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Keep AM radio in electric vehicles



There are many ways to listen to this radio station. You can listen on 1410 AM, where WIZM has always broadcast, and now you can listen on FM as well, at either 92.3 or 106.7. You can listen to our programming live on our website, or via the WIZM app. But, depending on what you drive, you may not be able to listen to AM radio in your car. Some car manufacturers are discontinuing AM from their newest electric vehicles. Now, some members of Congress, including Wisconsin’s Mike Gallagher, are trying to convince the federal government to do something about it. They have written a letter to the head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, urging FEMA to get involved and pressure automakers to maintain AM radios. Why FEMA? AM radio can, and does, play a big role in relaying vital information, particularly during emergencies. Typically AM radio signals cover a much larger geographic area than an FM signal, including into areas where there is little cellular service or access to broadband internet. And AM radio is the backbone of FEMA’s Emergency Alert System, broadcasting important information like dangerous weather or missing persons. In the interest of public safety, the feds should force domestic and foreign automakers to make sure that AM radio continues to be a standard feature on new cars and trucks.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Heidi Kerska

    May 12, 2023 at 5:43 am

    How come you didn’t mention that the congressman, Mike Gallagher, who’s leading the charge to keep AM radio in electric vehicles is Republican? ???? If he were a democrat, you’d have been all over that. Shame on you SRS.

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