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CHUM is celebrating its 50th anniversary this week by playing a lot of music from the 50s and 60s. Does anyone remember answering the phone by saying "I listen to CHUM?" There were Al Boliska and Jungle Jay Nelson and others I've forgotten, but I listened to that station all the time when the kids were small and have been listening off and on this week, which really brings back memories of those days. My neighbour used to come in and play scrabble while the kids were napping and we always listened to CHUM. - haili
Chum and Al Boliska where a big part of my life in the fifties. Al Boliska was the MC at a prom I went to at Thornhill High School and that was a major event. WKBW and the "Sound of the Hound" was also another favorite DJ. I saw him al Loews Uptown Theatre in 1956 when he brought his rock and roll show to town. Another big event. I took my Dads 8mm camera in an filmed some of it. Check the library for a great book on the history of CHUM. Its a great nostalgia read. -KenK
CHUM was the best station to listen to, for sure. Remember the CHUM booth at the CNE? Jay Nelson would pick girls out of the audience to 'dance' to the music. My favourite radio guy with CHUM was the late Larry Wilson. He did a lot of news but did the late night radio often. I had the priviledge to meet him at the Hermans Hermits concert, and ended up being his babysitter! He was a great guy..
When I moved to Toronto in the mid '80s, I had to switch from CFOX to Chum. Man, I was getting tired of listening to "We are the World" every morning at the same time.
I remember back in the late 60's or early 70's they had a contest where it was like a stock market and every DJ had a stock named after them. You selected one of the stocks and they would play a game and if the stock was down- you lost but if it was up, you won the amount it was up by. Well one time I made it as the 3rd or whatever caller they were looking for and I won FIFTEEN DOLLARS !!!!. Man, I was 14 years old and I was rich....rich I tell you!!!. Don't remember what I spent the money on but candy was probably involved.
Remember they would always say the singers were right there with them? "Elvis dropped by to sing his newest hit ..." At 11, I believed them!
One of the biggest thrills of my young life was knowing the answer to a riddle one day. I called in and won a red leather wallet with the CHUM logo stamped in gold on the inside. Well, I was over the moon!
I treasured that wallet for years.
Hi, this is my first time doing this but just had to say also I remember going to the EX and going to the CHUM booth. Getting free Chum charts and sometimes seeing Jungle Jay or Al Boliska. Great times.
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