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

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.

The KVNF news team talked to female journalists, hosts and producers who have been mentors and a source of inspiration for them.  Sarah Koenig, Marty Durlin, Bente Birkland, Andrea Chalfin, Phoebe Judge and Susan Loubet are all featured.

Paige Blankenbuehler

Ben Sollee is a Kentucky-born cellist, singer-songwriter and composer who plays a mix of  a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B.  Sollee is known for his activism around Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining in Appalachia and collaborations with environmental and social justice organizations. KVNF's Michelle Amiott spoke with Sollee at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.

Paige Blankenbuehler

Ben Sollee is a Kentucky-born cellist, singer-songwriter and composer who plays a mix of  a mix of folk, bluegrass, jazz, and R&B.  Sollee is known for his activism around Mountain Top Removal Strip Mining in Appalachia and collaborations with environmental and social justice organizations. KVNF's Michelle Amiott spoke with Sollee at the 2017 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival in Lyons.

Willie Stark

In April 2014, Cliven Bundy, along with hundreds of supporters, faced down federal agents over the removal of his cattle from public lands. They'd been illegally grazing for years and a court had ordered their impoundment. Three years later, Cliven Bundy, along with two of his sons and a handful of supporters, is slated to go on trial. It's been a long and windy road to the courtroom; HCN associate editor Tay Wiles breaks it down.

 

Amber McDaniel

With his bold and innovative style,  LA born musician Miles Mosley has been described as the "Jimi Hendrix of the upright bass."   In addition to his solo career,  he has toured and recorded with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Miss Lauren Hill and Rihanna.    Miles performed at this year's Telluride Jazz Festival and took time to speak with Ali Lightfoot before his show.

District 2 Commissioner, Don Suppes talks with Felix Belmont about the Delta Urban Renewal Authority (known ss DURA).

The administration of President Donald Trump has done little to acknowledge the risks of climate change. Trump himself has called climate change a hoax. In this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss one place in the West where human-caused emissions of greenhouse gases are a real problem: ocean acidification and its impact on fisheries in the Pacific Northwest.

Ali Lightfoot and Taya Jae talk with Andy Frasco after his performance at Delicious Orchards in Paonia.  Find out why Andy's reputation precedes him in this candid discussion about his Jewish Catholic upbringing, performance anxiety,  and his early obsession with Damien Rice.

KVNF's Felix Belmont speaks with district 3 Commissioner, Mark Roeber.

Michael Emanuele

Gasoline Lollipop's frontman Clay Rose talks to Ali Lightfoot about the new album in the works,  alt country and his early folk influences.

Photo by Andy Ritchie

Western dams are a contentious issue. But in this episode of West Obsessed, the writers and editors of High Country News discuss the realities of dam removal, from Washington’s Elwha River, whose dams came down six years ago, to Utah’s Bear River, where a diversion is still being planned. 

Music Director Melanie Jean gives us a preview of this year's festival and shares music from some of the performers.

A.J. Fullerton is an award-winning  singer, songwriter and blues guitarist raised in Western Colorado. At only 22 years old, A.J. has quickly gained wide acclaim in Colorado.  He sat down to talk to Ali Lightfoot about his latest release titled Kalamath and share some new songs.

KVNF's Ali Lightfoot catches up with this Boston based group before their show in Paonia Town Park.

Michelle Amiott

KVNF is working with Montrose and Ouray County community members to open up a new studio in Montrose.   KVNF’s General Manager Jon Howard and two members of the Community Advisory Board heading up the project – Margaret Freeman and Chris Marcinek give us an update on the project.

New Orleans based singer Maggie Koerner sat down with Ali Lightfoot at the 2017 Ride Festival to talk about her new album "Dig Down Deep," touring with Galactic, her love of Kendrick Lamar and the importance of keeping it real. 

DJ Christi Gubser catches up with Bianca Caruso & Lee Ferris of the Americana Soul duo- Freddy and Francine,  before their performance in Paonia Town Park.

Ali Lightfoot

KVNF News takes at the issue of racism in Western Colorado.   Locals share their feelings about the events in Charlottesville, VA. including those who attended a vigil in Montrose for Heather Heyer.   History Professor, Steven Schulte talks about the history of the Ku Klux Klan in Colorado.  The Grand Junction chapter of Black Lives Matter responds to KKK flyers being distributed in their area.

Michael Owen and Magedelys Savgine of the Toronto-based group The Battle of Santiago sat down with  KVNF's Ali Lightfoot before their show in Ridgway Town Park.

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