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EULOGY

Born: October 28, 1945, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

After a few reincarnations 1050 CHUM quietly passed away on March 26, 2009

1050 CHUM was a legendary Top 40 powerhouse during the late 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

The station had a formula no other station has been able to duplicate.

Through the formative ‘50s, the unforgettable ‘60s and the interesting ‘70s, 1050 CHUM played a major role in shaping the radio landscape in Toronto. Recording acts from Elvis Presley, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, The Guess Who, Elton John, The Eagles, The Doobie Brothers and Bob Seger not only graced the airwaves but walked the halls of 1050 CHUM.

The radio station was famous for the 1050 CHUM Chart. From 1957 to 1986, 1,512 consecutive weekly charts were published, making it the longest-running chart of its kind in the world.

Also, 1050 CHUM was noteworthy for hosting many famous rock concerts including, among others, visits to Maple Leaf Gardens by Elvis Presley (1957) and The Beatles (1964, '65, and '66).

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SONGS HEARD ON 1050 CHUM (CHARTING DATES & POSITIONS)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Connie Francis on the 1050 CHUM Chart (Part 1) Songs, charting dates, positions


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(He's My) Dreamboat
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, September 25, 1961               46
Monday, October 02, 1961                   21
Monday, October 09, 1961                   14
Monday, October 16, 1961                   19
Monday, October 23, 1961                   23
Monday, October 30, 1961                   40

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Al Di La
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, January 14, 1963                    25
Friday, January 18, 1963                       28

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Among My Souvenirs
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, November 23, 1959                48
Monday, November 30, 1959                35
Monday, December 07, 1959                 27
Monday, December 14, 1959                   8
Monday, December 21, 1959                   3
Monday, December 28, 1959                   2
Friday, January 01, 1960                          9
Monday, January 04, 1960                     11
Monday, January 11, 1960                     15
Monday, January 18, 1960                     25
Monday, January 25, 1960                     33

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Baby's First Christmas
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Chart Date                                              Position
Monday, December 11, 1961                 14
Monday, December 18, 1961                 12
Monday, December 25, 1961                 12
Monday, January 01, 1962                      10
Monday, January 08, 1962                      26
Monday, January 15, 1962                      34
Monday, January 22, 1962                      40

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Be Anything (But Be Mine)
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Chart Date                                             Position
Monday, May 18, 1964                         50
Monday, May 25, 1964                         45
Monday, June 01, 1964                         42

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Blue Winter
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Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, February 24, 1964                 40
Monday, March 02, 1964                     38
Monday, March 09, 1964                     36
Monday, March 16, 1964                     25
Monday, March 23, 1964                     23
Monday, March 30, 1964                     34

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Breakin' In A Brand New Broken Heart
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Chart Date                                            Position
Monday, April 24, 1961                       48
Monday, May 01, 1961                        28
Monday, May 08, 1961                        20
Monday, May 15, 1961                        14
Monday, May 22, 1961                        14
Monday, May 29, 1961                        23
Monday, June 05, 1961                        26
Monday, June 12, 1961                        35
Monday, June 19, 1961                        45

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Don't Break The Heart That Loves You
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Chart Date                                           Position
Monday, February 05, 1962                36
Monday, February 12, 1962                20
Monday, February 19, 1962                18
Monday, February 26, 1962                22
Monday, March 05, 1962                    24
Monday, March 12, 1962                    20
Monday, March 19, 1962                    19
Monday, March 26, 1962                    27
Monday, April 02, 1962                       30
Tuesday, April 03, 1962                       36
Monday, April 09, 1962                       43

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Drop It Joe
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Chart Date                                        Position
Saturday, May 05, 1962                   36
Monday, May 07, 1962                    20
Monday, May 14, 1962                    18
Monday, May 21, 1962                    22

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Drownin' My Sorrows
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Chart Date                                        Position
Monday, August 19, 1963                50
Monday, August 26, 1963                43
Monday, September 02, 1963          40

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Eighteen
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Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, July 15, 1957                    33
Monday, July 22, 1957                    27
Monday, July 29, 1957                    32

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Everybody's Somebody's Fool
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Chart Date                                       Position
Monday, May 16, 1960                   45
Monday, May 23, 1960                   39
Monday, May 30, 1960                   11
Monday, June 06, 1960                     7
Monday, June 13, 1960                     6
Monday, June 20, 1960                     1
Monday, June 27, 1960                     1
Monday, July 04, 1960                      4
Monday, July 11, 1960                    11
Monday, July 18, 1960                    14
Monday, July 25, 1960                    19
Monday, August 01, 1960               26
Monday, August 08, 1960               35
Monday, August 15, 1960               47

John Gilbert "No Charge"

Mike Cooper's April Fools Joke





80's PROMO





Bob Sam Robbie - 1050 CHUM Morning Show - 1992


CHUM HISTORY

"1050 CHUM" was a legendary Top 40 powerhouse during the late 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, and early 1980s.

