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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).

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

JIM VAN HORNE

Jim Van Horne (born David Melnyk on December 15, 1950 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian sports anchor.
Van Horne began his broadcasting career on CKMP in Midland, Ontario, in 1971. From 1972 to 1980, Van Horne was one of the top disc jockeys in Canada at 1050 CHUM in Toronto. He was named Billboard Magazine's Disc Jockey of the year in 1972, the only Canadian to ever claim the honour. From 1980 to 1984, he was the late night sports anchor for CFAC television in Calgary, while hosting the Calgary Flames' NHL broadcasts.
He moved on to a long career with TSN where he was a sportsanchor from the beginning of that sports network's history in 1984 until 2001. He took a couple years off television and returned to TSN's rival sports network Rogers Sportsnet in 2003.
Van Horne is currently an anchor for the NHL Network program, NHL on the Fly. He is also involved in corporate and media training at all levels. In 2008, he announced CBC's baseball and softball coverage at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_Van_Horne

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THE FOLLOWING IS FROM JIM VAN HORNE'S BLOG @ http://www.jimvanhorne.com/blog/?p=97

JIM VAN HORNE'S HOME SITE @ http://www.jimvanhorne.com/

1050-CHUM

Posted on November 17, 2008
It was a sign for the ages, on a building for the ages. It was simple. A red ball on top, and neon letters spelling vertically down, 1050-CHUM. The radio station I grew up listening to. The radio station I grew up working at. Now the sign is gone, a part of Toronto’s history has disappeared. I’ve heard rumours that it will resurface on another building, now that CHUM has been taken over by CTV. I sure hope so. Allan Waters brought rock n’ roll to Canada. CHUM was THE radio station to listen to in the 50’s 60’s and early 70’s. I spent eight glorious years there, from 72 to 80. Jay Nelson, Tom Rivers, Terry Steele, all legends who have left us. It was one of the momentous times of my life. On a cold early winter afternoon, it was sad to walk by the building that will soon make room for condos, to know that a piece of Toronto history is being torn down. A buidling, and a sign that meant so much to so many people, who worked there, and listened to the station. I for one will miss it.


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http://www3.sympatico.ca/craig.smith/chumreplay.htm
http://www.broadcastdialogue.com/Admin/pdf/stories/People%202010-09_Gord%20James_West.pdf


FROM: http://rockradioscrapbook.ca/chumbug2.html - NOTE: THIS SITE CONTAINS A JIM VAN HORNE AIRCHECK PLUS MANY MORE AIRCHECKS WELL WORTH CHECKING OUT!

When Jim Van Horne came to CHUM in 1973, he joined one of the most impressive rosters in the history of Top 40 radio.

CHUM's day started with long-time morning man Jay Nelson (5-9 a.m.). In 1973, Nelson would mark his 10th year in morning drive at CHUM after coming north from Buffalo's WKBW in 1963. He would continue at CHUM until December, 1980 - a remarkable 17-year run. After several Toronto radio and TV stops in the 1980s and '90s, Nelson died in 1994.

Late mornings (9 a.m.-noon) were the preserve of Roger Ashby. The long-time host of the "Sunday Morning Oldies Show" arrived at CHUM from CKOC Hamilton on the all-night show in 1969. He moved to middays in 1972. In 1985, Ashby switched over to CHUM-FM for a very long and successful run in mornings.

Jim Van Horne started in radio in 1971 at CKMP Midland, Ont. He began a seven-year-run at CHUM in April, 1973, and held down the early afternoon (noon-3 p.m.) shift in June of that year. In 1984, Van Horne began a 17-year run as anchor at The Sports Network (TSN). Following a return to CHUM during its short-lived sports format (2001-02), he anchored on Rogers Sportsnet.

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CHUM HISTORY

"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

CHART NUMBER 1

Monday, May 27, 1957

Chart Number: 1
This
Week
Last
Week
ArtistTrackTotal
Weeks
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

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