Steve Chavis

Program Director & Host

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. 

When he's not tinkering with behind-the-scene details or writing memos, Steve can be heard on the air filling in for various hosts around the KUVO schedule. 

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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KUVO welcomes two new hosts to its overnight jazz lineup: Dee Alexander and John Hill.  They join Dave Schwan and Neil Tesser, providing the mix during KUVO’s overnight hours.  All four hosts with the Jazz Network are based at Chicago’s WFMT.

You may recognize the name Dee Alexander.  The jazz vocalist and educator has CDs of her own in the KUVO library, and she sang at the Niwot Festival “Jazz on 2nd Avenue” in 2014.

John Hill has programmed jazz at radio stations around the country for more than three decades.

Alto saxophonist Charles McPherson will be guest-hosting on KUVO with Erik Troe on Tuesday, July 11 at 4pm, just before McPherson kicks off a two-night run at Dazzle.  Tune in to hear Erik and Charles McPherson select some outstanding classic and modern jazz!

Geri Allen – Composer / Pianist / Bandleader

Jun 12, 1957 – June 27, 2017

Edited from NPR and WBGO’s David Adler:

Geri Allen, a widely influential jazz pianist, composer and educator who defied classification while steadfastly affirming her roots in the hard-bop tradition of her native Detroit, died Tuesday in Philadelphia. She was 60.  The cause was cancer, said Ora Harris, her manager of 30 years.

Twenty years ago today, the bloom was on full in lower downtown Denver.  Maybe that was even before they called it "LoDo."  Brothers Chris and Steve Black dared to open a tap house a half-block from Coors Field.  And despite its ominous moniker, the Falling Rock Tap House is still standing at 1919 Blake Street.  Chris Black joined Steve and Rodney on "First Take with Lando and Chavis."

Denver-based hip-hop artist and food activist, DJ Cavem joins Carlos Lando and Mindi McNeil this Wednesday, June 7 on “First Take with Lando and Chavis.” Besides spinning turntables and CDs, Cavem has found a way to get sound out of fruits and vegetables.  What does that sound like?