ABOUT US

Daily Tech News Show aka DTNS is dedicated to giving you tech news that’s easy to understand. In just 30 minutes, Tom Merritt, Sarah Lane along with our regular contributors and guests analyze the day’s top tech headlines in a fun and informative way. This show is available in both audio and video. But don’t take our word for it. Find out what other folks say about DTNS.

The following companion shows expand on the daily DTNS format to help you understand even more about tech.

Know A Little More. Want to know more about the terms and topics discussed on DTNS? That’s where Know A Little More comes in. Each episode offers you a comprehensive easy to understand overview of a single technology, tech policy, or tech development topic, giving you a better understanding of what it is and how it works. If you always wanted to know more about a particular technology “Know A Little More” is for you.
Daily Tech Headlines: . You don’t always have even 30 minutes to spare everyday. That’s why we have Daily Tech Headlines. In this 5-minute audio show Rich Stroffolino and Jenn Cutter take you through the day’s major tech headlines giving you the essentials you need to know.
Noticias de Tecnología Express is our Spanish language version of Daily Tech Headlines hosted by Dan Campos in Mexico City. Nearly 500 million people across the globe speak Spanish as a first language and Noticias de Tecnología Express aka NTX keeps them up to date on the tech essentials every week.
Good Day Internet is the show that wraps around DTNS. Think of it as the pre and post show with DTNS in the middle. Good Day Internet aka GDI features a lively free-form discussion about whatever is on the hosts’ minds, from food to entertainment, and includes extended discussions of the tech news of the day. If you like hanging out and talking tech with our hosts, this is your chance to talk to them about a wider variety of topics tech fans are interested in. Good Day Internet is available in audio or video to show patrons and Twitch subscribers. It runs about 60-75 minutes a day. Good Day Internet
The Tech Jawn is a second look at the week’s tech news headlines delivered from a different perspective. African Americans, demographically, are the biggest users of consumer technology in the country and The Tech Jawn aims to showcase how technology affects them as well as how they affect technology. Hosted by Robb Dunewood, Stephanie Humphrey and Terrance Gaines. You can follow it over at thetechjawn.com. The Tech Jawn

And Patreon supporters get so much more! When you  support the show at the low, low cost of ten cents a day on Patreon you also get exclusive content and these awesome benefits:

Live With It. Sarah Lane conducts long-term product tests so you can get beyond the specs and lab results and find out how tech affects her day to day life. Patreon supporters suggest gadgets or services that Sarah “lives with” for at least three months. Then she talks about what she liked and didn’t like, and makes a final recommendation for anyone either in the market or just curious. Go beyond the brief review and find out what it’s like to Live With It. Available earlier to Patrons!
Editor’s Desk. Weekly specials on how the show gets done, what the philosophy behind story selection is, deeper dives into policy stories, all hosted by Tom Merritt
Roger’s $0.02. Roger’s regular column with his analysis on stories covered on DTNS,  comments on technology trends, and his personal experiences with consumer technology.
Access to the DTNS Discord server
Monthly Rewind Show – Once a month the hosts look at the actual DTNS lineups from five years ago and compare it to what we know now. Get perspective on today’s tech by looking into the past.
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Who We Are

