Brett Starr

Host, Thursday Night Jazz Odyssey; Fill-in Host, First Take with Lando & Chavis

Thursday night Jazz Odyssey host Brett Starr has an unquenchable passion for elevating the vibration of society with quality music and relevant news. This zeal for engaging listeners is a driving force behind who he is.

Brett began playing instruments at age 12, has been a club/mix DJ for 17 years, and has broadcasted to audiences ranging from local to global since 2003.

Thump Radio first showcased Starr on Alice 97.3 FM in San Francisco and KBIG 104 in Los Angeles. He joined the longest running electronic music streaming website Lowercase Sounds in 2010, and returned to the FM dial when he joined KUVO in 2013.

Recently, Brett has become a Convergent Journalist burgeoning with a previously untapped geyser of storytelling that transcends the material boundaries of traditional media without lacking the fundamentals of the Fourth Estate.

Brett’s fresh energy and tactile approach to journalism contains the same unrelenting creative prowess he’s always applied to music, but is coupled with a deep desire for social justice and responsibility to the highest truth. This makes him a formidable contributor of news narrative deserving of attention, just as proficient as he’s been in music selection for the most discerning of listeners.

Favorite Quotes:

“If we don’t stand for something, we will fall for anything.” — Irene Dunne on America’s Town Meeting of the Air, 1945

“There are two kinds of music – good music and the other kind.” — Duke Ellington

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The Harm Reduction Action Center - an organization dedicated to minimizing the harmful effects of drug use - believes addiction "is not something you can arrest your way out of."

Robert Bellamy, the center's Director of Programs and Data Evaluation, visited First Take with Lando and Chavis to talk about how drug addiction and abuse is a public health problem.

The 31st season of Matchwits -  a weekly, high school academic quiz program produced by Rocky Mountain PBS  - will begin in January.

Matchwits host Craig Eliot joined First Take with Lando and Chavis to talk about the show's long history and the seemingly increased intelligence of the current generation. 

Catch Matchwits Sundays at 6:30 PM on Rocky Mountain PBS to boost your intellect one question at a time!

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This past year brought Denver a great deal of dining diversity and what appears to be an unprecedented number of attractive new restaurants.

Denver Eater looked back at the venues that joined the fray in 2015 and compiled a list of the top 30 new restaurants, ranked and mapped for your convenience.

The Colorado Independent

(Post updated Jan. 4, 2016) 

The Colorado Independent editor Susan Greene joined First Take with Lando and Chavis to talk about her story featuring the family of Clarence Moses-EL, a wrongfully convicted man who was recently released. 

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The First Take crew investigates one of the most traditional Thanksgiving sides - green bean casserole - with help from an  NPR special.

This Midwestern-rooted dish - infamous for how people either tend to love or hate it - turns 60 this year.

Hear the full story above.