From 1989 to 1991 Paul and his wife Anne published a weekly paid-for newspaper in East Yorkshire called the Haltemprice Herald.
Wandering up & down the radio dial

Paul Alexander Rusling

  

Paul Alexander (Rusling) in 1974

RADIO CAROLINE

Paul didn't relish spending the rest of his life at sea as a Ship's Radio Officer and was delighted to join the legendary Radio Caroline in 1973 where he hosted the station's breakfast programme. At that time Radio Caroline was a 'Hot Top 40' radio station. This was ideal ideal for Paul's style of presentation which was very much in the Mecca dance hall 'showman' vein. The station later focussed on a more laid back style playing only album cuts, at which point Paul returned to working in night clubs. Radio Caroline continues to broadcast, but is no longer at sea and can only be heard on the internet.  

More details of Paul's time with Radio Caroiline
are on the Radio Caroline page.



RADIO CONFERENCES

By this time he was engaged to his future bride Anne, and together they worked as publicans and night club managers in London in the mid-1970s. More details opn the Licensees page.
A keen DJ, Paul edited radio pages for the international DJs magazine Mix Mag, run by another Radio Caroline DJ, Tony Prince. Paul also chaired forums at the International DJ Convention in London in 1986 for  the DMC.

Later, wearing his engineer's hat, he was a guest speaker at several technical forums. These included the prestigious IEEE conference in Washington,DC. and at the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. Among the topics he was invited to speak on were trans-border transmissions, broadcast operations in several countries and the future of AM broadcasting.


BROADCAST CONSULTANT

In 1981 Paul and several radio colleagues formed a broadcast consultancy to help various radio projects realise their ambitions and to market their various collective skills. Worldwide Broadcast Consultants became the main outlet for Paul's services to several broadcasters.

LASER 558

One would be radio entrepreneur who  engaged Worldwide Broadcast Consultants was a man who wanted to establish a new pop music station in the North Sea, broadcasting to the UK. The station was to be called Laser and it was to be a twin transmission facility broadcasting to the UK and the Benelux. Paul oversaw the installation of two fifty kilowatt stations into one ship. One was later abandoned by its investors and the station eventuially launched as Laser 558 in 1984. It commanded an audience of around 4 million in the UK and a smimilar number in the low countries and northern France.

More details of Paul Rusling's Laser 558 days are
HERE.


INTERNATIONAL

Paul's skills were then contracted by Worldwide Broadcast Consultants to various projects in the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia. By 1990 he was involved in assembling licensing applications for new radio stations in Poland, Lithaunia and the former USSR. License application work proved very successful and enabled Paul to combine engineering with general management tasks, and still keep his hand in programming. Contracts to install (and to repair!) existing stations came from the Azores, to Zagreb and from Morrocco to Finland.

In the late 1980's as the Soviet grip on eastern European countries was loosening, Paul became involved in  several ventures, sometimes with the existing 'state' run radio stations, sometimes with 'unlicensed' broadcasts in three capitals 'behind the Iron Curtain.' Among these adventures were a radio station installed into a street tram to broadcast programmes for Lech Wałęsa's Solidarity He also helped install a pirate TV transmitter inside the Lithaunian parliament, relaying Sky News, after the Russian Army took over the regular TV station in that brave country.

As the 1990s developed Paul became involved with applications for national licences on behalf of several new broadcasters across Europe, including Baltic Radio, Classic FM, Radio 10 Gold, Sky Radio, and Virgin. He also worked for several local stations in Holland, Germany and the UK. Quite often WBC also engaged Paul's former colleagues from Radio Caroline for work in a number of countries, from the Azores to the Lebanon.

Paul worked for several state broadcasters too, including Nozema in the Netherlands, two federal networks in Germany, and others in Poland, Lebanon and the Middle East. 


A proud East Yorkshireman born only fifty yards from the North Sea, Paul's life was heavilly influenced by the offshore radio stations Radio 270, and Radio Caroline, which he later joined as a disc jockey.  Since then he has worked in broadcasting, publishing and hospitality in various parts of the world, while raising his family.

Following the 11 Plus exam, Paul's education came at the Riley Technical Grammar School and later at the Hull Technical College. To fund his college education he worked as a disc jockey in local night clubs and ballrooms across the north of England.
Paul Rusling - tape fanatic
Paul Rusling, Offshore Music Radio

Wandering up and down  the Radio Dial

retro Paul; Rusling and Phonograph

Paul Rusling - tape fanatic!

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Holland's Radio 10

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Paul Rusling - speaking at a

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Paul Rusling, Radio 10 Holland

AUTHOR

Paul's first commissioned article was in 1973 for a radio magazine.  This was a radio publication, aimed at radio listeners in the UK and called SCRIPT. In the article Paul told of his life on Radio Caroline.

