Steve Chavis

First Take with Lando and Chavis Co-Host & Public Affairs Manager

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. 

In addition to rising early to get First Take with Lando and Chavis started at 6 am, Steve is currently producing a documentary film in Detroit.

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.”

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Esai Baca,

As part of the 8th Annual Lalo Delgado Poetry Festival at Metropolitan State University of Denver (and National Poetry Month), celebrated poet Jimmy Santiago Baca came to town and visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

Colorado's jazz festival season kicks off this weekend in Greeley.   Dana Landry, area head for Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado visited First Take to preview the 45th annual UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival.

"We are lucky to get what I view as some of the best artists in the world right here in Greeley, Colorado," said Landry.  Headliners include vocalist Deborah Brown, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra (from the Village Vanguard in NYC), saxophonists Chris Potter and Bobby Watson and others.

Rocky Mountain PBS

Rocky Mountain PBS hosted a preview screening of Ken Burns-produced film,  “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies,” a three part documentary based on the book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, airing March 30-April 1, 2015. At the event, Steve Chavis from the KUVO morning show "First Take with Lando and Chavis" captured a few local stories of hope.

This Saturday, March 28, 2015 marks the 14th annual Cesar Chavez Day March.  A founder of the sponsoring Cesar E. Chavez Peace and Justice Committee of Denver, Dr. Ramon Del Castillo visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to preview the events and share his despedida (farewell poem).

Adam Brock, co-founder of the celebrated Growhaus in North Denver visited “First Take With Lando and Chavis” to discuss a new initiative called "City Food, City Land," an attempt to increase food production on underutilized public land. 

The policy is being drafted by the Denver’s Sustainable Food Policy Council to align with Mayor Michael Hancock's 2020 Sustainability Goals.  “The most ambitious thing is that we want to get 20% of the food that Denver eats to be grown or processed in Colorado by 2020," said Brock.