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).




Monday, January 9, 2012

Larry Solway (former CHUM host) dead at 83

Larry Solway, TV and radio broadcaster, dies at 83

Larry Solway’s deep booming radio voice brought him fame and sometimes controversy. Not even cancer could quiet the audacious – and often abrasive – broadcaster

In the 1960s he was at CHUM, hosting talk radio shows like Speak Your Mind, taking thousands of calls from Torontonians a year on all kinds of subjects with all kinds of opinions.


READ: Talk radio pioneer Larry Solway let listeners speak their minds

Direct dial citizen's forum

Broadcast Date: March 7, 1965
"Make sense fast, I'm running out of time and patience," says Speak Your Mind radio host Larry Solway to a caller rambling about reform schools. It's a night like any other as Seven Days rides shotgun with Solway for his two-hour tour of switchboard duty at CHUM radio. Logging 7,000 calls a year, Solway takes it as good as he gives it. "I don't get offended," he says to a caller worried his views might rankle the prickly host. Then with the push of a button, the next caller cues up to speak their mind into the broadcast night.

View clip here:



  • 1960s: Speak Your Mind, 1050 CHUM
  • September 1976 - January 1979: Talkback (CHIC)
  • September 1986 - ?: Larry Solway Show, CFGM
  • 1989 - ?: talk show, CFLY-FM] Talk show host CFRB 1991-92, Talk 640 1995=97


  • 1971-1975: This Is the Law, panelist (CBC)
  • 1973-1975: Juliette and Friends, co-host[9] Hosted Larry Solway Show (syndicated) 1974-76. Wrote, and hosted 8 part series: "Our Fellow Americans" (CBC - 1976.)
CBC TV news features 1971-74.



1971 - "The Day I Invented Sex,"* 2008: contributor, Don't Be Blindsided by Retirement

Returned to the stage 1979-1984. Appearances at Neptune Halifax, Oakville, Red Barn, Teller's Cage, National Arts Centre. Appeared in leading roles in "Same Times Next Year" "Plaza Suite" "The Subject Was Roses." "Last of the Red Hot Lovers. -


Doug Thompson said...

For starters, the picture is of Garry Ferrier, NOT Larry Solway.
Garry was Larry's comedy partner and wrote many funny features.

I've worked on the official CHUM Archives and Museum with Bob Laine from October 2003 until Bob's death in August last year and worked with Larry Solway at CHUM from the day I started, February 1st 1965 until the day he left in 1970.

Globescoper said...

Thanks Doug.

Our bad.

The correct photo is now up.

We can't wait for the new CHUM site. Hope the work on it is still progressing.


Doug Thompson said...

It is. We've almost completed the (semi) official CHUM site. You've done an amazing job here and you're to be congratulated for helping keep the memory of 1050 CHUM alive.

Globescoper said...

Thanks for the compliment Doug.

I started this blog because I was not that upset with the fact 1050 CHUM went off the air - I could see it coming - but, I was angry with the fact the archives vanished from public view.

I am very happy to hear that the new site will soon be up.


Anonymous said...

I'll always remember him for telling callers to 'turn your radio your radio down' and if the caller didn't, Larry would hang up. Even as an early-teen I loved listening to "The Larry Solway Show".


"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