Former Vice President Mike Pence has voiced a “Save AM Radio” PSA that is available for use by all radio stations. The PSA campaign is the brainchild of John Catsimatidis, Owner of Red Apple Media, which includes WABC New York (770), WLIR-FM Nassau-Suffolk, NY (107.1), and Red Apple Audio Networks.
At the NAB Show in Las Vegas this week, Catsimatidis met with members of the FCC and FEMA. At Catsimatidis’ request, Pence voiced a “Save AM Radio” PSA for WABC, which Catsimatidis is offering to the industry.
“The automotive industry is doing a huge disservice to Americans by even considering the removal of AM radio from cars,” Catsimatidis said in a release. “They are putting the safety of Americans at peril by putting profits before people. Americans deserve better.”
Ford, Volkswagen, BMW, Mazda, Volvo, and Tesla have all discontinued, or plan to eliminate, AM radio in certain vehicles. This encompasses EV and gas-powered autos in some cases. EV manufacturers have cited interference with AM radio reception due to electromagnetic frequencies from the electric motors.
“I am urging all AM and FM radio stations, the NAB, the RAB, and state broadcast associations to band together and bring common sense to Ford and other auto manufacturers," Catsimatidis continued.