Broadcast History - May 27

Broadcast History - May 27

Postby jon » Wed May 26, 2021 9:27 pm

In 1933, Ted Rogers, Jr. was born, but was fatherless before his sixth birthday. Ted Sr. died before his 40th birthday, having revolutionized Radio transmitters and receivers, by allowing them to run directly on AC power, rather than DC from batteries and motor-driven DC converters. He was also granted Canada's first television license. Ted Jr. did not rest on his father's laurels, but created a huge media empire including radio stations, and cable television, telephone and Internet services. Ted Jr. passed away on December 2, 2008, in his Toronto home at the age of 78.

In 1957, it was a huge day of changes for 1050-CHUM Toronto. A new transmitter site on Algonquin Island began broadcasting from two 100 foot towers. Power was increased from 1000 to 2500 watts. The broadcast day no longer ended at sunset, but now never ended, at a time when 24 hour operation was unusual.

But the really big News was that CHUM became Canada's first full-time "Top 40" station. And quickly had more Canadian listeners than any other Top 40 station in the country -- a title they held on to until the popularity of FM Radio caught up with them in the '80s. They even eclipsed CFRB-1010 Toronto for at least one ratings period. Not a small feat, given that CFRB has the all-time record for most Canadian listeners ever. For decades, working at CHUM (and later CHUM-FM) was considered the ultimate measure of success for anyone in Canadian Top 40 Radio.

There were actually 50 songs on that first CHUM Hit Parade, "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley was #1.

CHUM has since spawned a media empire of its own, thanks to the genius of the late Allan Waters, who purchased CHUM on December 11, 1954, from the owner of a patent medicine business, who had first signed on the 250 watt daytimer on October 28, 1945. Allan passed away on December 3, 2005, at the age of 85.

In 1988, well known Edmonton announcer Bob McCord sold CISN-FM to Shaw, but remained President of the station he had founded and first signed on on June 5, 1982. He had initially applied for a rock station in 1978, but was turned down. CISN remains a top-rated Contemporary Country station.

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