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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Metropolitan State University of Denver launches the Denver Project for Humanistic Inquiry (“D-phi”) in September with a citywide series of events including art exhibits, film screenings, theatrical performances and lectures.  

D-phi Director and MSU—Denver Associate Professor of Philosophy Adam Graves shared the big, esoteric picture on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

The Vail Jazz Workshop was created in 1996 to assist in the development of exceptionally gifted musicians.  So far 238 young musicians have moved through one of the finest music incubators in the world.  Alto saxophonist, composer and band leader Tia Fuller was at Vail as a teenager, and so was pianist Justin Kauflin.

In its fourth year as a non-profit organization, the Aurora Cultural Arts District celebrates with the Aurora Arts Festival on Saturday, June 27, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Fletcher Plaza, 9898 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora, Colo. 80010.  The District's Development Director Carolyn Bartels visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

"We have everything from Kim Robards Dance to the Fox Theatre to the Vintage Theatre, and many, many, many fine artists," said Bartels.  "The District has been growing and growing, trying to celebrate the vibrancy of the neighborhood."

A new documentary on the life of Nina Simone will be released on Netflix on June 26, 2015.  "What Happened, Miss Simone" (101 mins.) is directed by Liz Garbus.  

"Nina Simone's general narrative has inspired so many young women throughout her career and since her death (in 2003)," said Rodney Franks, host of "Into the Evening" on Jazz89 KUVO.  "She was a complicated spirit, with a lot of depth."

A ten-year dream comes to fruition this Sunday in Boulder at "Jump for Jazz," a series of free workshops, with an evening concert.   Organizer Miriam Paisner shared the story of this grassroots music education event with "First Take with Lando and Chavis."