The Stars of ZDTV

Sumi Das’s last day was Thursday. She’s heading to a reporting job at MSNBC. That leaves Adam Sessler and me as the last original show hosts from the very first days of ZDTV. (Michaela joined the channel after only a month or so due to visa difficulties.) I’m beginning to feel like Kurt Loder. Hey it could be worse, I could be Mark Goodman. (How many of the original MTV VJs can you name?).
The good news is that everyone who has left the channel has moved on to bigger and better things. Here are the original, and now dearly departed, hosts of ZDTV on May 11, 1998 as best as I can remember.

  • Jim Louderback and Sumi Das, Fresh Gear
  • Lauren Fielder, Gamespot TV
  • Scott Herriott, Ed Marques (The Surf Guru) and SuChin Pak, Internet Tonight
  • Carmine Gallo, Money Machine
  • Kate Botello, The Screen Savers and Tilde
  • John C. Dvorak, Silicon Spin
  • Victoria Recaño, ZDTV News

Am I missing anybody?

There were hundreds of other people behind the scenes, of course, many of whom have also left. About a dozen or so of us old timers are still around, although no one has been around as long as I have.

Today begins my 10th year with ZDTV/TechTV. That’s the longest I’ve ever worked for anybody. I helped hire many of the people who started the channel. All of them are gone but I’m still standing. I can’t figure out if I’m a survivor or just too lazy to move on. I guess Adam and I will just have to head out and raise a glass to the original stars of ZDTV.

172 Replies to “The Stars of ZDTV”

  1. Yeah, what happened to Ali? Can’t remember the last time she was on ANYTHING. And it’s debatable if Inside Edition’s “bigger and better”… bigger, yeah, but better? πŸ˜‰
    Suchin Pak started on ZDTV? I only remember her from MTV… thought they just raided MuchMusic for her like they did Rachel Perry (even though she’s on VH1… why?).
    They seriously need to toss some of the newer shows and rerun TSS. That was the only time I could see it… the 10:00 PM (Eastern) replay. Someone needs to remind tPTB that there’s a reason Robotica and Battlebots got cancelled, and that Robot Wars isn’t on TNN–wait, now they can be Spike TV. Maybe they figured shows that were technically innovative would draw… that’d explain why they’ve canned Thunderbirds and Max Headroom.
    In defense of Morgan, she brings something good to the show. At least she helps temper the assclown tendencies of Adam. (Even though Around the Horn has a better Disembodied Voice… probably to compensate for Max Kellerman hosting.)
    Mike: Since no one else seems to have answered this, yes, Leo’s married. (I think. He hasn’t mentioned a wife, or even a baby mama.)
    Ten years… damn. I’m just looking to start my career… know any TV stations looking for an aspiring producer? Gotta be cheap to live there, though, so it kinda rules out TechTV. πŸ˜›

  2. Hi Leo!
    I have to admit that I’m deepy disturbed at this trend of laying off good people.
    Nothing against you, Leo, but I really miss Kate. We don’t know the truth behind what happened to her, but I have my suspicians. I don’t believe she left on her own accord. At least not the screensavers.
    Kate made the show fun. We were able to be serious, but funny at the same time. Now that she is gone, everything is so over-done, stale, and commercial.
    Now we have Chris Pirillo leaving Call for Help. He made the show informative, yet funny and just downright fun. I think your people have made, and are making some BIG mistakes. I see TechTV on it’s way out. After all.. Being good and always professional can also be very boring. Boring TV always meets its end.
    Please don’t take my comments personal. All of you guys made a package that made your show what it once was.
    Good Luck

  3. It’s obvious that since Xplay’s recent ratings boost that the SS producers are actively going after this market even more than before; “hacker week”. I can only hope that the new owner’s vision for the network is at least consistent, and reek less of desperation. You need some people who will just do their job, and not run around in a panic. This can be embarrassing.

  4. Leo I just found out who the new potential TTV owners are. I’m sorry, but at least the early days were fun! Eventually all those wide open Western towns ended up with ladies leagues and temperance movements!

