How a scrappy Top 40 startup went from 'worst to first.'

It was a rocky start for what would become one of radio’s most influential stations. When the summer Arbitron ratings came out for WHTZ (Z100) New York shortly after its sign-on on Aug. 2, 1983, the market’s new “flamethrower” was blowing smoke instead of shooting fire.

PD/morning man Scott Shannon went on the air and read the ratings of each New York station in descending order. When he got to Z100 at the bottom of the list, he made a confession.

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