Leo Laporte

Leo Gordon Laporte (/ləˈpɔːrt/; born November 29, 1956)[1] is the host of The Tech Guy weekly radio show [2] and a host on TWiT.tv, an Internet podcast network focusing on technology. He is also a former TV technology host (1998–2008) and technology author (1995, 2002–2006).

Leo Laporte
Leo Gordon Laporte

(1956-11-29) November 29, 1956
New York City, New York, United States
Spouse(s)Lisa Laporte (current); Jennifer Laporte (divorced)
ShowApprox. 15 shows on the TWiT netcast network, also The Tech Guy through Premiere Networks
Station(s)TWiT TV LLC; Premiere Networks
Time slotSaturdays and Sundays live at 11:00 am PT (19:00 UTC/18:00 UTC during US DST), 3 hours


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,[3] where his early on-air names were Dave Allen and Dan Hayes.[4] He began his association with computers with his first home computer, an Atari 400.[5]

Television and radio

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.[6]

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,[7] and the original version of Call for Help on the cable and satellite network ZDTV (later TechTV).[8]

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 U.S. and Toronto, Ontario. 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[9] 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.[10][11]

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. Laporte also appears on Friday mornings on KFI with Bill Handel, and previously on such shows as Showbiz Tonight,[12] Live with Kelly,[13] 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[14]
  • 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:

  • Leo Laporte's Technology Almanac
  • Poor Leo's Computer Almanac ISBN 0768654920.
  • 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.

In 2008, Laporte did a voice narration of the public domain[15] fable[16] The True History of Little Golden-hood[17] by Andrew Lang[18] from Audible (Amazon), a sponsor.[19]


Laporte owns and operates a podcast network, TWiT.tv with his wife[20] Lisa Laporte. 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.[21] In a 2012 Reddit posting, he commented that revenue was approaching $4 million.[22]

The TWiT studios are located in Petaluma, California, where Laporte lives. On August 21, 2016, they moved into their current facilities at 1351-B Redwood Way.[23] The TWiT studios have always been in Petaluma, but in three different locations. TWiT identified the first as the "TWiT Cottage," the second as the "TWiT Brick House," and the current location as the "TWiT Eastside Studios."[24][25][23]


  1. Leo Laporte Information. TV.com
  2. "Leo Laporte, your Go-To Gadget Guy". Premiere Radio Networks.
  3. Schwartzman, Eric (September 1, 2005). "On the Record...Online with Leo Laporte of This Week in Tech". On the Record Online.
  4. TwitLive Broadcast, after hours, 2008-12-09
  5. "Focus On: Leo". G4. Archived from the original on September 26, 2006.
  6. "Podcasting's Reluctant Evangelist". WIRED.
  7. "Attack of the Show!: Finale Features Return of The Screen Savers". tvseriesfinale.com.
  8. "Call for Help". TV.com. CBS Interactive.
  9. The Lab with Leo Laporte Internet Archive
  10. Lab with Leo off TV in Australia – Let us See the Remaining Episodes Archived August 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. Response from How-To Channel Australia Regarding The Lab with Leo Archived August 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  12. "CNN.com – Transcripts". cnn.com.
  13. Leoville: Live with Regis and Kelly Archived March 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine
  14. 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
  15. Books by Lang, Andrew – Project Gutenberg
  16. Little Red Riding Hood and other tales of Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 333 translated and/or edited by D. L. Ashliman
  17. The Red Fairy Book, by Andrew Lang : THE TRUE HISTORY OF LITTLE GOLDEN HOOD
  18. Andrew Lang, 1844–1912
  19. TWiT.TV – this WEEK in TECH Archived January 21, 2015, at the Wayback Machine
  20. Danae Ringelmann interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the TWiT.tv network
  21. Pete Cashmore. "Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting". Mashable. Retrieved June 24, 2011.
  22. Leo Laporte. "TWiT revenue at $4 million". Reddit. Retrieved August 2, 2012.
  23. "TWiT Eastside Studio FAQ". The Official TWiT Wiki.
  24. "TWiT Cottage". The Official TWiT Wiki.
  25. "TWiT Brick House". The Official TWiT Wiki.
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