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).




Saturday, December 17, 2011

December 1958 'The Chipmunk Song' was topping the CHUM Charts


Monday, December 22, 1958

This Week/Last Week/Artist/Track/Total Weeks

1 1 Chipmunks, The Chipmunk Song, The 2
2 2 Teddy Bears, The To Know Him Is To Love Him 8
3 8 Platters, The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes 3
4 9 Grammer, Billy Gotta Travel On 4
5 6 Edwards, Tommy Love Is All We Need 8
6 4 Presley, Elvis I Got Stung 7
6 4 Presley, Elvis One Night 7
7 13 Reeves, Jim Billy Bayou 5
8 5 Everly Brothers, The Problems 7
8 5 Everly Brothers, The Love Of My Life 7
9 7 Dolardo, Tony Come Prima 5
10 3 Playmates, The Beep Beep 7
11 10 Rodgers, Jimmie Bimbombey 5
12 11 Eddy, Duane Cannonball 6
13 21 Domino, Fats Whole Lotta Lovin' 5
14 12 Prima, Louis & Keely Smith That Old Black Magic 5
15 19 Nelson, Ricky Lonesome Town 8
16 14 Anka, Paul Teen Commandments, The 3
17 25 Williams, Roger World Outside, The 5
17 25 Four Aces, The World Outside, The 5
18 31 Pedrick Jr., Bobby White Bucks And Saddle Shoes 3
19 16 Diamonds, The Walking Along 9
20 18 Nu Tornados, The Philadelphia, U.S.A. 4
21 28 Light, Enoch & The Light Brigade I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha 6
21 28 Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha 6
22 41 Cole, Cozy Turvey II 2
23 17 Kingston Trio, The Tom Dooley 11
24 47 Francis, Connie My Happiness 1
25 20 McPhatter, Clyde A Lover's Question 5
26 15 Valens, Ritchie Come On Let's Go 11
27 36 Scott, Jack Goodbye Baby 3
27 36 Scott, Jack Save My Soul 3
28 48 Valens, Ritchie Donna 1
29 22 Boone, Pat I'll Remember Tonight 8
30 24 Como, Perry Love Makes The World Go Round 8
31 32 Robbins, Marty Ain't I The Lucky One 4
32 38 Williams, Andy Hawaiian Wedding Song, The (Ke Kali Nei Au) 2
32 38 Williams, Andy House Of Bamboo, The 1
33 23 Big Bopper Big Bopper's Wedding 6
34 49 Valli, June Wedding, The 1
35 46 Wilson, Jackie Lonely Teardrops 1
36 26 Darin, Bobby Queen Of The Hop 11
37 27 Cole, Cozy Topsy II 11
38 33 Mathis, Johnny Stairway To The Sea 13
38 33 Mathis, Johnny Call Me 11
39 40 Nobles, The Till The End Of Time 3
40 50 Sedaka, Neil Diary, The 1
41 42 Hamilton, Roy Pledging My Love 2
42 30 Four Lads, The Mocking Bird, The 7
43 34 Sinatra, Frank Mr. Success 10
44 37 Cole, Nat "King" Non Dimenticar 8
45 0 Lowe Orchestra, Bernie Sing Sing Sing 0
46 0 Crests, The 16 Candles 0
47 0 Margulis, Charles Malaguena 0
48 0 Ames Brothers, The Red River Rose 0
49 0 Owen Orchestra, Reg Manhattan Spiritual 0
50 0 Cooke, Sam Love You Most Of All 0


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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