March 9, 2012Almost daily I listen to or watch netcasts created by Léo Laporte’s TWiT.tv network. Léo has been broadcasting about computer technology on the radio and television for many years, but I did not know of his work until I stumbled across his podcast of a get-together of former Tech TV hosts back in 2005. I loved his style and was grateful when he began a regular podcast which has evolved into a whole raft of video and audio netcasts emanating from Petaluma, California to the north of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
For years I listened to his audio podcasts on my iPod and then my iPhone. He started broadcasting video along with the audio, and I would sometimes watch the video versions on my Apple TV or iPad.
But I started regularly watching the video versions once I had an iPad 2, especially since it can send the videos over to my HDTV via AirPlay to my second generation Apple TV. I can now effortlessly switch back and forth between the tablet and the big TV.
I regularly watch these TWiT shows:
- This Week in Tech – weekly tech punditry from Léo Laporte and friends
- MacBreak Weekly – funny Apple updates from Léo and friends
- This Week in Google – what is happening with Google and the cloud
- Windows Weekly – what is happening with Microsoft
- The Giz Wiz – gadget fun with Dick Debartolo of Mad magazine
Léo built up from a single show recorded in a tiny garret studio in a cottage. He steadily added more shows and hosts, eventually taking over the entire cottage and ramping up to several million dollars per year in advertising to support a franchise of over 30 weekly and daily netcasts, all centered around digital technology in its various forms.
The staff grew commensurately and were soon filling up every nook and cranny of the tiny cottage. So Léo recently spent over $1.2 million renovating an old furniture factory building into the TWiT Brick House studio.
I’ve done my bit to support all of the infotainment his shows provide by donating monthly to the cause and by purchasing a brick in a fundraiser to help build the new studio. The bricks are displayed in the lobby, and they posted GigaPans so I could find where mine wound up.
It is fun to see it mounted there since I have no idea if I’ll ever make it out to Petaluma to see a show live. If you love technology, check out TWiT.tv!
This isn’t the first fundraising brick I’ve purchased. Downtown Bartlesville’s Centennial Park features this:
My wife and I have our 30th wedding anniversary brick in there somewhere – time for a trip to go find it 🙂