Host, Producer, Writer: Tom Merritt – Tom is a veteran podcaster and technology analyst. Tom ran the TechTV.com website. He created and hosted CNET’s Buzz Out Loud podcast with Molly Wood. He created and hosted TWIT’s award-winning Tech News Today podcast. He has been covering the daily tech news on a podcast, day in and day out, since March 2005. Follow Tom on twitter @acedtect
Host, Producer, Writer: Sarah Lane – Sarah is a veteran TV and Web journalist and host with experience at TechTV, Revision 3, TWiT, TechCrunch, Lionsgate and more. Sarah hosted Tech News Today with Tom Merritt for several years and directed video as well as hosting updates for TechCrunch. Follow Sarah on Twitter at @sarahlane
Executive Producer, Booker: Roger Chang – Roger started out covering technology as an intern at ZDTV back in the summer of 1998. He subsequently clawed his way up the ladder landing a plum role as Senior Producer and On-Air talent on The Screen Savers and Call For Help. He later moved on to  CNET, Ziff-Davis and Discovery Digital Networks where he was the show runner for Tekzilla, HD Nation, Systm, We Come From the Future, and Downloaded.  You can follow Roger on Twitter @jollyroger
Producer, Writer, Host: Rich Stroffolino  – Rich Stroffolino is a podcast producer based out of Cleveland, Ohio. He helped found Daily Tech Headlines in 2016, and has been one of the regular hosts since 2019.
News Host, Writer, Producer: Jenn Cutter – Jenn is the founder/host of OpenAlpha.tv, a tech/gaming/e-sports writer, and freelance producer. Her work has appeared on various TV outlets including G4, TechTV, CBC, CP24, HowTo Australia, and TVTokyo. You can follow Jenn on Twitter @JennCutter and her work at  jenncutter.com.
Spanish Language Host, Writer, Producer: Dan Campos – Dan is a podcaster, tech enthusiast, post producer and media analyst. Host of NTX and creator/producer of Churros y Palomitas where he likes to talk about film production and storytelling. He likes to run, mostly for fun. You can follow Dan on twitter @dancampos.
Video Producer, Twitch Producer: Joe Koonce – Joe was the Technical Director for The Theatre District in Hollywood California for 15 years. Along with running the lights and sound for 90% of the productions, he also co-designed sets and did all of the lighting designs. He has taken all the skills he has learned and transitioned into video production.
Associate Producer: Anthony Lemos – Anthony “Amos” Lemos is a 24 year USAF veteran who served on three continents as an aircraft mechanic and personnel supervisor. He now spends his retired life pursuing his passions: podcasting, photography, tech, and family.
Social Media Producer and Moderator: Zoe Deterding – Zoe is a tech enthusiast from London, teaching tech skills to seniors since 2008 through a UK charity. Science fiction is also a big part of her (and her family’s) life, attending UK and international conventions since 1983 and helping to promote some of them.
Artist In Residence: Len Peralta – Check out Len’s DTNS artwork at his store , watch him on Twitch, or support his Patreon, where you can check out the DTNS lover level.
Senior Advisor: Jennie Josephson – Jennie  started out in radio at age 4. She later worked in television at CBS News and HDNet.  She joined the internet in 2010, producing award-winning videos for Yahoo Studios, like this mini-documentary which you can watch if you have tissues nearby. She helped Tom launch DTNS in 2014. Follow Jennie on Twitter @jenniej23
Science Correspondent: Dr. Nicole Ackermans – Niki is a researcher in biology who focuses on functional morphology and neuroscience. She has integrated scientific communication into podcasting since being an America’s Next Top Podcaster finalist and interning at DTNS. She is also the host of Stories Your Granny Never Told which you can support on Patreon. You can follow Niki on Twitter @AckermansNicole.

DTNS Contributors

Patrick Beja – Patrick is the host of Le Rendez-vous Tech, the Pixels podcast and The Phileas Club. Follow Patrick on Twitter  @notpatrick. Patrick is an independent podcaster. Check out his Patreon pages for RDV Tech and The Phileas Club
Scott Johnson – Scott is an artist and podcaster and host of multiple hit shows on the Frogpants Network, which he founded. Follow Scott on Twitter @scottjohnson and check out the Frogpants Patreon
Justin Robert Young – Justin is the co-host of Night Attack and Weird Things. Justin also has his own show, Politics Politics Politics. Follow Justin on Twitter @JustinRYoung and check out the Night Attack Patreon. and PX3 Patreon.
Allison Sheridan – Allison is host of the tech podcasts NosillaCast and Chit Chat Across the Pond at podfeet.com. Follow Allison on Twitter at @podfeet and check out the Podfeet Podcasts Patreon
Darren Kitchen – Darren is the founder of hak5.org.
Lamarr Wilson – Lamarr is a host and showcaser of “cool stuff” on his self-named YouTube channel Follow Lamarr on Twitter @LamarrWilson
Robb Dunewood – Robb is co-host of the technology podcast SMRpodcast and The Tech Jawn. Follow Robb on Twitter @RobbDunewood.
Shannon Morse – Shannon hosts and produces Morse Code and ThreatWire. Follow Shannon on Twitter @Snubs.
Patrick Norton – Patrick is a long time tech journalist and former host of TechTV’s The Screen Savers and Discovery Digital’s Tekzilla and HD Nation. He now hosts the home theater podcast AVExcel alongside HDTV guru Robert Heron. You can follow Patrick on Twitter @patricknorton.
Chris Ashley – Chris is co-host of the technology podcast SMRpodcast. Follow Chris on Twitter @BigChrisAshley.

