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Leo Gordon Laporte (born November 29, 1956 in New York City, New York)[1] is an American technology broadcaster and author. Currently he lives in Petaluma, with his wife Jennifer and two children, Henry and Abby.[2]

Involvement with Buzz Out Loud Edit

Laporte was a guest on episodes 158 and 646. Buzz Out Loud hosts Molly Wood, Tom Merritt, and Veronica Belmont have been guests on Laporte's flagship "netcast" this WEEK in TECH (TWiT). Inspired by Japanese novels composed on phones, Laporte and the Buzz Out Loud hosts are currently composing a round-robin science fiction novel on Twitter entitled 140novel in honor of Twitter's limit of 140 characters per tweet.

Early career Edit

Laporte studied Chinese History at Yale University.[3] He began his association with computers with his first home PC, an Atari 400.[4] He operated one of the first Macintosh-only bulletin board systems, MacQueue, from 1985 to 1988.[5]

Television and radio Edit

Laporte is the host of G4TechTV Canada's daily television show The Lab with Leo Laporte, formerly known as Call for Help. The series also airs in Australia on the HOW TO Channel, as well as Google Video.

He also hosts a weekend technology-oriented talk radio program show titled Leo Laporte: The Tech Guy. The show, once an exclusive to KFI AM 640 (Los Angeles), is now syndicated on Premiere Radio Networks. Laporte appears semi-regularly on Showbiz Tonight,[6] Live with Regis and Kelly[7], World News Now, and briefly with Bill Handel on Friday mornings on KFI.

Laporte has created, hosted, and contributed to a number of technology-related broadcasting projects. He created and co-hosted Dvorak On Computers in January 1991, and hosted Laporte On Computers on KGO Radio and KSFO in San Francisco. In addition, 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, a daily Monday through Saturday hour-long newsmagazine he helped create and appeared on in the role of a computer-generated character named 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 due to a dispute with TechTV's then-outgoing owner, Vulcan Ventures, over stock ownership. 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 pursued acting, playing Uncle Charlie in the movie Phoenix Rising.[8]

In 2006, Laporte hosted "I Love Soup", a 30 minute documentary of his favorite soups from around the world, as part of Food Network's series on celebrity culinary tastes.

Books Edit

Laporte has authored a number of technology-oriented books such as 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. Laporte has also 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.

Throughout his career, he has contributed to a number of periodicals such as 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. He said, "Writing books is hard work and, love-starved groupies aside, the compensations are scant. I’ll put my energies into something I love to do, talking for a living."[9]

Podcasting Edit

Laporte currently owns and operates a podcast network named "TWiT.tv." The name is derived from the network's flagship podcast This WEEK in TECH (aka TWiT) which is hosted by Laporte along with a rotating panel of guests usually made up of several other former TechTV employees. This show remains one of the most popular podcasts on iTunes and other podcast subscription services, as evidenced by winning an award at the November 2005 Podcasting Expo in California for the year's best podcast and by its over 280,000 weekly downloads.

Laporte prefers to call his shows "netcasts," saying "I've never liked the word podcast. It causes confusion... people have told me that they can't listen to my shows because they 'don't own an iPod'... I propose the word 'netcast.' It's a little clearer that these are broadcasts over the Internet. It's catchy and even kind of a pun."[10]

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