One of the most action packed stories of offshore radio, told by the people who were there. Fraudsters, thugs and governments, an armed raid, nocturnal boardings, take-overs and other exciting dramatic events make up this tale of modern day 'derring do' on the high seas.
Laser 558 was one of the most listened to offshore radio stations in the 80s (BBC research suggests 5 million listeners in the UK and a similar number on the continent). Its success was thanks to its slick format of non stop hit music and cool sounding American DJs, and BBC and ILR stations having only limited needle time. American DJs, such as Charlie the SeaWolf, lent a unique air and mystery to the station, but also made it legal, proven by the Government's inability to act against the ship. Official action was limited to interrupting the supply lines.
For three years she was a major attraction in the Thames estuary, and visited by pop stars, TV crews, journalists and radio fans of all kinds. A whole new generation of radio listeners were turned on to offshore radio thanks to Laser, which never hid the fact that she broadcast from a ship out in the Knock Deep.
In the nineties, the ship broadcast under half a dozen different names to the Netherlands, fully licensed, and made more money than ever, but finally finished its days as a community radio station in Scotland where she became derelict and abandoned.
The story of the Communicator's 21 years life as a radio ship is told in this new book written by author Paul Rusling, who worked for several of the stations. The stories are those of DJs, engineers and owners of the stations of the MV Communicator.
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