Paul Rusling

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Paul Rusling is an East Yorkshire public house and restaurant owner, disc jockey and former radio and publishing entrepreneur who has also identified himself during radio programmes as Paul Alexander.


Paul Rusling attended school in Hull, England and in his spare time performed as a disc jockey in clubs and ballrooms. He then studied radio engineering at Hull College of Technology and became a ship's radio officer. In 1973 he joined Radio Caroline where he hosted the breakfast programme. In the mid-1970s he moved to London and managed several pubs and clubs.

In 1981 Rusling became a broadcast consultant and worked at several radio stations, including Laser 558. Rusling was also contracted as a consultant to broadcast projects in the Middle East, Europe and Scandinavia and assisted with license applications for stations in the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Poland and Russia, including work with Nozema, Sky Radio and Radio 10 Gold. He was a director of several radio companies, including Yorkshire Coast Radio. On the Isle of Man Rusling was founder of a public company (Isle of Man International Broadcasting plc) which was licensed to launch an international broadcasting station MusicMann279.

Rusling chaired forums at the Mix Mag International DJ Convention in London in 1986, and at several technical forums, e.g. IEEE conference in Washington. He has 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) and a "Who's Who in British Radio" (ISBN 1900401045). From 1989 to 1991 he and his wife published a weekly paid-for newspaper in East Yorkshire called the Haltemprice Herald.

In 2006 Paul and Anne Rusling bought the Triton Inn in Brantingham, East Yorkshire. They developed it as a restaurant and ballroom, catering for functions such as weddings and conferences. The premises were very successful, were open seven days a week for lunch and dinner and served up to 700 meals a day at their peak. The Ruslings sold the business in August 2013 to a local businessman, Bob Carroll. It is now run by Sam Carroll and his friend Mike. Paul Rusling returned to radio work as a broadcast consultant, advising on new licence applications and radio station operation. He set up a charity to broadcast radio programmes as Free Radio Peace to the Levant region of the Middle East.

In September 2016 Paul Rusling authored a book called "Radio Adventures of the MV Communicator", telling the story of eleven radio stations which broadcast from that ship over its 21 years history as a radio ship. The stations included three incarnations of Laser, Holland FM, Veronica Hit Radio, Q The Beat and the Super Station. The book is published by World of Radio and available as a paperback (ISBN 978-1-900401-12-8) and in hardback (ISBN 978-1-900401-14-2). In March 2017 Rusling had published another book about the format and other aspects of the output of offshore radio station Laser, called Laser Radio Programming (ISBN 978-1-900401-17-3) World of Radio

See also[edit]

  • MusicMann279 - details of the proposed international radio station in the Isle of Man

External links[edit]

  • [1] - Story of Laser 558
  • [2] Laser 558 web site
  • - Paul Rusling on Radio Caroline.
  • - Offshore radio reunion.
  • [3] Paul Alexander on Radio Caroline
  • [4] - Pirate Radio Hall of Fame
  • [5] - The King David, a Mediterranean radio ship
  • [6] The Crossed Field Antenna
  • [7] Radio Adventures of the Communicator
  • [8] Laser Radio Programming