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.”


2:47 pm
Wed September 25, 2013

Little Man Ice Cream, A Sweet Mission

Since opening in 2008, Little Man Ice Cream has served more than 824,000 scoops of ice cream. They are counting because for each scoop, they're buying a scoop of rice or beans for the developing world. The program is called "Scoop for Scoop." 

Reason #2 to like this place - they are housed in a 30-foot milk jug in Denver's Highlands neighborhood (2620 16th Street, on the west side of I-25, right under the big Olinger Mortuaries neon sign).


Reason #3 - the ice cream creations, and many are dairy free.

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National Punctuation Day
3:32 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

September 24 is National Punctuation Day.

What should America do about its general decline in literacy? While educators are alarmed, journalist/writer Jeff Rubin founded National Punctuation Day ten years ago to drive home his conviction that punctuation marks matter! 

"Civilization is at stake it's very distressing to see this degradation of skills," Rubin said. 


Near the end of this web version is a bonus explanation of semicolon; arguably, it's the most maligned and misused punctuation mark. 


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Boulder's 50-year Flood
11:44 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Boulder's 50-year Flood, 1,000-year Rainfall

  For decades, Boulderites have talked about the dreaded "100-year flood." What it got in mid-September was beyond what most feared, but National Center for Atmospheric Research meteorologist Bob Henson explains that the actual flood levels were more like an every 50 year event. The rainfall on the other hand was way off the charts.

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Weld County Flood Update
11:48 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Weld County: Flood Update

  For Weld County, the worst may be past, but there is quite a bit of recovery work ahead. Weld County Sheriff's Department public information officer Steven Reams has the latest as of Friday morning. Flood information is collected at

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The cool art and science of ice
10:47 am
Wed September 18, 2013

The cool art and science of ice

We'll admit we had the idea back during the 90-degree days, but since American beverage tastes favor ice, we thought, why not? Manager of the Denver Reddy Ice operation Sean Corey gave First Take a tour of their operation. 

Although the main "ice season" is Memorial Day through Labor Day, emergencies often raise the demand. Reddy Ice donated literally tons of ice to firefighters, and when the power goes out, as it did during the September floods, ice is on the "gotta have" list.


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