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AM Radio Hearing in Congress Scheduled for June 6

The U.S. House Communications and Technology Subcommittee will hold a hearing on Tuesday, June 6 to “examine the role of AM radio following reports that it may be removed in certain vehicles.” Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chair Bob Latta (R-OH) says, “AM radio capabilities are essential for Americans across the country, but especially for those who live in rural communities, like many in Ohio’s Fifth Congressional District, where other forms of connectivity may not be reliable. Whether listeners tune in to listen to updates during times of emergencies, the home team’s game, agricultural information, or for other reasons, it is concerning vehicle companies are taking steps to remove these stations from their electric cars. Earlier this month, I lead a letter with my colleague from Indiana, Rep. Greg Pence, to ask auto manufacturers for a status update on the use of AM radio and their plans to remove AM radio receivers from their vehicles. I look forward to receiving their responses by the end of the week. In the meantime, it is my hope that announcing this educational hearing will show the important role AM radio stations have played for decades.”