My Debut as a Radio Talk Show Host

As many of you know, I appear as a regular guest on The Tech Guy, a nationally syndicated call-in radio talk show hosted by Leo Laporte. The show airs live on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 AM to 2 PM Pacific time; some stations carry all or part of the show live, while others play the recording at different times. My segment is usually on Sundays right after the 11:30 AM news break, when I talk about home theater and answer reader and listener questions.

On February 5 and 6, I had the incredible opportunity to sit in for Leo as the guest host of The Tech Guy for the entire show. Leo was on vacation for three weeks, and I happened to be in the San Francisco Bay Area during that weekend, so we agreed that I would host the show from his studio, answering phone questions about—what else?—home theater.

For Saturday's show, I was joined in the studio by David Vaughn, movie and product reviewer for UAV and Home Theater and all-around A/V geek, who helped answer listener questions and proved to be an outstanding sidekick! The entire experience was a total blast, and I look forward to doing it again whenever Leo takes another vacation—which could be a while judging from how hard he works.

Meanwhile, I hope you enjoy this YouTube video of the shows I hosted.

Click here for a list of stations that carry The Tech Guy; if there isn't one in your area, you can stream it from many stations' websites. Even better, you can go to, where Leo streams audio and video from his studio during the show, and you can join a lively chat room. If you can't catch the show live, you can download it as an audio or video podcast from

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WazNeeni's picture

I've said so in a response to an earlier post, but please allow me to say again...


David Vaughn's picture

Scott did an outstanding job hosting the show. I was glad I could be there for the first day to help him out, but I don't think he needed me there. When the producer said we were "on," Scott performed like he had been doing the show for years.

Jarod's picture

Great stuff guys! Really enjoyed you guys on the show and you should fill-in more often!

David Vaughn's picture

Thanks Jarod. Scott and I need to get an agent to pitch our show to the networks :)

RQV's picture

Great show, Scott! I really enjoyed hearing and seeing you comment and take questions in real time from the audience. It really demonstrated how much of an expert you really are, given your ability to answer just about any question on the fly! You even got into discussing some newer "digital" technologies like Tivo and Slingbox... great stuff. And even though you noted you're not much of a gamer, it seemed you covered that territory quite well too.

On that note, I wonder if you might venture a bit further at some point in time on PCs that are tagging themselves as being primarily CE oriented - A/V or gaming. I'm not so curious about them as a gaming platform so much as an "entertainment" platform. I've increasingly been hearing about gaming platforms from Dell Alienware ( that are rivaling the console gaming platforms like PS3 and XBOX. And the response from the console gaming guys seems to be about increasingly adding new features that are CE-ish, streaming content from around the home or across iTunes or from the Internet or whatever. Traditionally, PC quality has not been so quality... but I'm starting to wonder. With everything getting faster and flexible, such as cables/connection advances getting better and better starting with HDMI and most recently moving to wireless technologies such as WirelessHD for wireless HDMI (I just bought some WirelessHD adapters from Best Buy)... it makes me wonder if I should be just going PC digital now!

Anyway, I'd love to hear some crystal ball reading about the direction of CE and PCs from an expert like you! Again, thanks for the great show!

Jarod's picture

Ya no kidding!

David Vaughn's picture

That's a pretty amazing laptop, but at $3300, I would expect it to be!

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