Information Diet: Carson Daly

The 'Voice' host gets in a New York state of mind with the 'Post,' the 'Times' and Howard Stern

Who Carson Daly
Age 38
Accomplishments Host Last call With Carson Daly and The Voice (returns Feb. 5 after the Super Bowl), both on NBC; DJs morning show on Los Angeles' AMP Radio 97.1 
Base Santa Monica, Calif.

What’s the first information you consume in the morning?
I have a My Yahoo page that I probably developed 10 years ago. It was one of the first websites that you could really personalize and build out. I’ve got my stocks in there, my weather, and all of the websites I go to, like gossip blogs and The Hollywood Reporter and HuffPo.

What do you read or watch or listen to at the breakfast table?
From around 4:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., I’m at work, so I don’t really have a traditional breakfast. I eat a banana and some yogurt while I’m on the radio, and I play a lot of Top 40 music—Drake, Jay-Z and Kanye West, Bruno Mars, Gaga. I also like to read the New York Post in the studio.

What occupies your mind in the car, on the subway, train or bus?
Howard Stern—I have XM in my car specifically for Howard. I’m a big listener, except when my son’s in the car. Then it’s DVDs of Thomas the Train.

Are you a TV junkie or on an airtime-restricted diet?
I would say I’m on an airtime-restricted diet. I have a 3-year-old, and I get up at 4:30 in the morning, so I don’t have a lot of time to just watch TV.

If you’re a couch potato, what do you watch, and how: TV, laptop or tablet?
Most of my media consumption is directly correlated to doing interviews with guests on my late-night or radio show. But on the weekends, I watch a lot of sports. And Sons of Anarchy on FX is my one must-watch show. Thanks to Hulu, I probably watch more TV on my computer than on my television.

Before bed, do you bite into a novel, graze on Twitter or fast until morning?
I’m guilty of Twitter. I followed everyone who followed me when I first joined in ’08, but now there are so many people . . . I just discovered how to make a list of my friends, so before I go to bed, I’ll read through that.

Which is more nutritious: print or Web?
I would love to just be old school and say print is better for you. The New York Times and L.A. Times are getting smaller and smaller—it’s like I’m holding a comic book at this point—but I love flipping through a paper and reading the headlines.

Give us the skinny on your favorite app.
My favorite app is also my least favorite app. It’s a game called Cut the Rope. I’m like Alec Baldwin; I would miss my flight for Cut the Rope.

What’s your biggest digital indulgence?
I’m constantly in pursuit of new music, so I spend hours on various sites like BrooklynVegan, My Old Kentucky Blog, Pitchfork and Stereogum.

With such a bloated media universe, how do you cut out the fat?
I only go online when I know what I’m looking for; otherwise, I overeat—it’s like Sizzler.