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 12, 2010



1972 TOP 100


1 American Pie Don McLean
2 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face Roberta Flack
3 A Horse With No Name America
4 Puppy Love Donny Osmond
5 Daddy Don't You Walk So Fast Wayne Newton
6 Alone Again Gilbert O'Sulivan
7 School's Out Alice Cooper
8 Heart Of Gold Neil Young
9 Baby Don't Get Hooked On Me Mac Davis
10 Amazing Grace Royal Scots Dragoon Guards
11 Oh Girl Chi-lites
12 Without You Nilsson
13 Black & White Three Dog Night
14 Lean On Me Bill Withers
15 The Candy Man Sammy Davis Jr.
16 Brandy (You're A Fine Girl) Looking Glass
17 Sealed With A Kiss Bobby Vinton
18 Ben Michael Jackson
19 Long Cool Woman With A Black Dress Hollies
20 Sunshine Johnathan Edwards
21 Saturday In The Park Chicago
22 Morning Has Broken Cat Stevens
23 Sylvia's Mother Dr. Hook
24 Outaspace Billy Preston
25 Ding-A Ling Chuck Berry
26 I'd Love You To Want Me Lobo
27 Brand New Key Melanie
28 Precious & Few Climax
29 I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing New Seekers
30 Beautiful Sunday Daniel Boone
31 Let's Stay Together Al Green
32 How Do You Do? Mouth & McNeil
33 Song Sung Blue Neil Diamond
34 Hot Rod Lincon Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen
35 Popcorn Hot Butter
36 Nice To Be With You Gallery
37 Taxi Harry Chapin
38 Family Of Man Three Dog Night
39 Doctor My Eyes Jackson Browne
40 Nights In White Satin Moody Blues
41 Troglodyte Jimmy Castor Bunch
42 I Am Woman Helen Reddy
43 Rock & Roll (Pt.2) Gary Glitter
44 Garden Party Rick Nelson
45 The Lion Sleeps Tonight Robert John
46 Rock & Roll Lulaby B.J. Thomas
47 One Monkey Don't Stop No Show Honey Cone
48 Betcha By Golly Wow Stylistics
49 Burning Love Elvis Presley
50 Down By The Lazy River Osmonds
51 Mother & Child Reunion Paul Simon
52 Day After Day Badfinger
53 The Way Of Love Cher
54 Back Of Boogaloo Ringo Starr
55 I Can See Clearly Now Johnny Nash
56 Roundabout Yes
57 Layla Derek & The Dominoes
58 Coconut Nilsson
59 Slippin' Into Darkness War
60 The Guitar Man Bread
61 It's Too Late To Turn Back Now Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose
62 Scorpio Dennis Coffey
63 Clean Up Woman Betty Wright
64 Never Been To Spain Three Dog Night
65 We've Got To Get It On Again Addrisi Brothers
66 Everybody Plays The Fool Main Ingredient
67 Vincent Don McLean
68 Bang A Gong T Rex
69 Love Me Love Me Love Frank Mills
70 You Are Everything Stylistics
71 Backstabbers O'Jays
72 Don't Say You Don't Remember Beverly Bremers
73 Stay With Me Faces
74 Hurting Each Other Carpenters
75 Lonely Boy Donny Osmond
76 Hold Your Head Up Argent
77 (Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All Fifth Dimension
78 My World Bee Gees
79 Suavecito Malo
80 Go All The Way Raspberries
81 Conquistador Procol Harum
82 Joy Apollo 100
83 Day By Day Godspell
84 Cherish David Cassidy
85 You Could Have Been A Lady April Wine
86 Everything I Own Bread
87 Honky Cat Elton John
88 Poor Little Fool Frank Mills
89 Runnin' Back To Saskatoon Guess Who
90 I'll Take You There Staple Singers
91 Run To Me Bee Gees
92 Goodbye To Love Carpenters
93 Walkin' In The Rain With The One I Love Love Unlimited
94 Brandy Scott English
95 In The Rain Dramatics
96 You Don't Mess Around With Jim Jim Croce
97 Beautiful Gordon Lightfoot
98 Too Young Donny Osmond
99 Old Man Neil Young
100 Hey Big Brother Rare Earth


"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