Lightfoot succeeds Julie Chiarelli who successfully served as KVMR’s general manager for over 3 years. Ali Lightfoot grew up in community radio where her mother, Marty Durlin, was the General Manager at KGNU in Boulder for 20 years. After years in New York City studying theater and working in TV and film production, Lightfoot moved back to Colorado to focus on her family and follow in the footsteps of her mom in community radio. She became Program Director at KVNF in the small town of Paonia, where she created several award-winning youth radio and music programs that had a noticeable impact on her community including Pass the Mic, The KVNF Field Sessions, Handmade Moments Field Session, and Local Motion. Lightfoot says, “My work in community radio has been endlessly fascinating, educational, challenging and above all – fun.” In addition to program development, Lightfoot brings years of experience in volunteer and staff management, membership and fund development, collaboration, creativity and vision to KVMR.
Lightfoot emphasizes that what drew her into our KVMR is our community, “I was immediately impressed by how KVMR truly serves their community. Whether it’s fundraising more than $43,000 for the Camp Fire victims, holding town halls to discuss important regional issues or providing three unique program streams to satisfy the diverse tastes and needs of their listeners – the station goes above and beyond to respond to their community. It is clear that a lot of thought and creativity goes into everything the station does which is inspiring. The Bridge Street project is a great example of this and I believe the collaboration with the Nevada Theater will help both organizations fulfill their missions, bring people together and give voice to the community through art, theater, discourse and live music. What an amazing place to go to work every day and the possibilities for collaboration seem endless! I appreciate the focus and appreciation for the arts at the station, in the community and in the local schools. I observed a community that takes care of their neighbors and environment in a meaningful way and the natural beauty of the area is stunning. I can’t wait to be a part of it all!”