Ford to Drop AM Radio From Most New Vehicles – IOTW Report

Ford to Drop AM Radio From Most New Vehicles

Epoch Times: Ford Motor Co. is preparing to drop AM radio from most of its new vehicles next year, according to a report.

The Detroit-based automaker confirmed the move to the Detroit Free Press on April 1, despite concerns from federal officials over American drivers losing access to safety alert broadcasts over the airwaves.

“We are transitioning from AM radio for most new and updated 2024 models,” including the electric-powered Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning pickup, said Ford spokesman Wes Sherwood.

“A majority of U.S. AM stations, as well as a number of countries and automakers globally, are modernizing radio by offering internet streaming through mobile apps, FM, digital, and satellite radio options.”

“Ford will continue to offer these alternatives for customers to hear their favorite AM radio music, news, and podcasts as we remove amplitude modulation—the definition of AM in this case—from most new and updated models we bring to market,” Sherwood added.

Sherwood explained that commercial vehicles would still retain AM radio because of longstanding contract language.

Drivers often listen to AM radio for live traffic updates and weather reports, as well as emergency updates. more

30 Comments on Ford to Drop AM Radio From Most New Vehicles

  1. The EBS clear channel stations are high power AM radio. When the SHTF you don’t want to be depending on streaming, digital, phone apps or anything else like that. A generator, an antenna, and a transmitter and you can be talking to millions on people on AM radio. FM is OK but at VHF/UHF freqs you’re talking line of sight, range is only to the horizon.

  2. won’t matter in the long run
    w/ the pedal-to-the-metal of car manufacturers (& the Blew States) in making electric vehicles (without means to charge a large amount of them, ie: availability of charging stations & not enough electrical grid), no one will be able to listen to such trivial things like radio in their vehicles because it will drain the batteries quicker … so does air conditioning, btw

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  4. That is the height of corporate arrogance when the auto makers dictate what the consumers can choose to buy (re EV’s and now no AM radio). It is also the hallmark of an Oligarchy – which explains the corporate wokeness. They don’t give a shit what the consumer wants. They are the antithesis of the free market system. Corporations HATE the free market. THEY want you to answer to them, not the other way around.

  5. Most radio stations are relying more on streaming anyway.
    Many in my area are cutting back on their transmission power. I can’t get good signals from stations (AM or FM) only a 1/2 hour away that I used to get perfectly clear a few years ago.

  6. Have the FCC regulations prohibiting radio frequency interference been quietly changed in favor of RF-noisy electric vehicles, or is it that TPTB are simply ignoring the regs?

  7. If you are going to rely on AM for emergency broadcasts you shouldn’t care if a modern vehicle has it anyway. If TSHTF those cars won’t work anyway. Probably won’t even unlock the doors…

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  9. Ford is resurrecting their founder’s statement about the Model T that, “You can have any color as long as it’s black”. You can listen to any radio station as long as it isn’t AM.

  10. Fords in deep shit from buying into the EV myth. Toyota researched it and determined, “LOGICALLY”, “Statistically”, it cold never happen. You can’t generate enough spark in America to charge a quarter of that many batteries. We need to let nature take it’s course and not bail out companies run by dumb muther fockers. GM will be next.

  11. Radioman listened to Fort Wayne, Indiana back in the
    70’s.High powered AM trucker station.There is another one outa New Orleans.550KHZ-1600KHZ is part of the medium wave band, MW in radio lingo.I was in Charleston,SC and listening on a cheap Jap transistor hand held radio.1000 miles at night station had high power and gain antennas,Justa walkin’ the dog……

  12. Seems most AM radio stations broadcast talk radio shows. Could it be they don’t want people to hear anything on the radio that speaks about complaints about our government and the bad economic head winds Biden and team have brought on America with bad polices decisions?

  13. “including the electric-powered Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning pickup” They might be better off keeping the radio and getting rid of the rest of the vehicle.

  14. I’m an Electrical Engineer. When you have a sound system in a vehicle, the incremental cost of adding AM radio is about $1 per car. Maybe the deep state is putting the screws to Ford, since most conservative talk radio is on AM.

  15. the car manufacturers already took out my cd player
    i am suprised that preceeded removing am radio.

    i haven’t listened to am since rush passed.

    i used to tune in to am from 6 am to 12 pm while traveling americas highways for work.

    since rush died there isn’t much sense in it.

    howard the duck went to satellite and instantly stopped being funny and joined with all the people he used to crap on.
    glenn beck starting being wishy washy after the government poisoned him.
    rush passed and mark stein was not his replacement.
    hannity became an ass with his your’re a great american to anyone who would call him no matter how unpatriotic they were.
    nope quit it cold turkey
    plus stopped traveling for work


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