Radio hams have really taken to online media. Hardly a week passes without the announcement of yet another new podcast or video program. This sort of content isn’t new in amateur radio, but the pace of new programming has stepped up dramatically to the point where we are overloaded with choices.
The programming bandwidth may be unlimited for producers but the spare time required to consume all this new media is not. What’s sorely lacking in our unique world is content curation.
Content curation is nothing new. Museums and galleries have curators to select items for collection and display. There are also curators in the world of media, for instance DJs of radio stations tasked with selecting songs to be played over the air. What would be fantastic would be yet another new podcast — one that reviews and recommends the very best programming and content for radio amateurs this week. The nuggets of stuff that shouldn’t be missed that are buried deep in the expanding pile of forgettable content.
Of course, that task would consume a lot of free time. And whoever takes it on would have to be objective and not subject to merely gushing over the latest new podcast — unless its worth gushing over. A seasoned ham with deep knowledge of our hobby and an abiding interest in seeing it properly promoted.
Most importantly, it should be a labor of love. No KickStarter, Patreon, or other for-profit schemes — including sponsors. ICOM has already polluted the well by underwriting too many programs for amateur radio. I never know if what I’m consuming is real or an informercial anymore.
Perhaps someone with all those qualities doesn’t even exist — but I like to hope that they do. And even more, I hope that they will step up and begin highlighting the best of the best. That work will keep these many new producers honest and continuously working to produce the very best content that educates, informs, and promotes amateur radio in the new century.