  5. Leo,
    Although to the dismay of loosing Sumi and the rest along the way we must look at the good that the newcommers bring to the show.
    And another thing……I’ve been watching TechTV for over 2 years now and have seen alot of changes in that time but the one change that gets me bent the most…………..
    YOU BUMPED OFF PIRILLO………..

  6. I’m sorry to hear that Sumi left. She was one of my favorites there. It was only a matter of time before someone picked her up. I stumbled on TechTV by accident around 3-4 years ago. Me not being a tech head found it very interesting programming. You are “THE MAN” Leo. I always found the shows you were on interesting. Seemed everytime I had a question it would either be covered by Call for Help or Screensavers the next time I watched the shows. Keep up the great work.

  7. Leo, I’m surprised that only one other commenter mentioned your role as Dev Null on MSNBC’s “the site”. And when you were interviewing the animator from the “Pirates” movie showing the motion-capture people in the skeletons scene, I was waiting for you to mention the similarity to what you did… or was it similar?
    (And do you ever read comments this far down the thread?)
    I’ve been a fan of both you and Soledad O’Brien ever since “the site”. With a name that seems like a one-person newsroom diversity program, she’s still one of the best no-frills reporter/newsreaders on TV today and one of the very few who has never made me cringe with something dumb she said/did/asked on-air (and that includes that ‘techie’ show). I used to watch ONLY the weekend edition of “Today”, and I hope she gives the blonde bimbos (female and male) on FoxNews a real run for their ratings. Of course, here on the left coast, it’s on at 4AM, AND opposite the rebroadcasts of TSS and CFH (prime TiVo time), but after the recent news about Megan Marrone (my second-favorite all-time ScreenSaver after you, LL), I may record only the “Call” from now on.
    Of course, I hope you will use your almost-nonexistant influence at TechTV to help get Megan some ‘facetime’ on CFH. I wonder if she’d mind being typecast as “CyberMom” to get a themed segment the three days a week she’ll be in-studio…?
    One other DUMB thing TechTV is doing… Have you tried typing “thesite.com” into your browser lately? It redirects to a subdirectory in TechTv.com, then 404’s for me. You’d think that domain name would be a valuable piece of intellectual property for the network, and could easily be made more valuable.
    But I’m giving TTV too much free advice… I should do an ‘entertainment’ feature on it in my news satire site (bwahahahaha…)
    (But does anybody ever read comments this far down the thread?)

  8. Leo– don’t feel bad about feeling like the last one standing! I have worked at my job for over 19 years and have trained- and seen- many hundreds of people come and go. I have been through three owners and countless store managers, but I am still here. (This also happens to be my first job- my ‘summer job’ while I went to college. Alas, this worked out better than what I got my degree in! :P)
    I too have wondered if I have no ambition, a lot of inertia, or ?? to have lasted in a job that most don’t last more that a few years at the very most! Part of it is that there aren’t a whole lot of good paying jobs in this area, so when you find one, you hang on to it– unless you have the ability to move to somewhere else. I don’t have that– besides, this is HOME– and I like it here.
    Please allow me to thank you for all the hard work and effort that you have put into the network, shows, and Leoville. I greatly appreciate it!!

  9. TechTV needs to return to its roots!! The good old days if you will. Get rid of this Unscrewed and Wired for Sex crap and start playing shows that are worthy of the name “Tech”TV.

