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.”


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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News"Jazzed" Benefit for Inner City Health
10:59 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Hazel Miller Headlines "Jazzed" Benefit for Inner City Health Ctr.

At the Inner City Health Center in Denver, specialists in federal and state paperwork are helping patients get signed up in time for the open enrollment period of the state's health exchange (October 1). CEO Kraig Burleson visited First Take to describe their work and what the new national and state health policy means for his clients, which include musicians and service workers, those with two or three part-time jobs, but none offer insurance benefits. 

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Jason Mott The Returned
11:53 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Jason Mott's The Returned

Imagine what happens when people who died 50 years ago begin returning to life, showing up all over the world, appearing to be the same age they where when they departed. Jason Mott's first novel, The Returned, is 19th on the New York Times bestseller list this week. 

The tale (in the magical realism genre) was inspired by a dream Mott had of his late mother. Published by Harlequin's Mira imprint, the book has already been picked up by Brad Pitt's production company Plan B for a television series.


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