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.”


3:10 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

Job Corps: year-round career training for youth

Job Corps is more than the summer job for teenagers.  "It's about careers," D'Ambrose Finch told "First Take with Lando and Chavis" hosts Steve Chavis and George Peck.  Finch visited KUVO to recruit more applicants.

Finch, an admissions counselor, told KUVO, "We have all kinds of trades, from construction - electrical, carpentry, welding - all the way to health care."    The no-cost residential, educational and vocational training program for 16 to 24 year olds holds orientations every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

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Eats & Beats
2:29 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Free meals and summer fun for CO kids

13 year old Jalia H. won the 2014 poster contest through Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver

School's out for summer, and now it falls to parents to manage the daily detail of feeding the kids.  Since 2009, nutrition advocacy group Hunger Free Colorado has coordinated a statewide network of sites to distribute nutritious meals for children up through age 18.  Michelle Ray, director of Communications for Hunger Free Colorado, visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about their statewide summer feeding program.

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Arts and Culture
2:07 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Strange Fruit: graphic history lessons for comic fans

Strange Fruit: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History reads like a graphic novel.  But fans of the genre and history buffs will warm quickly to the look (rich tones and rewarding details) and feel (bright writing and emotional, hopeful stories) that are well-researched and all true.  Joel Christian Gill joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" from his desk at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, where he's Associate Dean of Student Affairs.  He also runs Strange Fruit Comics. 


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12:54 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Fastracks moving fast: opening in 2016


The Eagle P3 Project, the East Line, the Gold Line to Wheat Ridge.  It could be an alphabet soup, if not for Pauletta Tonilas, RTD's Public Relations and Information Manager, to sort it all out for "First Take with Lando and Chavis."  The much-anticipated rail line to Denver International Airport, and other lines all open with a splash.  "The whole thing will open together in 2016," said Tonilas.

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12:13 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

Jazz and Jeans to benefit construction mentoring

The Colorado Construction Institute’s annual "Jazz & Jeans" Silent Auction and Dinner benefits their programs that give disadvantaged youth hands on training in residential construction trades, along with life skills training.  Co-founder of CCI David Hicks joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe the pressing need for workers, and for the work.  Founded in 2012, more than 50 students have completed the 14-week pre-apprenticeship training.  Besides exposure to the building trades, "from the ground up," facility with basic fractions is central to the instruction.

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