Sounds of the '90s reshape Top 40.

A middle-of-the-night adventure radically transformed the sound of WHTZ (Z100) New York.

In the fall of 1992, a group of the station’s programmers showed up around 2 a.m. to test their hunch that the audience was ready for something new. The musical winds had shifted. Pop had gone soft. Bryan Adams and Celine Dion had replaced Michael Jackson and Prince on the playlist. Top 40 stations across the country, including Z100, were faltering in the ratings.

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