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1050 CHUM’s swan song


The station that brought rock ‘n’ roll to a nation played its last song yesterday ending its love affair with music the way it began it by playing Elvis Presley’s “All Shook Up.”

“All Shook Up” was the first tune the station played at 6 a.m., May 27, 44 years ago and was number one on the charts at the time.

The station has abandoned its music format in exchange for a new, all-sports format as Team 1050, part of CHUM Group Radio’s new sports talk network.

Two of the original “CHUM jocks,” Bob Laine and Duff Roman, now executives in the CHUM media company, sat behind the mic today to reminisce and play some of the rock favourites that made the station the unofficial flagship station of rock radio in Canada.

After the last song just before 3 p.m. Eastern Time, the station switched immediately to its new format.

In truth, CHUM ended its pop format in 1987 and in recent years has been airing golden oldies.

It meant, ironically, that the station was playing the same records it spun in its 1950s-’70s heyday.

The afternoon of broadcast nostalgia included vintage radio jingles and promo clips as well as phone interviews with many people who had been part of the station over the years.