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.
In early 2016 Paul had a new book published
Internet Radio 2016
How to launch and operate
your own radio station
Published as a "how to" guide, explaining how to set up and run all kinds of streaming media and your own Internet Radio station.
The book is available as an eBook that can be read on Kindles, tablets, computers and any smartphone.
The guide is 353 pages long and it describes all the equipment needed, why and where it can be obtained; in many cases the price details are included and even has direct clickable links to the various suppliers.
By living in Florida during the construction of the radio ship Paul was subject only to US laws, and so not breaking the UK regulations, which normally prohibit such work.
Paul's set up a new company, Pirate Publications of Herne Bay. It's first issue was 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.
LASER 558, was totally legal as it employed only American DJs, was located on a Panamanian ship and anchored in international waters. See page on this site for more details of Laser 558.
st published work
Paul's first commissioned article was in 1973 for a radio magazine, aimed at radio listeners in the UK and called SCRIPT. In the article Paul told of his life on Radio Caroline.
He wrote many further pieces over the years for titles as diverse as Practical Wireless, Ships Monthly and Billboard in the 1970s. The largest of these was a four page spread in Ships Monthly in the early 1980's which won two awards.
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 sopme items about 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.
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.
Who's Who in British Radio 1996
From 1989 to 1991 Paul and his wife Anne published a weekly paid-for newspaper in East Yorkshire called the Haltemprice Herald. This was a weekly 'paid for' newspaper that covered the affluent villages to the west of the city of Hull.
It had a small team of 8 journalists, a great sales team and a good in house production team who made all the pages up on Apple Mac computers - something that the larger newspaper groups had not get discovered! Nowadays, all newspapers and quality magazines are 'made up' using QuarkXpress on one of the first Apple Macs, which were very new technology at that time.
The resulting radio station, LASER 558, was totally legal as it employed only American DJs, was located on board a Panamanian ship, the MV Communictor, which anchored in international waters just north of Margate in Kent.
Domicile and paying taxes in a particular territory means you are subject only to the laws of that jurisdiction, not any other. This was a cornerstone of the business model for the entire project.
By locating several aspects outside the UK, no UK laws could be broken. Selling air time is not illegal in other jurisdictions, nor is broadcasting on the High Sea.
Paul has also published several books including training manuals for radio stations and other speciality publications
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.
(The 1996 edition of
Who's Who in British Radio is now out of print)
Who's Who in British Radio 2002 met with considerable success, despite its hefty price tag of £29.95 per copy. For many years it has been an important reference work for many in the radio business.
Get a copy now for £5, plus P&P
In several of Paul's radio project, careful use of the legilsation and following it correctly has resulted in successful deployment of stations which had otherwise been blocked.
Communicator book published in late 2016
Radio Adventures of
the MV Communicator
a story of 11 stations in 21 years.
A fun-filled, action-packed,
tale of dramatic events and real-life
adventure on the
Over 200 pages of
true piracy !
All told by some of the best known names in British and Dutch radio and put into context by Paul Rusling, the consultant who advised many of the MV Communicator's stations. This ship's life was one of real life adventure on the High Seas; many the full stories about these 'behind the scenes' events are being told in print for the first time.
armed Dutch agents
REALLY mount a raid
on the Radio Caroline ship,
the Ross Revenge?
The true answer is exclusively revealed
for the first time in this exciting book !
Paul's most recent book (March 2017) describes how just one radio ship attracted an audience of around 10 million in the 1980s.
Laser Radio Programming covers the format and theory of several offshore radio stations, including refences to stations such as Radio Caroline, Big L and SRE - Swinging Radio England.
Internet Radio 2016 has since been published as a solid 276 page softback. Its just £19.95, and although an updated version is in preparation (due late 2017) even the old 2016 edition is crammed with heaps of relevant information.
Internet Radio 2016
for next day delivery by Amazon.
There are still some copies of the Who's Who in British Radio 2002 available, direct from the publisher. This is a large thick book with details of many hundreds of people in the radio industry; it sold for £29.95 (plus postage!) at the time, but can now be had for just £5 a copy, plus £2.90 post and packing (to the UK only - see order button for other destinations)
The book also contains full details of all the DJs who broadcast on Laser and a copy of the station's Operations Manual.
Now available for immediate despatch
One of the most action packed stories of modern offshore radio, told by the people who were there! This book has details of the crooks and the crooks, some of the fraudsters, the Government blockade on supplies, an armed raid, take-overs and much more.
Who's Who in British Radio 2002