  10. Well, I’ve only been a dedicated viewer since TechTV Canada started (when was that again, just seems like I’ve been watching TSS forever) and for a while TSS was on channel 4 here in Vancouver, that’s right for FREE, and it just ran community news and TSS reruns. That’s when I became hooked. I subscribed for TTV Canada just to watch TSS and that’s still pretty much all I watch. Now that my classes don’t fit as well with the TSS schedule and the reruns are gone, it’s a lot harder to watch. When I was in high school, it would be on at 4:00 pst and I could watch it just as I was getting home. Now I’m lucky if I get the last half hour. And I loved when it was 1 1/2 hrs, not so rushed and it allowed more time for casual talk and goofing around. You guys seemed like a family (Leo, Pat, Megan, Morgam, Martin and Kevin) but now that there have been so many changes, it seems too much like you’re all at work everyday, and it’s not necessarily fun to work there. I try and watch the other TTV shows (sometimes I watch CFH, but that’s noon and I’m almost never home then) but most of the time I see no reason to. Now that Megan is officially off TSS, and not coming back, the only reason I watch is you and Pat. I agree that you have to take Pat with you if you go somewhere else, and you need to make sure wherever you go, that it will air in Canada, or at the very least will be accessible for some sort of a fee from the net. DON’T LEAVE, I NEED YOU IN MY TECH LIFE!!! You’ve taught me and my family and freidns so much, and without you, I just may lose interest in TTV as a whole (not in tech though.)

  11. Hey who is going to do FG i love that show and it drive my mom carrzy because i what every thing that is in ther

  12. Interesting read, this entire set of followups to Leo’s blog.
    I’m also in Vancouver, and like the fellow a few posts above, caught TSS on the cable access locally before Shaw Cable offered TechTV. I got hooked, and when TechTV came available, I was a subscriber within a few days.
    I loved the all day-live aspect of TechLive. Liked watching Dvorak’s show. Sort of enjoyed Call for Help. Really liked the 90 minute TSS.
    Then TechLive was cut back. People laid off. Then Dvorak and a bunch of other shows were cut. More layoffs.
    But Chris Pirillo came to (prior to the massive layoffs) CFF, and I was happy. I knew Chris from LG, but I was very proud of him and his ability to first get the show, then second, to make it “his own”, and a fun show. As a seasoned tech-vet, it didn’t matter how newbie-ish the content was on CFF, Chris made it good.
    Then more shows cut. TSS down to 60 minutes. I was looking at my cable bill thinking, is it worth still paying for this stuff?
    Then the final straw. Pirillo was fired from CFF. I don’t know what happened behind the scenese, but along with a long series of blunders and bad calls, this was the worst. Within 15 days, TechTV was no longer on my cable bill.
    I only just (re)discovered Leoville because Leo has a Moblog over at TextAmerica, where I have one too. Reading through this thread, it appears that I’m not the only one who has become immensely disatisfied with TTV.
    Now Leo, don’t get me wrong at all with the above – first, congrats on the 10 years. Second, you absolutely rock on TSS, and I was majorly dissapointed with the 90 to 60 min time change because it meant less of Leo and Pat. But CFF developed a real character and soul under Pirillo, and that firing was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for me.

  13. Thanks, Leo you taught me everything I know about tech to this day, I started watching back in 99′ and have been a faithful viewer eversince. You should do all you can to get back the good shows like audio file and some others and get this crap like wired for sex off the air. I am 13 and appaled that techtv would put such a show on I miss the good ol’ days when it was all about computers and the important things in tech. TSS and CFH are the good ol shows and need to be like when they were in 2001 that was a good year for TTV if we could get the something like the old programming back It would change ttv so much for the better and probably bring back and more viewers. Then ttv would be great, Congrats on the 10 yr. mark keep going strong, you do a great job. I like the idea of keeping the old shows and ditch WFS, Unscrewed and thank God the thunder birds are gone. You should deffinetly play more of those old movies like you did back when. Please Leo if you could change ttv just a bit it would make all of us proud. great Blog, Thanks, Patrick

  14. Hi again, Leo.
    I hope you, and especially some of the Tech TV management are reading this stuff. As you can see, people are not happy.
    You will find comments like these all over the internet. I for one was actully ticked when Kate was dumped off the screensavers and placed in the “gaming department”, but got really upset when she left completely.
    I manged somehow to deal with that and got over it, but when Chris Pirillo was canned…. I’m not sure I can move on this time. What is management thinking? They have totaly destroyed what The Screensavers/ZDTV once was, and now they are destroying TechTV.
    I most likely will also be removing it from my satellie linup.
    Leo is great, but I was paying for a package deal. Leo is having to work double time to keep management’s as* afloat.
    What a shame..
    Dwayne

  15. I was always a Dev Null fan Myself…. πŸ˜‰
    A Toast to Adam and Yourself as Well…..
    Hope all goes well with You for the next ten years as well.
    – Scott Garland
    Btw, Nice to See Soledad in her new Job…

  16. I hope TechTV is smart enough to financially encourage you to stick around. The original talent is slowly trickling away… I wish I could go back in time and Tivo all the pre-TechTV episodes… I feel as if the information was more complete and the Hosts (not you Leo) had more charisma. I would like to see some Turns for the better!

