The Colchester Evening Gazette spoke to the disc jockeys on the 8th after
they had been cleared through customs and immigration the previous night.
Craig Novack said "We are all very disappointed that we had to come off,
we were enjoying what we were doing so we are doubly depressed. But we
know it was done for our own safety." John Leeds from Texas said "We had
great hopes when we came over but it was looking very difficult for the
vessel we had, in many ways it's a great disappointment". When asked what
his plans now were, he added, "We are all in the same boat, a little
touring and then head back for home, we won't be going back aboard".
Campaign magazine for the 15th, said that Lasers New York offices had
closed and that their answering machine drawled "Laser 558 is off air
because of a combination of circumstances, bad weather, bad luck and
logistical problems, but certainly not because of a lack of listener or
advertiser support. Our ship is undergoing repairs in Harwich harbour and
our staff, American broadcasters and marine crew are safe and well. Our
future plans are indefinite at this moment, but we appreciate your
interest and support". The US trade paper Radio and Records, also for the
15th November, quoted John Catlett, who said "our offices in New York have
been flooded with phone calls and it would seem to us there are a lot of
people who want us back"