Ford Motor Company has reversed its previous decision and will keep AM radio in its new vehicles. Ford is also offering a software update to provide AM broadcast capabilities in its electric vehicles. National Association of Farm Broadcasting Executive Director Tom Brand credits the rural community and their lawmakers “Listeners responded and reached out to lawmakers and automobile manufacturers,” said Brand. “There was also a letter sent by 102 members of the House of Representatives in recent weeks to several automakers; it not only reminded them about the importance of AM radio, but also asking some pointed questions, including the amount of federal subsidies they’ve received in the last 15 years.” Bills have also been introduced in the House and Senate to preserve AM radio in cars and trucks. Local radio has a role in providing information during weather emergencies and these proposals would consider radio as a safey feature in cars and trucks. Listen to the full interview.