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62 thoughts on “ABOUT US

  1. Tom,

    Nice to have found you again…I was sorry that TNT did not work out and I really tried to like it with you gone but it was not he same…I am please that you landed on your feet and have many of the same contacts as before. Loved the format before and still do…keep up the good work. It would be awesome if you could bring Sarah with you but I’m sure that you will find another co-host soon.

    Best,

    Arlan

    1. I feel exactly the same way. I found TNT by following Iyaz from This Old Nerd, and stayed for the great chemistry of the group. Without Tom Merritt, the show has lost its soul. Glad to know you’ve landed on your feet with a new podcast. Subscribing now on iTunes.

      By the way, special thanks to Tech Republic for alerting me that you were back!

    2. Tech News Today was a bridge to the Daily Tech News Show:

      1) Tom started out in Old Media, on the radio, older than tv.

      2) Then got into New Media with Old Media backing (Cnet supported by Ziff Davis and CBS)

      3) Then went to New Media backed by sponsors (Tech News Today, where he saw 1st hand New Media could be viable)

      4) Then went to New Media backed by viewers (using the Free-2-Play model, where you can listen/watch for free, but if you like it and can afford it, you can financially support it aka the patron model, much like the way artists and scholars of Ye Olde Tymes got supported individual wealthy patrons, but now supported by many less wealthy patrons).

      Tom was on a journey that led to here. True, there were many obstacles and he could have given up, but by bravely pressing on–and with a little help from his friends–he’s made his own Hero’s Journey. (All without having to have his hand chopped off by his father and replaced with a bionic one. Or finding out that Jennie was sister and also strong in the Force.)

      — Ken from Chicago

      P.S. C’mon, it’s May, the 4th. I HAD to use a Star Wars reference. I think it’s the law or something. 😉

  2. Hi Tom, happy that you are back with a daily show. I also tried the your old show with the other guy but I guess being a good journalist does not mean being a good radio voice.
    Anyway – subscriber +1 for your new show – maybe add a donation button so people can pay for the public service Best regards from the Netherlands

  3. Well, I’ve been dual listening to TNT and DTNS since the change, but I’m now giving up on TNT. What you had there was astonishing and unique – a great mix of tech, news, humour, fun. TNT is now unlistenable – they’ve now got rid of “news views” so you can’t even just listen to the first 5 minutes and not have to put up with the painful analysis; you think everyone wasn’t doing that after the first couple of days? Anyway, DTNS is getting there, get it back to how TNT was, get an IA and SL, focus on those core values, and you’ll be golden.

  4. Hey Tom! I was caught off guard to learn you were leaving TNT. Much as I was caught off guard when you left BoL. I’m detecting a trend. However, since you seem to be going it alone I hope to not be surprised again.

    So, will you be getting the band back together?

  5. I have to say that I gave the new TNT a try but had to stop after I was told that I can’t sleep at work. That being the case, it is a godsend that I found this new show from you. Have you thought about going the Patreon route with this show as well? Love the growth that you have with DTNS and hope you don’t kill the video version in the future.

    Keep it interesting.

