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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, September 12, 2014

Phil Collins on the 1050 CHUM Chart

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Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)
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Chart Date                                        Position
Saturday, March 03, 1984                29
Saturday, March 10, 1984                21
Saturday, March 17, 1984                14
Saturday, March 24, 1984                 6
Saturday, March 31, 1984                 5
Saturday, April 07, 1984                    1
Sunday, April 08, 1984                      1
Saturday, April 14, 1984                    1
Saturday, April 21, 1984                    2
Saturday, April 28, 1984                    4
Saturday, May 05, 1984                    7
Saturday, May 12, 1984                    9
Saturday, May 19, 1984                  20
Saturday, May 26, 1984                  29

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Don't Lose My Number
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Chart Date                                      Position
Saturday, August 17, 1985             30
Saturday, August 24, 1985             26
Saturday, August 31, 1985             23
Saturday, September 07, 1985       18
Saturday, September 14, 1985       13
Saturday, September 21, 1985      11
Saturday, September 28, 1985      10
Saturday, October 05, 1985          12
Saturday, October 12, 1985          17
Saturday, October 19, 1985          27

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I Missed Again
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Chart Date                                     Position
Saturday, March 14, 1981             30
Saturday, March 21, 1981             22
Saturday, March 28, 1981             14
Saturday, April 04, 1981                  8
Saturday, April 11, 1981                  5
Saturday, April 18, 1981                  2
Saturday, April 25, 1981                  2
Saturday, May 02, 1981                  4
Saturday, May 09, 1981                  7
Saturday, May 16, 1981                15
Saturday, May 23, 1981                25

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In The Air Tonight
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Chart Date                                     Position
Saturday, June 13, 1981                29
Saturday, June 20, 1981                24
Saturday, June 27, 1981                15
Saturday, July 04, 1981                   9
Saturday, July 11, 1981                   5
Saturday, July 18, 1981                   4
Saturday, July 25, 1981                   4
Saturday, August 01, 1981               3
Saturday, August 08, 1981               3
Saturday, August 15, 1981               3
Saturday, August 22, 1981               7
Saturday, August 29, 1981             12
Saturday, September 12, 1981       13
Saturday, September 19, 1981       17
Saturday, September 26, 1981       22
Saturday, October 03, 1981          30

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One More Night
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Chart Date                                      Position
Saturday, February 09, 1985          28
Saturday, February 16, 1985          21
Saturday, February 23, 1985            8
Saturday, March 02, 1985                4
Saturday, March 09, 1985                1
Saturday, March 16, 1985                1
Saturday, March 23, 1985                2
Saturday, March 30, 1985                7
Saturday, April 06, 1985                  9
Saturday, April 13, 1985                12
Saturday, April 20, 1985                25

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Separate Lives (Love Theme From White Nights)
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Chart Date                                        Position
Saturday, October 12, 1985              29
Saturday, October 19, 1985              15
Saturday, October 26, 1985                9
Saturday, November 02, 1985            4
Saturday, November 09, 1985            4
Saturday, November 16, 1985            1
Saturday, November 23, 1985            2
Saturday, November 30, 1985            8
Saturday, December 07, 1985           15
Saturday, December 14, 1985           23
Saturday, December 21, 1985           30

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Sussudio
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Chart Date                                        Position
Saturday, May 11, 1985                   28
Saturday, May 18, 1985                   24
Saturday, May 25, 1985                   19
Saturday, June 01, 1985                   15
Saturday, June 08, 1985                     8
Saturday, June 15, 1985                     7
Saturday, June 22, 1985                     7
Saturday, June 29, 1985                   18
Saturday, July 06, 1985                    27

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Take Me Home
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Chart Date                                         Position
Saturday, April 26, 1986                    29
Saturday, May 03, 1986                     25
Saturday, May 10, 1986                     21
Saturday, May 17, 1986                    17
Saturday, May 24, 1986                    15
Saturday, May 31, 1986                    11
Saturday, June 07, 1986                    10
Saturday, June 14, 1986                    10

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You Can't Hurry Love
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Chart Date                                          Position
Saturday, October 30, 1982                27
Saturday, November 06, 1982            23
Saturday, November 13, 1982            19
Saturday, November 20, 1982            14
Saturday, November 27, 1982            10
Saturday, December 04, 1982               6
Saturday, December 11, 1982               4
Saturday, December 18, 1982               1
Saturday, December 25, 1982               1
Saturday, January 01, 1983                   2
Saturday, January 08, 1983                   2
Saturday, January 15, 1983                   8
Saturday, January 22, 1983                 13
Saturday, January 29, 1983                 17
Saturday, February 05, 1983              26


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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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