  17. Guyz,
    WTF happend to your format?! Your network has become the TNT of technology television! Hokey, Simply tachy, uneducational and NOT funny!! πŸ™
    It is obvious that you have given the reins to a network director that doesnt understand the first thing about what your demographic expects! πŸ™ Fire him please!! Rehire whoever was in charge in the ZDTV “Golden Days”!!, PLEASE!!
    What actually happed to Tech tv news? Silicon spin? John C Devorack was your Bill O’Reilly for Christ’s sake. You cant argue that at least half your audience tuned into the latest Silicon news show!!
    What the hell is up with playing hours of redundant “Robot wars” and outdated “Thunderbird” series? Are you trying to cater to 12 year olds?!! Your station has become a cliche’! Is that supposed to be cool? Your “eye drops” is cool but already dated due to the idea of playing tons of ammatuer dabbler 3d animated shorts. It needs to be seasonal.
    Your format has become about as cool as Patrick Norton! Its obvious this guy has never had any formal training in the entertainment sector. The guy isnt funny and doesnt know the first thing about timming.(I know hes your friend Leo,but) He always seems nervous, short of breath and Hes constanlty outclasssed by your “nerd correspondants” who themselves arent professional consultant either, but more like “Neo-Geeks”.
    It is completely obvious that Leo Lepor has to carry Patrick constantly. And Patrick’s drab performances are starting to effect Leo’s energy who, BTW, is about your only valuable asset left!!
    Jezuz Christ TTV your ratings have must hit rock bottom. If any other Tech station emerges lookkout, cause ANYTHING worth 2 cents could put you guyz 6 feet under!!
    Let me tell you(free of charge) who is a valuable asset to your station.(It’s obvoius your network managment has lost touch)
    Leo Lepor – Your buddah, Dahli Lama, your only true entertainment talent. Get rid of this guy and you have no Network.
    Martin Sergent – funny ass hell, risky, timming, can carry a show by himself. Lucky that you found this guy in your “Nerd farm”
    Sumy daus – Hot as hell, drawing, classy, interesting to watch and listen too. Can definelty sell the “gear”.
    Beck Worley – The best you have in female anchor. Can deliver the news, go with the flow, charming, witty, doesnt over do it.
    Who you shouldna got rid of(or let go without paying more money)
    John C devorak – The O’Reilly of ZDTV.(Fire your contract negotiator for this one)
    Solodad O’Brien – Hot AND serious, a must watch
    Chris Pirillo – The perfect FUN nerd!
    Kate Botello – cutest nerd honey on the planet!
    Jim Louderback – professional to the point in a “to the point show”.
    People to get rid of.
    Patrick Norton. This guy is obvoiusly a newphew of a station exec. Absolute zero talent and/or entertainment value. I could understand if he was at least funny or good-looking or he actually became better with time. Never should have been allowed a chance as co-host.
    Jessica and Sarah -Obvoiusly cheap Labor, or some kinda new “Intership” concept.
    Shows you shouldna got rid of
    “Silicon Spin”
    “The Money Machine”
    “Internet Tonight”
    “Extended Play”
    Shows you need to keep
    Big Thinkers
    Call for help
    Screen Savers
    Fresh Gear
    Show you need to get rid of
    Robot wars(dead air)
    Anime unleashed(dead air) I dont know if you know this, but not many mainstream tech people like cheap japenese animation! WTF is the deal with “ANIME”
    Future fighting machines(Discovery already has you beat here. plus your versions all seem to be reruns of the same 3 shows)
    Spy school.(WTF is that = (dead air)
    Unscrewed(give Martin another edgy show, hes worthy)) = Do you actually have any writers for unscrewed or is it completly improvised?
    Maxheadroom = Max headache(dead air)
    P.S. Vulcan Ventures can goto hell! They have ruined a perfectly good network format.
    Paul Allen is NOT paying attention.(Maybe hes to busy lazing around on his yacht drinking Martinis) Where Job’s? He knows whats cool!

