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).




Tuesday, July 6, 2010


TOP 100 1970

SOURCE: craig.smith/chum70

No. Title Artist
1 Let It Be Beatles
2 Close To You Carpenters
3 American Woman Guess Who
4 Bridge Over Trobled Water Simon & Garfunkel
5 My Sweet Lord/
Isn't A Pity George Harrison
6 Up Around The Bend Creedence Clearwater Revival
7 Venus Shocking Blue
8 He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother Hollies
9 Band Of Gold Freda Payne
10 As The Years Go By Mashmakhan
11 I Think I Love You Partridge Family
12 Hey There Lonely Girl Eddie Holman
13 Looking Out My Back Door Creedence Clearwater Revival
14 Woodstock Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
15 I'll Be There Jackson 5
16 Cracklin' Rosie Neil Diamond
17 Ain't No Mountain High Enough Diana Ross
18 Long & Winding Road/
For You Blue Beatles
19 Thank You Sly & The Family Stone
20 Instant Karma John Lennon
21 Green-Eyed Lady Sugarloaf
22 War Edwin Starr
23 25 Or 6 To 4 Chicago
24 Cecilia Simon & Garfunkel
25 Mississippi Queen Mountain
26 Arizona Mark Lindsay
27 Who'll Stop The Rain
Travelin' Band Creedence Clearwater Revival
28 I Want You Back Jackson 5
29 Mama Told Me Three Dog Night
30 Julie, Do Ya Love Me Bobby Sherman
31 Someday We'll Be Together Diana Ross & The Supremes
32 Whole Lotta Love Led Zeppelin
33 Black Magic Woman Santana
34 My Baby Loves Lovin' White Plains
35 The Thrill Is Gone B.B. King
36 The Letter Joe Cocker
37 Gypsy Woman Brian Hyland
38 Vehicle Ides Of March
39 We've Only Just Begun Carpenters
40 All Right Now Free
41 Look What They've Done To My song Ma New Seekers
42 Lola Kinks
43 Walk A Mile In My Shoes Joe South
44 Easy Come Easy Go Bobby Sherman
45 Ma Belle Amie Tee Set
46 I'll Never Fall In Love Again Dionne Warwick
47 Little Green Bag George Baker Selection
48 Share The Land Guess Who
49 Love On A Two Way Street Moments
50 Love Grows Edison Lighthouse
51 Come & Get It Badfinger
52 You, Me & Mexico Edward Bear
53 The Tears Of A Clown Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
54 Mr. Monday Original Caste
55 ABC Jackson 5
56 Shilo Neil Diamond
57 Sprit In The Sky Norman Greenbaum
58 Indiana Wants Me R. Dean Taylor
59 Rainy Night In Georgia Brook Benton
60 Hitchin' A Ride Vanity Fare
61 Everything Is Beautiful Ray Stevens
62 Hand Me Down World Guess Who
63 Spill The Wine Eric Burdon & War
64 I Heard It Through The Grapevine (LP Cut) Creedence Clearwater Revival
65 Only Love Can Break Your Heart Neil Young
66 Candida Dawn
67 Give Me A Little More Time Chairmen Of The Board
68 In The Summertime Mungo Jerry
69 The Rapper Jaggerz
70 The Wonder Of You Elvis Presley
71 Baby Take Me In Your Arms Jefferson
72 One Tin Soldier Original Caste
73 House Of The Rising Sun Frijid Pink
74 Something's Burning First Edition
75 A Little Bit Of Soap Paul Davis
76 Make Me Smile Chicago
77 Evil Ways Santana
78 United We Stand Brotherhood Of Man
79 Montego Bay Bobby Bloom
80 Early In The Morning Vanity Fare
81 Lay Down Melanie
82 Yellow River Christie
83 El Condor Pasa Simon & Garfunkel
84 Groovy Situation Gene Chandler
85 Everything Is Tuesday Chairmen Of The Board
86 Daughter Of Darkness Tom Jones
87 Westbound #9 Flaming Ember
88 Don't Cry Daddy Elvis Presley
89 Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? Chicago
90 Teach Your Children Crosby Stills Nash & Young
91 Tighter Tighter Alive & Kicking
92 Fire & Rain James Taylor
93 Stand By Your Man Candi Staton
94 Make It With You Bread
95 Love Or Let Me Be Lonely Friends Of Distinction
96 Midnight Cowboy Ferrante & Teicher
97 Ohio Crosby Stills Nash & Young
98 Kentucky Rain Elvis Presley
99 Joanne Mike Nesmith
100 Domino Van Morrison
- SOURCE: craig.smith/chum70



"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