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.”


Black American West
2:58 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Black American West: Yesterday and Today

The Black American West Museum presents a Wild West Show, featuring Buffalo Soldiers and western show re-enactors, plus champion rider Tia Bell, dancing horses and more. It's Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Adams County Fairgrounds in Henderson, Colo.

Dr. Tony Young joined First Take to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, and the role of black cowboys (and cowgirls) today. 

(music on this feature by Sonny Rollins, "I'm an old cowhand")

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Conifer Blues Fest Benefit
1:14 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

Conifer Blues Fest Benefit: I Love U Guys Foundation

After losing their daughter Emily to a violent occupation of Platte Canyon High School in 2006, John Michael and Ellen Keyes created the I Love U Guys Foundation to help deal with school safety issues. Since 2009, their Standard Response Protocol has been adopted by 5000 schools in the U.S. and Canada. 

John Michael Keyes joined First Take to talk about their work, and the Conifer Blues Festival, which benefits the foundation this Saturday.


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6th Annual Colorado Black Health Collaborative
1:09 pm
Sat August 24, 2013

CO Black Health Family Reunion Providers Directory this Sat.

The 6th Annual Colorado Black Health Collaborative Family Reunion this weekend features the unveiling of the new 2013 CBHC Health Providers Directory. It's part of an ongoing effort to equip the African-American community in particular with information, inspiration and resources for better health. CBHC chairman Thelma Craig visits "First Take with Lando & Chavis" to describe their ongoing work to overcome long-standing mistrust with the medical community.  The Family Reunion health fair is Saturday, Aug. 24 at General's Park, 1561 Quentin St.

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Denver Modernism Show
1:00 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Getting Groovy with the Denver Modernism Show

The Denver Modernism Show, in its 8th year, is the marketplace for everything that was designed to be modern. That makes it a marketplace for everything that's "mod," kitschy, chrome, Scandinavian, art deco, and more. "Her grooviness" Dana Cain is behind the effort. Ironically, modernism shows "originally sprang out of the antique shows," explains Cain, who also heads up the Denver County Fair. (It's a busy August for Cain.) "We were the first to allow in contemporary modern," said Cain, not just old modern. It's at the National Western Complex Expo Hall in Denver on Aug. 23-25.

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Arts and Culture
2:37 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

Soul Food Scholar reviews 'The Butler:' aspirations

Lee Daniels' fourth directing effort depicts the true story of Eugene Allen, a butler in the White House through eight presidents.  The film stars Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey portrays his wife in this passage of time story. It's a breathless race through America's civil rights history, with some Forrest Gump-like historical meet-ups.

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