RIPR ALEXA SKILLS ENDING MAY 1, 2019
If you downloaded our Alexa Skills for your Amazon Echo/Echo Dot/Sonos/etc before October 2018, you probably have the Rhode Island Public Radio Skills. These will be deactivated on May 1, 2019. Before that happens, please uninstall the RIPR Skills and install the new The Public's Radio Skills - links are below.
We had to create new Skills to respond to the different spoken invocation, and we didn't want to cut things over right away when we changed branding last fall. But it does cost us money to maintain both sets of Skills so we're asking everyone to migrate over to the new Skills now.
If you've got an Echo/Echo Dot or related Amazon Alexa device, The Public's Radio has two offerings for you:
- Add our local newscasts to your Flash Briefing by clicking here!
- To listen live to The Public's Radio, enable the free Skill by clicking here!
FLASH BRIEFING vs SKILL: What's the difference?
You can add multiple different on-demand audio podcasts to your "flash briefing". So when you say "Alexa, what's the news" it will automatically play the podcasts in the order you set them up. This can include NPR newscasts as well, but if you want to know what's going on in Rhode Island and the Southcoast of Massachusetts, put the The Public's Radio local newscast first in your Flash Briefing list.
This is a more robust skill that will, eventually, allow you fuller access to our webcasts and podcasts. For now it's just the live webcast. Once you’ve enabled the skill, tell your Echo “Alexa, open The Public's Radio,”then follow the prompts from there.
You can also say "Alexa, tell The Public's Radio…
- …to listen live.” (hear our live webcast)
- …to play local newscast.” (hear the most recent local newscast)
Additional voice commands include:
- While playing a program, you can skip forward to the next episode by saying “Alexa, next.”
- To skip backward to the previous archive, say “Alexa, go back.”
- To stop the audio playing, say "Alexa, stop."
- To set the volume, say "Alexa, set volume to X" where X is a number between 1 and 10, with 10 being the loudest.
- For instructions on interacting with this skill, just say “help.”
What if you have a Google Home device?
Simply say "OK Google, stream The Public's Radio" and it should play our live stream via TuneIn. Alternate invocations that may work include:
- "OK Google, stream WNPN."
- "OK Google, stream The Public's Radio WNPN."
- "OK Google, play WNPN 89.3"
- "OK Google, stream 89.3FM in Providence."
- "OK Google, play Rhode Island Public Radio."
Google Actions only recently started supporting live streaming (and only in a limited way). We are working on creating a Google Action for The Public's Radio, and hope to have it available sometime in 2019.