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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Arts and Culture
1:47 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Before Brown: Mendez desegregation story in childrens book

Seven years before the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling that outlawed school segregation, the State of California wrestled with the question in the Mendez v. Westminster case.  Author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh tells the story the eyes of a child in Separate is Never Equal: Sylvia Mendez & Her Family's Fight for Desegregation.

"I was immediately fascinated by the Mendez case.  In some of my books, I try to talk about social justice," said Tonatiuh, interviewed from his native Mexico.

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Women and Girls Lead
1:28 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Adelante Mujer: women going forward

Founded in 1979, Adelante Mujer has been reaching out to Latinas across generations and helping them succeed.  One of six founders, Dr. Arlene Vigil-Kramer and recent college graduate Diamond Garcia visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to celebrate the groups 35th anniversary.

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Eats & Beats
12:28 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Five Points Farmers Mkt opens at Juneteenth in new locataion

The Five Points Farmers Market opens this Saturday during the Juneteenth Music Festival.  Beverly Grant from MoBetta Green Marketplace visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to announce the 2014 location for the market, Sonny Lawson Plaza, at 24th and Welton.

When Grant says it features fresh, organic produce,  she means really fresh.  "It will be picked the day before," said Grant.  "We've got an abundance of flavor and nutrient value.  My goal is to work with a handful of local farms to bring our neighborhood the best food I can find."

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Eats & Beats
11:34 am
Fri June 13, 2014

Dining Al Fresco at Larimer Square

One of the signature warm weather events on the upscale Larimer Square is Dining Al Fresco, where 15 restaurants extend their patios out into the streets.   In the case of The Capitol Grille, they usually don't offer patio service.  Executive chef Larry Bergstein joined Steve Chavis and Mike Wulfsohn on "First Take" to describe the evening under the stars. 

"It's one of the most romantic places to be in the city of Denver," said Bergstein.  "I'm offering my full menu outside.  We're doing what we do on an everyday basis."

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Arts and Culture
3:34 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Crossroads Theater at 5 Pts.: alive with jazz, theater, poetry

Wendy Foepeano
Credit www.allaboutjazz.com

Right at the intersection known as Five Points, the Crossroads Theater is becoming a favorite performance space for theater, for poetry, and for jazz education.  Denver jazz singer Patrice LeBlanc books the Crossroads Theater, located at 2590 Washington St., and it's getting busy over there.

"Our logo is "Bringing jazz back to the Point, because jazz  historically was in Five Points," reminds LeBlanc.  "We want this series to support local musicians."  

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