Carlos Lando

General Manager & First Take with Lando and Chavis Co-Host

Carlos has more than 40 years experience in radio. While still in high school, his first night on the air was January 13, 1968 on the Armed Forces Caribbean Network in Puerto Rico. In 1970, Carlos was the week night host on WOUR in Utica, NY, one of the first FM “underground rock” stations in the country.

Carlos moved back to Puerto Rico in the late '70s where he produced and hosted a new show on WZAR called Jazz Where It’s Been and Where It’s At. During this time, he met and interviewed many jazz greats, including Count Basie, Betty Carter and Dexter Gordon.

Carlos returned to Denver in 1980 where he spent five years as Music and Program Director and mid-day host at the nationally recognized soul station KDKO. After working a year for KBCO in Boulder, Carlos joined KUVO in 1987. As Program Director, he helped establish KUVO as one of the most respected community-based jazz stations in the country. Carlos remains committed to airing culturally diverse programs with significant appeal to people in the Latino and African American communities.

Carlos is currently a co-host of First Take with Lando and Chavis, offering music and community news every weekday morning from 6 to 9 am. 

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On his way to appear in the "New Orleans All-Star Rhythm Revue" at Balistreri Vineyards in Denver this Saturday - part of KUVO's signature fundraising event "Live at the Vineyards" - guitarist Leo Nocentelli took a few minutes to talk on the phone with host o

They used to be called “science fairs.”  Now they’re called “tech fairs.”  Open World Learning is an after-school educational program that teaches advanced computer technology to Denver area students.  New CEO of Open World Learning Piep van Heuven visited "First Take" with the story of this weekend's tech fair at the Bruce Randolph School in northeast Denver.

"Our award-winning curriculum improves the math skills of about 1,000 Title 1 students annually," said van Heuven.  "Really, they're learning to love to learn."

Manuel Ramos remembers Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Apr 25, 2014

Nobel Prize-winning author Gabriel Garcia Marquez died on April 17, 2014 at age 87.  His legacy bounded beyond Latin America, and while other works were made into films, he never permitted his landmark One Hundred Years of Solitude to be handled by Hollywood.  Denver-based crime novelist Manuel Ramos reflected on his contributions with Carlos Lando and Cynthia Hessin.

An interesting English-language website on Gabriel Marquez works operated by 

Denver Arts & Venues has a new project to revitalize neighborhoods through the arts.  It’s called “P.S. You Are Here.” Lisa Gedgaudas tells First Take the City of Denver hopes the pilot initiative will cultivate collaborative, community-driven, outdoor projects in Denver’s public spaces.

The proposal submission deadline is May 30, 2014.

official P.S. You Are Here website

Music on this feature by Plas Johnson with Ray Brown and Herb Ellis, "Parking Lot Blues," from the CD The Blues.

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KUVO announces new Sunday lineup, adding Andy O' 8pm with a new program called The Nightside!