A few years later he was commissione dto write a lengthy article for SHIPS MONTYHLY about the various radio ships that had bropadcast to Europe.  As a result he was then retained by Broadcast (a weekly trade paper) to write about the developing market of Commercial radio in Europe  Soon after that, he joined World Broadcast News as their European correspondent.

In the 1980's he also worked for the Yorkshire Post as a stringer and for the Sunday Times. His ST work included many commissioned articles, mostly about radio but also the music business.  


World Broadcast News

Paul then became the UK correspondent for World Broadcast News throughout the 1980s. World Broadcast News was a leading American publication covering radio stations around the world.


Mix Mag

In 1984 he was invited by Tony Prince to write for DMC (Disco Mix Club) - a glossy mag aimed at DJs and the clubbing scene.  His occasional radio pieces were expanded into a regular monthly 'column' which eventually covered several pages of news from the radio business around the world.

Paul also chaired discussion panels on radio at the prestigious annual   World DJ Convention held in London - usually at the Hippodrome or the Appollo and Dominion in the West End.








Paul has also published several books including training manuals for radio stations and other speciality publications such as The Lid Off Laser 558 (ISBN 0-948055-00-6) in 1984, and a "Who's Who in British Radio" (ISBN 1900401045) in 1986, jointly with his daughter Dawn.

The Lid off Laser 558 was written about the period up to the setting up of offshore radio station LASER 558, which was an incredibly successful radio station in the mid 1980s. By living in Florida during construction of the radio ship (at Port Evergldes) Paul was subject only to US laws, and so not breaking the UK legislation, which normally prohibits such work.

The resulting radio station, LASER 558, was totally legal as it employed only American DJs, was located on a Panamaina ship and anchored in international waters. (See page on this site for more details of Laser 558.)































Paul was founder of a company which was licensed to launch an international broadcasting station serving the whole of the British Isles from a  high power Long Wave transmitter in the Isle of Man.

The project was called MusicMann 279  and Paul  resides in the Isle of Man for over 7 years as the project was developed.

Paul left the project (Isle of Man International Broadcasting Plc was the PLC - the public limited  company behind the project) in 2006 after deciding that the prospects for a  national Long Wave radio station were diminishing as were its chances of commercial success.
More details of the company, IMIB plc, and the proposed radio station Musicman 279
HERE

MUSICMAN 279  

THE ISLE OF MAN

Lid off Laser 558  book cover

YORKSHIRE COAST RADIO

In the 1960s Paul's interest in radio had been fired by Radio 270 and he was greatly encouraged by the stations's MD Wilf Proudfoot who offered him an administrative role, not realising that Paul was still at school.

It was Wilf who encourged Paul to progress "beyond disc jockeying" and start using his radio engineering skills and licensing experience, and become involved in broadcast management. Together they founded Yorkshire Coast Radio - more details are on THIS PAGE.

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More books

by Paul Rusling


A further volume of the Who's Who in British Radio was published by Eurobroadcast Publications in 2002.

Links
Lid off Laser 558

Who's Who in Radio 2002

Internet Radio  2016

Radio Stations from the Communicator (2016)

Laser Radio Programming   (2017)

Lid off Laser 558

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Paul Rusling in n2015.
Laser 558 Logosticker
Paul Rusling in Who's Who

Book Publishing

in 1995 Paul co-edited a book with his daughter Dawn called Who's Who in British Radio. This was a directory of people working in the radio business, in front of and behind the microphone.  This sold so well that they published a further edition in 2002 which was over 600 pages long.

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Who's WHo in Britihs Radio book
Paul Rusling in Who's Who
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RADIO CAROLINE

Paul didn't relish spending the rest of his life at sea as a Ship's Radio Officer and was delighted to join the legendary Radio Caroline in 1973 where he hosted the station's breakfast programme. At that time Radio Caroline was a 'Hot Top 40' radio station. This was ideal ideal for Paul's style of presentation which was very much in the Mecca dance hall 'showman' vein. The station later focussed on a more laid back style playing only album cuts, at which point Paul returned to working in night clubs. Radio Caroline continues to broadcast, but is no longer at sea and can only be heard on the internet.  

More details of Paul's time with Radio Caroiline
are on the Radio Caroline page.

LASER 558

One would be radio entrepreneur who  engaged Worldwide Broadcast Consultants was a man who wanted to establish a new pop music station in the North Sea, broadcasting to the UK. The station was to be called Laser and it was to be a twin transmission facility broadcasting to the UK and the Benelux. Paul oversaw the installation of two fifty kilowatt stations into one ship. One was later abandoned by its investors and the station eventuially launched as Laser 558 in 1984. It commanded an audience of around 4 million in the UK and a smimilar number in the low countries and northern France.

