Pirates return, 

to a port near YOU

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An enterprising group of radio experts and businessmen are launching full time radio and TV broadcasts from a ship equipped with state-of-the-art studios.

The stations will broadcast from the new Pirate Radio Party Boat, a real craft of pleasure, which will sail from port to port and be available for visits and live stage performances by many artists. Singers and artists will record and film on board and some will perform live for invited audiences. 

The project is legal, it's safe to visit and will be appearing at dozens of ports around the UK with events and exhibitions open to the public. 

YOU can join the team and play a part in the launch of the Pirate Radio Party Boat. Or you could even be a guest of honour at the relaunch of the station. 

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The new Laser Radio Programming book has 175 pages describing radio programming  techniques and the format adopted by 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.
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, complete with  biographies and pictures too!

LASER helped revolutionise British radio in the 1980s. Its effects are still felt today and more Laser ideas may be put into action soon, as rules on radio are further relaxed. 
Another new exciting book

ENROL NOW in the
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Brandy Lee in her Laser Hot Hits pullover sat on the poop deck of the Communicator

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£19.95 to RoW
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Membership Benefits

  • Members Card personalised with your picture.
  • FREE Laser T-shirt (embroidered Laser logo)
  • FREE Laser Baseball cap with the Laser logo.
  • 10% discount on Laser Store  merchandise.
  • A signed copy of one of our Laser books. 
  • 3 Laser Badge Buttons.
  • 5 Laser Fridge Magnets. 
  • Newsletter, with updates, news & special offers.
  • Access to exclusive Laser DJ video podcasts.
  • Priority request and  dedication forms.
  • Personal birthday card signed by the Laser DJs,
  • Audio CD the Laser launch & new Laser jingles.
  • Monthly  CD with messages, jingles & music.
  • Half price tours of the ship with priority boarding.

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Membership Benefits

  • Members Card  with your picture
  • FREE Laser T-shirt (
  • FREE Laser Baseball cap 
  • 10% discount on  Laser items
  • A signed copy of a Laser book 
  • 3 Laser Badge Buttons.
  • 5 Laser Fridge Magnets 
  • Newsletter, with updates & news
  • Video podcasts from Laser DJs
  • Priority request and  dedications
  • Personal birthday from the DJs,
  • CD of Laser launch & jingles.
  • Monthly  CD with jingles & music.
  • Half price tours of the ship
  • Priority boarding

only £25 per month
  • Half price admission to boat tours
  • Special Presentations 
  • Studio tour, hosted 2 DJs
  • Free DVD of the launch event 
  • Entry into a draw for
       VIP tickets to the Launch 
  • + many other souvenirs.


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BBC programming heritage, Offshore Radio,  Music, Laser's Grandad,   SRE jingles, Marine Offences Act,  Radio Formats,  Hot Clocks, PlayLists, UK Music Radio in 1983, Meaningful Speech, Needle Time

Programme Meetings, Straplines & Slogans, Jingle jangle,  Laser's Music, Wolfman Jack,  Selection of Frequency, Test Transmissions, Laser 730 Team

Music Programming, Hot Clock, Format, Coverage & Audience,  Logo,  Laser 558 Merchandise, Why was Laser so successful?  Artists, Music,  Audio fidelity,  Studio Equipment, The Laser 558 Team

Laser 576, The Hot Hits Format, The Launch, Programming,  Music, the Laser Hot Hits Hot Clocks,   Live Reads, News Bulletins,  Laser Hot Hits DJs

Golden Oldies,  Merchandise,  Books,  Road Shows, Tribute Broadcasts, The Laser Blasts and Name,  Movies,  Radio  Day,   Radio Caroline

Internet Links, Birth Announcement of Laser & Declaration of Policies,  Copy of the The Laser Operations Manual
The Laser Radio Programming book is dedicated to
the ten million listeners
who were enthralled by
the programming  of
the three Laser stations
broadcasting from the
Communicator in the 1980s

Laser Hot Hits

After Laser's ship was brought into harbour her operators and owner simply abandoned her. The ship and entire radio station were arrested and sold at auction by the Admiralty Marshall, although the crew were released the following day.

Despite the cachet and reputation, the entire operation was sold for only £35,000, a remarkable bargain considering that well over $1.5 million had been invested to date.

The ship spent most of 1986 in harbour in Harwich and finally sailed back to sea in late November. She had ostensibly been sold by her lucky buyer, East Anglian Productions, to an associated Panamaninan company, called Cord Cabo. 

This new organisation was owned by a consortium including Ray, a friend called Adam and mother who ran a nursing home, plus former Laser DJ Paul Dean. 

The Laser Hot Hits sales and support team included former Laser 558 team members John Catlett, Paul Fairs and John Cole. This time they were working without New York's constricting block on British adverts and they had offices in Texas as well as New York.

Pirates return -  to a port near YOU

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Laser Radio Programming

A poorly managed offshore radio station sat off the Thames Estuary in 1984 and proceeded to attract a huge audience. All they did was broadcasts programmes that the audience wanted.
Laser’s  shore based competitors howled in protest, but neither  they nor the British  Government were unable to stop it. Eventually its own ineptitude and a mutinying crew  closed it and brought the ship into port.  A  year later the ship was back at sea once again, sounding better than ever.  This time it was to be a lack of investment, bad weather and some rotten luck that closed Laser.

The millions of listeners rued the day she sailed away, but the BBC and ILR stations finally reacted and started to put their own house in order.  Petty restrictions limiting the music on British radio were lifted and radio listeners were happy once again.

Or were they? 

Could another super pirate capture a large audience again?

Paul Rusling examines why Laser was such a huge success in the eighties, and comments on today’s radio programming.
(back cover of Laser Radio Programming)
  • Half price admission onto The Pirate Radio Party Boat 
  • Exclusive access to a Special Presentation 
  • Studio tour, hosted by two of our DJs
  • Free DVD of the launch event on  the Party Boat
  • Entry into a draw for VIP tickets to the Launch Party
  • PLUS many other unique souvenirs.

The Pirate Radio Party Boat is not involved in illegal broadcasting.