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.”


Arts and Culture
11:27 am
Thu January 16, 2014

Sax man Bobby Watson on MLK: Check Cashing Day

A disc now residing in the KUVO library of current releases is Check Cashing Day, by saxophonist Bobby Watson and the "I Have a Dream Project."

The title comes from the first half of the "I Have a Dream" speech, in which Dr. King pointed out the 100 year lag from the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington in 1963. "We've come to cash a check," King said.

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First Take with Lando and Chavis

Every weekday morning, tune in for music and news with First Take hosts Carlos Lando and Steve Chavis.

MaryLynn Gillaspie
Lindita's capirotada
2:32 pm
Wed December 18, 2013

Lindita's capirotada (bread pudding)

  On our ongoing tour of ethnic holiday tables, we ran into Aurora Channel 8's TV chef Lindita Torres-Winters. She shared a holiday story, and her recipe for capirotadas (bread pudding). 

Chef Lindita is also known for her tamales (that come with a surprise inside!), and her salsa, which also comes in a dry mix. Her website:

 Lindita's recipe for Capirotadas (Mexican bread pudding) Into a few cups of water, add sticks of cinnamon and sugar and bring it to a boil until the water turns red. 

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Ward Lucas
3:07 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Ward Lucas Investigates HOAs

Since retiring from Denver's 9News a few years ago, investigative reporter Ward Lucas has been hot on the trail of homeowners associations (HOAs). His 2013 book Neighbors at War is filled with true stories of an all-out physical and financial battles over community covenants, home equity nest eggs, and constitutional rights.  

Ward visited First Take with a few stories from the front lines.


Ward's website:


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Arts and Culture
2:59 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

Pianist Lynne Arriale on "Efficient Practice"

For Colorado Gives Day, KUVO celebrates music education and young musicians. To that end, we sought out a real jazz professor, acclaimed pianist Lynne Arriale. In an April 2011 column in Jazz Ed Magazine titled "Efficient practice," she calls a good practice "the highest priority" and "the foundation for musical growth and creativity." But she finds she has to unteach some bad habits before she can train her students in the good habits.  

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