KTAR Pulls Stunt on Audience; Speed Camera Story Fake

Local radio station KTAR (92.3 FM) is giving New Times some competition in the joke article department, telling its audience today that Phoenix is getting 350 federally funded speed cameras.

The online article ran with this hilarious map -- which alone should have been a dead giveaway for readers. The audio version made it tougher for some listeners to guess what was going on, since it contained actual sound-bites from Phoenix City Councilman Claude Mattox and U.S. Congressman John Shadegg.

KTAR caught heat from Governor Janet Napolitano's office last year for a similar April 1 prank, says this Arizona Republic article from Scott Wong (who was among the first to get KTAR's joke this morning).

By late afternoon, the station had 'fessed up.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.