  6. Hi Tom and Jennie. After listening to the listener created episodes the thought struck me that it might be cool to have a weekly segment that’s produced the same way; like an expanded “news from you” segment. I personally found it fascinating to hear people talk about what interested them in their own voice.

    1. Hi Michael! Thank you for listening! We really enjoyed the News From You segments too and are definitely looking for the right way to work those into the show on a more regular basis. For now though, always keep an ear out at the very end of the audio version…

  7. Hi Tom,
    great to see you striding out on your own. It is exciting and scary (I know). I have listened to you since early BOL days. I don’t know if anyone has said this but the reason people listen to you is how well you interact and bounce off other presenters on your show. You also have razor insight and understand how to get the best from the people around you and also how to treat sensitive/controversial matters. Have faith in your ability, keep your shows conversational and keep bringing on that Merritt magic. There’s a lot of good will out there for you. Ride it.

  8. Hi Tom.
    Follower / listener since BOL.
    I just want to echo the comment that Molly shared on the ‘News from you’ episode. When you need to, get your RANT on. When you deserve to GET ANGRY about injustice / corporate greed / stupid goverment / .
    When it’s right, rekindle the “We know who the real creep is…” feeling.
    Good luck, man. 2014 is your year 🙂

  9. Hi Tom,

    Let me know if you would like mobile apps for the Daily Tech News Show for iOS and Android? I see things are going well. Good work and let me know. Thanks.

  10. Tom,

    Longtime fan – good luck with this new endeavor! Two thoughts: First, a plea that the show rarely exceed 30 minutes, as that is a good length for people who listen to multiple podcasts. Second, a suggestion for News From You: Make it a separate podcast as not to take time from this show. Yourself, along with members of the ol’ gang, could take turns editing the incoming entries and assembling 15-odd minute shows. This arrangement would provide this great new content, while none of you would be bound to the task every day.

  11. Why do the DTNS episodes start with 2140 instead of 1? Also, my podcast app, Instacast only shows the last 10 episodes. Good thing I was able to download the other episodes from this site.

    Thanks for a great show.

  12. I know Patreon is trendy, and many do like the engagement and reward system – but I just want to send you a donation directly without having to register with yet another intermediary, or pay them an additional 5%.

    Is there a way I can do that? Thanks!

    1. I too would prefer to do a periodic one-time donation rather than being on the hook for a regular donation. That and I know you’ll get more of the “value” 🙂

  13. Tom, was sorry to see you leave Twit but like many, happy to find you here. I just chipped in what little I can for now but wanted to chime on on my views on advertising. No one likes it. Not even me but advertising brings stability and if done well, is not that much of a problem. I think Leo does a good job and could be a good model to go by. Keep the ads low key and relevant to the site and program.
    I ended up using a few of Twits advertisers because I found them useful and the ads not that bothersome.
    I say go with both (gingerly). I send both Twit and SomaFm a little each month as well just to help out.
    It’s a good conscience reliever.
    As I said, very glad do see you doing what you do best.

  14. I agree with everyone else here. News is news, it’s all around everywhere, so being able to read about it doesn’t mean anything if you are dry as all hell.

    I adore Sarah, but she can only hold the show up so much.

  15. Great to hear so many listeners have joined me in support of the Daily Tech News Show. Tom, the Patreon response shows you are doing things they way users are wanting to support, Good Job!

    If you get to a point where you need, or feel you could use the funds provided by advertising in order to add even more value to the show, I would request you (and the guests/reporters) NOT do the ads…these should be done by someone other than the folks reporting the news, or making comments on the topics discussed on the show.

    All Things Considered, you might go with an old school Public Broadcasting model and not have any ads, but rather funding announcements with no “call to action”. Example: Funding for the Daily Tech News Show is provided in part by ____ makers of ____ more information at [URL] …and by, listeners like you. Thank you.

    In any case, I’m just glad I can get my Tech News fix along with the context and comments that add so much to understanding the details behind the headlines.