  18. I hope you never leave TechTV Leo, I’d cry. You on Call For Help got me into ZDTV back in the day. =)

  19. Wow, does Leo update his blog like once a month or what? Leo I love you, but c’mon, update a bit more often.

  20. Did we ever find out why Kate left TSS? She was just so awesome on the show, and then one day just gone. I ahve always wondered….
    As for the current show, I really enjoy it. Sarah looks terribly unhappy to be there, but the rest of the crew gives us interesting little tips, etc. I have enjoyed the trend for “more tech guests.”
    Anywho, congrats Leo…I love ya on the show, but am also ready for a weekly/daily Radio show from you again πŸ™‚

  21. Wow…sad to see some of the changes at TTV/ZDTV. I don’t know what I’m going to do with my 120hr Tivo now that there are less TTV shows worth recording.
    Best regards for the future, Leo.

  22. About three weeks ago I purchased one of those eighty dollar 120 gig drives. I was unable to get it to work so I sent it back. The new one should have been here weeks ago except for an incorrect address. Anyway it finally got here yesterday and maxtor upgraded me to 160 gigs for my trouble! I now have two days of DVD quality taping time. Could you run out and buy five or six dvd burners in the next week or two?
    TSS stands for The Sarah Show? Who would have thunk it?

  23. Wow 10 years!! Leo I hope that you dont go, you and the gang is what makes me want to turn on my tv, but if you do leave i’ll still buy your books and go here. I’ll miss Sumi and if you talk to her and she says MSNBC wants you, please think about it!!!

  24. Who was the guy who reviewwd the books about high tech stuff? I never really watched that show but I do remember him. I miss Silicon Spin, that was always good to make you think about the high tech industry.

  25. i think its time ttv went back to the way it used to be with chris pirillo and sumi and everyone and junk wired for sex and give people what they really want

  26. Just an interesting aside, Jessica is listed on the ‘Gone But Not Forgotten’ section of the ‘About Us’ link on the TSS site. Thought some might find it amusing…

  27. i think its time ttv went back to the way it used to be with chris pirillo and sumi and everyone and junk wired for sex and give people what they really want

  28. “Leo,
    You are certainly the only real reason to watch TechTV. It’s not that the other shows are not good (although robot wars is awful and almost an experiment in nostalgia), it’s just you anchor the network. The other programming changes have been horrible and the single nightly run of Screensavers is foolish.
    No surprise Sumi is leaving, although she will be missed.
    As for being too lazy to move on…sometimes freedom is of far greater value than more money/fame. It appears, and I hope I’m right, that you have pretty flexible arrangement which allows for outside stuff and plenty of time with your family.
    Often, that more than makes up for the nonsense that goes with any job.
    Congrats on 10 years. Hope whatever the next decade holds for you is equally rewarding and exciting.
    G”
    Things like this piss me off. Some of you guys tend to brown nose Leo Laporte. Why? His book sucked. He should write a book telling how he got Chris Pirillo canned because I know his @$$ had something to do with it. Martin SarzFAG didn’t need that show. Who gives a FUK about him. I hope with all the hype about GNOMEDEX that you seriously get acknowledged for being a total ditz. I wish C.P. was still working there. It would be an awesome accoplishment for you to get CP his show back. I could care less if you were there force. You don’t have the Chris Pirillo vibe going. Grow your hair out. Dye it black. Wear the glasses. Have a hot wife. Be geekier. Maybe I’ll consider watch….nah even with that I’ll just call you a weirdo. For all the Leo brown nosers just this question. WHY? I’d rather follow Kevin Rose, or that Sarah Lane chick. I HATE the fact that you bumped off Chris Pirillo. Your book will never ever be bought by me. I will make sure I tell everyone in the world that your book is a complete waste of time and to go with lockergnome. You suck Leo. Brown nosers suck. I’m glad that TechTV no longer shows here in my part of texas. I wouldn’t be able to stomach the Leo Laporte face. Let’s Call it LeoTV. How about that. Then we can add one of your sheeps face on there.
    not a fan,
    B

