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EULOGY

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).

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Friday, April 4, 2014

1050 CHUM Chart Monday, April 04, 1960

CHART NUMBER 153

Monday, April 04, 1960

This
 Week 
Last
 Week 
ArtistTrackTotal
Weeks
7Francis, ConnieTeddy4
15Mathis, JohnnyAll Is Well4
11Johnny & The HurricanesBeatnik Fly7
22Reeves, JimHe'll Have To Go11
310Horton, JohnnySink The Bismarck3
411Burnette, Dorsey(There Was A) Tall Oak Tree5
53Rydell, BobbyWild One8
53Rydell, BobbyLittle Bitty Girl8
65Anka, PaulPuppy Love7
65Anka, PaulAdam And Eve7
76Platters, TheHarbor Lights8
76Platters, TheSleepy Lagoon8
84Faith, PercyTheme From "A Summer Place"10
97Francis, ConnieMama5
108Lee, BrendaSweet Nothin's9
1113Gibson, DonJust One Time5
129Evans, PaulMidnite Special8
1314Mitchell, GuyBuild My Gallows High (The Clock In The Tower)4
1415Mathis, JohnnyStarbright3
1518Robbins, MartyBig Iron1
1612Boone, Pat(Welcome) New Lovers6
1723Darin, BobbyClementine1
1816Black's Combo, BillWhite Silver Sands3
1928Lawrence, SteveFootsteps2
2033Brotherts Four, TheGreenfields2
2117FabianAbout This Thing Called Love5
2117FabianString Along4
2226AnnetteO Dio Mio2
2320Ferguson, JohnnyAngelea Jones7
2421Scott, JackWhat In The World's Come Over You11
2531Brown, BusterFannie Mae4
2622Avalon, FrankieDon't Throw Away All Those Teardrops3
2745Drifters, TheThis Magic Moment6
2835Stevens, ConnieSixteen Reasons2
2925Smith, RayRockin' Little Angel10
3034Cooke, SamTeenage Sonata1
300Cooke, SamIf You Were The Only Girl0
3124Turner, SammyParadise5
3241Browns, TheOld Lamplighter, The1
3327Cannon, FreddyChatanooga Shoe Shine Boy5
3442Reynolds, DebbieAm I That Easy To Forget1
3538Tillotson, JohnnyWhy Do I Love You So8
3644Kelly, MontySummer Set2
3750Wilson, JackieNight1
380Presley, ElvisStuck On You0
380Presley, ElvisFame And Fortune0
3930Santo & JohnnyCaravan3
400Eddy, DuaneShazam!0
4119Darin, BobbyBeyond The Sea9
4119Darin, BobbyThat's The Way Love Is7
420Mancini, HenryMr. Lucky0
4336Benton, BrookBaby (You've Got What It Takes)9
440Valli, JuneApple Green0
450Stone Four, KirbyEverything's Coming Up Roses0
4537Reed, JimmyBaby What You Want Me To Do3
4629Darvell, BarryHow Will It End?6
4739Little Dippers, TheForever7
4840Johnson, MarvI Love The Way You Love3
500Washington, DinahIt Could Happen To You0
5048Beau-Marks, TheClap Your Hands6
500Bland, BillyLet The Little Girl Dance0
 

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CHUM HISTORY

"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

CHART NUMBER 1

Monday, May 27, 1957

Chart Number: 1
This
Week
Last
Week
ArtistTrackTotal
Weeks
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

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