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.”

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Eats & Beats
10:52 am
Fri February 20, 2015

Eats & Beats: Bonanno's "Chef Driven" on Rocky Mountain PBS

In light of his new television series, "Chef Driven," chef  and restaurant owner Frank Bonanno visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about public TV and food artistry.

"I really wanted to showcase what Denver has to offer,” said Bonanno. “...We are as good a beer town and wine town as any city the country.” This Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on Rocky Mountain PBS, the next episode of "Chef Driven" covers  soul food in Denver (Feb. 21). Previous episodes have focused on beer, burgers, and bread. 

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Jazz History
11:00 am
Mon February 16, 2015

A President's Day look at jazz in the White House

Dizzy Gillespie, PBS "Performance in the White House" series, 1982
Credit http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/

In the spirit of Presidents Day, celebrating the premier position in American politics, we took a First Take trip through White House history to discover the moments over the last 50 years when 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. became the hottest jazz joint in town.

Intern Cynthia Howard was busy at the KUVO research desk digging up fun facts and little-known tidbits about jazz in the White House, and she shared her discoveries with us on the air this morning. Who knew Dick Nixon hosted Duke Ellington’s 70th birthday party??

Click above to hear our conversation. 

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Eats & Beats
1:33 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Chipotle cultivates thought, but not Mexican authors, again

Round two of Chipotle's "Cultivating Thought" series has been announced, with a diverse collection of 10 writers, whose work, thoughts, musings and ideas will appear on cups and wrappers.  This time, curator and NY Times bestselling author Jonathan Safran Foer (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Eating Animals) included three Latino authors in the mix, but none of them Chicano or Mexican.

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News
2:27 pm
Tue February 3, 2015

Eagle County launches new public safety site, text app

Credit www.vailbeavercreek2015.com

Just in time for the 2015 World Alpine Championships, public safety agencies in Eagle County have set up a new website and text app to keep the public informed about emergencies.  Kris Friel visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to describe the upgrades.

"Our intent is to provide a one-stop shop for public safety information, emergency information, logistical information.  It's a little bit outside of what our visitors need, but (it's) stuff that our locals will certainly be interested in."

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News
3:04 pm
Mon February 2, 2015

Citizens pushing climate agenda

Credit www.nps.gov

What is the cost of a warming planet?  The non-partisan Citizens' Climate Lobby is trying to put a figure to that question.  Betsey House visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to discuss their grassroots campaign.

"Our mission it to train ordinary citizens in communicating with elected officials, the media and our communities about climate change and particularly about our proposal for a carbon fee and dividend."

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