Early history and Top 40 format

CHUM AM was launched as a dawn-to-dusk radio station on October 28, 1945 by Jack Q'Part, an entrepreneur in the business of patent medicines. The station, then operating from studios in the Mutual Street Arena, was taken over in December 1954 by Allan Waters, a salesman from Q'Parts' patent medicine business. Waters' first major move was to secure a license for 24-hour-a-day broadcasting for CHUM, along with a power increase to 5,000 watts. Less than three years after Waters acquired the station, and soon after bringing the new fulltime transmitter online, a major programming change was made. On May 27 1957, Waters switched to a "Top 50" format that had proven itself popular in some U.S. cities; Elvis Presley's "All Shook Up" was the first song played. "1050 CHUM" pioneered rock and roll radio in Toronto, and was noteworthy for hosting many noteworthy rock concerts including, among others, visits to Maple Leaf Gardens by Elvis Presley (1957) and The Beatles (1964, '65, and '66). While the station was rising to the top of the popularity ratings in Toronto in the early 1960s, it also built yet another new transmitter in Mississauga, Ontario (a few miles west of the current Toronto city line) along the Lake Ontario shoreline, and raised its power once again to its current 50,000 watts around the clock.

CHUM DJs of the 1960s were zany morning man Al Boliska, who quit in late 1963 to go 'across the street' to CKEY.He was replaced by WKBW, Buffalo radio & TV personality Jay Nelson, popularly known as "Jungle Jay" from his role as host of a children's show on Buffalo's Channel 7 which was also popular among Toronto youngsters. He would be followed by housewives' jock John Spragge; singer/DJ Mike Darow; Pete Nordheimer, replaced in 1961 by witty Bob McAdorey; teen DJ Dave Johnson; and all night maven Bob Laine. Later additions to the CHUM DJ lineup included Duff Roman and Brian Skinner, both of whom came over from CKEY (then owned by Jack Kent Cooke). In the late 1960s, early 1970s, CHUM DJ's included Duke Roberts (also known as Gary Duke for a time), Johnny Mitchell (better known today as Sonny Fox), J. Michael Wilson, Tom Rivers, Scott Carpenter, Jim Van Horne, John Rode, Don Reagan, Terry Steele and Roger Ashby. Among their later mighttime hosts was John D. Roberts, who joined CHUM in 1977 and would eventually become known across North America as White House correspondent for CBS-TV and host of CNN's morning program "American Morning."

CHUM was also well known for its contests, like the 1970s' "I Listen to CHUM" promotion, in which DJs would dial phone numbers at random and award $1,000 to anyone who answered the phone with that phrase.

From gold-based to oldies

By the mid-1980s, CHUM had lost ground in the Toronto ratings to competitor Top 40 station CFTR and FM-based music stations. On June 6, 1986, CHUM dropped its Top 40 format for a heavily gold-based adult contemporary format ("Favourites of Yesterday and Today"). By 1989, CHUM adopted an oldies format, drawing heavily on its previous Top 40 reputation to cater to the fans of that era's music.

Chart #1 - Monday, May 27, 1957 - TOP 50

CHART NUMBER 1

Monday, May 27, 1957

Chart Number: 1
This
Week
Last
Week
ArtistTrackTotal
Weeks
10Presley, ElvisAll Shook Up0
20Boone, PatLove Letters In The Sand0
30Williams, AndyI Like Your Kind Of Love0
40Everly Brothers, TheBye Bye Love0
50Mineo, SalStart Movin' (In My Direction)0
60Storm, GaleDark Moon0
70Robbins, MartyA White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)0
80Gracie, CharlieFabulous0
90Como, PerryGirl With The Golden Braids, The0
100Ray, JohnnieYes Tonight, Josephine0
110Diamonds, TheLittle Darlin'0
120Dell-Vikings, TheCome Go With Me0
130Boone, PatWhy Baby Why0
140Husky, FerlinGone0
150Como, PerryRound And Round0
160Berry, ChuckSchool Day0
170Knox, BuddyParty Doll0
170Lawrence, SteveParty Doll0
180Dorsey Orchestra, JimmySo Rare0
190Domino, FatsI'm Walkin'0
190Nelson, RickyI'm Walkin'0
200Gracie, CharlieButterfly0
200Williams, AndyButterfly0
210Belafonte, HarryMama Look At Bubu0
220Lowe, JimFour Walls0
220Reeves, JimFour Walls0
230Dee, JohnnySittin' In The Balcony0
230Cornell, DonSittin' In The Balcony0
230Cochran, EddieSittin' In The Balcony0
240Mathis, JohnnyWonderful! Wonderful!0
250Mello-Tones, TheRosie Lee0
250Tune Drops, TheRosie Lee0
260Coasters, TheYoung Blood0
270Domino, FatsValley Of Tears0
280Draper, RustyFreight Train0
290Gilkyson, Terry & The Easy RidersMarianne0
290Hilltoppers, TheMarianne0
300Bowen, JimmyI'm Stickin' With You0
310Laine, FrankieLove Is A Golden Ring0
320Platters, TheI'm Sorry0
330Hunter, Ivory JoeEmpty Arms0
330Brewer, TeresaEmpty Arms0
340Sands, TommyTeen-Age Crush0
350Little RichardLucille0
360Sands, TommyMy Love Song0
370Starr, KayJamie Boy0
380Starr, RandyAfter School0
390Johnson, BettyLittle White Lies0
400Bennett, TonyOne For My Baby (And One More For The Road)0
410Knox, BuddyRock Your Little Baby To Sleep0
420Clooney, RosemaryMangos0
430Cornell, DonMama Guitar0
440Belloc, DanFlip Top0
450Baker, LavernJim Dandy Got Married0
460Boone, PatBernardine0
470Copeland, KenPledge Of Love0
470Torok, MitchellPledge Of Love0
480Four Lads, TheI Just Don't Know0
490Armenian Jazz SextetHarem Dance0
500Williams, BillyI'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter0

John Majhor CHUM 1050 Morning show 1986

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