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).




Wednesday, July 28, 2010


Top 100 Singles of 1969 Based on chum charts

SOURCE: Craig's M. Smith's 1050 CHUM Chart fan site

1 Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In - Fifth Dimension
2 Sugar Sugar - Archies
3 Get Back - Beatles
4 Dizzy - Tommy Roe
5 In The Year 2525 - Zager & Evans
6 Spinning Wheel - Blood Sweat & Tears
7 Little Woman - Bobby Sherman
8 Crimson & Clover - Tommy James & The Shondells
9 Honky Tonk Woman - Rolling Stones
10 These Eyes - Guess Who
11 Good Old Rock & Roll - Cat Mother & The All Night News Boys
12 Suspicious Minds - Elvis Presley
13 Touch Me - Doors
14 Galveston - Glen Campbell
15 Build Me Up Buttercup - Foundations
16 Israelites - Desmond Dekker
17 Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
18 Twenty-Five Miles - Edwin Starr
19 Something - Beatles
20 Baby I Love You - Andy Kim
21 Hair - Cowsills
22 Lay Lady Lay - Bob Dylan
23 Proud Mary - Creedence Clearwater Revival
24 Jean - Oliver
25 Gitarzan - Ray Stevens
26 Cherry Hill Park - Billy Joe Royal
27 I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
28 You've Made Me So Very Happy - Blood Sweat & Tears
29 Baby It's You - Smith
30 Sweet Cherry Wine - Tommy James & The Shondells
31 What Does It Take - Jr. Walker & The All Stars
32 Which Way You Goin' Billy? - Poppy Family
33 Mendocino - Sir Douglas Quintet
34 Lo Mucho Que Te Quiero - Rene & Rene
35 Tracy - Cufflinks
36 Love Theme From 'Romeo & Juliet - Henry Mancini
37 Fortunate Son/Down On The Corner - Creedence Clearwater Revival
38 Everybody's Talkin - Nilsson
39 In The Ghetto - Elvis Presley
40 Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye - Steam
41 Traces - Classics IV
42 I'm Livin' In Shame - Supremes
43 Games People Play - Joe South
44 Indian Giver - 1910 Fruitgum Co.
45 I'll Never Fall In Love Again - Tom Jones
46 Hooked On A Feelin' - B. J. Thomas
47 Good Morning Starshine - Oliver
48 Hot Smoke & Sasafrass - Bubble Puppy
49 The Worst That Could Happen - Brooklyn Bridge
50 Hawaii Five-O - Ventures
51 Goodbye - Mary Hopkin
52 Backfield In Motion - Mel & Tim
53 Time Of The Season - Zombies
54 Nothing But A Heartache - Flirtations
55 This Girl's A Woman Now - Union Gap
56 Rock Me - Steppenwolf
57 Smile A Little Smile For Me - Flying Machine
58 Polk Salad Annie - Tony Joe White
59 Put A Little Love In Your Heart - Jackie DeShannon
60 Going Up The Country - Canned Heat
61 My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
62 Gimmie Gimmie Good Lovin' - Crazy Elephant
63 Easy To Be Hard - Three Dog Night
64 Playgirl - Thee Prophets
65 Bad Moon Rising - Creedence Clearwater Revival
66 Love (Can Make You Happy) - Mercy
67 Undun - Guess Who
68 A Boy Named Sue - Johnny Cash
69 Wedding Bell Blues - Fifth Dimension
70 Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show - Neil Diamond
71 Take A Letter Maria - R. B. Greaves
72 Grazing In The Grass - Friends Of Distinction
73 Colour Him Father - Winstons
74 More Today Than Yesterday - Spiral Staircase
75 One - Three Dog Night
76 Hurt So Bad - Lettermen
77 I'm Gonna Make You Mine - Lou Christie
78 Too Busy Thinkin' - Marvin Gaye
79 This Magic Moment - Jay & The Americans
80 Hot Fun In The Summertime - Sly & The Family Stone
81 I've Gotta Be Me - Sammy Davis Jr.
82 Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
83 I Started A Joke - Bee Gees
84 Pledge Of Love - Joe Jeffery Group
85 Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town - First Edition
86 Make Believe - Wind
87 When I Die - Motherlode
88 Get Together - Youngbloods
89 Abergavenny - Shannon
90 Yesterday When I Was Young - Roy Clark
91 May I - Bill Deal & The Rondells
92 Soulful Strut - Young Holt Unlimited
93 Medicine Man - Buchannan Brothers
94 Crystal Blue Persuation - Tommy James & The Shondells
95 Can I Change My Mind - Tyrone Davis
96 But You Know I Love You - First Edition
97 Lovin' Things - Grassroots
98 Hang 'Em High - Booker 'T' & The M.G.'s
99 Sweet Cream Ladies - Box Tops
100 Everyday People - Sly & The Family Stone

- Craig's M. Smith's 1050 CHUM Chart fan site



"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