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).




Monday, July 5, 2010

CHUM TOP 100 1968 - selected videos with complete list

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

Toronto's Top 100 Singles of 1968

No. Title Artist H C A
1 Hey Jude/Revolution Beatles
2 Honey Bobby Goldsboro
3 Harper Valley P.T.A. Jeannie C. Riley
4 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat
5 The Mighty Quinn Manfred Mann
6 Sunshine Of Your Love Cream
7 The Valley Of The Dolls Dionne Warwick
8 Born To Be Wild Steppenwolf
9 Woman Woman Union Gap
10 Those Were The Days Mary Hopkin
11 Lady Madonna Beatles
12 This Guy's In Love With You Herb Alpert
13 Simon Says 1910 Fruitgum Co.
14 Mrs. Robinson Simon & Garfunkel
15 Angel Of The Morning Merilee Rush
16 Hickory Holler's Tramp O. C. Smith
17 Green Tambourine Lemon Pipers
18 (Sitting On The) Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
19 Love Child Supremes
20 Young Girl Union Gap
21 Grazing In The Grass Hugh Masekala
22 Love Is All Around Troggs
23 White Room Cream
24 Master Jack Four Jacks & A Jill
25 Bend Me Shape Me American Breed
26 MacArthur Park Richard Harris
27 Bottle Of Wine Fireballs
28 Light My Fire Jose Feliciano
29 Magic Bus Who
30 Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan
31 Lady Willpower Union Gap
32 Words Bee Gees
33 Love Power Sandpebbles
34 You Keep Me Hangin' On Vanilla Fudge
35 La La Means I Love You Delfonics
36 A Beautiful Morning Rascals
37 Classical Gas Mason Williams
38 Yummy Yummy Yummy Ohio Express
39 The Unicorn Irish Rovers
40 She's A Rainbow Rolling Stones
41 Diffrent Drum Stone Ponies
42 Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin
43 Little Arrows Leapy Lee
44 She's A Heartbreaker Gene Pitney
45 Little Green Apples O. C. Smith
46 People Got To Free Rascals
47 I Wish It Would Rain Temptaions
48 Itchycoo Park Small Faces
49 Valleri Monkees
50 I Say A Little Prayer Aretha Franklin
51 Baby Now That I Found You Foundations
52 Kiss Me Goodbye Petula Clark
53 Eyes Of A New York Woman B. J. Thomas
54 Fire Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
55 My Special Angel Vogues
56 Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
57 I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart
58 Cinnamon Derek
59 Summertime Blues Blue Cheer
60 Shoot 'Em Up Baby Andy Kim
61 Sunday Mornin' Spanky & Our Gang
62 Magic Carpet Ride Steppenwolf
63 In The Midnight Hour Mirettes
64 Do You Know The Way To San Jose Dionne Warwick
65 Girl Watcher O'Kaysions
66 Baby Come Back Equals
67 The Good, The Bad & The Ugly Hugo Montenegro
68 Piece Of My Heart Big Brother & The Holding Company
69 Halfway To Paradise Bobby Vinton
70 Shape Of Things Max Frost & The Troopers
71 Reach Out In The Darkness Friend & Lover
72 Hello I Love You Doors
73 I've Gotta Get A Message To You Bee Gees
74 Cry Like A Baby Box Tops
75 Spooky Classics IV
76 Mony Mony Tommy James & The Shondells
77 Jumpin' Jack Flash Rolling Stones
78 Stoned Soul Picnic Fifth Dimension
79 Midnight Confessions Grassroots
80 1,2,3, Red Light 1910 Fruitgum Co.
81 The Horse Cliff Nobles & Company
82 Hush Deep Purple
83 Over You Union Gap
84 Love-Itis Mandella
85 Do It Again Beach Boys
86 Mr. Businessman Ray Stevens
87 Pictures Of Matchstick Men Status Quo
88 Indian Lake Cowsills
89 Jennifer Juniper Donovan
90 Shoo Be Doo Bee Doo Da Day Stevie Wonder
91 Love Makes A Woman Barbara Acklin
92 Down At Lulu's Ohio Express
93 Abraham Martin & John Dion
94 Time Has Come Today Chambers Brothers
95 Hold Me Tight Johnny Nash
96 On The Road Again Canned Heat
97 Elenore Turtles
98 Goin' Out Of My Head/Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You Lettermen
99 Chewy Chewy Ohio Express
100 All Along The Watchtower Jimi Hendrix

SOURCE: 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