The Allied Chemical Hour of Power was a little-known, but much beloved, weekly radio show that aired in New York City from the mid ’80s to the early ’90s. ACHOP was broadcast from 2-3am every Saturday night (or Sunday morning, depending on how you look at it) on WBPR 104.6 FM.
The show’s tag “Power Punk, Power Pop, and Power Rock” pretty much said it all.
The weekly program was hosted by an employee of the corporate sponsor, Allied Chemical (a big name in synthetics back then) who went by the deejay name Chris Chloride. (Interestingly, Chloride was also in a punk band called Allied Chemical which had some limited, local success during the same time period.)
Great Songs Played Loud and Fast
The Hour of Power played everything from unknown punk and indie outfits to the biggest names in rock. The unifying theme being great songs played loud, and more often than not, fast.
The show existed in relative obscurity. However, artists, managers, and labels “in the know” often chose ACHOP to debut new material. Many of the underground luminaries of the day stopped by to speak to Chloride.
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What Was Lost Has Been Found
Allied Chemical had agreed to sponsor the show, and provide studio space in its Times Square headquarters. (This was an effort to attract a new generation of consumers to its aging product line.) However, the show’s budget was almost non-existent.
Chris & team had to cut corners to make it work. So, while the live shows were a hit with the late night crowd, they were never recorded. As far as most fans knew, the ACHOP shows were relegated to the dustbin of history.
That is until last year, when a trove of tapes was found in a storage locker of a deceased ACHOP superfan.
Bone Pool Radio Brings “Allied Chemical Hour of Power” to a New Generation
Providing a fascinating time capsule of the music industry and New York City, the abandoned ACHOP recordings are in the process of being restored. And, they will now be re-broadcast, 30 years later, on Bone Pool Radio, a new internet radio station based in Maplewood, NJ.
Many of the earliest recordings were in terrible condition and are with an archivist in Bern, Germany. But a stretch of programs starting in late ’80s are now in good enough shape to share with the public.
Bone Pool Radio will be airing these “lost shows” weekly, on roughly the same schedule they were originally recorded, 30 years ago. So enjoy a glimpse into what rock and roll — and New York City – was like, back in the day.
ALLIED CHEMICAL HOUR OF POWER: THE LOST SHOWS
Mondays at 8 p.m.
(Re-airs Tuesdays & Wednesdays at 8 p.m.)
bonepoolradio.com or download the app
*Premiering Monday, November 26, 2018
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Chris Chloride is a mysterious sort, of whom little is known. Back in the ’80s and ’90s, Chris was an employee of Allied Chemical, a synthetics company that had fallen on hard times. (The company has since gone out of business.) He was also in a punk band – coincidentally also named Allied Chemical – during this era. Beyond that, Chris’ background remains unclear.
However, after the discovery of the Allied Chemical Hour of Power tapes last year, Chris resurfaced, and from time to time, he checks in with the Bone Pool Radio team. Watch this space for more details about Chris as they become available.