After WAAF faced the possibility of its broadcasting license challenged for removal, the station fired Hughes and Cumia within a week after the prank, and suspended Mittman for one month and Douglas for one week.
Hughes maintained he never intended to leave Boston, citing the city's growth as a radio market, the show's rise in the ratings, and plans to release a second radio album and enter a national syndication deal.
The pair hit it off, and decided to become a radio team.
The show launched in March 1995 in afternoons at WAAF in Boston, Massachusetts.
In December 1999, the show's first annual Homeless Shopping Spree, a segment that involved homeless people going on a shopping spree in a mall with money donated by listeners.
The bit was stopped by security who had the twelve contestants removed from the building.
The parody became a hit with the audience, who asked for the song to be played each night. ' Slowly but surely, he started coming in every week".
The 2008 edition of the spree was planned, but was shelved by lawyers who argued it could only take place if a mall gave permission.After their firing from WAAF, Hughes recalled that he and Cumia became "a wanted commodity" as they received offers from one station in Atlanta, Georgia, and WXRK and WNEW in New York City.As WXRK was already the flagship station of the popular syndicated morning program The Howard Stern Show, they chose WNEW to make it easier for them to build an audience.One of their most notable stunts during their time at WAAF was 100 Grand, a staged giveaway of 0,000 which was hyped on the air for several weeks.
When it was time for the duo to give away the prize, the "winning" caller instead received a 100 Grand chocolate bar instead of the money.Recalled Hughes, "Ant and I instantly had each other the rest of the show. After Cumia made several more appearances on Hughes's show, the two entered discussions to become a full-time radio team.