Steve Chavis

First Take with Lando and Chavis Co-Host & Program Director

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.”

For instant news and community updates, follow Steve on Twitter! You can also contact Steve at steve@kuvo.org

www.denverurbanspectrum.com

Since 1987, Denver Urban Spectrum magazine has filled a void in local coverage of people of color.  That vision has inspired publisher Rosalind "Bee" Harris to keep at it for 30 years.  Harris joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to preview six months of events making the milestone.

"The inspiration was the lack of positive stories about people of color in the mainstream newspapers," said Harris.   "That's still our focus."  In the audio segment below, Harris also discusses the changes in the media landscape that challenge every publication.

Carolyn Joy

Carolyn Joy believes in natural wine.  Natural viticulture, bio-dynamic... It's kind of making the way wine was made a century ago... new again.  Joy, sommelier and proprietor of Joy Wine and Spirits in Denver visits "First Take with Lando and Chavis" monthly.

Joy says there are more than 200 additives used in bulk wine production.  Some additives are natural, like  fish bladder and egg whites.  Some additives are not natural, like "Mega-purple," which adds a deeper crimson to the color of red wine.

Something sparking is the easy holiday choice, and for good reason says Carolyn Joy, who joins us monthly on "First Take with Lando and Chavis" for a wine and food pairing segment.

Celestial Seasonings was a forerunner in the now-crowded herbal tea space, but enduring numerous changes in its ownership and the marketplace,  is Charlie Baden, blendmaster.  As the brand returns to its classic, artsy packaging, Baden talked with Steve Chavis from “First Take with Lando and Chavis.” "They (consumers) would look on the shelf, and be looking right at our tea and not see it,” explained Baden.  The artwork and metaphysical quotes are back on the boxes.  As blendmaster, Baden is responsible for ensuring that the Celestial Seasonings standard of tea is upheld with every batch.

Today on "First Take With Lando and Chavis," Bob Bows called in to discuss The Denver Center Theatre Company's presentation of "The Glass Menagerie."

Bows talks about the origins and the meanings of the play, but he also hits on the role the actors play in this monolog heavy vehicle. Regarding lead actor Aubrey Deeker who plays Tom, "This particular monolog that he delivers was just incandescent ... he just lit up the stage and its something to behold."  

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