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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Take a 200-acre plot of Colorado prairie, and sun and rain.  Work the farm, and then throw in a some jazz for flavor.  That's the recipe for "Jazz Night" at May Farms in Byers, Colo., about 35 minutes from downtown Denver heading east on Interstate 70.  Events coordinator Christine Smith visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to tell the story.

"It's a family owned working farm, really a slice of heaven on earth, very serene," said Smith, a city-dweller who is helping the farm balance some of agriculture's inherent risks.

Regional Transportation District Director for District B Barbara Deadwyler visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" with a few updates on the local mass transit system, including the ubiquitous question of everyone waiting for "The Ride," "where's the bus?"

"Coming soon," Deadwyler replied.  "We're working on technology so that we can have real time information, so if something happens down the line, (riders) can put a call in and get the current information."  Deadwyler says that app should be in place by spring 2016.

Global sensors, earthquake apps and satellite media outlets give us instant awareness of disasters anywhere in the world, anytime, but what happens after the momentary bump in coverage?  Jim Nowak shared the long view with the "First Take" audience, from his office as executive director of the dZi Foundation based in Ridgway, Colo. 

Automobile as art?  It is when you talk to the engineers behind one of the more interesting designs of the 21st century, the Chrysler 300.  Brandon Faurote leads the Chrysler Brand design group in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

When the car was launched in 1955, "it stood for sophistication, elegance, and performance," said Faurote, whose team re-launched the vehicle in 2005 with an oversized grille that seems to take up a lane and a half as it barrels down the road (still with 300 hp).

Since January, hosts of "First Take with Lando and Chavis" Carlos Lando and Steve Chavis played clips from the Rocky Mountain PBS high school quiz show "Matchwits,"  but they were no match for Colorado's best and brightest.  Coach of the 2015 championship team from Fossil Ridge High School in Fort Collins Martha Cranor visited the KUVO morning show to talk about how the team pulled off the win.