Thursday, November 22, 2007


A radio presenter has told how he tricked property tycoon Donald Trump into offering a farmer opposed to his Scottish golf resort project a timeshare at his American headquarters.
Real Radio's Robin Galloway struck a deal with Mr Trump, pictured right, to offer Aberdeenshire farmer Michael Forbes a two-week annual timeshare at Trump Tower in return for the sale of his land.
Mr Forbes, whose land sits next to the site of Mr Trump's proposed £1 billion golf resort on the Menie Estate a few miles north of Aberdeen, has refused to sell his property to the Trump Organisation, which received outline planning permission for the complex earlier this week.
Mr Galloway, famed for his on-air wind-ups, posed as estate agent Hector Brocklebank of HB Real Estate when he called Mr Trump in New York. He explained he had been speaking to Mr Trump's right-hand man, George Sorial and that Mr Forbes had invited him to mediate on his behalf. Mr Galloway told the businessman that Mr Forbes was willing to "stand aside" in return for a yearly, two-week trip to the Big Apple for him and his wife.
When the disc jockey asked if there was any chance of doing a timeshare, Mr Trump replied: "I could do something like that...Yes, I'd be interested in that...I would take care of him for two weeks, I could do that."
After the Glasgow-based presenter came clean, Mr Trump took the prank in good spirit. "It was actually very funny," he said.
Mr Galloway said: "There is no doubt Donald is my greatest scalp, how ironic he wears a wig. I take that back - he was a great sport, though I did nearly fall off the seat when his PA said 'he's just finishing a call, can you hold'."
Mr Galloway, a presenter with the Glasgow-based radio station, is well-known for his wind-ups. Earlier this year he persuaded Paris Hilton to call the Hilton hotel in Glasgow and ask for a discounted rate.
Former First Minister Jack McConnell scuppered an attempt by Mr Galloway to wind him up when he intercepted a text message the presenter had sent to his wife Bridget.
The telephone call with Mr Trump will be aired on the Real Radio breakfast show on Monday.



Post a Comment

<< Home

Copyright © Colin Farquharson

If you can't find what you are looking for.... please check the Archive List or search this site with Google