I really question the 50 million figure. I don't know a soul who has listened to AM radio for decades.Many makers of electric vehicles have begun removing AM radios, and government officials are concerned that inaccessibility to those airwaves could pose a risk to drivers, Axios reports. During emergencies, officials frequently provide critical updates about unsafe conditions via AM radio, but EV manufacturers claim that their motors interfere with the frequencies, which fades the signal. Nearly 50 million people still listen to AM radio, per Nielsen data, but automakers argue that there are other ways for the government to communicate with drivers, such as Bluetooth connections to smartphone apps.
And to depend on AM radio for emergency notifications is antiquated and ineffective. FAR many more people have cellphones than listen to AM radio, and they have them turned on and with them far more than they are actively listening to AM radio, so they are more likely to get warnings via cellphone.