of the founders, musician David Starr, shares information about this new community center and plays some songs from his latest CD, South and West.

One-man-band Forest Beutel plays some tunes and talks with Ali Lightfoot about touring with punk bands, cats on leashes, and how to stay hopeful during troubled times.

Talkin Music: Kuinka

Jun 1, 2018

Kuinka blends folk, indie, pop, electronica and bluegrass for a sound all their own. Currently touring for their new EP “Stay Up Late,” they stopped by KVNF to play some music and chat with Ali Lightfoot before their show at the Old Mad Dog Dog Cafe in Crawford.

The hosts of My Generation interview rock journalist Ellen Sander about the Greenwich Village folk scene, Haight-Ashbury in its heyday and studio sessions with the Rolling Stones - all chronicled in her book, "Trips: Rock Life in the 60s"

Talkin Music: Zephyr

May 24, 2018

Paonia artist Eden Clearwater, known by the stage name Zephyr,  talks about his new CD titled Time in Sensations.    Zephyr uses acoustic instruments, electronic sounds, and nature to create this psychedelic ambient electronica composition.

Elsewhere Studios

Elsewhere Studios is an artist in residency program in Paonia, Colorado.  Here, Carolina Porras and Deirdre Morrison from Elsewhere talk about the Inspired Art At Work project, the residency program, upcoming events and the role artists can play building bridges and celebrating a community.

Anita Evans and Kat Fitzpatrick of The Nature Connection talk to Ali Lightfoot about the organization, a hub of environmental education for Delta County and Olathe.  They discuss what is being done with the 1.7 million dollar grant to provide outdoor education that enhances the school district's curriculum, as well as offering students the opportunity to extend that outdoor experience with their families and train for jobs in recreation.

Ali Lightfoot interviews some of the coolest musicians she bumped into during the 2018 French Quarter Festival.   First we hear from the Norwegian, Denmark-based jazz singer Live Foyn Friis who Ali discovered singing at The Spotted Cat with The Jazz Vipers.    Then she talks to Futon (Efuntola Akinlana),  a street musician, who has been playing saxophone since he was 14  in The Hundreds Brass Band.

Pages