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Top 5 TV & Radio Technology Experts & Technology Commentators

TV & Radio August 2, 2013

In the 5th of our experts on TV series, we focus on technology. The digital age has drastically transformed the landscape in which we work and live. Children are now more technologically savvy than the adults that raised them.  Information is transmitted almost instantaneously and although life is made easier, certain challenges have also arisen. This has given birth to technology commentators that are now needed to help individuals navigate through the digital maze. In this segment we explore technology experts that appear as commentators on television and radio. Here are a list of the top five TV experts and how they got their start.


Leo Laporte - Technology CommentatorTechnology Expert #1 – Leo Laporte – Over 475,000 Twitter Followers

Leo Laport is an Emmy Award winning American technology author, broadcaster and entrepreneur. Leo started at Yale University studying Chinese history before dropping out to pursue a career in radio broadcasting. According the Laport, he purchased his first Mac in 1984 and operated one of the first Mac-only bulletin board systems from 1985 to 1988. In addition to writing several technology-oriented books, he has worked on tech-related broadcasting projects such as Dvorak on Computers in January 1991 and Laporte on Computers on KGO Radio and KSFO in San Franciso. He earned an Emmy Award for his work on MSNBC’s The Site.


Kim Komando - technology commentatorTechnology Expert #2 – Kim Komando – Over 31,000 Twitter Followers

Kim Komando appeared on CNN, CBS, MSNBC, ABC, BBC and Fox News. She is the host of an American talk radio program based on the use of the Internet, popularity of personal computers and the complexities of consumer electronics. She started out working for IBM, AT&T and Unisys in the sales department.  She began her public career writing a column about computers in the Arizona Business Gazette which eventually led to a call-in talk show on computers that would air late at night on KFYI in Pheonix, Arizona.


Mario Armstrong - Technology CommentatorTechnology Expert #3 – Mario Armstrong – Over 14,500 Twitter Followers

Mario is a radio and TV talk show host who’s focus is on technology and the digital lifestyle. He discusses pertinent tech issues on his radio program, “The Mario Armstrong Show” and is a regular contributer to CNN and NPR’s Morning Edition. He is the co-founder of the Urban Video Game Academy which is an educational, non-profit program that uses video games to increase student’s interest and academic achievement in science, technology and math.  Mario Armstrong got his start working in the tech industry for more than 12 years and was the first Chief Technology Officer of Baltimore City for then mayor, Martin O’Malley. He also served as the IT Director for the State of Maryland’s Tourism department.  Mario is recognized as the “Top 40 under 40” Emerging Leaders in the Baltimore Business Journal.


kevin-rose-business-weekTechnology Expert #4 – Kevin Rose – Over 1, 400,000 Twitter Followers

Kevin Rose, who co-founded Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk, is a former American Internet entrepreneur.  He served as a production assistant and co-host at TechTV’s The Screen Savers. Born in Redding, California, he spent most of his childhood in Las Vegas, Nevada. He began appearing on-air in the Dark Tip segments and on Unscrewed with Martin Sargent where he provided information on developing computing activities. He also appeared on the first episode of R&D TV alongside Diggnation co-host Alex Albrecht and has made appearances as a guest on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.”


Shelly Palmer - Technology CommentatorTechnology Expert #5 – Shelly Palmer – Over 94,000 Twitter Followers

Shelly Palmer graduated from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts in 1979 with a B.A. in direction and production of film and television. His first job was as a staff composer and producer for Don Elliot Productions and his first “full service” radio production client was The ABC Television Network. Through working with ABC, he was placed on a path toward more radio work in the future.  He evolved into an advertising, marketing and technology consultant and business advisor. He hosts Fox Television’s Shelly Palmer Digital Living and is the previous host of Comcast/NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer.

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