The show launched in March 1995 in afternoons at WAAF in Boston, Massachusetts. In June 1998, after an April Fools' Day prank that led to their firing from WAAF, Hughes and Cumia relocated to WNEW in New York City where the show entered national syndication in 2001 by Infinity Broadcasting. They gradually reduced the amount of music played on the show and developed a talk radio format, incorporating "shock jock" humor. In August 2002, the show was cancelled for a controversial segment known as "Sex for Sam". For the next two years, Infinity prevented Hughes and Cumia from being hired elsewhere for the remainder of their contracts.