The Tech Guy
Hosts: Leo Laporte
Topic: "Anything with a chip in it"
Debut: January 3, 2004
Recorded: Sat-Sun 11:00am Pacific
Released: within 24hrs
Duration: 3 hours
Set: Leo's Office Studio
The Tech Guy is Leo Laporte's nationally syndicated radio show. It is aired every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET and focuses on caller questions about computers and technology. The show was originally called the "The KFI Tech Guy" when Leo began doing it in 2004 on the Los Angeles station. The show was picked up for syndication in 2007. It can now be heard on the radio in more than 120 cities. There have been more than 1000 episodes so far, almost all of which are archived online.
How to call the show
The phone number for the Tech Guy show is 1-88-88-ASKLEO (+1-888-827-5536). If you're outside the US, you can use Skype to call that toll free number and it will not cost you any Skype Credit.
Frequent guests include Chris Marquardt of Tips from the Top Floor podcast and blog, who often gives Leo and the community assignments they can post to the Tech Guy Flickr group; Scott Wilkinson, of Secrets of Home Theater and High Fidelity, who chats with Leo about home theater; and Johnny Jet of JohnnyJet.com, who talks with Leo about travel tips on Saturdays. Dick DeBartolo, MAD's maddest writer and cohost of The Giz Wiz netcast, usually makes a weekly visit on the last segment of Saturday's radio broadcast as well.
The live video stream of The Tech Guy can be seen at http://live.twit.tv/ on Saturdays and Sundays starting at 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET. Listeners can listen to the feed on the KFI website or many other radio stations, over the air or Internet streams, but those feeds will be delayed at least 40 seconds for FCC profanity censoring.
Since the delay over the radio is a minimum of 40+ seconds, should you hear an occasional echo of about 1 second or less, this is NOT due to the caller having their radio on but rather a well-known issue with the ISDN equipment used to link the TWiT studio with the Premiere studio. Please do not complain about this when it occurs in the IRC chat room as this can cause Leo to mute all caller audio for extended time periods.
During the breaks for the news, ads, traffic, etc. on the live video stream, Leo interacts with the IRC chat room at irc.twit.tv. He lovingly calls them the "kids in the back of the class" but he also admits that he uses the combined knowledge of those in the chat to solve almost every problem.
The Tech Guy is usually available for download within 24 hours of the original airing. It contains the entire show (including caller audio) minus ads, news, traffic, and local breaks. You can download it from http://twit.tv/ttg or subscribe at http://feeds.twit.tv/kfi.xml. You can also subscribe on iTunes or the Zune Marketplace.
Below are recent episodes you can download or watch.
- The Tech Guy 943 – CES recap, hosting provider options, tweaking Windows 8, and your calls.
- The Tech Guy 942 – Dealing with telemarketers and scammers, remote access options for Windows, imaging hard drives, and your calls.
- The Tech Guy 941 – Building a mobile website, batch converting art files, preserving laptop battery life, and your calls.
- The Tech Guy 940 – A look into 2013, the future of plasma TVs, best A/V receivers, and your calls.
- The Tech Guy 939 – Printing a web page, Windows 8 tips, iTunes alternatives, and your calls.
More episodes can be viewed and downloaded here.
Show notes for The Tech Guy can be found at TechGuyLabs.com. There you will find detailed notes about calls and on demand video segments of the calls.
The theme for The Tech Guy can be downloaded from here.