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National Association of Broadcasters

82 Million Americans
Depend on AM

Who Depends on AM?

From reporting the latest weather updates and providing vital emergency warnings to covering the local high school football game, communities across the country depend on AM radio.

From small and rural markets to major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and Atlanta, AM stations are among the most popular for news, sports, entertainment and weather. Over 80 million people in the U.S. listen to AM radio each month, according to Nielsen.

AM radio also plays a vital role in connecting Black, Asian and Hispanic communities with stations that serve these audiences with niche and in-language programming.

With its unique ability to reach a wide geographic area, AM radio offers many Americans struggling with poor, or non-existent, cellular and broadband coverage a chance to stay connected.

Despite this, some auto manufacturers have begun discontinuing AM radio from the dashboard. Instead, they would shift the cost to car buyers, who would need to use cellular data to stream AM stations. Congress is considering legislation that would ensure Americans who depend on AM radio each month for news, entertainment and critical safety information can continue to have access to this reliable communications medium.

Take action now – tell your members of Congress to help keep AM radio in the car! Learn more about what you can do to keep AM radio in the car.

AM Radio Champions

In the News

NRB Head Urges Congressional Support Of AM Radio For Every Vehicle Act. (InsideAudioMarketing.com, June 12, 2024)

Report: Radio Remains Crucial Component of the Dashboard (InsideRadio.com, June 12, 2024)

As Telecommunications Outages Abound, Congress Must Act (RealClearPolicy.com, February 26, 2024)

The AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act will help protect our emergency infrastructure (TheHill.com, February 24, 2024)

Your Phone has Nothing on AM Radio (The Atlantic, February 21, 2024)

Saving AM Radio Podcast Featuring NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt (Texas Public Radio, November 25, 2023)

Radio Is An Indispensable Public Safety Resource. The Maui Wildfires Were the Latest Proof. (Inside Radio, October 2, 2023)

Hawaii Puts AM Radio to Work on Maui (Radio World, August 22, 2023)

Op-Ed: We won't let these cars kill the AM radio star (Fox News, June 9, 2023)

Keep AM Radio in Cars, for Safety's Sake (Chicago Sun Times, June 6, 2023)

AM Radio Fights Back After Getting the Boot From Tesla and Other EVs (Bloomberg, June 6, 2023)

New Nielsen Study: 141 Local Markets Where AM Radio is Listened to By at Least 20% of the Radio Audience (Westwood One, June 1, 2023)

Ford will include AM radio in 2024 models, reversing decision (The Washington Post, May 23, 2023)

Ford reverses plan, vows to keep AM radio for its electric, non-electric vehicles (Detroit Free Press, May 23, 2023)

Farm Broadcasters Make Case for AM Radio as a Rural Life Issue in Washington (InsideRadio.com, May 5, 2023)

Rural Broadcast Voices Speak Up for AM (Radio Ink, May 5, 2023)

Farm Broadcasters Ask Stabenow for Help to Protect AM Radio (InsideRadio.com, May 4, 2023)

The Fight for AM in Cars: Michigan House Reps' Letter to Ford Joins Other Efforts (InsideRadio.com, May 4, 2023)

National Association Of Farm Broadcasting Asks Sen. Debbie Stabenow To Support Keeping AM Radio In Vehicles (AllAccess.com, May 4, 2023)

Save AM Radio, Rural Broadcasters Urge Lawmaker (Law360.com, May 4, 2023)

NAFB Expresses AM Radio Concerns to Sen. Debbie Stabenow (Radio Online, May 4, 2023)

NAB Effort to Keep AM Radio in Cars is Making Noise in Washington (InsideRadio.com, May 3, 2023)

Radio stations push reach and utility of AM as some carmakers move to drop it (Cardinal News, April 24, 2023)

Former VP Mike Pence Joins Battle to Save AM Radio in Autos (RFDTV, April 21, 2023)

Will Be On His Mind: Transportation Secretary weighs in on AM radio cuts in cars (RFDTV, April 19, 2023)

Buttigieg Finally Makes Statement About AM Radio (Radio Ink, April 19, 2023)

Op-Ed: Electric vehicle makers are threatening public safety (The Washington Examiner, April 18, 2023)

Officials sound alarm on carmakers dropping AM radio in new vehicles: 'Meant for emergencies' (FoxNews.com, April 15, 2023)

Sean Hannity sounds alarm on new electric vehicles phasing out AM radio: A 'direct hit' to conservatives (FOX NEWS, April 14, 2023)

EV makers jeopardize emergency alert system by removing AM radio (The Seattle Times, April 13, 2023)

Rising number of electric vehicles putting the brakes on AM radio (KITV4, April 10, 2023)

AM radio, a critical safety tool, is in danger of disappearing (TheAmericanConsumer.org, April 5, 2023)

Electric cars threaten Chicago's AM radio stations (Axios, April 2, 2023)

Ford to drop AM radio in new models, except commercial vehicles (Detroit Free Press, April 1, 2023)

Cutting AM from EVs is just the beginning, ag radio owners say (AgWeek, March 22, 2023)

Electric Cars are Ditching AM Radio - A Critical Safety Tool (Axios, March 13, 2023)

Who Benefits By Removing AM From Cars? (RadioWorld.com, March 13, 2023)

Car Companies Vary Wildly in Their Comments About AM (RadioWorld.com, March 9, 2023)

NAB's LeGeyt Says AM Radio in Cars Still Matters (RadioWorld.com, March 9, 2023)

NAB Urges Automakers to Keep AM Radio in Electric Vehicles (InsideRadio.com, March 9, 2023)

AM Station Owner Challenges EV Makers to Solve AM Interference Issue (March 2, 2023)

Electric Vehicles Need AM Radio, Former Emergency Officials Argue (Wall Street Journal, Feb. 27, 2023)

FCC Commissioner Echoes Ex-FEMA Heads on AM Radio (RBR.com, Feb. 27, 2023)

Every Car Should Have an AM Radio (Jalopnik.com, Feb. 27, 2023)

EV Makers are Eliminating AM Radio, Infringing on Iconic Medium (Forbes, Jan. 31, 2023)

In a Future Filled with Electric Cars, AM Radio May Be Left Behind (The New York Times, Dec. 10, 2022)

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