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, September 4, 2010


1963 Memory Music Top 100

The 1963 countdown was presented on CHUM starting June 30th and was published in the July 29th CHUM Chart

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


No . Title Artist
1 Johnny Angel Shelly Fabares
2 Roses Are Red Bobby Vinton
3 Sherry Four Seasons
4 Donna Ritchie Valens
5 Soldier Boy Shirelles
6 Bobby's Girl Marcie Blane
7 Runaway Del Shannon
8 Mashed Potato Time Dee Dee Sharp
9 Palisades Park Freddie Cannon
10 Johnny Get Angry Joanie Sommers
11 Popeye Chubby Checker
12 Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson
13 Locomotion Little Eva
14 Girls Girls Girls Eddie Hodges
15 Sheila Tommy Roe
16 Liberty Valence Gene Pitney
17 Return To Sender Elvis Presley
18 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Neil Sedaka
19 I'm Gonna Knock On Your Door Eddie Hodges
20 Diana Paul Anka
21 Hats Off To Larry Del Shannon
22 Sink The Bismark Johnny Horton
23 Venus Frankie Avalon
24 It's Now Or Never Elvis Presley
25 Battle Of New Orleans Johnny Horton
26 The Twist Chubby Checker
27 Monster Mash Bobby "Boris" Pickett
28 Sealed With A Kiss Brian Hyland
29 Venus In Blue Jeans Jimmie Clanton
30 He's A Rebel The Crystals
31 Blue Moon Marcells
32 The Young Ones Cliff Richard
33 Things Bobby Darin
34 Surrender Elvis Presley
35 She Can't find Her Keys Paul Peterson
36 Calendar Girl Neil Sedaka
37 Who Put The Bomp... Barry Mann
38 A White Sports Coat Marty Robbins
39 Shout Shout Ernie Maresca
40 Big Girls Don't Cry Four Seasons
41 Wolverton Mountain Claude King
42 Hit The Road Jack Ray Charles
43 Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley
44 Mr Blue Fleetwoods
45 Tell Laura I Love Her Ray Peterson
46 Itsy Bitsy Yellow .. Bikni Brian Hyland
47 My Boomerang Wont Come Back Charlie Drake
48 Only The Lonley Roy Orbison
49 Fortune Teller Bobby Curtola
50 It Doesn't Matter Anymore Buddy Holly
51 Running Scared Roy Orbison
52 North To Alaska Johnny Horton
53 See You In September The Tempos
54 Little Red Rented Rowboat Joe Dowell
55 Wooden Heart Elvis Presley
56 Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
57 Bristol Twistin' Annie The Dovells
58 El Paso Marty Robbins
59 The Lion Sleeps Tonight Tokens
60 Big Bad John Jimmie Dean
61 Do You Love Me The Contours
62 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
63 Wonderful To Be Young Cliff Richard
64 Mr. Lee Bobbettes
65 All I Have To Do Is Dream Everly Brothers
66 Crying Roy Orbison
67 Take Good Care Of My Baby Bobby Vee
68 Witch Doctor David Seville
69 Town Without Pity Gene Pitney
70 Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen Neil Sedaka
71 English Country Garden Jimmie Rodgers
72 Love Letters In The Sand Pat Boone
73 Running Bear Johnny Preston
74 Speedy Gonzales Pat Boone
75 Moody River Pat Boone
76 Mission Bell Donnie Brooks
77 Bristol Stomp Dovells
78 Good Luck Charm Elvis Presley
79 Let's Twist Again Chubby Checker
80 Rubber Ball Bobby Vee
81 She Wears My Ring Jimmy Bell
82 To Know Him Is To Love Him Teddybears
83 Wake Up Little Susie Elvis Presley
84 Milk And Honey Eddie Fisher
85 Young World Ricky Nelson
86 Alley Oop Hollywood Argyles
87 Barbara Ann Regents
88 Lemon Tree Peter Paul & Mary
89 Quarter To Three U.S. Bonds
90 Susie Darlin' Robin Luke
91 Apache Jorgen Ingmann
92 Here Comes Summer Jerry Keller
93 Tom Dooley Kingston Trio
94 Limbo Rock Chubby Checker
95 Moon River Henry Mancini
96 Johnny Willow Fred Darian
97 My Dad Paul Peterson
98 Ramblin' Rose Nat King Cole
99 Put Your Head On My Shoulders Paul Anka
100 Raindrops Dee Clark



"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