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Stop KONY? St. George station mistaken for warlord

Published March 16, 2012 12:01 pm

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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.