A good supplement to the earlier publications from Paul Rusling about Laser and the Communicator. For those who don’t know how a real radiostation should be run it’s a 'must buy' book.
Hans Knot Radio Historian
I have just finished reading Paul Rusling's new book called Laser Radio Programming. Interesting, informative. Its a great read and a must for radio people.
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we've not got one, but
2 great new books about LASER
One of the most action packed stories of offshore radio, told by those who were there!
It's a story with gangsters, crooks and fraudsters, a Government blockade on supplies, the dramas, an armed raid, 'middle of the night" boardings, take-overs and more. the heroes are the gallant crew of DJs and brave bunch of engineers who kept the music and entertainment flowing against all odds while a few landlubbers coined in literally millions or pounds and guilders.
Told by some of the best known names in British and Dutch radio and put into context by Paul Rusling, who advised many of the stations. This was real life adventure on the High Seas; many of the full stories about these events are being told in print for the first time.
Exciting NEW BOOKS about Laser
Why did Dutch agents REALLY raid
Radio Caroline's ship, the Ross Revenge?
You can read the true answer.
exclusively revealed in this exciting book !
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What the experts say
It is a great book. I had some great evenings reading some interesting and historical things but also numerous new things I didn't know, so go for it and get your personal copy soon!
Editor, International Radio News
This is a fascinating book with great detail about the many players involved in offshore radio. It spells out the details . . the best of times and the worst of times. I couldn't put the book down the morning that I got it!
Radio host and film actor
An Anorak’s must have book of fantastic facts at sea! A good index, the hardback edition is well bound and looks great on my bookshelf.
Keith The Wireless Waffler
ex BBC Technician & Archivist
First thing that struck me was the quality of the print and paper stock used - much better than some others I've encountered and the cover is gloriously coloured. Hours of great reading!
Mark Catman Titchen
It's a great read; this will become a collectors item. It really is a
If you are a radio enthusiast you will love it. So get buying it everyone!
Founder & operator of
The Super Station
Ideal gifts for radio lovers
A fun-filled, action-packed
tale of dramatic events
and real-life adventure
on the High Seas
Over 200 pages
of swashbuckling excitement,
derring-do, & real piracy!
The inside stories telling how DJs on 11 radio stations wowed millions of listeners
and made a fortune for some.
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Laser Radio Programming contains copies of the various Laser Hot Clocks as used on the stations and other details, incl' scheduling, strap lines etc. These were the skeleton of the format that attracted TEN MILLION LISTENERS! It will give you a good understanding of how radio programming works and what makes a successful radio station.
The new Laser Radio Programming book has 175 pages describing radio programming policy and techniques of the major offshore stations, but especially Radio Caroline, Laser and the Laser project's 'grandad' 1966 super station - Swinging Radio England - whose style and fresh format inspired the founders,
There's a reprint of Laser's full Operations Manual and a discussion on the format, music playlisting, strap lines, trailer production and other techniques that Laser used to attract an audience of ten million listeners in the UK & Benelux.
The book also looks at how the Laser name, imaging and ethos has been used to change radio since. There are details of radio ships YOU can visit; not one, not two but THREE radio ships! The book has a full listing of all the Laser DJs - biographies; pictures too!
LASER helped revolutionise British radio. Its effects are still felt today and more Laser ideas may be put into action soon, as rules on radio are further relaxed.
A poorly managed offshore radio station sat off the Thames in 1984 and attracted a huge audience, by playing what the audience wanted.
Laser’s competitors howled in protest, but neither they nor the British Government could stop it. Eventually Laser’s own ineptitude and a mutiny by the crew saw the ship sail into port. A year later a new crew relaunched it and Laser was back - bigger and better than ever. Lack of investment, bad weather and some rotten luck saw the shipclose down again, but finally enjoy rich radio treasure in Holland.
Millions of listeners rued the day she sailed away, but the BBC and ILR stations finally reacted to Laser’s programming initiatives and started to win their audiences back. Petty restrictions limiting the music on British radio were lifted and radio listeners were happy once again. Or were they? Could an offshore station capture a big audience again? In Laser Radio Programming Paul Rusling examines why Laser was such a huge success in the eighties, and discusses Laser's effects on today’s radio.