SYRACUSE/UTICA-ROME -- Less than a week after dropping computer advice talk show host Kim Komando due to apparent scheduling conflicts, CNY Talk Radio (WFBL/WMCR/WUTI) has announced a replacement: The Tech Guy, hosted by Leo Laporte, is now part of the trio's weekend lineup.
Syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks, The Tech Guy airs live on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5pm Eastern time, but CNY Talk will be carrying the show only on Sundays, on tape delay from 4-7pm.
Television viewers may recall Laporte was the creator and one of the hosts of The Screen Savers, a computer/tech show that aired on cable's ZDTV (which later became TechTV). Laporte was involved in that show from 1998-2004.
The observant CNYRadio.com reader who alerted us after noticing Laporte's introduction to the local radio markets points out that, "compared to Kim Komando, his advice covers far more than computers ... he has been covering the tech industry for over 25 years and has his own podcast network covering all sorts of tech topics."
By contrast, in our own listening experience, it seems that Komando has maintained a reputation for sticking to the basics, with advice that seems to be targeted mostly for novice computer users.
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FWIW, looks like Jim Bohannon's gone in favor of Rusty Humphries, live, at least that's who's on tonight (wasn't that the other conflict with WIBX?) as I come in to check my email. They're playing some games with the news, too, the 4:00 PM feed was "IRN America" News, but the 9:00 news was back to the ABC News they'd been running. Does someone else have ABC exclusively for Utica? Both WXTL and WFBL/CNY-T run ABC in Syracuse, interestingly they're different feeds - you can flip from one to the other and they're not quite the same report.
And 4:00 AM was IRN again; the right name is "IRN USA Radio News" ...
Glad to read this. I've been listening to this show in pod cast form for several years, ever since Screen Savers was discontinued. Fellow Screen Savers Patrick Norton is now co-host of Techzilla on Revision3 and Kevin Rose went on to launch DIGG and is co-host of DIGG Nation also on Revision3. I'm sure Leo's big Syracuse fan and frequent caller EyeDocMark will be happy.
I had a chance to listen to CNY Talk on WUTI Wednesday for a while, and they had ABC News on that afternoon, so I still don't know what the deal is there. Nice loud signal while on top of the hill south of Mohawk, though.
@pontiac59 - Check out the website for Citadel Media, the company that syndicates ABC News Radio. On this page, they explain how they offer several different "flavors" of newscasts. That pretty much explains what you've heard.