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).




Tuesday, November 12, 2013

1050 CHUM Chart Monday, November 12, 1962


Monday, November 12, 1962
Chart Number: 294  Chart Number: 294  

11Presley, ElvisReturn To Sender4
22Eddy, Duane(Dance With The) Guitar Man5
35Four Seasons, TheBig Girls Don't Cry2
43Crystals, TheHe's A Rebel7
57Sedaka, NeilNext Door To An Angel5
64Contours, TheDo You Love Me7
76Lee, BrendaAll Alone Am I6
89Sherrys, ThePop Pop Pop-Pie4
98Checker, ChubbyLimbo Rock7
98Checker, ChubbyPopeye The Hitchhiker7
1015Ives, BurlMary Ann Regrets3
1118Rydell, BobbyCha-Cha-Cha, The3
1212Pitney, GeneOnly Love Can Break A Heart8
1311Curtola, BobbyAladdin5
1410Montez, ChrisLet's Dance12
1521Blane, MarcieBobby's Girl4
1619Thomas, PatDesafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)4
1619Getz, StanDesafinado (Slightly Out Of Tune)4
1716Thompson, SueJames (Hold The Ladder Steady)6
1841Anka, PaulEso Beso (That Kiss!)1
1920Orbison, RoyWorkin' For The Man4
1920Orbison, RoyLeah3
2034Crawford, JohnnyRumors2
2123Roe, TommySusie Darlin'2
2123Roe, TommyPiddle De Pat2
2239Alpert, HerbLonely Bull, The (El Solo Torro)1
2324Orlons, TheDon't Hang Up3
2428Sharp, Dee DeeRide!2
2531Mathis, JohnnyGina4
2625Hyland, BrianWalk A Lonely Mile6
2625Hyland, BrianWarmed Over Kisses (Left Over Love)4
2726Francis, ConnieHe Thinks I Still Care5
2833Vaughn, BillyLa Golondrina2
2913Pickett, Bobby "Boris" & The Crypt-KickersMonster Mash9
3036Richard, CliffWonderful To Be Young2
3114Presley, ElvisKing Of The Whole Wide World8
3238McGriff, JimmyI've Got A Woman3
3345Little EvaKeep Your Hands Off My Baby1
3442Lawrence, SteveGo Away Little Girl2
3522Jensen, KrisTorture6
3647Cortez, Dave "Baby"Wild Weekend1
370Lightfoot, GordNegotiations0
370Lightfoot, GordIt's Too Late, He Wins0
3843Cooper, LesWiggle Wobble1
3917Clanton, JimmyVenus In Blue Jeans10
400Tornadoes, TheTelstar0
4148Bare, BobbyI Don't Believe I'll Fall In Love Today1
420Duprees, TheMy Own True Love0
4329Darin, BobbyIf A Man Answers4
4430Four Seasons, TheSherry11
440Tillotson, JohnnyI Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)0
4550Mouskouri, NanaWildwood Flower1
460DionLove Came To Me0
470Shapiro, HelenI Don't Care0
4844Cole, Nat "King"Ramblin' Rose14
490Hervey, PatA Mother's Love0
490Hervey, PatHeaven For Awhile0
5027Williams, JohnnyMontreal7

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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