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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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RECENT POSTS

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Kenny Loggins on the 1050 CHUM Chart: Songs, charting dates, positions

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Don't Fight It
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Chart Date                                              Position
Saturday, September 18, 1982                27
Saturday, September 25, 1982                19
Saturday, October 02, 1982                    13
Saturday, October 09, 1982                    10
Saturday, October 16, 1982                      3
Saturday, October 23, 1982                      2
Saturday, October 30, 1982                      2
Saturday, November 06, 1982                  6
Saturday, November 13, 1982                 11
Saturday, November 20, 1982                 20

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Footloose
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Chart Date                                               Position
Saturday, March 17, 1984                       27
Saturday, March 24, 1984                       17
Saturday, March 31, 1984                       11
Saturday, April 07, 1984                            8
Sunday, April 08, 1984                              4
Saturday, April 14, 1984                            2
Saturday, April 21, 1984                            1
Saturday, April 28, 1984                            3
Saturday, May 05, 1984                            8
Saturday, May 12, 1984                          12
Saturday, May 19, 1984                          28

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I'm Alright
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Chart Date                                                Position
Saturday, October 04, 1980                     25
Saturday, October 11, 1980                     20
Saturday, October 18, 1980                     13
Saturday, October 25, 1980                     11
Saturday, November 01, 1980                    8
Saturday, November 08, 1980                    4
Saturday, November 15, 1980                    4
Saturday, November 22, 1980                  11
Saturday, November 29, 1980                  14
Saturday, December 06, 1980                   19
Saturday, December 13, 1980                   28

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I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man)
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Chart Date                                                 Position
Saturday, July 21, 1984                             29
Saturday, July 28, 1984                             25
Saturday, August 04, 1984                        18
Saturday, August 11, 1984                        15
Saturday, August 18, 1984                        26

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Keep The Fire
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Chart Date                                                 Position
Saturday, February 23, 1980                     30
Saturday, March 01, 1980                         24
Saturday, March 08, 1980                         17
Saturday, March 15, 1980                         10
Saturday, March 22, 1980                           8
Saturday, March 29, 1980                           7
Saturday, April 05, 1980                              8
Saturday, April 12, 1980                            16
Saturday, April 19, 1980                            27

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This Is It
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Chart Date                                                  Position
Saturday, December 15, 1979                     30
Saturday, December 22, 1979                     28
Saturday, December 29, 1979                     25
Saturday, January 05, 1980                         22
Saturday, January 12, 1980                         19
Saturday, January 19, 1980                         14
Saturday, January 26, 1980                         10
Saturday, February 02, 1980                         6
Saturday, February 09, 1980                         4
Saturday, February 16, 1980                         4
Saturday, February 23, 1980                         6
Saturday, March 01, 1980                           10
Saturday, March 08, 1980                           19
Saturday, March 15, 1980                           23

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Welcome To The Heartlight
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Chart Date                                                    Position
Saturday, April 23, 1983                               30
Saturday, April 30, 1983                               27
Saturday, May 07, 1983                               25
Saturday, May 14, 1983                               24
Saturday, May 21, 1983                               30

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Whenever I Call You "Friend"
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Chart Date                                                    Position
Saturday, August 19, 1978                            26
Saturday, August 26, 1978                            22
Saturday, September 02, 1978                      18
Saturday, September 09, 1978                      12
Saturday, September 16, 1978                        7
Saturday, September 23, 1978                        2
Saturday, September 30, 1978                        2
Saturday, October 07, 1978                            2
Saturday, October 14, 1978                            1
Saturday, October 21, 1978                            1
Saturday, October 28, 1978                            1
Saturday, November 04, 1978                         1
Saturday, November 11, 1978                         1
Saturday, November 18, 1978                         2
Saturday, November 25, 1978                         2
Saturday, December 02, 1978                         4
Saturday, December 09, 1978                         8
Saturday, December 16, 1978                        13
Saturday, December 23, 1978                        18
Saturday, December 30, 1978                        23
Saturday, January 13, 1979                            25
Saturday, January 20, 1979                            27
Saturday, January 27, 1979                            28
Saturday, February 03, 1979                          30


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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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