Steve Chavis

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

Steve began his career in public radio as an intern in Detroit and at KGNU in Boulder. Before coming to KUVO, Steve was news director for KBCO, KHOW and KHIH and spent a dozen years directing communications for an international non-profit organization based in Denver. 

In addition to rising early to get First Take with Lando and Chavis started at 6 am, Steve is currently producing a documentary film in Detroit.

Steve and his bride, Theonita, have been married 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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As Metropolitan State University of Denver finishes its celebration of 50 years, President of the urban campus Stephen Jordan says he's learned one lesson from the students about to graduate: persistence.  An interview with Jordan aired on KUVO's morning show, "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

Every organization them - whiz bang corporate jargon that's gonna take this organization to the "next level," "open new paradigms," and go "totally next gen."  What?? Toronto-based communications consultant Bart Egnal visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" (audio posted below) to discuss his book "Leading Through Language - Choosing Words that Influence and Inspire."  So let's "unpack" ways to cut out the trend-speak and finally, truly communicate.

KUVO Arts District correspondent Carrie Saldo's cultural tip for the weekend is Cinco de Mayo at Denver's Civic Center Plaza, in it's 29th year.  

More than an excuse for a party, the day is rooted in an actual historic event (The Battle of Puebla) .  It's become a cultural marker and rite of spring for the Chicano Western U.S.

Bay-area political activist Steve Phillips poured his personal experience winning a school board seat in San Francisco, plus his political action committee work for the Obama campaigns into a demographic treatise that offers some interesting lessons for any 21st century politico.  He previewed his visit to Denver this week with a short chat on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

What has our food come to, when the simplest, most natural process for raising food seems special, unique, or groundbreaking? So it seems with the return to grass-fed dairy cows.  Nutrition educator Jonathan Clinthorne, who works with Natural Grocers, visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to share the latest on "pasture-raised dairy."

"Fifty to 100 years ago, all cows were out on pasture their entire lives," said Clinthorne.  "Our entire agricultural system has changed so much in the last decade.  Confinement dairies feed cows corn and soy, grains."