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).




Thursday, August 5, 2010

1975 chum's playlist included ... (selected tracks found on YouTube)




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

1 Love Will Keep Us Together - Captain & Tennille
2 Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds - Elton John
3 Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
4 Mandy - Barry Manilow
5 Lady Marmalade - Labelle
6 Someone Saved My Life Tonight - Elton John
7 Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas
8 I'm Sorry / Caylpso - John Denver
9 Get Down Tonight - K.C & The Sunshine Band
10 Have You Never Been Mellow - Oliva Newton-John
11 Fame - David Bowie
12 My Eyes Adored You - Frankie Valli
13 Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
14 Best Of My Love - Eagles
15 Rhinestone Cowboy - Glen Campbell
16 Ballroom Blitz - Sweet
17 He Don't Love You (Like I Love You) - Tony Orlando & Dawn
18 Pinball Wizard (LP Cut) - Elton John
19 Bad Blood - Neil Sedaka
20 The Hustle - Van McCoy
21 Thank God I'm A Country Boy - John Denver
22 How Sweet It Is - James Taylor
23 Wildfire - Michael Murphy
24 One Man Woman/One Woman Man - Paul Anka w/ Odia Coates
25 Doctor's Orders - Carol Douglas
26 Listen To What The Man Said - Paul McCartney & Wings
27 Fallin' In Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds
28 It's A Miracle - Barry Manilow
29 I'm Not In Love - 10CC
30 Hey Won't You Play Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song - B. J. Thomas
31 Island Girl - Elton John
32 Hey You Bachman Turner Overdrive
33 Angie Baby - Helen Reddy
34 Old Days - Chicago
35 Jackie Blue - Ozark Mountain Daredevils
36 Some Kind Of Wonderful - Grand Funk
37 Don't Call Us We'll Call You - Sugarloaf
38 Never Can Say Goodbye - Gloria Gaynor
39 Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me) - Doobie Brothers
40 Please Mr. Postman - Carpenters
41 Lyin' Eyes - Eagles
42 Laughter In The Rain - Neil Sedaka
43 That's The Way I Like It - K. C. & The Sunshine Band
44 When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
45 My Melody Of Love - Bobby Vinton
46 Shame Shame Shame - Shirley & Company
47 Nights On Broadway - Bee Gees
48 At 17 - Janis Ian
49 They Just Can't Stop It (The Games People Play)- Spinners
50 You're The First, The Last, My Everything - Barry White
51 Boogie On Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
52 Junior's Farm - Paul McCartney & Wings
53 Miracles - Jefferson Starship
54 I Can Help - Billy Swan
55 The Homecoming - Hagood Hardy
56 Cat's In The Cradle - Harry Chapin
57 Rocky - Austin Roberts
58 One Of These Nights - Eagles
59 Midnight Blue - Melissa Manchester
60 How Long - Ace
61 Sister Golden Hair - America
62 Only Women - Alice Cooper
63 Roll On Down The Highway - Bachman Turner Overdrive
64 Rockin' Chair - Gwen McCrae
65 Pick Up The Pieces - Average White Band
66 Magic - Pilot
67 I Don't Like To Sleep Alone - Paul Anka w/ Odia Coates
68 I'm Not Lisa - Jessi Coulter
69 Heat Wave - Linda Ronstadt
70 Dance With Me - Orleans
71 Black Superman (Muhammad Ali) - Johnny Wakelin
72 Quick Change Artist - Bachman Turner Overdrive
73 Third Rate Romance Amazing - Rhythm Aces
74 Lovin' You Minnie - Riperton
75 Why Can't We Be Friends - War
76 Fire - Ohio Players
77 Black Water - Doobie Brothers
78 No No Song - Ringo Starr
79 Bad Time - Grand Funk
80 (I Believe) There's Nothing Stronger Than Our Love - Paul Anka w/ Odia Coates
81 You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt
82 New Orleans - Stampeders
83 Who Loves You - Four Seasons
84 Do It (Till Your Satisfied) - B. T. Express
85 I Only Have Eyes For You - Art Garfunkel
86 What The Hell I Got - Michel Pagliaro
87 Please Mr. Please - Olivia Newton-John
88 Chevy Van - Sammy Johns
89 Swearin' To God - Frankie Valli
90 Ain't No Way To Treat A Lady - Helen Reddy
91 Only Yesterday - Carpenters
92 You Are So Beautiful - Joe Cocker
93 Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me) - Charity Brown
94 Brazil - Ritchie Family
95 Lady Blue - Leon Russell
96 Hit The Road Jack - Stampeders
97 Rockford Files - Mike Post
98 Bungle In The Jungle - Jethro Tull
99 What An Animal - Fludd
100 Dynomite - Bazuka



"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