Stop KONY? St. George station mistaken for warlord
Published: March 16, 2012 12:01PM
Updated: March 16, 2012 12:01PM
A box full to the brim with KONY 2012 campaign posters are shown Thursday March 8, 2012 at the Invisible Children Movement offices in San Diego. The workers are monitoring the social media impact of their KONY 2012 campaign. Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army, a brutal Central Africa militia that has kidnapped thousands of children and forced them to become sex slaves, fight as child soldiers and kill family members during a 26-year campaign of terror. The KONY 2012 project is an effort to stop Joseph Kony. (AP Photo/John Mone)

An Internet campaign against an African warlord has generated an unexpected amount of attention to a St. George radio station.

You've probably head about the "Stop Kony 2012" campaign, mounted by the activist group Invisible Children against Joseph Kony, who as leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has enslaved thousands of children to become soldiers to kill, rape and maim civilians in the Congo, Central African Republic and Sudan.

The campaign has gone viral, with a YouTube video (detailing Kony's war crimes) that has scored nearly 80 million hits.

The campaign has also caused more than a few people to stumble on the website of KONY, a country-music station in St. George.

KONY's general manager, Carl Lamar, told The Arizona Republic he heard about the "Stop Kony" campaign and wasn't sure what it was.

"I thought, 'Did I say something wrong on the morning show? Did they not win a prize?' " Lamar said.

For a one-week period that ended Tuesday, Lamar said, the station's website received 4,177 hits. A normal week usually brings just a few hundred visits to the website.