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Week of May 29, 2023

Week of May 29, 2023
Posted: May 24, 2023
Categories: Poll Questions
Comments: 17

Topic: Federal Government Requiring AM Radio in Vehicles

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Should the federal government require carmakers to include AM radio in vehicles?

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17 comments on article "Week of May 29, 2023"

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Mary Helms, 5/26/2023 8:40 AM

NO. The federal governement has no business interfering in the free market of ideas and production of any product or service outside of those proven to be needed for basic consumer safety. We must shrink Federal governement creep.

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Joannie Miller, 5/26/2023 8:56 AM

In gas vehicles it works fine and many enjoy and rely on the AM stations now. Not sure about Ev's, I would not own one. Safety alerts usually come over AM stations, local news, emergency notifications, and talk radio shows. AM radio is the backbone of our National Warning System. Let's save the AM radio stations!

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Deb Ecklund, 5/26/2023 9:03 AM

It should be an option. This should not be dictated by the federal government.

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Carol Pociecha-Palm, 5/26/2023 9:50 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) joined colleagues in introducing the AM for Every Vehicle Act n the Senate, the legislation is cosponsored by Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), J.D. Vance (R-Ohio), and Roger Wicker (R-Miss.). In the House of Representatives, Reps. Josh Gottheimer (D-N.J.-05), Tom Kean, Jr. (R-N.J.-07), Rob Menendez (D-N.J.-08), Bruce Westerman (R-Ark.-04), and Marie Gluesenkamp Perez (D-Wash.-03) cosponsored the legislation.

Article to help you decide for yourself about this question. The article talks about 'AM vs. FM Radio: Differences, Pros, and Cons' Weather is important and the best sources are on AM. News commentary stations are on AM.

Article: Here’s Why Everyone Is Freaking Out About AM Radio in New Cars

Aricle/video: Congress is trying to prevent the death of AM radio calling it ‘irreplaceable’ as car companies drop it from their new EV models

The argument for this ? "AM radio’s historic role in transmitting vital information during emergencies, such as communication during natural disasters, especially to people in rural areas." 8 out of 20 Automakers are driopping AM radio - and not offering it as an option

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Sheila M. Williams, 5/26/2023 10:10 AM

Yes, AM stations should be available. Many citizens rely on the AM station for their local news. Since many newspapers have discontinued publishing papers, for some this is their only new stations.

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Sherry Yocum, 5/26/2023 1:24 PM

AM radio is used for emergency notifications and is important form of notification

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Peggy Smetana, 5/26/2023 1:54 PM

hmmm. I would say let the free market work, but AM stations are used for safety alerts. Also, the reason that auto makers want to do away with AM radio in cars is that AM doesn't work well in EV cars or it is more expensive to have AM radio work correctly in EV cars.

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Melissa Thomas, 5/26/2023 1:56 PM

Yes it should but the signal needs improvement. Even on the channels I can get, it is still very static. AM has plenty of value, but it needs improvement

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Pam McAloon, 5/26/2023 3:11 PM

The problem with not having AM radio frequencies is that this could pose a huge communication gap especially within the realm of emergency broadcasting. Keep in mind, too, that many conservative talk shows are broadcasted on AM radio locally....

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Lori, 5/26/2023 11:24 PM

I do believe that the federal government should require auto makers to include a.m. radio otherwise conservative voices will be silenced. I know that there are other options to listen to conservatives in 2023 and I don’t like the fed having too much control over anything but I don’t like the fact that dissenting voices will be censored

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Valerie Jo Remley, 5/27/2023 4:05 AM

Absolutely. Emergency alerts are via AM, to say nothing of most news stations.

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Olivia McCaffrey, 5/27/2023 5:25 PM

Federal government requires too many things already. It should be a personal choice.

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Jan Burch, 5/28/2023 10:46 PM

The federal government should not require AM radios in cars, but we consumers should make it clear to car manufacturers that we demand AM radios in our cars. But to be effective, consumers will have to avoid buying cars that don't include them and buy from car makers who offer AM radios.

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drift boss, 5/29/2023 1:00 AM

Absolutely. Emergency alerts are via AM, to say nothing of most news stations.

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Dawn Miller, 5/29/2023 2:47 PM

Why can't the automakers leave the am radio portion alone? It is important for us to be able to get information not available on fm or the other options. There shouldn't be a need to ask the federal government for any permission, however why would the automakers make the choice to remove the option on the first place? One guess would be the government has already been involved

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