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LeGeyt: Keep AM In Cars, Keep Americans Safe

In a Wednesday post on the NAB blog, Curtis LeGeyt mixed history, emotion, and fact in a stirring defense of AM radio in cars. As Ford, Tesla, BMW, and Audi remove AM from the dashboard, LeGeyt reminds carmakers of AM’s role on “the front lines of history.” AM’s prevalence in rural communities and America’s largest cities makes it a ubiquitous need. More than 47 million Americans still listen to nearly 4,500 local AM stations. The NAB continues its tireless work with lawmakers and the auto industry to improve AM radio reception and technology. The post cites former FEMA administrators and the FCC, who both separately expressed their firm beliefs that AM radio provides a crucial emergency service to Americans when crisis strikes.

Rupert Murdoch Concedes That Fox News Anchors ‘Endorsed’ Bogus Election Fraud Claims

Fox Corp. chairman’s deposition testimony could prove harmful in voting machine company Dominion’s $1.6 billion lawsuit against the far right media company Fox Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch acknowledged that Fox News hosts rendered on-air support for former President Donald Trump’s spurious claim that the 2020 national election was bogus, even though they understood this assertion wasn’t supported by any evidence. “Not Fox, no. Not Fox,” Murdoch said, while testifying in January in a deposition tied to Dominion Voting System’s $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox Corp. “Some of our commentators were endorsing it. They endorsed.” Murdoch’s answer was in direct response to a question about Fox News personalities Sean Hannity, Jeanine Pirro, Lou Dobbs and Maria Bartiromo.

Radio Can Provide Opportunity For Automakers Sitting Out This Year’s Super Bowl.

The majority of automakers will sit out this year’s Super Bowl, citing economic concerns and supply issues. The high price for a Super Bowl ad – reportedly $7 million for a 30-second spot – has many car makers hedging their bets. “Auto manufacturers are still working through supply shortages, and big Super Bowl ads aren’t needed to drum up interest for vehicles that are still in short supply,” Jessica Caldwell, Executive Director of Insights at Edmunds told AdAge. A top advertising category for the radio industry, automakers would see more bang for their buck on broadcast radio.

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