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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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Sunday, May 18, 2014

1050 CHUM Chart Monday, May 18, 1964

CHART NUMBER 375

Monday, May 18, 1964
Chart Number: 375  Chart Number: 375  

This
 Week 
Last
 Week 
ArtistTrackTotal
Weeks
11Clark Five, DaveBits And Pieces6
22Swinging Blue Jeans, TheHippy Hippy Shake9
313Gerry & The PacemakersI'm The One3
43Armstrong, LouisHello, Dolly!12
55Everett, BettyShoop Shoop Song, The (It's In His Kiss)6
68Presley, ElvisKiss Me Quick3
74Stafford, TerrySuspicion9
87Serendipity Singers, TheDon't Let The Rain Come Down (Crooked Little Man)8
931Rydell, BobbyA World Without Love1
931Peter & GordonA World Without Love2
106Clark Five, DaveGlad All Over13
1111Wells, MaryMy Guy5
129Beatles, TheCan't Buy Me Love8
1321Swinging Blue Jeans, TheGood Golly Miss Molly2
1410Beatles, TheAll My Lovin'10
1410Beatles, TheThis Boy9
1518Beatles, TheTwist And Shout7
1612Kramer, Billy J. & The DakotasLittle Children5
1732Clark Five, DaveDo You Love Me1
1824Four Seasons, TheRonnie3
1944Starr, LucilleFrench Song, The2
2020Simon Sisters, TheWinkin', Blinkin' And Nod4
2136Kramer, Billy J. & The DakotasBad To Me1
2223Searchers, TheNeedles And Pins9
2314Welch, LennyEbb Tide7
2433Wailers, TheTall Cool One2
2529Nelson, RickyVery Thought Of You, The3
2627Reflections, The(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet4
2735Charles Singers, RayLove Me With All Your Heart2
2847Dixie Cups, TheChapel Of Love1
2939Searchers, TheAin't That Just Like Me1
3016Bachelors, TheDiane9
3142Hirt, AlCotton Candy2
3228Goldsboro, BobbyWhenever He Holds You4
3325Matthews, ShirleyPrivate Property8
3445Davis, SkeeterGonna Get Along Without You Now1
3445Dey, TraceyGonna Get Along Without You Now1
350Presley, ElvisViva Las Vegas0
350Presley, ElvisWhat'd I Say0
3643Pitney, GeneYesterdays Hero2
3730Orbison, RoyIt's Over3
380Gerry & The PacemakersDon't Let The Sun Catch You Crying0
3941Jan & DeanDead Man's Curve3
3941Jan & DeanNew Girl In School, The3
4049Rip Chords, TheThree Window Coupe1
4117Renay, DianeKiss Me Sailor7
420Warwick, DionneWalk On By0
4350New Christy Minstrels, TheToday1
440Small, MillieMy Boy Lollipop0
4515Berry, ChuckNadine (Is It You?)7
460Bryant, AnitaWorld Of Lonely People, The0
4722Cole, Nat "King"I Don't Want To Be Hurt Anymore4
4819Richard, CliffI'm The Lonely One4
490Rodgers, JimmieWorld We Used To Know, The0
500Francis, ConnieBe Anything (But Be Mine)0
 

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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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