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Radio row breaks out between Maurice Boland and David Klein
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A WAR has broken out on the Costa del Sol airwaves between two of its best known presenters.
The spat has led to iTalk boss Maurice Boland threatening to sue David ‘The Dogman’ Klein, after he announced that his rival’s station was off air.
Klein, who has a regular Saturday show at Talk Radio Europe (TRE), demanded to know why the station was no longer broadcasting on its normal FM frequency.
And he also claimed the beleaguered station was no longer based at the luxurious five-star Kempinski hotel in Estepona.
This however, quickly angered iTalk owner Boland, who issued statements insisting that his station was not only still based at the hotel, but that he was continuing broadcasting, albeit via the internet.
He told the Olive Press last night: “This is a scandalous rumour started by one man on the internet.
“Yes it is true I took the station off the FM frequency because as a small business the station could not afford a fine of up to 500,000 euros that the Junta has been threatening English stations if they haven’t got the correct licences.
“We are still at the Kempinski and anyone can come and visit and I will show them around the studios.”
Klein insisted he had merely investigated the issue after finding the station online merely ‘playing continuous music with no presenters’.
“I simply wanted to let my listeners know what was going on with the station,” Klein told The Olive Press.
“But I couldn’t get any answer from the number, so I called reception. The operator asked me to hold on and then informed me that that the radio station was ‘no longer’ at the hotel.
“It now appears that they are still there but on a month to month basis their contract having expired.
“Boland has now threatened me with legal action when his business partner returns from overseas” Klein added.
Talk Radio Europe refused to be drawn into the row officially, stating that David was merely a ‘freelance pet presenter’.
“We have no interest in what goes on with iTalk or its business arrangements, ” said a spokesman.
Boland had previously run long-established station TRE, before being sacked three years ago after an indiscretion with a 15-year-old girl.
While he denied the relationship with the winner of his competition the WOW Factor – Spain’s local equivalent of the X-Factor – he admitted he had got too close.
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