Steve Chavis

Program Director & Host

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. 

When he's not tinkering with behind-the-scene details or writing memos, Steve can be heard on the air filling in for various hosts around the KUVO schedule. 

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

Hiroyuki Ito for The New York Times

This Sunday, October 8, at 4 p.m., KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” features NEA Jazz Master Dr. Lonnie Smith, with Colorado-raised saxophonist Javon Jackson, recorded live in KUVO’s Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio!

Guitarist Dave Corbus and the late, great drummer Nat Yarbrough rounded out the quartet for that swinging session in August 2003.

Dr. Lonnie Smith, beloved as “The Turbanator,” was awarded the nation’s highest honor in jazz earlier this year when he was named “Jazz Master” by the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Sunday, September 24, at 4pm, KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” features the music of The João Donato Trio.

We’ve captured one of the pioneers of Bossa Nova on a couple of dates.  He played live on KUVO from the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio back in 2000, accompanied by the late drummer Claudio Slon and noted Colorado bassist Mark Simon.  Also from 2000, we’ve got the Donato Trio with bassist Luis Alves and the Symphonic Jazz Orchestra of Sao Paulo.

Donato was in fine form on these dates, with fresh compositions to add to the Brazilian jazz canon.

This Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 4pm, KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” features the music of Lew Soloff, recorded at Denver’s El Chapultepec.

KUVO was just six years old when this session was recorded on October 3, 1991 at El Chapultepec.  Carlos Lando hosted the broadcast and Freddie Rodriguez, Sr. emceed the stage.  It was a hot night on the corner of 20th and Market Street in Denver (long before the ballpark was in place).

Lew’s quartet on this date featured the cream of Denver jazz talent: Billy Wallace on piano, Ken Walker on bass, and Nat Yarbrough on drums.

On Sunday, September 10 at 4 p.m., KUVO’s performance series “On Stage” features the music of local piano heroine Ellyn Rucker.

We didn’t have to dig far into the archives to find recordings of live sets Ellyn and various players have done in the Phyllis A. Greer Performance Studio.  In this radio celebration of Ellyn’s career, you’ll hear sessions from 2001, 2005 and 2007, featuring Ellyn’s piano and voice, with side players including: Rich Chiaraluce, Jill Frederickson and Ron Moewes, Ken Walker, Mark Simon and Bill McCrossen, Dave Corbus and others.

KUVO Hosts on Shuffle

Aug 21, 2017

KUVO is moving around its weekday host lineup beginning this Monday, August 28. Victor Cooper will begin his three-hour stint bright and early at 6am. Susan Gatschet moves to mid-morning, beginning at 9am.

At Noon, Music Director Arturo Gómez spins an hour’s worth of new and old selections from the KUVO library. He’s followed by Erik Troe at 1pm. Rodney Franks begins at 4pm and will be on the air until 8pm.

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