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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This week, KUVO's music education feature "Stories of Standards" covers arguably the most important song in jazz history, Miles Davis' "So What," track one on the 1959 LP Kind of Blue. For some added perspective, we caught up with trumpeter Byron Stripling at the 2013 Vail Jazz Festival, where he presented a multi-media tribute to Miles Davis. Stripling considers Miles Davis his hero, for musical and other reasons, and also discusses the legacy of the song "So What."  

Labor Day 2013 could hardly be more significant. Coverage of the 50th anniversary of The 1963 "March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom" has reminded the nation of the role that some labor groups had it its organization. This week fast food workers nationwide are demonstrating for higher wages and the right to organize. In metro Denver, Centro Humanitario has several long-term campaigns to advocate workers rights. KUVO interviewed one domestic worker, Araceli Diaz, who tells her own story of wage theft and abuse.

The Black American West Museum presents a Wild West Show, featuring Buffalo Soldiers and western show re-enactors, plus champion rider Tia Bell, dancing horses and more. It's Saturday, August 31, 2013 at Adams County Fairgrounds in Henderson, Colo.

Dr. Tony Young joined First Take to tell the story of the Buffalo Soldiers, and the role of black cowboys (and cowgirls) today. 

(music on this feature by Sonny Rollins, "I'm an old cowhand")

After losing their daughter Emily to a violent occupation of Platte Canyon High School in 2006, John Michael and Ellen Keyes created the I Love U Guys Foundation to help deal with school safety issues. Since 2009, their Standard Response Protocol has been adopted by 5000 schools in the U.S. and Canada. 

John Michael Keyes joined First Take to talk about their work, and the Conifer Blues Festival, which benefits the foundation this Saturday.


The 6th Annual Colorado Black Health Collaborative Family Reunion this weekend features the unveiling of the new 2013 CBHC Health Providers Directory. It's part of an ongoing effort to equip the African-American community in particular with information, inspiration and resources for better health. CBHC chairman Thelma Craig visits "First Take with Lando & Chavis" to describe their ongoing work to overcome long-standing mistrust with the medical community.  The Family Reunion health fair is Saturday, Aug. 24 at General's Park, 1561 Quentin St.