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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Kori Stanton

Candidates from Colorado's 3rd Congressional district talk about where they stand on gun laws as well as school security and mental health funding.   We hear from Diane Mitsch Bush, Karl Hanlon, and Arn Menconi.

Kori Stanton

A local gun control activist,  gun enthusiast, school official, parents and a Columbine survivor weigh in on the issue of gun control, gun safety and school security. 

This lively SoCal band stopped by the KVNF studios to play some music and discuss life on the road,  their cameo on Portlandia and the metal bands at Berklee School of Music.

In this episode of West Obsessed, contributing editor Jonathan Thompson joins High Country News editor Kate Schimel to explore the struggle of Navajo Nation residents, and others, to prevent more oil and gas exploration in historically important lands. Chaco Canyon holds cultural significance to several tribal nations and is also at the center of one of the richest oil and gas fields in the country.

The Seattle-based musician, writer and activist talks with Ali Lightfoot about her recent residency at Elsewhere in Paonia and her songs exploring environmental issues and social justice movements.

Singer songwriter Jordyn Pepper visits the KVNF studios to play some tunes and talk about her journey from being a Colorado farm girl to a Nashville musician.  

Courtney Ryan

Feb 23, 2018

The KVNF Family would like to send our heart felt condolences to our former news producer Jake Ryan,  who lost his wife Courtney in a car accident on Monday.  Courtney was a beloved member of the Paonia community. She and Jake were an important part of KVNF and contributed their time and energy to many other great area non profits and causes while they lived here.  We send all our love to Jake and Courtney's family as they cope with this tremendous loss.  

Carmen shares her thoughts on social media and its use in our lives.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with District 2 Commissioner Don Suppes about marijuana laws in the county.

Julian Brave Noisecat

From the earliest days of white settlement, fortunes have been made and dynasties built on land taken from Native Americans, this continent’s first victims of gentrification. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the impacts of modern housing crises on Indigenous populations.  

KVNF DJ Adam Gall sits down with songwriter and producer Jeffrey Foucault for a discussion about his love of John Prine, his special relationship with drummer and tour partner Billy Conway and his upcoming album Blood Brothers.

Local bluesman, Harry Harpoon visits with Ali Lightfoot and shares some new music.

Brooke Warren/High Country News

In rural, conservative parts of Northern California, a separatist movement has found new life. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss why the State of Jefferson movement has renewed its push to become the newest state of the union, and how that relates to the election of Donald Trump and the California "resistance."



Ali Lightfoot

The Old County Courthouse in Grand Junction was alive with activity and citizens exercising their First Amendment rights as they gathered for the 2nd Annual Western Colorado Women's March.   

KVNF's Paige Blank catches up with folk singer and humorist, Loudon Wainwright III at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.

Theo, Aiya, Sky and Helena share creative stories, ideas, opinions and British accents from the 2017 Youth Radio Camp.

The Four Portals (Kalia, Hannah, Trinity and Twyla) take us to strange and wonderful places in the stories they produced during the 2017 Fall Radio Camp. 


Photo courtesy of Nathan Rupert/Flickr user.

The past year has been one of huge changes for the West. The Trump administration has made huge strides in rolling back environmental regulations, while natural disasters across the region surged. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss what 2017 meant for the West.

The South Carolina quintet Ranky Tanky creates a modern rendition of their ancestral music - Gullah.  Ali Lightfoot spoke with the band's trumpet player Charlton Singleton about their unique sound at the 2017 Telluride Jazz Festival.

The Giant Pandas Youth Radio Group - Ace, Carmen, Nikoya and Otus, share their stories from the 2017 Fall Camp...

Ashli Hara

Gabrielle Louise visits the KVNF studios to play some new music and talk about her latest CD "Live at Etown Hall," as well as her upcoming "Give Where You Live" concert at the Paradise Theater.

Picture provided by River Valley Health Center

In September, Congress let federal funding expire for the the low cost insurance program CHIP, or CHP Plus as it's known in Colorado. Notices were sent out to more than 75,000 Colorado families letting them know that unless Congress acts soon they will lose their insurance at the end of January.  Dr. Christopher Stille from Children’s Hospital Colorado,  Erin Miller from the Colorado Children’s Campaign and Jeremy Carroll from the River Valley Family Health Center talk about the importance of this program that insures children and pregnant women in our state. 


Ali Lightfoot speaks with Susan Ellinger,  pianist and artistic director at the Blue Sage Center for the Arts the Paonia.   Ellinger talks about the making of her debut CD, 'The Viennese Style' featuring late Sonatas of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.




Carmen went down to Mrs. Simpsons second grade class at Paonia Elementary School to ask them all about Thanksgiving.

The Rocky Mountains have long been a source of inspiration and art. This is very apparent in the works of the poet Belle Turnbull, who wrote about the mining camps of Colorado, the beauty of the mountains, and her life in the Rockies.

Cody and Willy Braun

Cody and Willy Braun began touring as children in their father's band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys.   The brothers have continued to tour coast to coast for over two decades in their country band,  Reckless Kelly.    Ali Lightfoot caught up with Willy Braun last summer before a show to discuss the band's grammy winning CD packaging,  growing up off-the-grid and the family's annual music festival in Idaho. 

Ali Lightfoot speaks with Heather Ripley, Director of Public Relations and Development for HomewardBound of the Grand Valley.  HomewardBound provides safe shelter and resources for homeless adults and families on their pathway home.

Native communities are an integral part of the nation’s history—and future. However, even today there aren’t enough publications that know how to accurately tell their stories. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the magazine's efforts to tell better stories from Indian Country.

Hundreds of local students took part in the annual Colorado Choral Directors Select Honor Choir Performance in Grand Junction in November.    Doctor Monte Atkinson of Colorado Mesa University’s Music Department was the conductor.  CMU’s Vocal Arts Ensemble and The Grand Valley Childrens Choir were also part of the show.  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot spoke with Choir Directors and performers about this annual event that bring choirs together from all over the state.

The band Front Country blends everything from old grass to new-wave power pop.    Lead singer and songwriter Melody Walker talks with Ali Lightfoot about being outspoken in Nashville,  millennials taking over the world and what she's learned from pop vocal coaches.