Leo Laporte

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Leo Laporte
Leo Laporte 27 September 2007.jpg
Birth name Leo Gordon Laporte
Born (1956-11-29) November 29, 1956 (age 58)
New York City, New York
Show Approx. 20 shows on the TWiT netcast network, also The Tech Guy through Premiere Networks
Station(s) TWiT TV LLC; Premiere Networks
Time slot Saturdays and Sundays live at 11:00 am PT (19:00 UTC/18:00 UTC during US DST), 3 hours
Website http://www.leoville.com/

Leo Gordon Laporte (/ləˈpɔrt/; born November 29, 1956 in New York City, New York)[1] is an American technology broadcaster, author, and entrepreneur.


Laporte, the son of a geologist, studied Chinese history at Yale University before dropping out in his junior year to pursue his career in radio broadcasting,[2] where his early radio names were Dave Allen and Dan Hayes.[3] He began his association with computers with his first home PC, an Atari 400.[4]

Television and radio[edit]

Laporte has worked on technology-related broadcasting projects, including Dvorak on Computers in January 1991 (co-hosted with technology writer John C. Dvorak), and Laporte on Computers on KGO Radio and KSFO in San Francisco.[5]

In 1998, Laporte created and co-hosted The Screen Savers,[6] and the original version of Call for Help on the cable and satellite network ZDTV (later TechTV).[7]

Laporte was the host of the daily television show The Lab with Leo Laporte, recorded in Vancouver, Canada. The program had formerly been known as Call for Help when it was recorded in the U.S. and Toronto. The series aired on G4 Canada, on the HOW TO Channel in Australia, on several of Canada's Citytv affiliates, and on Google Video. On March 5, 2008, Laporte confirmed on net@nite that The Lab with Leo Laporte[8] had been canceled by Rogers Communications. The HOW TO Channel refused to air the remaining episodes after it was announced the show had been canceled.[9][10]

He hosts a weekend technology-oriented talk radio program show titled Leo Laporte: The Tech Guy. The show, started on KFI AM 640 (Los Angeles), is now syndicated through Premiere Radio Networks, and on XM Satellite Radio. Laporte also appears semi-regularly on Showbiz Tonight,[11] Live with Kelly,[12] World News Now, and previously[13] with Bill Handel on Friday mornings on KFI. He has also been a guest technology speaker on local talk radio programs[which?] in the U.S. and Canada. In a 2012 Reddit posting, he commented that he earns around $350,000 yearly doing The Tech Guy.[14]


Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur

Laporte has written technology-oriented books including 101 Computer Answers You Need to Know ISBN 1562763393, Leo Laporte's 2005 Gadget Guide ISBN 0789731746[15] Leo Laporte's Guide to TiVo ISBN 0789731959, Leo Laporte's Guide to Mac OS X Tiger ISBN 0789733935 and Leo Laporte's PC Help Desk. He has published a yearly series of technology almanacs: Leo Laporte's Technology Almanac and Poor Leo's Computer Almanac ISBN 0768654920. His most recent book was Leo Laporte's 2006 Technology Almanac ISBN 0789733978. Laporte announced in October 2006 that he would not renew his contract with Que Publishing, and had retired from publishing books.

He has contributed to periodicals including BYTE, InfoWorld, and MacUser.[citation needed]

In 2008, Laporte did a voice narration of the public domain[16] fable[17] The True History of Little Golden-hood[18] by Andrew Lang[19] from Audible (Amazon), a sponsor.[20]


Laporte owns and operates a podcast network, TWiT.tv with his wife[21] Lisa Kentzell. Its shows are available on iTunes and other podcast subscription services. Before the expansion to new facilities in 2011, Laporte said TWiT earned $1.5 million annually on a production cost of $350,000.[22] In a 2012 Reddit posting, he commented that revenue was approaching $4 million.[14]


External links[edit]