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 from the late 1950s through to the 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 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).




Saturday, November 14, 2009


Official Home of the 1050 CHUM Saturday Night Oldies Dance

Amber(Payie) has spent 13 amazing years at the greatest radio station in North America!! She began her career at CHUM in February 1994 when plucked out of Humber College to stand at a 1050 CHUM booth at the Auto Show… for 10 days… 12 hours each day. Amber must have done something right because from there, she moved around in the CHUM building absorbing many aspects of the radio industry. After the Auto Show, Amber was hired to represent 1050 CHUM at all promotional events and was given the nickname “On-Location Amber” by then morning man, Robbie Evans. Paid only $50.00/week she cherished the opportunity. Amber has been a part of almost every department at CHUM from Promotions for both 1050 CHUM and sister station 104.5 CHUM FM, to working along side the talented Bob Laine in the CHUM Radio Network. For 4 years Amber coordinated the CHUMCity Christmas Wish program from 1995 – 1998. It’s a program that continues to be near and dear to Amber’s heart. Currently, Amber is the afternoon traffic reporter on 1050 CHUM, 104.5 CHUM FM and CP24. Amber can be heard every morning with Gord James and the James Gang as 1050 CHUM’s Entertainment Reporter, and she has her own time slots on 1050 CHUM from 10am – Noon weekdays… and host of Sweet Dreams – the greatest love songs of Rock and Roll heard every night from 10:50pm until Midnight. Amber also has the occasional announcer role on 104.5 CHUM FM.Thrilled to host the 1050 CHUM Friday Night Oldies Dance at Johnny B's every Friday night, Amber really enjoys meeting those who love the great oldies played on 1050 CHUM. Join 1050 CHUM’s Amber Payie with DJ Wayne every Friday night as they keep the party hopping all night long!

ABOUT AMBER NOW: (This Link is working.) CP24- Amber Payie - CTV News, Shows and Sports -- Canadian Television

Amber Payie -Amber has hosted several events over her career and with CHUM! Here's a list of a few..

- The 1050 CHUM Saturday Night Oldies Dance
(2006/2007/2008) - Canada Day Celebrations in the Beach
- Collingwood Elvis Festival - (2005/2006/2007) - New Years Eve - King Edward Hotel -(2005)
- Southside Shuffle - (2005/2006/2007) - 1050 CHUM Corvette Summer - (1998/1999)
- Pink & Posh Ball - Weekend to End Breast Cancer (2006) - Toronto Marathon - Welcome Dinner - (2004/2005)
- Fab Four (Beatles Tribute Band) - Toronto Jr. Jays Saturdays - (1997/1998/1999)

In addition to the above, Amber is a requested reporter and host for several on-location events including M & M Meat Shops, Cloverdale Mall, Southside Shuffle and Tim Horton's Camp Day.

Not only is Amber a talented host and presenter, she also has a promotional background that ensures client satisfaction with attention to detail. Throw in a tonne of fun and you have an event that people want to be at!! Amber Payie.


DJ Wayne -

Wayne has been a part of the CHUM family for nearly 20 years and is Southern Ontario's Number 1 Rock ‘n Roll Oldies Club DJ's. Spinning the hits of the 50’s & 60’s, Motown, Disco, 70’s Rock and the hits of today, he has worked in several clubs and venues including the Island Club at Ontario Place, Blue Suede Sue's and was a DJ at Toronto’s famous “Misty’s” nightclub at the Toronto Airport Hilton throughout the 80’s and 90’s.

Wayne spent several years as an On-Air Producer at 1050 CHUM and CHUM FM working with personalities such as Marc Chambers, Roger Ashby, Tom Rivers, Gord James and Amber Payie and is the official DJ for the 1050 CHUM Oldies Dance.

Wayne is famous for his huge collection of music which spans the decades from 50’s Be-Bop and 60’s Rock to 70’s Disco and the hottest hits of today. He has supplied music services for special events all over Ontario for over 20 years.

You can catch DJ Wayne every Saturday night 'LIVE' at Hollywood on the Queensway in Etobicoke, Ontario for the Hollywood Oldies Dance. This is a 'LIVE' broadcasted from 9pm to 2am every Saturday night from the Hollywood website and Blog TV. - DJ Wayne:


"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


Monday, May 27, 1957

Chart Number: 1
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 Gilbert "No Charge"

Mike Cooper's April Fools Joke

80's PROMO

Bob Sam Robbie - 1050 CHUM Morning Show - 1992

Tom Rivers 1982

John Majhor CHUM 1050 Morning show 1986

1050 CHUM Card 1983