American Association of Information Radio Operators AAIRO

AAIRO American Association of Information Radio Operators
  mission in the news  
  AAIRO strives to . . .

Sustain a Unique Medium
Support the enhancement and protection of Information Radio, the sole medium public officials have for reaching motorists directly with localized information — often critical to saving lives.

Speak with One Voice
Communicate as a group to regulatory agencies (Congress & the FCC) and related associations about issues affecting Information Radio station rule-making.

Learn about Relevant Issues
Channel news and issues germane to managing Information Radio Stations.

Exchange Ideas with Other Operators
Provide a networking forum members may use to exchange ideas and share information.

Advance Professional Expertise
Augment operator technological development and broadcasting skills.

FEMA's Coverage Footprint
AM & FM Stations ascross the Country that Comprise the USA's Emergency Alert System
FEMA Administrators Send Letter to USDOT Asking that US Automakers be Prevented from Removing AM Receivers from Vehicles

WASHINGTON DC:  Saying it is a “grave threat to future local, state and federal disaster response and relief efforts, seven former FEMA administrators Sunday penned a joint letter to the USDOT, asking that US automakers be prevented from removing AM receivers from car dashboards.

One day later, Monday, February 27, Commissioner Nathan Simington echoed his response from the FCC, saying, “…I underscore and share their concerns in the strongest possible terms. ...The issue of the continued inclusion of AM radios in electric vehicles deserves urgent attention.” Simington is also on record asking the Commission to “make clear the vital importance of AM radio.”

FEMA has recently “hardened” key AM broadcast stations across the nation whose signals, combined with some FM stations, cover more than 90% of the US population. Per the FEMA website, “This helps ensure that under all conditions, the President of the United States can alert and warn the public.” 

The American Association of Information Radio Operators (AAIRO) has written to Congress in 2022 in support of this effort and will again do so in coming weeks.

Call to Action:  to add your voice, join or send an email to AAIRO to indicate your support. There is no cost to you or your agency. AAIRO has more than 300 member agencies and interested individuals.

See also a state-by-state list of FCC-licensed public-service/public-safety statons across America.
Post-Pulse Public Communications

Portable radio stations in protective environments just may present a tool that could be used to maintain communication with the public after an Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) disruption. How would that work?

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