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).




Friday, September 3, 2010


Top 300 from 1968

SOURCE: Craig's M. Smith's 1050 CHUM Chart fan site/CHUM .. The All Time charts

This Countdown was played on the Canadian Thanksgiving weekend in October of 1968.

No. Title Artist
1 Cherish Association
2 Light My Fire Doors
3 Yesterday Beatles
4 House Of The Rising Sun Animals
5 Satisfaction Rolling Stones
6 Young Girl Gary Puckett & The Union Gap
7 The Letter Box Tops
8 To Sir With Love Lulu
9 Penny Lane Beatles
10 California Dreaming Mamas & Papas
11 Johnny Angel Shelley Fabares
12 Never My Love Association
13 Last Kiss J. Frank Wilson
14 Whiter Shade Of Pale Procol Harum
15 Donna Richie Valens
16 Sounds Of Silence Simon & Garfunkel
17 Something Stupid Frank & Nancy Sinatra
18 Where Did Our Love Go Supremes
19 Monday Monday Mamas & Papas
20 Pleasant Valley Sunday Monkees
21 Windy Association
22 Come On Down To My Boat Every Mothers Son
23 White Rabbit Jefferson Starship
24 I Wanna Hold Your Hand Beatles
25 Downtown Petula Clark
26 Summer In The City Lovin' Spoonfull
27 1,2,3, Red Light 1910 Fruitgum Co.
28 Love Is Blue Paul Mauriat
29 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do Neil Sedaka
30 Kicks Paul Revere & The Raiders
31 Pretty Woman Roy Orbison
32 She Loves You Beatles
33 Society's Child Janis Ian
34 Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay Otis Redding
35 This Diamond Ring Gary Lewis & The Playboys
36 Sheila Tommy Roe
37 Sunny Bobby Hebb
38 Come Go With Me Del-Vikings
39 Up Up And Away Fifth Dimension
40 Hanky Panky Tommy James & The Shondells
41 Cherry Cherry Neil Diamomd
42 Groovin' Young Rascals
43 Mirage Tommy James & The Shondells
44 Do You Believe In Magic Lovin' Spoonful
45 Bend Me, Shape Me American Breed
46 Georgie Girl Seekers
47 Dedicated To The One I Love Mamas & Papas
48 California Girls Beach Boys
49 Daydream Believer Monkees
50 Hanky Panky Tommy James & The Shondells
51 Eve Of Destruction Barry Mcguire
52 Down In The Boondocks Billy Joe Royal
53 Ferry Cross The Mersey Gerry & The Pacemakers
54 Do Wah Diddy Manfred Mann
55 Honey Bobby Goldsboro
56 And I Love Her Beatles
57 He's So Fine Chiffons
58 Help Me Rhonda Beach Boys
59 Groovy Kind Of Love Mindbenders
60 The Good, The Bad, The Ugly Hugo Montenegro
61 Sunshine Superman Donovan
62 Reflections Supremes
63 Brown Eyed Girl Van Morrison
64 Wooly Bully Sam The Sham
65 Respect Aretha Franklin
66 Baby Love Supremes
67 Happy Together Turtles
68 It's All In The Game Tommy Edwards
69 I Think Were Alone Now Tommy James & The Shondells
70 Last Train To Clarksville Monkees
71 Goin' Out Of My Head Little Anthony & The Imperials
72 It's A Man's World James Brown
73 Theme Fron A "Summer Place" Percy Faith
74 Uptight Little Stevie Wonder
75 Mrs. Brown .... Daughter Herman's Hermits
76 Mecca Gene Pitney
77 Dirty Water Standels
78 Strangers In The Night Frank Sinatra
79 Sherry Four Seasons
80 The Beat Goes On Sonny & Cher
81 Runaway Del Shannon
82 Sealed With A Kiss Brian Hyland
83 Incense & Pepperments Strawberry Alarm Clock
84 Ode To Billy Joe Bobby Gentry
85 Mcarthur Park Richard Harris
86 Paint It Black Rolling Stones
87 See You In September Happenings
88 By The Time I Get To Phoenix Glen Campbell
89 Wipeout Surfares
90 Silence Is Golden Tremeloes
91 My Girl Temptaions
92 These Boots Are Made For Walking Nancy Sinatra
93 Walk Away Renee Left Bank
94 Valley Of The Dolls Dionne Warwick
95 Soul & Inspiration Righteous Brothers
96 The Lion Sleeps Tonight Tokens
97 When A Man Loves A Woman Percy Sledge
98 Get Off My Cloud Rolling Stones
99 A Beautiful Morning Rascals
