play_arrow

keyboard_arrow_right

Listeners:

Top listeners:

skip_previous skip_next
00:00 00:00
playlist_play chevron_left
  • play_arrow

    LASER 558 All Europe Radio

  • play_arrow

    LASER 558 – AM All Europe Radio

  • play_arrow

    LASER 558 – Classic All Europe Radio

  • play_arrow

    LASER558 40th Anniversary Documentary LASER558 40th Anniversary Documentary

Overnight

Now on air

Overnight

access_time12:00 am - 5:00 am

NOW PLAYING

Welcome to LASER 558

The MV Communicator, home to LASER558, was equipped in the US and set sail for her final destination, broadcasting from international waters in the North Sea. After initial testing, she began broadcasting on 24th May 1984 and attracted a huge audience due to the music format and the amount of music played each hour.

The Legend

LASER558 became an instant hit for listeners who wanted more music and less talk. The fact that LASER558 was dubbed a ‘pirate’ radio station made her all the more attractive. While operating legally, she dared to take listeners away from British stations and, therefore, became a target for the establishment to take her down. LASER’s music format changed how UK stations operated as more and more people started listening to the ‘pirates’. Although its life was short, LASER558 paved a path that is still followed today.

The Re-creation

This re-creation of LASER558 is for those of you who grew up in a world where the radio was on all the time somewhere and when the pirates changed the face of radio in the UK forever. Whether you remember LASER558 or not, we hope you appreciate what you hear. Remember, the music is NEVER more than a minute away!

You can listen to LASER558 using the player on this page or through any of the other ways to listen – you’ll find the full list here.

When you download our app, you’ll also find two extra channels, ‘LASER558 – AM’ where you can listen in glorious AM with all the hiss and crackle that you remember, and ‘LASER558 – Classic’ where you can listen to original shows recorded off-air over 1984 and 1985.

SCHEDULE

Monday

Featured Image Jay Mack 01

Jay Mack

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

more_vert

Jay Mack

Late evenings with Jay Mack

close

Tuesday

Featured Image Jay Mack 01

Jay Mack

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

more_vert

Jay Mack

Late evenings with Jay Mack

close

Wednesday

Featured Image Jay Mack 01

Jay Mack

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

more_vert

Jay Mack

Late evenings with Jay Mack

close

Thursday

Featured Image Jay Mack 01

Jay Mack

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

more_vert

Jay Mack

Late evenings with Jay Mack

close

Friday

Featured Image Jay Mack 01

Jay Mack

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

more_vert

Jay Mack

Late evenings with Jay Mack

close

Saturday

Sunday

Featured Image Jay Mack 01

Jay Mack

9:00 pm - 12:00 am

more_vert

Jay Mack

Late evenings with Jay Mack

close

THREE CHANNELS

LATEST POSTS

1980s

The Origin Of ‘The Mack Attack’ – By Jay Mack

When I joined the on-air crew on the MV Communicator in September 1985, the government ship, the dioptric surveyor, was “camped” about one kilometre off our bow, starboard side, and was a 24/7 fixture in our daily life aboard the communicator. It irritated me immediately. So on my 5 p.m.-9 p.m. on-air shift, I began calling my show “The Mack Attack.” It was my way of attacking them, the government

Featured

The Ship And The Flag

What was with that flag? Why was it on badges, T-shirts, and everywhere else? The Flag The ship and the flag have more in common than people realised. The blue and yellow flag used by LASER558 had a much deeper meaning than most people knew. It wasn’t just a colourful logo or a bright picture to put on a T-shirt. The flag is actually a maritime signal flag with a

1980s

Remembering the Golden Era: 1980s Radio and Music in the UK Will Bring a Smile to Your Face

1. Reflecting on the 1980s: A blast from the past Do you ever find yourself longing for the good old days of radio when the airwaves were filled with catchy tunes and the voices of unforgettable DJs? If so, you're not alone. The 1980s were a golden era for radio in the UK, with stations like LASER558 and other pirate radios capturing the hearts of music lovers across the nation.

1980s

The Music Of LASER558 – Nik Kershaw

Nik Kershaw is a British singer-songwriter who rose to fame in the 1980s with his catchy pop hits and distinctive voice. Born in Bristol, England in 1958, Kershaw first gained attention as a songwriter, penning tracks for artists such as Cher and The Hollies. However, it was his solo career that truly catapulted him to stardom. In 1984, Kershaw released his debut album "Human Racing," which featured the hit singles

1980s

The Music Of LASER558 – The Human League

Catching up with some iconic singers and bands of the 1980s and seeing what they're doing now, we can't forget to mention The Human League. Formed in 1977 in Sheffield, England, The Human League quickly rose to fame in the 1980s with their unique blend of synth-pop and new wave music. Their breakthrough album, "Dare," released in 1981, featured hit singles such as "Don't You Want Me" and "Love Action

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS

1980s

The Music Of LASER558 – Blancmange

In the 1980s, Blancmange was a British synth-pop band formed by Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe. They gained popularity in the UK music scene with their catchy electronic beats and unique sound. Some of their most famous songs from the 1980s include "Living on the Ceiling," "Waves," and "Blind Vision," which all made it onto the UK record charts. In 1984 and 1985, Blancmange's music was a staple on LASER558,

todayApril 11, 2024 19 7

1980s

The Music Of LASER558 – Thomas Dolby

Iconic singers and bands of the 1980s have left an indelible mark on the music industry and continue to captivate audiences today. One such figure is Thomas Dolby, a British musician and producer who rose to fame in the 1980s with his unique blend of synth-pop and new wave sounds. Born Thomas Morgan Robertson in London, England, Dolby began his musical career in the late 1970s as a session musician and synthesizer programmer. He adopted the stage name "Thomas Dolby"

todayApril 11, 2024 33

1980s

The Music Of LASER558 – The Style Council

The Style Council was a British band formed in 1983 by Paul Weller, formerly of The Jam, and Mick Talbot. The band's fusion of jazz, soul, and pop music made them stand out in the 1980s music scene. In the mid-1980s, The Style Council achieved great success with hits like "You're the Best Thing," "Shout to the Top," and "Walls Come Tumbling Down." These songs topped the UK record charts and showcased the band's unique sound and style. During this

todayApril 11, 2024 9

LISTEN WITH

SPONSORS

0%