This Week in Tech going away?

Leo Laporte (of TechTV fame) has stated that there isn’t a This Week in Tech episode (one of the most popular podcasts out there) this week because no one showed up to do the show. He is taking a 2 week break and then will decide afterwards if TWiT continues:

It’s about 80 degrees out – in all likelyhood the last nice day of summer in Northern California – so all the TWiTs decided to play hookey. At the same time. Unfortunately that means there will be no show tonight.

It’s my turn to play hookey next week. I’m off on a Geek Cruise next Friday, and will be gone through November 4, so there will be no TWiT next week either.

I’ll decide what happens to TWiT, the show, when I come back, but at this point it looks like it’s on life support and the heart monitor is flatlining.

A few thoughts on how to keep TWiT going strong:

  • Shorten the show: The last one was nearly a hour and a half long. Make it 45 minutes instead. Listeners will like it because it will seemed more focused and won’t take as long to listen to. Makes it easier to edit too.
  • Rotate the guests: Rotate the guests more often, so everyone doesn’t get burnt out so quickly.
  • Get some help: Get some help from outside sources to do the editing of the show afterwards.
  • Grow slowly: There are now about a dozen TWiT network shows now, just about all of them launched in the past year. There is only so many hours in a week to record and edit them. Cut the under performing shows, or at least make them bi-weekly or monthly to distribute the time demands.

One thought on “This Week in Tech going away?

  1. For the most part, I agree with you on the above points. Even when I increase the tempo (with Audacity), it’s still a fairly long listen.

    Lately, I haven’t been listening as intently. Sometimes, I’ll catch that it’s a slow news week or something. (Kinda puts a damper on that podcast.)

    Leo really likes making the podcasts, so I hope he doesn’t just quit completely. He does a great job.

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