100 Nowhere Man Beatles
101 The Rain, Park And Other Things Cowsills
102 This Guy's In Love With You Herb Alpert
103 Venus Frankie Avalon
104 I Am A Rock Simon & Garfunkel
105 Sweet Soul Music Arthur Conley
106 Teen Angel Mark Dinning
107 Ups And Downs Paul Revere & The Raiders
108 I Got You Babe Sonny & Cher
109 Gloria Shadows Of Night
110 Call Me Chris Montez
111 Cool Jerk The Capitols
112 I Say A Little Prayer Dionne Warwick
113 Good Thing Paul Revere & The Raiders
114 Sunday Will Never Be The Same Spanky & Our Gang
115 You've Got Your Troubles Fortunes
116 Him Or Me Paul Revere & The Raiders
117 It's Not Unusal Tom Jones
118 Go Where You Wanna Go Fifth Dimension
119 Handy Man Jimmy Jones
120 I Can't Take My Eyes Off You Frankie Valli
121 Love Potion #9 Searchers
122 Kiss Me Goodbye Petula Clark
123 My Boyfriend's Back Angels
124 Keep The Ball Rolling Jay & The Techniques
125 Louie Louie Kingsmen
126 Along Comes Mary Association
127 I'm A Man Spencer Davis Group
128 Baby I Need Your Lovin Johnny Rivers
129 Cathy's Clown Everly Brothers
130 Kind Of A Drag Buckinghams
131 The Cheater Bob Kuban
132 Sixteen Candles Crests
133 Judy In Disguise John Fred & THe Playboy Band
134 Good Lovin' Young Rascals
135 I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry B. J. Thomas
136 I Can See For Miles Who
137 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
138 Look Of Love Leslie Gore
139 Nobody I Know Peter & Gordon
140 Opportunity Mandela
141 Snoopy Vs.The Red Baron Royal Guardsmen
142 A Lovers Concerto The Toys
143 Strangers On The Shore Mr. Acker Bilk
144 Woman, Woman Union Gap
145 Yummy Yummy Yummy Ohio Express
146 Suzie Darlin' Robin Luke
147 Bye Bye Love Everly Brothers
148 Yesterday's Gone Chad Stewart & Jeremy Clyde
149 Bits & Pieces Dave Clark 5
150 Crying In THe Chapel Elvis Presley
151 Count Me In Gary Lewis & Playboys
152 Psychotic Reaction Count Five
153 Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying Gerry & The Pacemakers
154 See See Rider Eric Burdon & The Animals
155 Release Me Englebert Humperdink
156 This Mountain's High Dick & Dee Dee
157 California Sun Riveras
158 Roses Are Red Bobby Vinton
159 Good Vibrations Beach Boys
160 Lady Godiva Peter & Gordon
161 Go Now Moodie Blues
162 Mother In Law Ernie K Doe
163 Liberty Valence Gene Pitney
164 Put Your Head On My Shoulders Paul Anka
165 Gimmie A Little Sign Brenton Wood
166 Can't You Hear My Heartbeat Herman's Hermits
167 Massachusetts Bee Gees
168 Creeque Alley Mamas & The Papas
169 Game Of Love Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
170 Denise Randy & THe Rainbows
171 He's A Rebel Chiffons
172 People Gotta Be Free Rascals
173 Corrinna Corrinna Ray Peterson
174 Things Bobby Darin
175 Our Day Will Come Ruby & The Romantics
176 Seventh Son Johnny Rivers
177 Rag Doll Four Seasons
178 Love Me Two Times Doors
179 Crying Roy Orbison
180 Heart Of Stone Rolling Stones
181 Mr Lonely Bobby Vinton
182 I Dig Rock & Roll Music Peter Paul & Mary
183 Diana Paul Anka
184 (I'm) Henry The Eighth Herman's Hermits
185 Ring Of Fire Johnny Cash
186 Words Bee Gees
187 Mountain Of Love Johnny Rivers
188 Here Comes Da Judge Shorty Long
189 I Got Rythm Happenings
190 I Know A Place Petula Clark
191 But It's Alright J.J. Jackson
192 Close To Cathy Mike Clifford
193 Have I The Right Honeycombs
194 Navy Blue Diane Renay
195 Duke Of Earl Gene Chandler
196 96 Tears ? & The Mysterians
197 Higher & Higher Jackie Wilson
198 Mama B.J. Thomas
199 Do You Love Me Contours
200 Raindrops Dee Clark
201 It's My Party Lesie Gore
202 This Time Troy Shondell
203 Black Is Black Los Bravos
204 Rain Rain Go Away Bobby Vinton