  16. Do you know if there’s a way to listen live? I see that I can watch & listen live on YouTube, but I want to listen while walking or driving and I don’t want to spend battery or mobile bandwidth for the video.

  17. Totally excited to see you at it again Tom! I’ve been trying to listen to TNT since Mike took over, and its just way to different. The shortened time of the show to 30 mins, the loss of the News Fuse, and the fact that the Ads are 1.5min but the conversation for each topic might be 2-3 just doesn’t work for me. And of course it misses your humour and the great interaction you had with Sarah and Iyaz. I’ve already subscribed to this and will continue to listen in the future. And if you can get Ads, i’d say get them. You know your audience better than anyone and the kind of products we would love hearing about!

  18. I have been a longtime fan since the pre Veronica Buzz Out Loud shows. I stopped listening to TNT for a few weeks because my commute changed and was surprised to find Tom no longer hosting the show.

    It took me a while to catch up with what has happened and am very glad that he’s going alone. It was sad to see BOL being interfered with and thus losing it’s status as the best daily tech news. TNT was following in the same path. Now Tom can do what he does best and for that I am glad.

    Downloading all the shows now. Have a lot to catch up.

  19. I have watched you from the old BOL days and from day one at TWIT. I share the thoughts of many that the life has gone out of TNT and happy to find your energy alive and well for my daily ritual of a dose of tech news and wit.

  20. Hey Hey Tom,

    All the best on your new show!

    btw, will your new show ever be available on ROKU?

    That’s the main way I watched TNT, and hope to see DTNS on ROKU some day..

  21. Congratulations on $10,000! I am a dime-time-er and really appreciate the show. It is a must listen and I’m glad so many other people feel the same way.

    ( By the way, are you going to put the thank you video back up? I was not able to see it.)

  22. I’d like to echo the view all the folks who’ve diplomatically said they “tried to like TNT after you left”. Suffice it to say it was a significant loss to may daily in-car podcast diet.

    I have just discovered you have a new show and have pointed my podcatcher at it. (and completely deleted the TNT feed).
    I’m looking forward to checking it out next time I’m listening.

    All the best with the show.

  23. o there I was watching a shmaltzy movie about two older people falling in love, staring Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer and called “Elsa and Fred” when I heard this familiar voice. About 30 mins into the movie Fred (Plummer) is watching a program on a huge console TV when his friend played by George Segal interrupts and pulls the cord on the TV. The brief shot of the TV before going black was of Tom Merrit sitting in his studio in LA. Clearly written (if you freeze the frame) is Tech News Today – Tom Merrit! Yes indeed the voice I heard was Tom’s. The character background that was revealed in the movie said Fred was in telecommunications for 40 years so it was in character, but there were no other geeky signs or paraphernalia. The TV seemed more like a throwback, IMHO.

    What a great unexpected geeky Easter egg. Wonder if you knew that, Tom?

  24. I noticed you do not take advantage of using your Podcast Album Art in iTunes? Even Adam Curry & John Dvorak do! You have an artist doing great work for you and its got to be showcased in the Album Art on the next show so we can see what the heck you were taking about on the MP3 audio version.

  25. Hi Tom and the Gang,
    In regards to the DTNS 2552 discussion about computer literacy skills and whether it will be necessary to teach desktop computer skills to future tablet using generations, to me tablets and voice input systems are far too inefficient for business use. I’m an accountant, and the idea of filling in a 2000+ row spreadsheet in Excel on a tablet sounds like madness. Not to mention having to deal with autocorrect input errors from voice systems. There are some jobs that I-Pads and Siri just aren’t good for. That’s not to say that in the future we won’t come up with a more efficient and accurate input combination than Keyboard and mouse, but that probably won’t happen in the next 10-15 years.

    Also, while I love tablets, I’m still not entirely convinced that voice input and pseudo AI systems such as Siri and Cortana aren’t a fad that will fade away once the marketing has moved on. While they certainly have some niche uses, most of the time it’s just easier to type what you want rather than hope and pray that the fake computer person understood you.

