This arrived this afternoon with a subject line that reads "General Motors Will Not Abandon Radio."
The recent editorial by Radio Ink Publisher Eric Rhoads "A Cold Harsh Reality for Radio," quoting panelists at Convergence 2013 in Santa Clara, has amplified the discussion about the role of AM/FM in future automobile dashboards.
Eric's piece has generated pages of feedback from the radio industry and has been shared, liked, and tweeted more than any Radio Ink piece in years.
The article prompted this response from General Motors Chief Infotainment Officer Phil Abram:
Dear Mr. Rhoads:
Your March 8 article "A Cold, Harsh Reality For Radio" came as a surprise to me and the Global Connected Consumer team at General Motors. We are responsible for setting the strategy for infotainment systems across GM. While we are excited about the possibilities of Internet radio services and other emerging services, we understand that AM/FM radio is still a significant source of news and entertainment. In fact, it is an expected feature.
We can’t speak for other automakers, but to be clear, GM has no near term plans to eliminate AM and FM from GM vehicles. We are committed to providing consumers innovative services that dramatically enhance the driving and riding experience. We expect AM/FM radio to be one of the choices consumers have in our vehicles.
We know consumers want to be safely connected in their cars, and we’re enabling it with world-class infotainment platforms, telematics systems and safety services. I invite you to visit our facilities to check out our latest developments.
Chief Infotainment Officer
Eric Rhoads said, "This is great news that GM is willing to step out and state that radio is still critical to their dash. We are reaching out to all the car brands in hopes of getting a simular show of support. Radio listening among youth continues to be strong, according to Abritron and RADAR, and we believe any car company's removing AM or FM from the dash would be a misguided strategy."
Read Eric's Editorial HERE
Listen to Our Interview With GM's Frankie James HERE
Everyone can calm down. As you were.