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).




Wednesday, September 1, 2010

TORONTO'S TOP 84 SONGS OF 1984 - BASED ON CHUM CHARTS - selected YouTube tracks - tracks may not be radio edit


BE SURE TO VISIT: Rock Radio Scrapbook: The CHUM Archives



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

1 Jump - Van Halen
2 I Just Called To Say I Love You - Stevie Wonder
3 Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go - Wham!
4 Dancing In The Dark - Bruce Springsteen
5 The Reflex - Duran Duran
6 Thriller - Michael Jackson
7 When Doves Cry - Prince
8 Against All Odds - Phil Collins
9 99 Red Balloons - Nena
10 Ghostbusters Ray Parker Jr.
11 Time After Time - Cyndi Lauper
12 What's Love Got To Do With It Tina Turner
13 Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry
14 Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
15 Legs - ZZ Top
16 Union Of The Snake - Duran Duran
17 Let's Go Crazy - Prince
18 You Might Think - Cars
19 Let's Hear It For The Boy - Denise Williams
20 Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
21 We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
22 Drive - Cars
23 The Wild Boys - Duran Duran
24 Owner Of A Lonley Heart - Yes
25 Missing You - John Waite
26 State Of Shock - Jacksons
27 Undercover Of The Night - Rolling Stones
28 Purple Rain - Prince
29 Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
30 Footloose - Kenny Loggins
31 The War Song - Culture Club
32 The Warrior - Scandal
33 Stuck On You - Lionel Richie
34 Talking In Your Sleep - Romantics
35 The Word Is Out - Jermaine Stewart
36 Radio Ga Ga - Queen
37 Say Say Say - Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson
38 Eyes Without - A Face Billy Idol
39 Carribean Queen - Billy Ocean
40 Here Comes The Rain Again - Eurythmics
41 New Moon On Monday - Duran Duran
42 Blue Jean - David Bowie
43 Two Tribes - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
44 Dance Hall Days - Wang Chung
45 They Don't Know - Tracy Ullman
46 Sad Songs - Elton John
47 Twist Of Fate - Olivia Newton-John
48 Run Runaway - Slade
49 Red Red Wine - UB40
50 Wouldn't It Be Good - Nik Kershaw
51 Desert Moon - Dennis De Young
52 Infatuation - Rod Stewart
53 Love Somebody Rick Springfield
54 Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
55 Nobody Told Me -John Lennon
56 She Bop - Cyndi Lauper
57 Miss Me Blind - Culture Club
58 Better Be Good To Me - Tina Turner
59 Flesh For Fantasy - Billy Idol
60 Love Is A Battlefield - Pat Benatar
61 Heart Of Rock & Roll - Huey Lewis & The News
62 Sister Christian - Night Ranger
63 Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
64 Swept Away - Diana Ross
65 Relax - Frankie Goes To Hollywood
66 Self Control - Laura Branigan
67 I Feel For You - Chaka Kahn
68 Lucky Star - Madonna
69 Magic - Cars
70 It's A Miracle - Culture Club
71 If Ever You're In My Arms Again - Peabo Bryson
72 I Want A New Drug - Huey Lewis & The News
73 Torture - Jacksons
74 You Take Me Up - Thompson Twins
75 Out Of Touch - Hall & Oates
76 Sea Of Love - Honeydrippers
77 Jump (For My Love) - Pointer Sisters
78 Major Tom (Coming Home) - Peter Schilling
79 Crumblin' Down - John Cougar Mellencamp
80 Glamorous Life Sheila E.
81 Almost Paradise - Ann Wilson & Mike Reno
82 Run To You - Bryan Adams
83 I Can Dream About You - Dan Hartman
84 Romancing The Stone - Eddie Grant



"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