At 1,588, it's the final episode of Buzz Out Loud, the podcast that launched a thousand news stories, arguments, hosts and co-hosts, producers, and good times. We packed the studio full -- Tom Merritt, Veronica Belmont, Jason Howell, Rafe Needleman, Donald Bell, plus, of course, Molly Wood, Brian Tong, and Stephen Beacham...and it's possible there was some Champagne, a little whiskey, some cake, and even a couple of news stories. Oh, and tears. Definitely tears.
Molly WoodFormer Executive Editor
Molly Wood was an executive editor at CNET, author of the Molly Rants blog, and host of the tech show, Always On. When she's not enraging fanboys of all stripes, she can be found offering tech opinions on CBS and elsewhere, and offering opinions on everything else to anyone who will listen.
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Hey Buzz Crew… I was walking down BOL “”Memory Lane”" and I had to send you this farewell video, and two songs from past shows. I’m very excited to see what your future will bring… please, keep us posted. – Dan
BOL Bye Bye
BOL “”Molly Rant”" Blues
Ina Chat Room
As two early settlers of Buzztown (or as it was known then, “”Buzz Unincorporated Area”"), we are proud of the way our little corner of the internet grew into a Buzztropolis. We’ll miss BOL because it is more than just simply a tech show.
BOL is a community with fellow settlers like Trip, Remy, and Fordo; it’s Earthlink Guy, Molly rants, Tom’s unappreciated segues, Tong’s dulcet tones, the Frappr map (what’s Frappr again?), Spectaclefest, Goobuntu babytalk, Computer Love, Into It/Not Into It, “”well, actually”", conversations with tech luminaries, and of course keeping abreast of the day’s news (snicker).
For 7 years, you’ve talked the two of us through countless otherwise mind-numbing hours in the car between NYC and Boston. You made us laugh, snarf our coffee, and occasionally even tear-up, but this is why we love BOL. No other show combined tech, heart, humor, analysis, and silliness so consistently.
We hope you know that BOL was something special and irreplaceable. Those of us who listen and watch feel lucky to have been a part of it.
Keep on buzzing (sniff),
Mo & Vij
The Boys from Boston”
I was as disappointed as everyone else to hear BOL was to end after all these years, but most of all it’s because I consider the show to be the reason I got my big career break.
Many years ago in the early days of the show, Tom and Molly announced that CNET.com was hosting a competition for a tech fan to go to CES with CNET to do some backstage blogging from the show floor. I thought I might as well enter. To cut a long story short, my entry won me a place and I spent a few days writing and doing videos from the show. Because I was running a little technology site of my own at the time, I’d written a lot about consumer tech and ended up being asked onto CNET’s ‘Next Big Thing’ panel at CES, where I talked about the future of Blu-ray and other media. Someone from CNET UK was in the audience at the time and said I should get in touch back in England as they were looking to hire someone to review MP3 players and audio gadgets. I applied, and I think in part thanks to what I had the chance to do at CES, I got the job and moved to London a few weeks later.
Since then I had several roles at CNET, ending up as Senior Editor before being asked to take over the position as Editor of Wired.co.uk, where I’ve been for the last two years or so. I honestly believe that had I not been listening to BOL in those early days, I’d never have heard about the CES competition, never been seen by a CNET UK manager, and never got the early break I got as a result. I’m grateful to have been able to go full circle and guest on BOL a couple of times since then, and even more grateful for the 1,500 Buzz Out Louds I’ve never missed, and the resulting career they ultimately helped me develop.
I’m sure there’s a ton of stuff going on today, so I’ll be brief…ish… ;)
I just wanted to say thank you for Buzz Out Loud. Thank you for keeping me informed, for making me laugh and for providing the opportunity to meet and become friends with a whole new group of awesome people that I’d likely never have met otherwise.
When I think back on the last 5 years, I realize that I stopped coming for the news probably 4 years ago. It was great and all, but the amazing part was the dynamic; this is why BOL is truly special in my opinion. Regardless of who was hosting or producing, your personalities just meshed and shined through and it was an absolute blast to listen to, then watch, then participate in.
