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).




Friday, March 14, 2014

1050 CHUM Chart Monday, March 14, 1960


Monday, March 14, 1960
Chart Number: 150  

11Reeves, JimHe'll Have To Go8
22Rydell, BobbyWild One5
22Rydell, BobbyLittle Bitty Girl5
37Johnny & The HurricanesBeatnik Fly4
46Platters, TheHarbor Lights5
46Platters, TheSleepy Lagoon5
55Faith, PercyTheme From "A Summer Place"7
64Lee, BrendaSweet Nothin's6
78Darin, BobbyBeyond The Sea6
78Darin, BobbyThat's The Way Love Is4
83Scott, JackWhat In The World's Come Over You8
910Evans, PaulMidnite Special5
1012Anka, PaulPuppy Love4
1012Anka, PaulAdam And Eve4
119Smith, RayRockin' Little Angel7
1211Darvell, BarryHow Will It End?3
1315Little Dippers, TheForever4
1519Ferguson, JohnnyAngelea Jones4
1614Benton, BrookBaby (You've Got What It Takes)6
1731Francis, ConnieMama2
1731Francis, ConnieTeddy1
1822Boliska, Al & The Rhythm PalsBallad Of The Dying Cowboy, The2
1920Como, PerryDelaware7
1920Como, PerryI Know What God Is7
2024Boone, Pat(Welcome) New Lovers3
2126Burnette, Dorsey(There Was A) Tall Oak Tree2
2233Drifters, TheThis Magic Moment3
2313Dinning, MarkTeen Angel8
2417Ross, SpencerTracy's Theme8
2528Tillotson, JohnnyWhy Do I Love You So5
2621Champs, TheToo Much Tequila5
2718Jones, JimmyHandy Man8
2825Dobkins Jr., CarlLucky Devil10
2937FabianAbout This Thing Called Love2
2937FabianString Along1
3027Everly Brothers, TheLet It Be Me9
3149Mathis, JohnnyAll Is Well1
310Mathis, JohnnyStarbright0
3229Simeone Chorale, HarryOnward Christian Soldiers5
3229Simeone Chorale, HarryClimb Every Mountain5
3339Turner, SammyParadise2
3430Chipmunks, TheAlvin's Orchestra3
3547Cannon, FreddyChatanooga Shoe Shine Boy2
3645Mitchell, GuyBuild My Gallows High (The Clock In The Tower)1
3743Brown, BusterFannie Mae1
3842Gibson, DonJust One Time2
3941Beau-Marks, TheClap Your Hands3
400Avalon, FrankieDon't Throw Away All Those Teardrops0
4146Vaughan, SarahEternally1
4232Twitty, ConwayLonely Blue Boy9
430Black's Combo, BillWhite Silver Sands0
440Hawkins, RonnieBallad Of Caryl Chessman, The0
4535Cole, Nat "King"What'cha Gonna Do4
4535Cole, Nat "King"Time And The River4
460Reed, JimmyBaby What You Want Me To Do0
4748Wilde, MartyBad Boy1
480Johnson, MarvI Love The Way You Love0
490Horton, JohnnySink The Bismarck0
500Santo & JohnnyCaravan0
500Santo & JohnnySummertime0

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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