  29. Thanks for all the years Leo.
    I started watching ZDTV late 1998 when I didnt even have a PC.
    Man, I had forgotten about THE SURF GURU.
    Those where the days.
    Im glad I taped some of those old TSS shows.

  30. I remember, my cable provider started carrying ZDTV the first day it was ever on the air, and I just happened to stumble upon it on that date. I was instantly hooked.
    In late 1998, I wrote to ZDTV and requested and received an autographed picture of Leo and Kate on the original Screen Savers set.
    It hangs proudly over my monitor now. I wonder how much it’s worth?

  31. I’ve been watching Tech TV since 1998. Back then, though, it was canned via a UHF Channel here in the Philippines (Net 25) and when I saw it for the first time, I never tuned away (I’m 9 years old then, when everyone else enjoyed the PS One). But they pulled the plug for other shows. Today, I’m watching it through satellite. One thing though, some programs are a bit late by a few days. Is this because this is the International TTV Channel? Anyway, I really miss the old crew, AND the Windows 98 CD in CFH (You know, Break Glass in Case of Emergency?). Well, I hope Leo stays.

  32. ALTHOUGH CHIRS WAS INTELLIGENT, FOUND HIS HUMOUR TOO MUCH LIKE THE 3 STOOGES….ENJOY IT much MORE WITH CAT & LEO–EITHER WAY WAS WIN-WIN FOR ME, THOUGH…GREAT INFORMATION, AND BROUGHT TO US EXTREMELY WELL…THANKS!…AND CONGRATS~
    VANCOUVER ISLAND

  33. Don’t watch it anymore as all the “zing” is
    gone and now Sumi is gone and that’s it for me.
    Oh, I forgot, still watch “Robot Wars” and hope
    it will last.

  34. My only complaint about ZDTV has been its lack of serious high tech. It is another TV network – period. Yes there is chat from time to time. Yes it “TALKS” about high tech. But it isn’t using high tech other than what exists with the normal TV network.

  35. Leo I am glad you decided to stay all the way, what your secret for staying. Any I am happy. You inspired the young upcoming greeks like myself keep it up and going

  36. I’ve been an avid fan of TSS for years. Here at the office, we had it on the TV up front for the longest time and it was always nice to pop up front and see a little of the old TechLive during the day during a break.
    I still watch TSS on a regular basis — every day during lunch when the re-run the previous night’s show. Mostly for Leo’s unbiased ways, but also because they do sometimes teach me something new. This is important for me since I am most definately biased, being pro-Linux and recently, very pro-OSX. Keep up the good work there, Leo
    And Sumi going to MSNBC. I have always thought she was very cute…so now I have to watch *that* station to see her? Bummer. lol
    .Nos.

  37. I hope Leo that if you do leave the show and go on to better ventures that you will still keep Leoville alive and I hope that the next place you go that you can broadcast to Canada or you are going to have to give me some real good antenna tips!!!I would hate to have to move again.Well Leo Godspeed and we are all behind you.

  38. Wow. Alot of hostility here. How about wishing the best to those who have left (by their own choice or otherwise), continued success to those who are here, and good luck to future personalities?
    In particular, I think Patrick is great. It is nice to see someone who struggles with timing and gets distracted sometimes. It shows he is human. A person who is there for his knowledge and not his showmanship. And as for the ladies of TSS, I enjoy seeing that women can be smart and hot at the same time.
    Leo, congrats to you and Adam on your longevity. I hope that you are able to stay as long as it is right for you. If you ever move on, it will be a loss for the network and a great boon for your next employer.
    Try to remember everyone that the station is run by humans, and humans make mistakes. Maybe some talents should have been kept, others released, but hopefully we can enjoy what they have and glean some benefit from the knowledge they share with us.

