Paul Rusling

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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.


































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 1996 and again in 2002, jointly with his daughter Dawn.
In early 2016 Paul published

Internet Radio 2016
How to launch and operate your own 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.

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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 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.
As well as equipment,  the book looks at the law relating to radio broadcasting, copyrights, staffing and getting programmes transmitted around the world.  For more details see the BOOK page on World of Radio's own web site. 

The WorldofRadio web site has links to other books about radio including many of Paul's colleagues from Radio Caroline and other radio stations.
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.









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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 Panamaina ship and anchored in international waters. See page on this site for more details of Laser 558.































Paul 's first published work

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.

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.

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.



Who's Who in British Radio 1996

Who's Who in British Radio  

2002

Local Newspapers

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.


Book Publishing

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. 

Who's Who in British Radio 2002 met with considerable success, despite its hefty price tag of £29.95 per copy. For many years its been an important reference work for many in the radio business.

(The 1996 edition of

Who's Who in British Radio

is now out of print)
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.

New Book published Autumn 2016

Radio Adventures of

the MV Communicator


a story of 11 radio stations over 21 years.

A fun-filled, action-packed,
tale of dramatic events and real-life
adventure on the High Seas
Over 200 pages of
excitement and
true piracy !
This is 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.

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.
Why did
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 !