Congressman Jonathan L. Jackson Advocates for AM Radio Accessibility for Chicago and Southwest Illinois (Washington, DC) — Congressman Jonathan L. Jackson, representative of Illinois’s First Congressional District, pledges his support for the “AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act”. This proposed legislation seeks to ensure the continued presence of AM radios, an essential communication medium, in all new vehicles.
“From Chicago to Southwest Illinois, AM radio continues to play a crucial role in keeping our constituents informed and connected. Ensuring its continued existence is not merely about preserving a piece of broadcasting history, it’s about recognizing and protecting the service AM radio provides to our communities, particularly in times of emergency.”
Leading automakers, including Tesla, BMW, Mazda, Rivian, Volkswagen, and Volvo, have excluded AM receivers from their electric vehicles (EVs). This trend has potential to disrupt access to important communication channels. In Chicago, key AM stations such as WVON, WCPT, WGN, WBBM, WLS, WSCR, and more command significant listenership, and the importance of AM radio extends beyond the city. In the rural regions of Southwest Illinois, extending to Joliet, AM radio serves as a lifeline, providing news, emergency updates, and a vital sense of community connection.
In closing, Congressman Jackson reinforced his belief in the importance and future of AM radio. “AM radio is part of the fabric of our district. Today, I am proud to stand up for this vital resource and ensure its continued presence in our homes, businesses, and vehicles.”
Congressman Jonathan L. Jackson Advocates for AM Radio Accessibility for Chicago and Southwest Illinois