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.”


Arts and Culture
11:57 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Colorado's Eighth Poet Laureate: Joseph Hutchison


Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper named the state's eighth poet laureate Tuesday, Joseph Hutchison.

KUVO's capitol reporter Bente Birkeland leads off this feature, followed by Steve Chavis reading Hutchison's poem "Uncles," posted in November 2013 at his blog, The Perpetual Bird.

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1:42 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

RTD update: late night light rail, tricky fares, new app

It's been nearly 20 years since light rail service began in Denver.  RTD's senior manager of Public Information Pauletta Tonilas took "D" Line to KUVO studios to give listeners an update on RTD news.

"It's hard to believe it's been 20 years, but we'll be celebrating that milestone next month (on Oct. 7)," said Tonilas.  "We carry 25 million light rail trips per year, and think how packed our trains are every morning and every afternoon."

Other highlights of the conversation:

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3:15 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Dist. 3 councilman Lopez: vintage Denver

Denver City Council District 3 is represented by long-time activist Paul Lopez.  He visited "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to update us on West Denver, and describe the city's work in restoring trust in the embattled Denver Sheriff's office.

"I want to make sure that whenever they end up in the custody of the Denver County Jail, that their safety is the number one concern," said Lopez, who is chairman of the Council's Safety & Well-being committee.

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11:05 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Crested Butte - "Whatever Town" sort of

The Bud Light marketing campaign "Whatever" picked Crested Butte, Colorado for its "town."  But it's not anything goes.  Chad Reich, program director at the community radio station in Crested Butte, joined "First Take with Lando and Chavis" to talk about how the town is planning for the big party, set for the weekend of Sept. 6-7.

"Not anyone can just show up," said Reich.  Beyond the 1000 revelers that Bud Light is bringing in, admission to any of the official party venues is limited to residents of Crested Butte and Gunnison County.  Plus, the hotels are full.

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Arts and Culture
12:36 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

20 years of Vail Jazz - a year round effort

Earlier this summer, Poncho Sanchez got people dancing at Vail Square.
Credit Charles Townsend Bessent

Fifty world class jazz artists and 12 of the best high school players in the nation make up the Vail Jazz Party, in its 20th year this Labor Day weekend.  But the party is only the culmination of a year round effort, says Robin Litt, executive director of the Vail Jazz Foundation.

"We're a 12-week long festival, and I'm not sure there are many like that," said Litt, who's justifiably proud of the 45 performances they put together.  But wait - there's more.

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