This chapter examines radio poetry from two perspectives: the radio host who served as a link between public and corporate interests, and the audience with whom the host is in constant collaboration. Radio personalities like Ted Malone and Tony Wons were compelled to balance relationships with various stakeholders—home audiences on one hand, corporate radio's commercial base on the other—whose interests were not synchronized. Their solutions to this crisis took different forms, but the chapter focuses on how a guiding metaphor of poetry scrapbooking, together with the poetics of abstraction specifically enabled them to deal with such crises. The chapter aims to provide an example of the emergence of new media through partially replicating and innovating upon what came before.
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