More details of Paul Rusling's Laser days are
HERE.

RADIO CONFERENCES

By this time he was engaged to his future bride Anne, and together they worked as publicans and night club managers in London in the mid-1970s. More details opn the Licensees page.
A keen DJ, Paul edited radio pages for the international DJs magazine Mix Mag, run by another Radio Caroline DJ, Tony Prince. Paul also chaired forums at the International DJ Convention in London in 1986 for  the DMC.

Later, wearing his engineer's hat, he was a guest speaker at several technical forums. These included the prestigious IEEE conference in Washington,DC. and at the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. Among the topics he was invited to speak on were trans-border transmissions, broadcast operations in several countries and the future of AM broadcasting.

BROADCAST CONSULTANT

In 1981 Paul and several radio colleagues formed a broadcast consultancy to help various radio projects realise their ambitions and to market their various collective skills. Worldwide Broadcast Consultants became the main outlet for Paul's services to several broadcasters.

INTERNATIONAL

  Worldwide Broadcast Consultants tcarried out many contracts for radio projects in the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia. By 1990 Paul and WBC were involved in licensing for new radio stations in Poland, Lithaunia and the former USSR. License application work proved very successful and enabled Paul to combine engineering with general management tasks, and still keep his hand in programming. Contracts to install (and to repair!) existing stations came from the Azores, to Zagreb and from Morrocco to Finland.

In the late 1980's as the Soviet grip on eastern European countries was loosening, Paul became involved in  several ventures, sometimes with the existing 'state' run radio stations, sometimes with 'unlicensed' broadcasts in three capitals 'behind the Iron Curtain.' Among these adventures were a radio station installed into a street tram to broadcast programmes for Lech Wałęsa's Solidarity He also helped install a pirate TV transmitter inside the Lithaunian parliament, relaying Sky News, after the Russian Army took over the regular TV station in that brave country.

As the 1990s developed Paul became involved with applications for national licences on behalf of several new broadcasters across Europe, including Baltic Radio, Classic FM, Radio 10 Gold, Sky Radio, and Virgin. He also worked for several local stations in Holland, Germany and the UK. Quite often WBC also engaged Paul's former colleagues from Radio Caroline for work in a number of countries, from the Azores to the Lebanon.

Paul worked for several state broadcasters too, including Nozema in the Netherlands, two federal networks in Germany, and others in Poland, Lebanon and the Middle East. 
Who's WHo in Britihs Radio book
The 2002 edition had almost 600 pages, even more faces of people who worked in radio (some of whom had the perfect face for radio!) and sold for £29.95 plus postage!
From 1989 to 1991 Paul and his wife Anne published a weekly paid-for newspaper in East Yorkshire called the Haltemprice Herald.

IIt was one of the first newspapers to be published in full colour, using a 'heatset' process where the ink is bakjed onto coated paper (and so doesn't come off all over your fingers while reading it).   It was an interesting enterprise and a real family business (with about 20 other staff!) but the local Harmsworth / Associated rag The Hull Daily Mail squeezed it out of business by undercutting advertising rates.
Talkback by Paul Alexander

AUTHOR

Paul's first commissioned article was in 1973 for a radio magazine.  This was a radio publication, aimed at radio listeners in the UK and called SCRIPT. In the article Paul told of his life on Radio Caroline.

Paul  wrote many further pieces over the years for titles as diverse as Practical Wireless, Ships Monthly and Billboard in the 1970s. 

In the 1980's he also worked for the Yorkshire Post as a stringer and for the Sunday Times. His ST work included many commissioned articles, mostly about radio but also the music business.  

in 1995 Paul co-edited a book with his daughter Dawn called Who's Who in British Radio. This was a directory of people working in the radio business, in front of and behind the microphone.  This sold so well they published a further edition in 2002 which was over 600 pages long.


World Broadcast News

Paul then became the UK correspondent for World Broadcast News throughout the 1980s. World Broadcast News was a leading American publication covering radio stations around the world.


Mix Mag

In 1984 he was invited by Tony Prince to write for DMC (Disco Mix Club) - a glossy mag aimed at DJs and the clubbing scene.  His occasional radio pieces were expanded into a regular monthly 'column' which eventually covered several pages of news from the radio business around the world.

Paul also chaired discussion panels on radio at the prestigious annual   World DJ Convention held in London - usually at the Hippodrome or the Appollo and Dominion in the West End.






Golden Microphone award
Golden Microphone award winner 2017
for outstanding contribution to offshore radio