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.”

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News
11:31 am
Fri December 19, 2014

La Voz: Questa, New Mexico church revived by community

Credit www.saveourchurch.net

The front page story in an upcoming holiday edition of La Voz Colorado depicts a humble community church in Questa, New Mexico, near Taos.  Nearly 175 years old, St. Anthony's Church was nearly destroyed by weather and the Diocese that no longer wanted it.  La Voz writer Ernest Gurule visited First Take with the story of community and faith.

"The locals, all 1800 of them, predominantly Latino and shrinking all the time, said, 'no, we want to rebuild it,'" explained Gurule.  

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Colorado Experience
5:02 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

CO Experience: Justicia y Libertad

A new public television documentary brings Colorado's Chicano movement up to date.  Julie Speer from Rocky Mountain PBS visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss the project, "Colorado Experience: Justicia y Libertad," which airs Thursday, Dec. 18, at 7:00 p.m. (MST).  Check local listings.

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News
4:30 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Bright by Three - the essential early start

You have to go back to the term of Colorado's "education governor" Roy Romer in the mid-1990s to find the roots of the "Bright by Three" campaign.  Updated for the social media age, explains Katharine Brenton, tips for raising smart babies belong in your pocket.

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News
2:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Ujamaa Holiday Market: local with African flair!

Credit Cynthia Martin

In its 15th year, the Ujamaa Holiday Market provides holiday shoppers with local and imported African wares, with an African flavor.  Deborah Sims-Fard visited the "First Take" morning show with George Peck and Steve Chavis.

"Ujamaa - the fourth principle of Kwanzaa - means cooperative economics," explained Fard.  "It literally means we come together as a community ... and we recommit to building our businesses.  How we spend our dollars matters."

Book talks, music from the LC Latin Jazz Band, Miss Denver will be reading to children.

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Eats & Beats
2:19 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Eats & Beats: A Swedish Christmas, lutfisk!

Credit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutefisk

Every December on KUVO's morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis," we explore a variety of ethnic holiday menus and traditions.  Our own "Mayor of Oasisville," KUVO announcer Ed Danielson shared his Swedish heritage, without bringing any lutfisk into the studio.

"Anybody that eats lutfisk is well-deserving of being the butt of jokes," says dah mayor proudly.  In the   audio interview (above), Danielson explains the preparation of the dried codfish meal, which is both famous and infamous for its taste and smell.  

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