Leo Laporte

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Leo Laporte
Leo Laporte 27 September 2007.jpg
Laporte in 2007
Leo Gordon Laporte

(1956-11-29)November 29, 1956[1][2]
  • TV and radio presenter
  • podcaster
Known forFounding TWiT.tv
Notable credit(s)
  • Jennifer Laporte (divorced)
  • Lisa Laporte (m. c. 2015)
Websiteleolaporte.com Edit this at Wikidata

Leo Gordon Laporte[a] (born (1956-11-29)November 29, 1956)[3] is the host of The Tech Guy weekly radio show[4] and a host on TWiT.tv, an Internet podcast network focusing on technology. He is also a former TechTV technology host (1998–2008) and a technology author.


Leo Laporte is the son of geologist Leo F. Laporte. He studied Chinese history at Yale University before dropping out in his junior year to pursue a career in radio broadcasting,[5] where his early on-air names were Dave Allen and Dan Hayes.[6] He began his association with computers with his first home computer, an Atari 400.[7]

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.[8]

In 1997, Laporte was awarded a Northern California Emmy for his role as Dev Null, a motion capture character on the MSNBC show The Site.

In 1998, Laporte created and co-hosted The Screen Savers,[9] and the original version of Call for Help on the cable and satellite network ZDTV (later TechTV).[3]

Laporte was the host of the daily television show The Lab with Leo Laporte, recorded in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The program had formerly been known as Call for Help when it was recorded in the US and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. 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[10] had been canceled by Rogers Communications. The HOW TO Channel did not air the remaining episodes after it was announced the show had been canceled.[11][12]

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 syndicated through Premiere Radio Networks. Laporte appears on Friday mornings on KFI with Bill Handel, and previously on such shows as Showbiz Tonight,[13] Live with Kelly,[14] and World News Now. He holds an amateur radio license, W6TWT.


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
  • Leo Laporte's PC Help Desk.

He has published a yearly series of technology almanacs:

Laporte announced in October 2006 that he would not renew his contract with Que Publishing, and had retired from publishing books.

In 2008, Laporte did a voice narration of Andrew Lang's fable The True History of Little Golden-hood[16] from Audible (Amazon), a sponsor.[17]


Laporte owns and operates a podcast network, TWiT.tv with his wife[18] Lisa Laporte. Before the expansion to new facilities in 2011, Laporte said TWiT earned $1.5 million annually on a production cost of $350,000.[19] In a 2012 Reddit posting, he commented that revenue was approaching $4 million.[20] The TWiT studios are located in Petaluma, California,[9] where Laporte lives.[21]


  1. ^ Pronounced /ləˈpɔːrt/.


  1. ^ https://techguylabs.com/episodes/1849
  2. ^ https://twit.tv/shows/the-tech-guy/episodes/1849?autostart=false
  3. ^ a b Marriott, Michael (December 21, 2003). "COVER STORY; Plug In, Boot Up, Feel Free to Melt Down". The New York Times. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  4. ^ "Leo Laporte, Your Go-To Gadget Guy". Premiere Radio Networks.
  5. ^ Schwartzman, Eric (September 1, 2005). "On the Record...Online with Leo Laporte of This Week in Tech". On the Record Online.
  6. ^ TwitLive Broadcast, after hours, 2008-12-09
  7. ^ "Focus On: Leo". G4. Archived from the original on September 26, 2006.
  8. ^ "Podcasting's Reluctant Evangelist". WIRED.
  9. ^ a b Hiner, Jason (April 19, 2015). "The New Screen Savers: TWiT resurrects the show that launched tech video into the stratosphere". ZDNet. Retrieved October 25, 2021.
  10. ^ The Lab with Leo Laporte Internet Archive
  11. ^ Lab with Leo off TV in Australia – Let us See the Remaining Episodes Archived August 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ Response from How-To Channel Australia Regarding The Lab with Leo Archived August 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "CNN.com – Transcripts". cnn.com.
  14. ^ Leoville: Live with Regis and Kelly Archived March 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Laporte, Leo; Stauffer, Todd (2005). Leo Laporte's 2005 Mac gadget guide. Indianapolis, IN: Que. ISBN 0789731746. LCCN 2004107074. Free eBook from the Internet Archive
  16. ^ The Red Fairy Book, by Andrew Lang : THE TRUE HISTORY OF LITTLE GOLDEN HOOD
  17. ^ TWiT.TV – this WEEK in TECH Archived January 21, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  18. ^ Danae Ringelmann interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the TWiT.tv network
  19. ^ Pete Cashmore. "Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting". Mashable. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  20. ^ Leo Laporte. "TWiT revenue at $4 million". Reddit. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  21. ^ "TWiT Eastside Studio FAQ". The Official TWiT Wiki.

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