Leo Laporte

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Leo Laporte
Leo Laporte 27 September 2007.jpg
Birth name Leo Gordon Laporte
Born (1956-11-29) November 29, 1956 (age 57)
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
Spouse(s) Jennifer Laporte (divorced)
Lisa Kentzell (engaged)
Children 2
Website http://www.leoville.com/
http://leoville.squarespace.com
http://www.techguylabs.com
http://www.twit.tv

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

Background[edit]

Laporte 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] Leo operated one of the first Macintosh-only bulletin board systems, MacQueue, from 1985 to 1988.

Television and radio[edit]

Laporte has worked on technology-related broadcasting projects, including Dvorak on Computers in January 1991 (co-hosted with computer pundit John C. Dvorak), and Laporte on Computers on KGO Radio and KSFO in San Francisco. Laporte also hosted Internet! on PBS, and The Personal Computing Show on CNBC. In 1997, he earned an Emmy Award for his work on MSNBC's The Site, where he created and provided the live motion capture and voice for the character Dev Null.

In 1998, he created and co-hosted The Screen Savers and the original version of Call for Help on the cable and satellite network ZDTV (later TechTV). Laporte left The Screen Savers in 2004, and later left the network after a dispute with Vulcan Ventures, over stock ownership and the cancellation of Call for Help. His contract ended on March 31, and his absence from The Screen Savers on April 1 was originally believed to be an April Fool's Day joke.

Laporte has also acted, playing Uncle Charlie in the movie Phoenix Rising.[5]

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 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.[6][7]

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,[8] Live with Kelly,[9] World News Now, and previously[10] with Bill Handel on Friday mornings on KFI. He has also been a guest technology expert on numerous talk radio programs in local markets across the U.S. and Canada. In a 2012 Reddit posting, he commented that he earns around $350,000 yearly doing The Tech Guy.[11]

Books[edit]

Laporte has written technology-oriented books including 101 Computer Answers You Need to Know, Leo Laporte's 2005 Gadget Guide, Leo Laporte's Guide to TiVo, Leo Laporte's Guide to Mac OS X Tiger 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. Laporte's latest and last book is Leo Laporte's 2006 Technology Almanac.

He has contributed to periodicals including BYTE, InfoWorld, and MacUser. Laporte announced in October 2006 that he will not renew his contract with Que Publishing and has retired from publishing his long series of books.

In 2008, Laporte did the voice narration for the fable The True History of Little Golden-hood by Andrew Lang which was made available through Audible.

Podcasting[edit]

Leo Laporte and Amber MacArthur

Laporte owns and operates a podcast network, TWiT.tv. Its shows are available on iTunes and other podcast subscription services. Before the expansion to new facilities in 2011, Laporte said TWiT earns $1.5 million annually on a production cost of only $350,000.[12] In a 2012 Reddit posting, he commented that revenue is approaching $4 million.[13]

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