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Leo Laporte

Leo Laporte
Birth name Leo Gordon Laporte
Born (1956-11-29) November 29, 1956
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

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


  • Background 1
  • Television and radio 2
  • Books 3
  • Podcasting 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


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

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. 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 in the U.S. and Canada.


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[14] 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.

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, 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]

Laporte has a net worth of $5 million.[23]


  1. ^ Leo Laporte Information.
  2. ^ "Podcast Episode / On the Record...Online". 
  3. ^ TwitLive Broadcast, after hours, 2008-12-09
  4. ^ Focus On: Leo G4
  5. ^ "Podcasting's Reluctant Evangelist". WIRED. 
  6. ^ "Attack of the Show!: Finale Features Return of The Screen Savers". 
  7. ^ "Call for Help". CBS Interactive. 
  8. ^ The Lab with Leo Laporte Internet Archive
  9. ^ Lab with Leo off TV in Australia – Let us See the Remaining Episodes
  10. ^ Response from How-To Channel Australia Regarding The Lab with Leo
  11. ^ " - Transcripts". 
  12. ^ Leoville: Live with Regis and Kelly
  13. ^ "Bill Handel on Twitter". Twitter. 
  14. ^ Laporte, Leo; Stauffer, Todd (2005). "Leo Laporte's 2005 Mac gadget guide". Indianapolis, IN: Que.  
  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
  20. ^ Danae Ringelmann interviewed on the TV show Triangulation on the network
  21. ^ Pete Cashmore. "Leo Laporte Makes $1.5 Million Per Year from Podcasting".  
  22. ^ Leo Laporte. "TWiT revenue at $4 million".  
  23. ^ Laporte, Leo. "Leo Laporte Net Worth". Celebrity Net Worth. Retrieved 11 October 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Leo Laporte at the Internet Movie Database
  • Results for 'Leo Laporte' (Books&VHS) > Worldcat
  • Laporte, Leo - WorldCat Identities
  • Books By Laporte, Leo | Bookwire
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