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).




Thursday, July 18, 2013

1050 CHUM Chart Monday, July 18, 1960


Monday, July 18, 1960
Chart Number: 168  

16Hyland, BrianItsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini2
21Locklin, HankPlease Help Me, I'm Falling5
32Fendermen, TheMule Skinner Blues4
44Orbison, RoyOnly The Lonely (Know How I Feel)4
53Hollwood Argyles, TheAlley-Oop6
53Dante & The EvergreensAlley-Oop5
620Vaughn, BillyLook For A Star1
620Miles, GaryLook For A Star1
78Lee, BrendaI'm Sorry4
78Lee, BrendaThat's All You Gotta Do4
816Owens, BuckAbove And Beyond2
912Reeves, JimI Know One3
912Reeves, JimI'm Getting' Better1
1015Safaris, TheImage Of A Girl3
115Rodgers, JimmieJust A Closer Walk With Thee8
127Eddy, DuaneBecause They're Young7
1327Peterson, RayTell Laura I Love Her2
1411Francis, ConnieEverybody's Somebody's Fool9
1411Francis, ConnieJealous Of You8
1522AnnetteTrain Of Love3
169Donegan, LonnieMy Old Man's A Dustman (Ballad Of A Refuse Disposal Officer)8
1719DeVol, FrankLa Montana (If She Should Come To You)4
1719Williams, RogerLa Montana (If She Should Come To You)4
1828Avalon, FrankieTuxedo Junction3
1828Avalon, FrankieWhere Are You3
1910Bryant, AnitaPaper Roses12
200Presley, ElvisIt's Now Or Never0
200Presley, ElvisA Mess Of Blues0
2125Burnette, DorseyBig Rock Candy Mountain3
2125Burnette, DorseyHey Little One3
2224Black's Combo, BillJosephine3
2317Darin, BobbyWon't You Come Home Bill Bailey6
2413Boone, PatSpring Rain7
2413Boone, PatWalking The Floor Over You7
2521Costa, DonTheme From "The Unforgiven" (The Need For Love)7
2623Everly Brothers, TheWhen Will I Be Loved5
2730Fleetwoods, TheRunaround3
2836Domino, FatsWalking To New Orleans1
2836Domino, FatsDon't Come Knockin'1
2914Rebels, TheWild Weekend8
3031Brothers Four, TheMy Tani3
3133Skyliners, ThePennies From Heaven2
3218Rydell, BobbySwingin' School9
3218Rydell, BobbyDing-A-Ling9
3342Page, PattiOne Of Us (Will Weep Tonight)1
3438Johnny & The HurricanesDown Yonder2
3526Anka, PaulMy Home Town9
3639Price, LloydQuestion2
3747Wade, AdamI Can't Help It1
3829Evans, PaulHappy-Go-Lucky-Me9
3945Washington, DinahThis Bitter Earth1
4041Cannon, FreddyJump Over6
410Preston, JohnnyFeel So Fine0
4237Curtola, BobbyHand In Hand With You4
4332Jones, JimmyGood Timin'11
440Brooks, DonnieMission Bell0
4534Scott, JackBurning Bridges11
460Coasters, TheWake Me, Shake Me0
4744Black, JeanneHe'll Have To Stay11
480Wilson, JackieAll My Love0
480Wilson, JackieA Woman, A Lover, A Friend0
4935Edwards, TommyI Really Don't Want To Know10
500Bryant, AnitaIn My Little Corner Of The World0
500Williams, AndyDo You Mind?0
500Newley, AnthonyDo You Mind?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