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, November 25, 2010

CHUM CHART Week: 11/02/59

Week: 11/02/59
Format: T40


CHUM DIAL 1050 - TORONTO                  
                         HIT PARADE 
                   WEEK OF NOVEMBER 2, 1959        
1. Mr. Blue - The Fleetwoods                                   1
    2. Just Ask Your Heart - Frankie Avalon                        2
    3. Deck Of Cards - Wink Martindale                             5
    4. Misty - Johnny Mathis                                       7
    5. Sitting In The Back Seat - Paul Evans                       3
    6. The Angels Listened In - The Crests                        12
    7. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin                                4
    8. Sandy - Larry Hall                                          8
    9. Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka                    6
   10. Lonely Street - Andy Williams                              13
   11. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson                                     
   12. Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell                    
   13. Battle Hymn Of The Republic - Mormon Tabernacle Choir        
   14. Morgen - Ivo Robic                                           
   15. Worried Man - Kingston Trio                                
   16. Oh Carol - Neil Sedaka
   17. Lovable - Jerry Keller 
   18. Battle Of Kookamonga - Homer And Jethro                    
   19. You Were Mine - Fireflies                                   
   20. Enchanted Sea - Islanders
   21. Torquay - Fireballs
   22. Danny Boy - Conway Twitty                                  
   23. Love Potion No. 9 - Clovers 
   24. Unforgettable - Dinah Washington
   25. 'Till I Kissed You - Everly Bros.                           
   26. Joey's Song - Bill Haley                                   
   27. We Got Love - Bobby Rydell                                
   28. Some Kinda Earthquake - Duane Eddy 
   29. I'm Gonna Get Married - Lloyd Price                        
   30. Say Man - Bo Diddley 
   31. Caribbean - Mitchell Torok                                 
   32. In The Mood - Ernie Fields
   33. Be My Guest - Fats Domino                      
   34. Boo Boo Stick Beat - Chet Atkins
   35. Talk To Me - Frank Sinatra
   36. Come Into My Heart - Lloyd Price
   37. Fool's Hall Of Fame - Pat Boone                        
   38. Ski King - E.C. Beatty
   39. Tucumcari - Jimmie Rodgers                                 
   40. So Many Ways - Brook Benton
   41. Woo Hoo - Rock-A-Teens
   42. Boogie Bear - Boyd Bennett                                 
   43. If I Give My Heart To You - Kitty Kallen
   44. Shout - Isley Bros.
   45. Living Doll - Cliff Richards
   46. Just As Much As Ever - Bob Beckham
   47. There Comes A Time - Jack Scott
   48. Crying In The Chapel - Sonny Til & The Orioles
   49. Come On And Get Me - Fabian
   50. Dance With Me - Drifters
   50. Tennessee Waltz - Bobby Comstock/Jerry Fuller

    1. The Kingston Trio At Large - Kingston Trio
    2. Party-Sing Along With Mitch - Mitch Miller 
    3. Porgy And Bess - Movie Sound Track
    4. That's All - Bobby Darin 
    5. Inside Shelly Berman - Shelly Berman 
    6. Billy Vaughn's Golden Sax - Billy Vaughn 
    7. Heavenly - Johnny Mathis
    8. Songs By Ricky - Ricky Nelson 
    9. More Johnny's Greatest Hits - Johnny Mathis 
   10. Ronnie Hawkins - Ronnie Hawkins

       Pete Nordheimer
       Mike Darow
       Dave Johnson
       Bob Laine
       John Spragge
       Al Boliska

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"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