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, July 24, 2010




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

1 Tonight's The Night - Rod Stewart
2 You Light Up My Life - Debby Boone
3 Hotel California - Eagles
4 Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
5 You Make Me Feel Like Dancing - Leo Sayer
6 I Just Want To Be Your Everything - Andy Gibb
7 When I Need You - Leo Sayer
8 Blinded By The Light - Manfred Mann's Earth Band
9 How Deep Is Your Love - Bee Gees
10 Star Wars/Cantina Band - Meco
11 (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher & Higher - Rita Coolidge
12 Undercover Angel - Allan O'Day
13 Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon
14 Handy Man - James Taylor
15 I'm Your Boogie Man - K.C. & The Sunshine Band
16 I'm In You - Peter Frampton
17 Don't Give Up On Us - David Soul
18 New Kid In Town - Eagles
19 You Make Lovin' - Fun Fleetwood Mac
20 Easy - Commodores
21 Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
22 So Into You - Atlanta Rhythm Section
23 Da Doo Ron Ron - Shaun Cassidy
24 Stand Tall - Burton Cummings
25 Don't Stop - Fleetwood Mac
26 Rich Girl - Hall & Oates
27 I Like Dreaming - Kenny Nolan
28 Whatcha Gonna Do? - Pablo Cruise
29 Love Theme From 'A Star Is Born" - Barbara Streisand
30 How Much Love - Leo Sayer
31 Torn Between Two Lovers - Mary McGregor
32 Jeans On - David Dundas
33 I Never Cry - Alice Cooper
34 Signed Sealed Delivered - Peter Frampton
35 Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue - Crystal Gayle
36 Keep It Comin' Love - K. C. & The Sunshine Band
37 Livin' Thing - Electric Light Orchestra
38 You Don't Have To Be A Star - Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis II
39 I Wish Stevie Wonder
40 The Things We Do For Love - 10CC
41 Looks Like We Made - It Barry Manilow
42 Car Wash - Rose Royce
43 Lonely Boy - Andrew Gold
44 Swingtown - Steve Miller Band
45 Baby What A Big Surprise - Chicago
46 Life In The Fast Lane - Eagles
47 Knowing Me Knowing You - ABBA
48 Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word - Elton John
49 Night Moves - Bob Seger
50 Smoke From A Distant Fire - Sandford Townsend Band
51 Hot Line - Sylvers
52 Jet Airliner - Steve Miller Band
53 On & On - Stephen Bishop
54 Somebody To Love - Queen
55 Angel In Your Arms - Hot
56 That's Rock & Roll - Shaun Cassidy
57 Don't Leave Me This Way - Thelma Houston
58 Year Of The Cat - Al Stewart
59 Lido Shuffle - Boz Scaggs
60 Swaying To The Music - Johnny Rivers
61 You Wont Dance With Me - April Wine
62 Heard It In A Love Song - Marshal Tucker Band
63 Weekend In New England - Barry Manilow
64 Cold As Ice - Foreigner
65 Rubberband Man - Spinners
66 Southern Nights - Glen Campbell
67 Margaritaville - Jimmy Buffet
68 She Did It - Eric Carmen
69 Right Time Of The Night - Jennifer Warnes
70 Dancing Queen - ABBA
71 Barracuda - Heart
72 More Than A Feeling - Boston
73 You Make Me Believe In Magic - Bay City Rollers
74 Walk This Way - Aerosmith
75 Killing Of Georgie - Rod Stewart
76 Sometimes When We Touch - Dan Hill
77 Carry On Wayward Son - Kansas
78 Maybe I'm Amazed - Wings
79 Just Remember I Love You - Firefall
80 Enjoy Yourself - Jacksons
81 We Just Disagree - Dave Mason
82 Fly Like An Eagle - Steve Miller Band
83 Gonna Fly Now (Theme From Rocky) - Bill Conti
84 Telephone Line - Electric Light Orchestra
85 Feels Like The First Time - Foreigner
86 Best Of My Love - Emotions
87 Do You Wanna Make Love - Peter McCann
88 I Wanna Get Next To You - Rose Royce
89 Couldn't Get It Right - Climax Blues Band
90 Seaside Woman - Suzie & The Red Stripes
91 Love So Right - Bee Gees
92 I've Got Love On My Mind - Natalie Cole
93 Hard Luck Woman - Kiss
94 You & Me - Alice Cooper
95 Give A Little Bit - Supertramp
96 I'm Scared - Burton Cummings
97 You're My World - Helen Reddy
98 Just A Song Before I Go - Crosby Stills & Nash
99 Long Time - Boston
100 My Own Way To Rock - Burton Cummings

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