How Clear Channel's Tom Poleman spreads the Z100 magic.

When Tom Poleman joined WHTZ (Z100) New York as PD in February 1996, the station was a shadow of its former self. Its alternative-leaning pop position had been co-opted by market rival WXRK’s flip to alternative, and a newly launched dance-pop outlet that resurrected the fabled WKTU call letters was cornering the dial’s feel-good position.

Ranked 18th with a 2.6 Arbitron share, new owner Chancellor Media was having serious discussions about blowing up the once mighty Z100 and starting over with a new format.

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