No More Lab With Leo

Comments 5 by Rebecca Bollwitt

Although my involvement with The Lab was brief and only just a few days ago, I can still appreciate what they’ve done over the years.

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I had the pleasure of meeting Amber Mac a few months ago when we were both members of Team Blogger on CBC’s Test the Nation (which makes some of my co-workers insanely jealous). However, I was first introduced to Amber’s work through the TV show “Call for Help“, which was a previous iteration of “The Lab with Leo“.

Leo Laporte is known for TWiT, the “This Week in Tech” collection of podcasts and his involvement with technology-centric TV shows over the last decade. Most recently he hosted “The Lab with Leo which welcomed questions about technology, and showcased the latest gadgets and social media tools. Although Leo was based out of California, he would come up to Vancouver to record episodes from a studio in Gastown. His show was interactive with its audience and many of the guests were friends of mine from the Vancouver blogging and new media scene. Want to learn about Twitter? Facebook? Making money from Google AdSense? Podcasting? This was all addressed through this television show that was also available online once aired.

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Most recently, I was a guest on The Lab, talking about some of the podcasts I co-host and some basic mobile podcasting tricks. While waiting in the green room I Twittered about being nervous. About 20 seconds later Leo shuffled off the set, through the door and introduced himself, saying he had no idea “Miss604” was sitting right there. It was great to finally meet Leo in person, and to hear him sing a little song about the pronunciation of my last name.

Lab with Leo

On Twitter last week I noticed a message come through from Leo saying that his show had been canceled. Episodes already recorded will still be released this spring (mine included) but after such time the show will simply have re-runs. You can still find some episodes online, and Leo will be more active once again with TWiT.

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My good friend Dave Olson also has an unreleased episode so when this latest slot airs (on G4TechTV Canada) I’ll be sure to let everyone know and grab a copy from Google Video although mostly I just need to warn my mom so that she can set the VCR.

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  1. g33kdomSaturday, March 8th, 2008 — 11:04am PST

    I dugg this post. This makes me soooo sad. I been watching Leo since the early TechTV days. If there is anyone that deserves to be successful, it would be Leo. I am, however, excited to see what new things he wil bring to us “twits” in the form of “new media”. Video style =D

  2. fotoeinsSunday, March 9th, 2008 — 11:15am PDT

    Look at you, B! In the highlights, and also, under spotlights! Cool! 🙂

  3. Mostly LisaSunday, March 9th, 2008 — 3:59pm PDT

    so jealous. Leo is uber. congrats!

  4. Derek K. MillerMonday, March 10th, 2008 — 1:39pm PDT

    When Leo contacted my co-host Paul and me about the cancellation, he mentioned that Rogers (the parent company of G4TechTV and Citytv and the funder of the show) wanted to make it a daily live broadcast, and that he couldn’t do that without moving to Canada. While the show was “live to disk” with pre-contacted callers phoning in to ask questions, it wasn’t “live to broadcast,” which is what Rogers seems to have wanted.

    Pity. But it also sounds like Leo will be doing an online video version of The Lab/Call for Help/whatever he’ll call it next from his studio in Petaluma, California. He mentioned it briefly on This Week in Tech #135 yesterday. So if you’re heading down to the Bay Area…

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