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, December 10, 2010

Bob McAdorey - 'CHUM's most influential disc jockey'

Bob McAdorey helped usher in radio's rock `n' roll era and set the musical agenda for a generation of Toronto teens.

Few today realize the power that DJs like McAdorey exerted over Toronto popular culture 40 years ago, when radio ruled. It was a cozy time for music — and then CHUM entered the fray, blew the cobwebs away and ushered in the crazy days of rock broadcasting.

McAdorey's radio career started in 1953 when the Niagara Falls native first signed on with CHVC near the Falls, introducing listeners to his unique style of easy-going patter.

After additional stops in London, Guelph, Hamilton and Dawson Creek, McAdorey wound up at Toronto's CHUM, coaxed to climb aboard by resident star DJ Al Boliska.

Starting in 1960, McAdorey began a stint that many people consider rock programming at its finest: brash, spontaneous and pretty wild. And the DJs were the stars.

CHUM became the rock station to listen to and McAdorey was the man who told you if a song was going places. The guy who hung out with The Beatles and The Stones when they were in town (and introduced them from the stage) was known simply as ``Mac.''

For years, he hosted the all-important 4 to 7 p.m. slot. CHUM's chart of the week's top records was posted everywhere: in record stores and high school lockers. Eaton's and Simpson's would only stock those 45s that were on the CHUM list. When a new record called "The Unicorn" came in, McAdorey liked it so much he immediately put it on the air and it sold 140,000 copies in Canada in two weeks and made The Irish Rovers.

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Broadcaster Bob McAdorey died Feb. 5 in Toronto after a long illness. He was 69.

Born and raised in Niagara Falls, ON, McAdorey began his 20-year career in radio at local station CHVC. At age 24, he arrived at 1050 CHUM in Toronto as top DJ, earning an extravagant $7,200 yearly salary.

Serving in the vanguard during the golden age of ’60s rock ‘n’ roll radio, McAdorey routinely schmoozed with top acts including the Beatles, Buddy Holly and the Rolling Stones. Eaton’s and Simpsons would stock only the records that appeared on McAdorey’s weekly chart – a sign of his immense influence. In the era before Cancon regs, McAdorey made a point of supporting local talent, Gordon Lightfoot being one well-known example.
McAdorey was not an easy man to manage, and after disagreements at CHUM he left for television in 1973. For 14 years he bantered with John Dawe and Mike Anscombe on Global’s News at Noon, and later hosted Entertainment Desk. Still no darling of management, McAdorey was fired in 1983 over a satirical piece about how little work got done when the boss was away from the office. Fans launched a hailstorm of complaints and he was quickly rehired.

When McAdorey left for good in 2000, he went out in trademark style, railing against the Global policy that forced him to retire at 65. But his many outside interests more than kept him busy – he played ragtime piano, owned standardbred racing horses, and was a James Joyce buff. -


TORONTO -- Bob McAdorey, a pioneering Toronto rock 'n' roll disc jockey
before he became a popular noon-hour news anchor for Global Television,
died Saturday after a long illness, friends said yesterday. He was 69.

Irreverent, smart and broadly appealing, Mr. McAdorey first achieved
success as a young man in the early 1960s on CHUM, a station that
revolutionized radio in Canada.

Torontonians of a certain age will remember Mr. McAdorey introducing
such pop luminaries as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones at their
engagements here in the 1960s, while his entertainment journalism
brought him into contact with Hollywood stars stretching back to its
golden period -- John Wayne and Jerry Lewis -- to the present day.

In the mid-1970s, he appeared on Global, where he produced humour

It was in 1980 when, with Mike Anscombe and John Dawe, he became one of
the "three nice guys," hosting a groundbreaking noon-hour news and
current affairs show on Global.

Funny in circumstances where humour was sometimes frowned upon, Mr.
McAdorey, the show's entertainment anchor, was once fired after
producing a mid-summer news item lampooning hot, lazy days at work.

When news of his dismissal hit the streets of Toronto, telephone calls
and letters inundated Global, which was soon forced to reverse its
decision and reinstate its popular anchor.

It later emerged that women of Irish extraction in the Toronto Star's
classified ads department had mounted a telephone blitz against Global
with the aim of getting their hero's job back.

"He was a remarkable individual and he was much loved and he had
phenomenal respect in the industry for his integrity and
professionalism," said Mr. Dawe, his co-host at Global.

Mr. McAdorey grew up in Niagara Falls, Ont., and got his start there on
radio, working for CHVC.

He later became the top morning radio personality in Toronto on CHUM
during the 1960s before going on to Global in the mid-1970s.

Elaine Loring, who worked as an entertainment reporter with Mr.
McAdorey for 18 years, last saw him at his retirement party in 2000 --
and last heard from him two years ago, when she received a Valentine's
Day card.

She described him as "funny, irreverent, totally honest -- to the point
of maybe too much."

Ms. Loring remembered movie reviews so brutal that Mr. McAdorey almost
went "over the top" -- until his sense of humour kicked in, a tendency
that also marked his dealings with life more generally.

"He had a lot of sadness in his life and probably used the humour a lot
to get through it all," she said. "He always allowed the humour to come
back in his life." -


Canuck rock: a history of Canadian popular music - Bob McAdorey chum

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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