205 If You Can Want Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
206 Dawn (Go Away) Four Seasons
207 Hurdy Gurdy Man Donovan
208 I'm Into Something Good Herman's Hermits
209 There's A Kind Of A Hush Herman's Hermits
210 A Little Bit Of Soul Music Explosion
211 Are You Lonesome Tonight Everly Brothers
212 Everybody Loves Somebody Dean Martin
213 Here Comes The Night Them
214 Devil With Blue Dress/Godd Golly Miss Molly Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
215 Indian Lake Cowsills
216 Tell It To The Rain Four Seasons
217 All I Have To Do Is Dream Everly Brothers
218 Catch The Wind Donovan
219 Come A Little Bit Closer Jay & The Americans
220 Silhouettes Herman's Hermits
221 Mr. Dream Merchant Jerry Butler
222 I Get Around Beach Boys
223 Love Is All Around Troggs
224 This Boy Beatles
225 You Can't Hurry Love Supremes
226 Sweet Pea Tommy Roe
227 Can't You See That's She's Mine Dave Clark 5
228 Solitary Man Neil Diamond
229 Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini Brian Hyland
230 Differnt Drum Stone Ponies
231 Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie Jay & The Techniques
232 You Send Me Sam Cooke
233 She'd Rather Be With Me Turtles
234 The Big Hurt Toni Fisher
235 Eight Days A Week Beatles
236 Yesterlove Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
237 Black Day July Gordon Lightfoot
238 Soldier Boy Shirelles
239 More Kai Winding
240 19th Nervous Breakdown Rolling Stones
241 All Alone Am I Brenda Lee
242 Such A Night Elvis Presley
243 Eleanor Rigby Beatles
244 Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer
245 A Sign Of The Times Petula Clark
246 Time Is On My Side Rolling Stones
247 Shaking All Over Guess Who
248 Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye Casinos
249 You Keep Me Hangin On Supremes
250 For What's It's Worth Buffalo Springfield
251 Rhythm Of The Rain Cascades
252 Sukiyaki Kyu Sakamoto
253 Simon Says 1910 Fruitgum Co.
254 To Know Him Is To Love Him Teddy Bears
255 From Me To You Beatles
256 Birds & The Bees Jewel Atkins
257 King Of The Road Roger Miller
258 Baby Now That I Found You Foundations
259 You Were On My Mind We Five
260 Because Dave Clark 5
261 I Can't Help Myself Four Tops
262 Everything That Touches You Association
263 Happy Jack Who
264 Mr. Tambourine Man Byrds
265 Concrete & Clay Unit Four + Two
266 You Got What It Takes Dave Clark 5
267 Flowers on the Wall Statler Brothers
268 I Will Follow Him Little Peggy March
269 Poor Little Fool Ricky Nelson
270 Five O Clock World Vouges
271 Winchester Cathedral New Vaudeville Band
272 You're The Reason Bobby Darin
273 Bread & Butter Newbeats
274 98.6 Keith
275 Pied Piper Crispian St.Peter
276 Baby I'm Yours Barbara Lewis
277 Telstar Tornadoes
278 Three Rows Over Bobby Curtola
279 You've Got To Hide Your Love Away Silkie
280 Poor Side Of Town Johnny Rivers
281 Wishin' & Hopin' Dusty Springfield
282 Bad To Me Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
283 Elusive Butterfly Bob Lind
284 Itchycoo Park Small Faces
285 My Girl Josephine Jerry Jaye
286 Town Without Pity Gene Pitney
287 Chaple Of Love Dixe Cups
288 You Didn't Have To Be So Nice Lovin' Spoonfull
289 San Francisco Scott Mackenzie
290 La La Means I Love You Delfonics
291 Loddy Lo Chubby Checker
292 Walk Don't Run Ventures
293 Kiss Me Quick Elvis Presley
294 Memphis Johnny Rivers
295 Cornflakes & Ice Cream Lords Of London
296 Palidades Park Freddy Cannon
297 Hang On Sloopy McCoys
298 Broomstick Cowboy Bobby Goldsboro
299 I Can't Stop Lovin' You Ray Charles
300 Big Girls Don't Cry Four Seasons



"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