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Senate Committee Passes AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act

This is a good government piece of legislation.

The information below will keep you up to date on the progress of legislation to ensure that automobiles sold here in the U.S. have AM radios. This is critical to people being able to get Emergency Alert System (EAS) messages that use AM radio to broadcast warnings.

Hopefully, the full Senate and then the House of Representatives can get this passed. It is a good government measure.

I like that there will be a label or something on the dashboard that explains the role of AM radios for emergency messages.

NAB Statement on Senate Commerce Committee Passage of AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the Senate Commerce Committee's passage today of the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt:

"NAB applauds today's Senate Commerce Committee passage of the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act. This legislation will ensure that the tens of millions of AM radio listeners across the country retain access to local news, diverse community programming and emergency information. Moreover, this legislation enables AM radio’s continued role as the backbone of the nation’s Emergency Alert System. 

"We thank Sens. Markey and Cruz, Chair Cantwell and the bipartisan cosponsors of this bill for their leadership to safeguard AM radio's pivotal role in keeping the public informed when disaster strikes. We urge swift passage of this important legislation."


Under the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act, the Secretary of Transportation has one year to establish a standard for all new motor vehicles in the U.S. to come with AM radio reception and playback. This feature should be clearly visible on the vehicle's dashboard. Between the legislation’s enactment and the new standard taking effect, cars lacking AM radio receivers must be explicitly labeled for buyers.

About NAB

The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. NAB advances radio and television interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at

Eric Holdeman is a contributing writer for Emergency Management magazine and is the former director of the King County, Wash., Office of Emergency Management.