If you've got an Echo/Echo Dot or related Amazon Alexa device, RIPR has two offerings for you:
- Add RIPR's local newscasts to your Flash Briefing by clicking here!
- And enable the free RIPR Skill by clicking here!
FLASH BRIEFING vs SKILL: What's the difference?
Flash Briefing. You can add multiple different on-demand audio podcasts to your "flash briefing". So when you say "Alexa, tell me 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 RIPR local newscast first in your Flash Briefing.
RIPR Amazon Skill. This is a more robust skill that allows you direct access to all of RIPR's local features. Once you’ve enabled the skill, tell your Echo “Alexa, open Rhode Island Public Radio,” then follow the prompts from there.
You can also say "Alexa, tell Rhode Island Public Radio…
- …to listen live.” (hear our live webcast)
- …to play local newscast.” (hear the most recent local newscast)
- …to browse programs.” (hear our most recent local news features)
- …to play Political Roundtable.” (hear the most recent episode)
- …to play Scott MacKay.” (hear Scott’s weekly commentary)
- …to play This I Believe, New England.” (hear the most recent episode)
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."
- For instructions on interacting with this skill, just say “help.”
Here's a short video on Facebook demonstrating the RIPR Skill.