AM Radio Momentum Seems Unstoppable After Hefty DC Day

The United States Capitol building with the dome lit up at night.

Tuesday was quite a day for AM radio on Capitol Hill as the band saw another bipartisan lift and steamrolled detractors in both houses of US Congress. Broadcasters, legislators, and organizations came together in a united front for the AM For Every Vehicle Act.

At a House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing organized by Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), Ranking Member Frank Pallone (D-NJ), Subcommittee Chairman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), and Ranking Member Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), titled “Preserving Americans’ Access to AM Radio,” Midway Broadcasting Corporation CEO Melody Spann-Cooper represented the NAB to advocate for the importance of AM radio.

Her testimony underscored the crucial role AM radio plays in delivering news, sports, and cultural content to 82 million Americans, particularly in emergencies. The AM For Every Vehicle Act would direct the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to issue a rule requiring AM radio inclusion without extra fees in all cars made or sold in the US.


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