First and foremost, I’m happy because you guys really seem excited about the new stuff coming down the pipe, and I can’t wait to see what it’ll be (I expect nothing but the best from you guys)… and I’m not going to “”miss”" anything because almost nothing is really going away; like I said before, your personalities make anything you touch awesome, so I’m not worried.
That being said, between you and me, my only tiny tiny concern is the fate of the BOL community: the chat room and the interactivity with you guys. I just hope there are some ideas out there to try and at least maintain if not further cultivate those relationships between fans and between fans and C|Net personalities. These things mean a good deal to me, and I’m guessing to many of your other loyal fans as well.
Anyway, the rude “”get off the stage”" music is starting to play…
Some more quick thanks:
Thanks for the swag: the coveted green t-shirt… the gray t-shirt… and the autographed t-shirt… the book on how to use OSX (Regular) Leopard (tho I’ve never owned a mac, lol. you da man, Jason ;) )… the many stickers… the two-way audio splitter… ooo and the dranks in NYC x2! Boom.
Thanks for all the shot outs, and congratulations (med school -> residency -> job. Aside: Molly, I finally bought a ring! ;) ).
Thanks for the memorable moments I’ll always keep with me (obvi too long to list here)
Favorite BOL moment:
So many, going to have to go with when you guys received the 1000th episode care package/t-shirt we made for y’all. That was the shit.
Thanks again for all the great times and good luck moving forward! I’ll be watching! :)
Cake and Bourbon,
Dear Burp Out Loud customers!
It is with great regret, that we, the BOL Team, have to inform you that we are closing down our restaurant business indefinatly.
In the last six years, we matured from a little “”it won’t take longer than 5 minutes”" take away place, to a stylisch, modern and trendy restaurant, always serving you the latest & greatest meals while still giving them our own personal flavour.
But due to restructuring in our parent company we are moving on to new ventures. And even though there won’t be any freshly live cooked dishes anymore we would like to inform you that as of june 2012 we will be opening a series of vending machines throughout the country.
Although cold and prepackaged, all the snacks are still prepared by our top staff that you have come to know and love in the last couple of few years.
All the mashines will be operating on demand 24/7 and restocked weekly with new delicious and exciting meals, so that you always will have something to look forward to!
Thank you for your understanding!
The Burp Out Loud Team!
As you can see, I updated the BOL menu. There are loads of old and new dishes which all hopefully should bring back a happy memory or two. Even if you don’t have time to show this in the final episode I thought you guys could maybe tweet about it, post it in the show notes or make it in some form available to all the BuzzOutLoud fans out there (feel free to repost the Dropbox link).
It should serve as a very small memento of what we all went through together over the last few years (or at least as long as I was able to remember back ^^)
(Someone must really be a TRUE fan to understand every single little joke and innuendo, but I’ve also included a small glossary for people who maybe haven’t seen every episode of the webs best podcast :-) )
Finally, I want to say THANKS to the whole crew including Veronica, Tom, Jason, Benito and everyone I forgot. You guys really created something great that gave me and so many others something to look forward to every single day.
Thank you so much and good luck on all of your future endeavours!
I am proud to say I have been a loyal listener/subscriber/viewer/live streamer since Molly and Tom sounded like they were huddled around a small voice recorder and long before Veronica ever spoke - much less fired Jason. Through your passion and commitment, I have been informed, enlightened, enraged, entertained, and sometimes heartbroken (James Kim); however, the one thing I will always be is grateful. All of you can never know all the lives you touched and changed - I wanted to let you know you did both. Much success to you all in the future - until then:
Second star to the right…and straight on ’til morning.
-James T. Kirk, Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, quoting Sir James Barry (Peter Pan)
Dear Buzz Crew, all of you,
As I look back on all of the joy, and knowledge, and laughs that BOL has given me over many years, it would be easy to feel above everything else a sense of sadness, and I know that is the first reaction that has come forth from many members of this community.
But when I look back over the years, I see all of the different ways BOL, in all of its different forms, has shaped my life over these years together. And from that, I see optimism for all that is to come from our hosts and our community, and I a reminded of a powerful quotation from Charles Du Bos:
“”The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become. “”
Good luck in what will come, and remember the words of John Keats to remember what has been:
A thing of beauty is a joy forever;
Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet dreaming.