    Thanks, and keep up the great show,
    Juan.

  26. Supporter from almost the beginning. I’ve been playing with my YouTube Red trial, is there any reason that I can’t take advantage of the download and watch later feature on mobile for the show?

  27. Tom, I’ve listened to your podcasts for at least 10 years. Never caught that you thought BMW owners were jerks. I own two. So, I’m a jerk 2X. Won’t be listening to you anymore.

    1. Jeb, Sorry to offend. I was joking about it because my good friend Molly Wood owns one. And she quite often makes jokes about Prius drivers at my expense. I do not in fact believe that everybody who drives a BMW is a jerk.

  28. Hi Tom – Long time listener, first time poster… I’ve been following you daily since BOL started. I appreciate all that you do and am thrilled that services like Patreon have allowed you to cut out all the middlemen (“middle people” types weird) and bring your product directly to the marketplace. My question is this… Why haven’t I been solicited for more money? I bought a brick at the last place… I started with $1 here figuring I would go up when asked… Then a year or two went by and my partner started giving me guilt about only giving a buck… So I just raised it up to $5 (She is under the impression there are lots of pantless frogs out there who need my support).

    I am genuinely curious if you don’t feel comfortable asking current supporters for more… Or feel the daily on air ask is sufficient… It seems in fundraising the second I give X organization anything I’m on a never ending loop of asks… As if my college and grad school didn’t get enough from me through tuition… As sad as this may be to say – at this point I think I may have learned more from you than them!!!

    Anyway – thanks again for everything you do!!!
    (Tell Molly to drag her ass back on the show more often – I still miss you two together)

    1. Mostly because I find it incredibly annoying to be asked for more money by things like my own college and I trust that you’ll back the show at the level you find most appropriate. Looks like it worked in your case.

  29. Hey Tom. I’ve been listening to your podcast for years. First when you were with Leo’s network, and then when you went off on your own with DTNS. It’s a joy to listen to, especially given how much fun you seem to have doing it. I FINALLY got around to sending a donation via Paypal. Currently don’t want to bother with Patreon, yet. I’ll get around to that method eventually. Anyhow, keep up the GREAT work.

      1. hmm, for some reason I can not get the Roku DiamondClub app to show the live video feed.

  30. I realized that it has been a very long time since Darren Kitchen from Hak5 has been on. He used to be a frequent guest. Hoping that he just got too busy, and that he can be back on again at some point.

  31. Couldn’t listen to Sarah on TWIT and will find it hard to keep listening to DTNS with her on it. First week was a disaster technically on her end. Made listening to her even more annoying. Her voice and manner is very grating. I listen to tons of tech podcasts. Most do not hurt my ears like this one now does. She is just not good. Might have to unsubscribe. Glad I did not support on Patreon. Sorry.

  32. Gave it a few weeks with Sarah and my ears hurt too much. Tom is great. She’s ruined the show. Just not up to the high broadcast standards that Tom set. Unsubscribed.

  33. I implore you to stop Roger from talking on Good Day Internet. Roger takes down the average IQ of the conversation and is often misinformed with his dubious facts. Roger may be a fine producer but should stick to producing and not talking.

  34. Your live stream on Alpha Geek Radio isn’t working. I tried streaming the livestream on http://www.alphageekradio.com/ and on the TuneIn app on my iPhone–while DTNS was live–and neither of them worked. Other stations on TuneIn that are unrelated to Alpha Geek worked, and Alpha Geek Radio’s “Coverville Radio” station worked.

  35. Betting it’s the same anon that keeps complaining about Sarah. Poor sap. He is missing the magic that is Team DTNS. Sarah is THE bomb. So happy she’s been back for a year! Here’s to many more.

    1. I’m with BigScary. It’s been great to have Sarah back on the team. I’d love to hear Iyaz ocassionally too (and of course, the standard “more Molly Wood and Patrick Norton and everyone else from CNET and everyone else from TechTV” request! 🙂

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