Review: Buzz Out Loud


Buzz Out Loud is one of the most popular podcasts to come from CNet’s long lineup of audio and video content. It is a daily show, generally running around 30-40 minutes, and covers the daily news in technology, as well as the occasional bit of science.

The show has been through many hosts, both long and short term, since its debut in 2005, but currently its regulars are Tom Merritt, Molly Wood and Jason Howell. The chemistry between the hosts is great and always produces something that is not only interesting, but fun to listen to. It’s especially refreshing to hear a female tech news journalist who is both intelligent and opinionated, unlike most of the others you see on mainstream media (I’m looking at you, G4 TechTV).

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Ratings for Buzz Out Loud
10/10 Entertainment value
Fast-paced and often funny, Buzz never outstays its welcome. The addition of listener voice mail adds a community feel that makes it even more engaging.
10/10 Quality of content
You could quite easily listen to this, and only this, and you would stay abreast of currently technology news.
10/10 Production quality
Buzz is produced by CNet, which means it has the money and resources to create a broadcast quality podcast.
10/10 Overall
I officially can’t find anything wrong with Buzz Out Loud. Obviously, if you’re not interested in technology you probably won’t want to download this, but this review is about how well Buzz will appeal to its target audience, not the mainstream.

One Comment

  1. Posted March 12, 2008 at 2:19 pm | Permalink

    I just heard Molly and Jason talk about your review and email on BOL. I do have one, very minor criticism of the show. When I first started listening to the show over two years ago, the shows’ lengths were between 25 and 30 minutes. It was just enough to get the stories and get some input on those stories from the hosts. I long for those days. Now, the episodes are well over 30 minutes, generally between 35 and 45 minutes. It may seem like I’m nitpicking, but sometimes it’s difficult to find the time to listen to a podcast that length, in addition to everything else I want to listen to.

    Anyway, nice site and just had to add my small two cents.

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