All the best,
Nick from MT
Each night I download six tech podcasts, four news podcasts, and seven
political talk-show podcasts for the next day’s commute — but each day I
actually listen to one: Buzz Out Loud. Because your podcast is of
indeterminate length, sometimes I check out one of the others afterward.
BOL murdered my commute!
You left my commute on life support when you went weekly; now you’ve
driven a stake through its heart. My commute is dead. I hope it
doesn’t come back as a flesh-eating zombie and take revenge on the BOL
Good luck, I’ll miss the whole gang.
Jim in Orange County
I wanted to drop a note and say Thank you to Brian, Molly, and yourself
for working on a great show. The ending of the show will be greatly
mourned by myself and its many fans. The mix of interesting topics and
great personalities has been a welcome reprieve for me during the
workday for a long period of time. Good luck on your future endeavors.
Perhaps though we can have a new show of just computer love.
Thomas Mark Carden
He can see the future Brian
NOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! It’s happened again! Anytime I start to lag on listening to a podcast,
they decide to end! So, I’ve gotten super busy at work, and haven’t had
as much time to listen to podcasts lately. So I’ve gotten pretty
backed up on back episodes of BOL. Over the past week I’ve been able to
catch up, only to find out that the show is ending! I’m sorry BOL,
it’s all my fault! This has happened to me before, with shows like the
Mailbag, Today in Tech History, Gadgettes, and many other non-CNET
shows. Even back in the day, when I was a wee lad, I stopped watching
the CNET TV shows, and BAM!, Ryan Seacrest left. I promise to try and
watch/listen more in the future. I feel so bad when I destroy the
things I love. In all seriousness, congratulations on the great
opportunities, thank you for the great content over the years, and good
Dear Buzz Crew,
I’ve been listening to BOL
since high school, even before Veronica started speaking on the show. I
just wanted to thank each and every host of Buzz Out Loud, past or
present, for helping me find my passion and engaging me with brilliant
analysis of tech news.
Buzz Out Loud helped me
pick journalism as my major in college, educated me throughout college,
and you all continue to inspire me every day. If it weren’t for you
guys, I wouldn’t be writing software reviews and blogging about tech for
You guys have helped shape my life. As hyperbolic as that sounds, it’s true and I will miss Buzz Out Loud, and every one of its hosts dearly.
I look forward to your new projects. Keep doing what you love and I’ll keep watching.
You loyal listener,–Lewis Leong
Hello Molly, Brian, Steven, and the gang!
My name is Reyna, 21 years old, from East Los Angeles, California. I’ve never
emailed or called in, but I just wanted to thank you guys for providing
hours upon hours of amazing content for me on my commute to and from
school. I actually discovered you guys through Andrew Sims of
MuggleCast, a podcast for a Harry Potter fansite. When you guys went
weekly, it was also around the time that MuggleCast switched to monthly
shows and I’ve been at a loss for good podcasts since. I think it’s
about time I make use of all those Audible.com offers every podcast
seems to make. (What’s that code for a free audiobook, again?)
Molly, you are an inspiration to myself and so many young women seeking careers in journalism and digital media.
Brian, you make me rofl.
Steven, thanks for making CNET content the best it can be. Stop being so good at your job!
I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and look forward to seeing what new and wonderful content you have to offer.
Don’t forget to be awesome, Reyna Villa
Hello I’m 14 years old so right now I’m being shaped into the man I will
become and I want to thank Steven for being one of the people to do
that. Over the last year without knowing it Steven has been influencing
me. Teaching me to do my very best, bring new things to the table and
keep an element of surprise. So I say thank you to a man the taut me
things that will stay with me for the rest of my life and didn’t even
Dane for Duluth, MN.
Oh and if you ever need any help with anything:CG rendering, audio editing, coding, hardware, software whatever, just ask.”
Hey Buzz crew,
After all the years and episodes I’m surprised nobody has ever said it — so I will.
Love the show.
No video or voice mail from me, I don’t talk when I’m upset, goodbye