Radio stations now announce a wide variety of platforms on which their programmes can be received. They cover all the different bands in use for broadcasting throughout the last 100 years since broadcasting began.
- Long Wave | Medium Wave | Short Wave
- FM /VHF | DAB | TV | Satellite | Online
Soon 5G will be offer most radio and TV to handsets over a much wider area, with vastly improved speeds. The reception section describes receivers, antennas and the many types of broadcaster, with some emphasis on offshore broadcasting.
There are books about all kinds of radio station and forms of transmission are available on our library pages, some of them exclusively.
This is the programming material you will find on radio stations. Many programme formats are each described, plus there are sections on music, jingles and Voice Overs.
The content section of the web site also looks at on-air personalities and individuals, even talk show hosts. We also review some of the training courses for club and radio DJs.
Laser Radio Programming
A book telling how one radio station attracted an audience of 10 MILLION, with programming secrets, discussion of how offshore radio stations were formatted plus a discussion on which direction British radio might go next. Full ordering details etc can be found on a special page telling more about it - just click the button.
Radio Adventures of MV Communicator
One of the most action packed stories of offshore radio, told by those who were there!
It's a story of gangsters, crooks and fraudsters, a Government blockade on supplies, the dramas, an armed raid, 'middle of the night" boardings, take-overs and more. 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.
The Foundation for Free Radio Peace is a British charitable initiative, launching an independent international radio station in the Middle East, with messages of hope and peace for the refugees of the Syrian crisis.
A lengthy guide describing all that you need to set up and launch your own online radio station. All the equipment and many of the sources are described in some detail, plus the book tells you how to get your station listed on the very essential directories. Both a Kindle and softback version are available - just click on the button to find more details.
Radio 270 is still revered in Yorkshire and further afield. One of the smallest offshore radio stations, it served about 4m listeners in the Midlands and the North East from a small ship off scarborough.
In the Radio 270 store you will find a range of radio station memoriabilia, and details of how YOU can buy your own copy of Neddy Noel's souvenir Radio 270 DVD, which features almost all the 270 DJs. There are KeyRings, CDs of the Radio 270 jingles and top quality t-shirts.
Radio Adventures of the Communicator is 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.
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.
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' whose style and fresh format inspired the founders, 1966 super station - Swinging Radio England.
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 lists all the Laser DJs - their 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.