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EXCLUSIVE — WFTL Accused of Faking Live Coverage of Baby Rescue!


EXCLUSIVE — WFTL Accused of Faking Live Coverage of Baby Rescue!

FORT LAUDERDALE — A potentially damaging journalism scandal is unfolding at WFTL-850 AM and, indirectly, NBC News.

Broward County’s troubled news and talk radio station, whose owners filed for bankruptcy last month, may have faked the live coverage of last week’s rescue of a dying baby on the Dolphin Expressway near Miami.


Rich Stevens (WFTL photo)

Rich Stevens (WFTL photo)

So that the audio of morning host Rich Stevens seemingly covering the drama, and the station’s call letters, would end up on Lester Holt‘s NBC Nightly News over the weekend!

It’s yet another Gossip Extra exclusive: Check out the video below, and you’ll hear NBC network reporter Mark Potter say the baby rescue was “covered live” on the radio.

Then you’ll hear Stevens’ voice say: “We have several reports of a woman exiting her vehicle, screaming for help!”

Check it out:

Thing is: Stevens was on the air from 9 a.m. to noon that day, Feb. 20 — and the incident occurred about 2:30 p.m.!

Stevens isn’t returning calls for comment but his boss, GM Steve Lapa, says he sees nothing wrong with what Stevens did.

“The information fed to Rich was accurate,” Lapa said. “We had the info fed to us by the traffic people, and there’s nothing wrong with how we voiced it.”

A station insider who asked not to be identified said NBC producers called WFTL to ask for a recording of the station’s live coverage.

There was none.

So Stevens went to work.

“He went into a studio and quickly recorded a few lines like they were happening live,” my source says.

A publicist for Holt’s show in New York has yet to comment about the use of Stevens’ recording.





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