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Talk Radio 1964 and a kid in bed with a six transistor

A couple of things – music and talk radio 1964 and a kid in bed who is supposed to be sleeping. My father had bought me a fantastic 6 transistor radio in the shape of a hockey puck made by Marconi and signed in gold by hockey great Maurice Richard. It had a strap on it so I could wear it around my neck. I was very proud of my radio, carried it everywhere, got sand in it, lost screws to keep the dials on, and shined it with Endust.

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CHUM 1050 was The Station for us kids and teens to tune in if you wanted to hear the latest songs, funny jokes or, for a little kid, get educated on what was happening in the world. News every half hour and hit songs that repeated at a certain time everyday. My friends and I would know exactly what song was coming on and be ready to dance to it. We would climb on chairs and pretend we were go-go girls.

In the 1960s and early ’70s, Canada’s leading Top 40 station was home to the ground-breaking and sometimes controversial talk show Speak Your Mind, hosted by the outspoken man with the booming voice, Larry Solway. (CHUM Chart courtesy Ron Hall)

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Speak Your Mind debuted on CHUM in 1960 Larry Solway took over the reins permanently in 1964. Speak Your Mind became a two-hour show beginning at 10:00 p.m. in 1964. (CHUM Chart, December 11, 1967/Courtesy Ron Hall)

I would put my radio under my pillow so my parents would not hear it and from bedtime to midnight I would listen. Radio was it for me and I believe educated me in music and the current affairs of the time. I never needed to ask my parents any questions – I got it all from Larry Solway. Amidst the rock, CHUM had talk. http://www.broadcasting-history.ca