Through a comparison of the webcast poetry programs LINEbreak and Go Poetry with programs like Violet Enlightens, ENGAGED and the forthcoming Radio Radio, this talk promotes the development of programs more aesthetically in tune with today's most interesting poetry: programs that are aware of themselves as mediated through their delivery and conscious of themselves as existing within a medium that does not rest at zero degree of interference. I will describe a method of presentation that does not aspire to a general transparency or a "seamlessness" around the particular instant of the edit, but seeks to explore the aesthetic potential of two (or more) pieces of voice butting up against each other in what might be considered a very unnatural way. In the wake of this description I will begin a theorization of the minutia of audio editing, of the splices that occur every twenty seconds in an average program. My aim is to develop an aesthetic of the "spangled" edit as opposed to the seamless one, an aesthetic that celebrates, rather than buries, the characteristics of digital production. This, contrary to radio's reigning marketing-speak which idealizes an intellectually impoverished audience, proffers more respect for its listeners who know that both webcast and radio programs are highly crafted and "produced" entities. Such an aesthetic attempts to work with this media literacy in interesting ways (both fulfilling and thwarting the expectations it generates). This is editing that treats the seam as a moment of opportunity rather than anxiety.
I will conclude by providing audio examples of seamless and spangled editing, and then illustrate the decision-making process in both these approaches to editing and how they can be used to convey or effect meaning at an extra-lexical level.