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.”


Thanksgiving Pantry
2:38 pm
Fri November 22, 2013

Thanksgiving: State of the Pantry

The weekend before Thanksgiving is a big one for the non-profits that feed hungry people. Typically, this is when many of the food pantries put together and distribute baskets for families in need. 

Alexxa Gagner with the Denver Rescue Mission said their annual turkey drive also provides birds to other charities. Frozen turkeys 12 pounds and larger are being accepted at the main location at Park Ave. and Lawrence in downtown Denver.


Link to the Denver Rescue Mission.

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Hip Hop Education
2:43 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Hip Hop Education in 31 tweets

The microblogging platform Twitter was the perfect venue for a short form tutorial on the concept of "hip hop education," or #HipHopEd.  

KUVO's Steve Chavis and Mona Lisa read 31 selected entries from a recent twitterchat, hosted by TTG Partners, a Washington D.C. communications consultancy that specializes in diversity issues in education. Search for #ttgpchat on November 14 for the chat.


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Arts and Culture
3:07 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

Japanese Jazz at Auraria: Ai Kuwabara Trio Project

It's modern jazz, young, hip and adventurous, anchored by unshakeable tempo. The Ai Kuwabara Trio Project visits the Auraria campus in downtown Denver on Monday, November 18. (7:30 p.m. at the King Performing Arts Center) Free admission and free parking! 22-year old pianist Ai Kuwabara is accompanied by Yusuke Morita on bass and Shintaro Imamura on drums. KUVO jazz critic Norman Provizer calls their sound "interesting, engaging, exciting music.

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Schools Resegregating
1:54 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

US Schools Resegregating; New Responses Considered

America's schools are resegregating, but the old assumptions from 50 years ago don't apply any more. That's according to University of Wisconsin sociologist Jeremy Fiel. His study, "Decomposing School Desegregation," was just published in the American Sociological Review.  The story was also picked up in The Atlantic magazine.

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Arts and Culture
1:57 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

MusiCares Benefit for CO Flood Relief

The Grammy Foundation's musician relief arm MusiCares turns its attention to Colorado flood relief on Tuesday, Nov.

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