CEOs Of NPR, American Public Media Call For FM Chips In Cellphones
January 24, 2014 at 3:59 AM (PT)
NPR Acting CEO PAUL HAAGA and AMERICAN PUBLIC MEDIA GROUP CEO JON MCTAGGART have written a piece for CURRENT.ORG advocating that the mobile phone industry put FM chips in all cellphones.
Citing radio's service in emergencies, and noting that over 90% of Americans own cellphones, the CEOs said that "every year today’s radio listeners are getting their news, weather and music on more and more devices and media channels. Now is the time for major cell carriers and manufacturers to activate FM chips in their mobile phones." The piece encourages stations to sign up with NEXTRADIO and to urge listeners to call their carriers and ask for FM in cellphones.
"Public radio audiences expect to find us anywhere and at any time. Giving our listeners direct access to their local public radio stations via FM chips in smartphones is another way to ensure that they’ll have access to vital information during times of emergency and crisis."
Read the piece here.