Steve Chavis

Co-Host, First Take with Lando and Chavis and Public Affairs Manager

Steve Chavis is co-host for KUVO/KVJZ's morning program, First Take with Lando and Chavis, as well as being Public Affairs Manager for the award-winning Jazz format radio station in Denver. Steve began in public radio as an intern in Detroit. He served in the early days of KGNU in Boulder, too. Along the way he was news director for KBCO, KHOW and KHIH, and spent a dozen years directing communications for an international non-profit organization in Denver. 
In addition to rising early to get First Take started at 6:00 a.m., Steve is currently producing a documentary film in Detroit.
Steve and his bride Theonita have been married for 32 years. They are the parents of two sons, two daughters, a son-in-law and grand-humans to their German shepherd mix “Bella.”


DPS 8th Graders
11:22 am
Tue October 15, 2013

DPS 8th Graders Glimpse Future at Career Fair

The Denver Public Schools 8th Grade Career Fair, in its fourth year, will bring bus after bus of professionally dressed middle schoolers to the National Western Complex to ponder their future. And 180 companies, schools and organizations, including KUVO will be there to meet them. 

"We start doing resumes with sixth graders," said Samantha Haviland, DPS director of Counseling and Support Services on her visit to First Take. In this interview, she also outlines the other ways DPS is trying to prepare students for college and work life.


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12:01 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Craft Beer icon Charlie Papazian at 2013 GABF

One of the founders of the craft beer movement Charlie Papazian shared his thoughts on the evolution of the movement at the Great American Beer Festival media luncheon in Denver, Colo. on Oct. 11, 2013. Here's the audio recording of his remarks, complete and uncut. He describes the task of explaining craft beer to people in the early days, the migration of marketing from price point to brand, to today's plethora of styles and flavors. Here's to the conversation! Cheers! Brewers Association website

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Indy Booksellers
11:10 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Indy Booksellers Survive, Ready to Thrive

Your neighborhood independent bookstore may have been a part of the annual meeting of the Mountain & Plains Independent Booksellers Association in Denver this month. Having survived the recession, the mom and pop booksellers are invigorated these days. Laura Ayrey, executive director of the non-profit trade group shared her enthusiasm for small bookstores and human curators with First Take.

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Access Housing
3:26 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Access Housing Serves Adams County Poor

In metro Denver, Adams County has longer odds to overcome: a higher than average rates of children in poverty, unemployment and high school dropouts. Enter Access Housing, which has been working for 30 years on the issues behind poverty, as well as short-term and long-term housing solutions. Alicia Aguilar is director of programs and communication. She spoke with First Take at their annual "Family Futures Awards Gala." More information is available at the Access Housing website:

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2:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Little Man Ice Cream, A Sweet Mission

Since opening in 2008, Little Man Ice Cream has served more than 824,000 scoops of ice cream. They are counting because for each scoop, they're buying a scoop of rice or beans for the developing world. The program is called "Scoop for Scoop." 

Reason #2 to like this place - they are housed in a 30-foot milk jug in Denver's Highlands neighborhood (2620 16th Street, on the west side of I-25, right under the big Olinger Mortuaries neon sign).


Reason #3 - the ice cream creations, and many are dairy free.

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