Bad Timing

Just as I'm thinking about getting back into radio, Cnet decides to leave it behind on January 31 saying that Cnet Radio "was not meeting the company's financial objectives." Brian Cooley, their best host, will continue on with daily audio downloads over via something called Cnet Radio Direct.

I can't say I was a regular listener, but it's a shame they couldn't make a go of it. When one of our number calls it quits, it cast doubts on all our efforts. Cnet abandoned TV in a similar fashion a year or so ago and I think a lot of people (wrongly) thought that was the death knell for computer television.

There are still plenty of computer radio shows on the dial. Most every market has its local show. And there are several national shows including Kim Kommando (ick), Craig Crossman's Computer America (double ick) and David Lawrence's Online Tonight (which aired on Cnet but will continue on its other stations). I am sure that most, if not all, of these are financially viable.

Coincidentally, I have been actively looking for either a local or national venue for a weekly radio show, myself. I just don't get enough time on TechTV to take calls any more and I miss that. There's nothing solid to report yet, but I am hopeful that, despite the fall of Cnet, there's still an audience for a computer radio show that's both entertaining and informative. I'll let you know if I can find a venue.

For now, I'm going to try to loosen those rusty old chops by guest hosting on my old show while Bob O'Donnell takes some time off this Saturday and again on February 15. I hope you'll listen in and call in from 10a-1p Pacific on KSFO, 560 AM in San Francisco (it's streamed on the web too at

It'll be just like old times. And maybe the start of something new, too.