Really the end of an era now…

19 08 2009

Some time ago, one arm of a radio station that had been on the air in one form or another for decades ceased to be a music station. And as of midnight last night, a longtime radio home closed its doors for good as the other arm moved to new studios.

1050 CHUM began as an overnight station in 1945, soon became the top rock station in Toronto, particularly in the late 1950s and thru the 60s, and then later became an oldies station. Back in March, the station was reformatted to be a radio version of CTVGlobeMedia’s news channel, CP24. The station was also rebranded.

Well, at midnight Tuesday night, CP24 Radio 1050’s sister station, 104.5 CHUM-FM, wrapped up its final broadcast from CHUM’s old home at 1331 Yonge Street in Toronto. Today, CHUM-FM began broadcasting from its new studios at the corner of Richmond and Duncan streets, part of CTVGlobeMedia’s complex at 299 Queen Street West.

CHUM’s former headquarters on Yonge Street has been sold to developers. However, it’s good to hear that not all of the old building is lost. The neon signs that have become a landmark in Toronto have been relocated to the new home, and have been updated to become a new beacon in downtown Toronto. I’m sure it won’t be long before friends arrange to meet at the corner of “CHUM and CHUM”. Take a look at this picture of CHUM-FM’s new home:

Congratulations to CHUM-FM on the move. However, I can’t help but feel sad about the end of radio at 1331 Yonge, which had become a landmark site of its own. Travelling down Yonge Steet south of St. Clair Avenue in Toronto will never again be the same.




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