How did you get a job working as a video host?
I started working at CNET Networks in 2004, as an intern. I mostly worked on webcasts… pretty dry stuff, mostly white papers and other business-related audio casts for the IT world. The person I reported to, James Hilliard, was also an audio producer at the company. Around that time, CNET was launching Buzz Out Loud, a daily podcast dealing in tech news hosted by Tom Merritt and Molly Wood, which James produced.
Somewhere in that time, I was hired full-time to produce and edit the First Looks from the Labs series. James left for another job soon after, and asked me to take over producing BOL. Eventually, I started speaking on the show as well! Apparently I made a good impression, because my new boss asked me to start hosting video content on CNET TV. I wrote and hosted videos there (occasionally even editing them myself, which is a very strange experience) until 2007.
Do you still do any video or audio editing? What do you use?
The only thing I regularly edit myself is Sword and Laser. The gear and apps I use are:
Shure SM7B Vocal Microphone
M-Audio Fast Track Ultra (no longer made, similar)
Audio Hijack Pro
What shows are you working on now?
See the Shows page for a full list of past and recent projects!
You’re a gamer, huh? What do you play on?
Primarily I play on PC, but I have been known to play on the Xbox and PS3 (especially during my years at Qore). I’m also the co-founder of one of the largest guilds in World of Warcraft, Alea Iacta Est. We’re now a gaming community that spans games, consoles and PC platforms. My main in WoW was Winema, a tauren shaman. For the Horde!
What tech do you use?
You can find all my current gadgets on my gdgt profile.
Do you work with startups?
I do! I’m an advisor for several companies officially, including gdgt, Soundtracking, about.me, and WeGame. I also work with other companies in an unofficial capacity, and I’m always happy to look at new products and sites and give my opinion!