  39. I for one am glad Leo is back on CFH. I can’t believe most of you guys actually liked that pipsqueak Pirillo. He has got to be the most annoying geek on TV. I actually stopped watching CFH because of that guy. Plus I hated the “new” set when Leo left; it was too sterile.
    I did hate it when Kate left TSS (but she was the perfect compliment to Adam on EP) and then TTV altogether. She had that cute goofiness going for her. She had more personality than most of the newer on air talent at TTV now.
    Last, but certainly not least, I miss seeing Erica Hill. I still have a bit of a crush on Miss Hill but not enough of one to watch whatever News channel she moved on to (MSNBC?).
    Leo – great work over the years. TTV wouldn’t be TTV without you. I hope you stay indefinitely but if you decide to leave one day I certainly wish you all the best.

  40. I accidentally found ZDTV about 4 years ago switching channels on my C-band satellite. ‘Call For Help’ was on at the time. At first glance, I thought the channel was just another HSN or QVC, peddling PC’s or something. Then I realized it was a ‘tech’ channel. I was impressed when I first saw CFH. While in college I watched TheScreensavers with my roommate just about every day, either live or replayed three hours later. I liked how John C. Dvorak would give a preview of the upcoming ‘Silicon Spin’, a ‘Meet The Press’. I miss watching Dvorak, the guy was great, knew his stuff, had a hint of humor. I don’t understand why TTV quit on Dvorak.
    Watching TTV was like a watching a family, key word there – WAS -. Call for Help with Chris Pirillo. Kate Botello on TheScreenSavers, then Extended Play. Pat and Leo on TheScreenSavers, Dvorak on Silicon Spin, and others. Successful people who have a large fan base, such as Kate and Chris, just don’t leave unless they are seriously disgruntled or laid off. Having watched Chris on CFH, and Kate on TSS and ExtPlay, neither seemed to be disgruntled. These are the folks that defined the network, people!!! If you let them go, you kill off a piece of your identity!
    In short, I don’t watch TechTV any longer save for TheScreenSavers. I can’t watch CallForHelp anymore, cuz it’s just not the same. Leo’s there only to bail it out. Even the Screensavers is not the same anymore, now only 60 minutes long, and on just once.
    I thought the dot com slide was over in the Silicon Valley. In that case, what’s going on TechTV?

  41. I accidentally found ZDTV about 4 years ago switching channels on my C-band satellite. ‘Call For Help’ was on at the time. At first glance, I thought the channel was just another HSN or QVC, peddling PC’s or something. Then I realized it was a ‘tech’ channel. I was impressed when I first saw CFH. While in college I watched TheScreensavers with my roommate just about every day, either live or replayed three hours later. I liked how John C. Dvorak would give a preview of the upcoming ‘Silicon Spin’, a ‘Meet The Press’. I miss watching Dvorak, the guy was great, knew his stuff, had a hint of humor. I don’t understand why TTV quit on Dvorak.
    Watching TTV was like a watching a family, key word there – WAS -. Call for Help with Chris Pirillo. Kate Botello on TheScreenSavers, then Extended Play. Pat and Leo on TheScreenSavers, Dvorak on Silicon Spin, and others. Successful people who have a large fan base, such as Kate and Chris, just don’t leave unless they are seriously disgruntled or laid off. Having watched Chris on CFH, and Kate on TSS and ExtPlay, neither seemed to be disgruntled. These are the folks that defined the network, people!!! If you let them go, you kill off a piece of your identity!
    In short, I don’t watch TechTV any longer save for TheScreenSavers. I can’t watch CallForHelp anymore, cuz it’s just not the same. Leo’s there only to bail it out. Even the Screensavers is not the same anymore, now only 60 minutes long, and on just once.
    I thought the dot com slide was over in the Silicon Valley. In that case, what’s going on TechTV?

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