Digital Talk Radio For Everyone

Leo Laporte: Digital Talk Radio For Everyone

Sunday, January 22, 2006

Breakfast with Leo

I’m sitting in the kitchen this morning, eating breakfast and reading the newspaper. The kids are watching cartoons. One of us is talking on the phone. There’s a “Leo” on TV (Leopold the Lion on Animal Planet). A dog is barking outside. And there’s another “Leo” in my ear. This is my life.

I’ve been listening to Leo Laporte’s radio show for years now, even before he moved from KFI to KFI-AM 640 (where he’s now broadcasting live every morning from 6-10 am). In fact I was a regular caller back in his KFI days when it was still called Computer Chronicles because I’d just discovered RSS (through Dave Winer) and I had a lot of questions about how to use it and what it could do for me.

It turns out that Leo knew more about RSS than anyone else in the world at the time. He’d been using it for years to syndicate his own content, which included not only audio but also video files you could download over the Internet or watch on your cable TV system (if you were lucky enough

Leo Laporte is a US-based technology broadcaster and author. His podcasts and blogs are downloaded over 6 million times per month. He is the host of The Tech Guy weekly radio show, and a member of the TWiT Netcast Network with Leo Laporte, an Internet broadcaster of news and technology shows.

Laporte has appeared as a technology commentator on television, radio and podcasts as well as in print media. He co-hosted the podcast This Week in Tech along with Patrick Norton, Kevin Rose, John C. Dvorak, Rafe Needleman and Gina Trapani.

On March 4th 2012 Laporte announced that he would leave the TWiT Netcast Network to pursue other opportunities including his own company Laporte Media which will house his two independent shows: This Week in Google, This Week in Tech (TWiT), Security Now!, Mac Break Weekly, Windows Weekly, iPad Today and The Giz Wiz.

Leo Laporte is an American technology broadcaster and author. He is the host and producer of the Network, and runs The Tech Guy weekly radio talk show. Leo Laporte’s career in technology broadcasting began in 1995 when he created and hosted The Screen Savers on TechTV, which he co-hosted with Kate Botello and Patrick Norton. He had previously worked in radio, having served as a disc jockey for KFRC AM 610 in San Francisco, KROQ-FM 106.7 in Los Angeles, KFI AM 640 in Los Angeles, KCEO AM 1000 in San Diego, and WFXZ AM 720 in Boston.

After leaving Ziff Davis, Laporte founded his own company, Laporte Media, Inc., which produces a number of podcasts including This Week in Tech (TWiT), Security Now!, MacBreak Weekly and This Week in Google.

Laporte was born August 7, 1956 in New York City to French parents who were living in the U.S.[6] They returned to Paris soon after his birth where Laporte lived until he was six years old when his family moved back to Manhattan.[citation needed] Laporte graduated from Trinity School and

Leo Laporte is a broadcaster, podcaster, author and technology expert. He is the star of The Tech Guy radio show and a former tech host on TV.

The Tech Guy airs every weekend in over 170 cities in the US and Canada, and is also available as a podcast through iTunes, iHeartRadio, TuneIn, Stitcher, Spotify and RSS. It’s all about helping people with their computers, phones, tablets, home theaters — you name it!

Leo is also the host of TWiT (This Week in Tech), the most popular technology podcast in the world with 1.5 million downloads each week. His other shows include Security Now (with Steve Gibson), Before You Buy (with Megan Morrone), iPad Today (with Rene Ritchie), MacBreak Weekly (with Alex Lindsay) and more.

Leo was one of the founders of Winamp and helped build the early versions of Spinner and Nullsoft while working at AOL/Netscape from 1995 to 1999. Leo has written several books including 2005’s The TiVo Guide, 2007’s How to Do Everything iPod & Digital Music and 2008’s 101 Computer Answers You Need to Know. He has also created a series of instructional DVDs called The Laporte Report

Leo Laporte is a technology broadcaster, author and entrepreneur. He is best known for his live, call-in technology help show, The Tech Guy on radio stations throughout the United States, Canada, and Australia. He also hosts shows on the network and in podcast format.

A former television tech reporter, Laporte started his career in front of the camera as host of The Screen Savers on TechTV and Call For Help on G4techTV Canada. In 2005 he left traditional broadcast media to create his own network of podcasts, focusing on technology.

In 2007 Laporte began Leo Laporte’s This Week in Tech or TWiT with a focus on podcasting news and opinion featuring other well-known tech journalists such as John C. Dvorak and Patrick Norton.

Leo Laporte currently resides in Petaluma, California with his wife Jennifer (an avid photographer) and their three cats: Chief (a Maine Coon), Pepper (a Bengal), and Tawny (a Scottish Fold).

Leo Laporte created and hosts The Tech Guy (TTG) weekly talk show. TTG is broadcast live every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM Pacific Time. He also hosts his own daily technology-related podcast called This Week in Tech, or TWiT. He is the former host of Call for Help on G4TechTV Canada and the United States, and before that, on the TechTV network.

On April 4, 2009, Laporte announced he was going independent with his shows, leaving his previous employer, (formerly known as PodcastOne), and creating a new site called

Laporte has written articles for mainstream print publications such as InfoWorld, The New York Times Magazine and PC/Computing, and he has been a guest on radio shows such as The Ray Lucia Show and Imus in the Morning. In 1997 he became one of the first people to be hired by ZDTV (later TechTV) to host a show about technology in popular culture called The Screen Savers. He hosted Call for Help on the Australian version of G4TechTV Australia which began its third season in June 2006.

Leo Laporte is a tech broadcaster, author and entrepreneur. He is the host of The Tech Guy weekly radio show and a regular on This Week in Tech (TWiT), where he serves as Editor-in-Chief. Leo Laporte also publishes a daily blog about technology at

Leo Laporte’s career in technology broadcasting began at ZDTV (later TechTV) where he hosted The Screen Savers, Call for Help, and other programs. Laporte has also served as co-host of the Network World’s Digital Duo and The Lab with Leo on the former TechTV. He has written several books about technology including 2007’s The Perfect Internet Access Guide for Dummies and 2008’s The Complete Guide to TiVo (for Que Publishing).

In April 2009, Leo Laporte launched his own independent Internet television network called, which includes daily shows such as Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrott, MacBreak Weekly with Merlin Mann and Alex Lindsay, iPad Today with Rene Ritchie and Rob Walch, Tech News Today with Mike Elgan and Sarah Lane, This Week in Google with Jeff Jarvis and Stacey Higginbotham and This Week in Enterprise Technology with Sarah L

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