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- How do I listen to the live webcast/stream online?
- I'm having trouble with the website webcast player!
- I have a wifi radio, how do I listen to RIPR?
- What about those Sonos home wifi "radios"?
- I have another means of listening, but I need the direct URL of the stream!
- What are the tech specs of the RIPR webcast?
- How do I view the SnowCAM/SummerCAM?
- What's the difference between "listening in iTunes" vs "listening to iTunesRadio"?
- How do I listen to RIPR's podcasts?
- What's the deal with NPR One?
How do I listen to the live webcast/stream online?
- Desktop/laptop computer: Click listen live in the top-left corner of every page to launch our stream in the SGplayer. If it doesn't start automatically, click the little play button next to the time counter. Also, you may need to install Adobe Flash for it to work.
- iPhone: download our free iPhone app, also available in the App Store. Once installed, open the app and tap the PLAY button.
- Android phone: download the free TuneIn app, available in the Google Play Store. Once installed, open the app and search for "ripr". Tap our logo to listen.
- Windows phone: download the free TuneIn app, available in the Windows Marketplace. Once installed, open the app and search for "ripr". Tap our logo to listen.
I'm having trouble with the website's webcast player!
- We use StreamGuys to host our webcast, using the SGplayer.
- They have an excellent FAQ with links to several testing pages you can try for troubleshooting.
- Disable any AdBlock software on your browser, or at least whitelist the domains ripr.org and streamguys.com
- The SGplayer is HTML5-based, so your browser must be HTML5 compatible. You can test that here.
- And even though it is HTML5-based, updating your Flash may help with some problems. (make sure you uncheck any "optional" offers, like McAfee Security Scan, before you download the Flash update)
I have a WIFI RADIO, how do I listen to RIPR?
- Most have some sort of built-in search engine for finding webcasts: try searching on keywords "wrni" or "ripr", or maybe "rhode island".
- If that doesn't work, but your radio allows you to directly enter a URL, use this link: http://amber.streamguys.com:5590/xstream.m3u (or try this shortened version: http://bit.ly/TiSUB3)
- If neither of those works, and assuming you can successfully tune to other stations' webcasts, you may have an older generation wifi radio. Many of those relied on an online database from Reciva, which we have attempted to keep updated - but not every radio has the ability to receive updates. Put simply, your wifi radio might just not be able to receive the RIPR webcast, no matter what.
What about those Sonos home wifi "Radios"?
- Generally speaking we can't formally recommend a specific make/model of radio, wifi or otherwise. But we have heard from several listeners that the Sonos wifi radios work pretty well and are easy to use. In particular, the PLAY:3 for standalone listening, or CONNECT to be used as part of your existing stereo setup.
- Sonos gear works with TuneIN so search on keyword "RIPR" to find our stream. Or you can manually enter the direct URL (see below).
- Please note that RIPR cannot provide support for Sonos products (or any wifi radio). We don't even have one here so we can't directly vouch for them; only suggest them as a possibility.
I have another means of listening, but I need the direct URL of the stream.
- The main webcast is: http://amber.streamguys.com:5590/xstream.m3u
- Or try the emergency backup webcast, too: http://rhodeislandpublicradio.b2netsolutions.com:8000/listen.pls
What are the tech specs of the RIPR webcast?
- We use a Telos Prostream to encode a two simultaneous 56 kbps mono feeds: one in Icecast MP3, the other in AAC-LC. Your player will automatically detect and use the appropriate feed.
- The Prostream also brings Telos/Omnia's legendary audio processing into the unit, making our webcast sound quite good at a relatively low bitrate.
How do I view the SnowCAM/SummerCAM?
- Click this link: http://ripr.org/post/ripr-snow-cam
- The cam uses Wowza streaming technology, which should work on most computers and mobile devices.
- Usually the cam is aimed out the window of our newsroom/offices overlooking Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence, but we may move it as circumstances change.
What's the difference between "listening in iTunes" vs. "listening to iTunesRadio"?
- Listening in iTunes: You can use iTunes to play music on your desktop/laptop computer, and even to play webcasts like RIPR's live stream, too. Press CTRL+U (CMD+U on Macs) and type in http://amber.streamguys.com:5590/xstream.m3u then press enter. Our stream will start playing after a few seconds of buffering.
- Listening to iTunesRadio: iTunesRadio is a specific service available in recent versions (Windows ver 126.96.36.199 or newer) of the iTunes software. Open iTunes and look along the center-top of the window for button that says RADIO. Click it, then click the big PLUS + sign to add your favorite station. Search on keyword "RIPR", and you'll see "NPR News - RIPR Rhode Island" will appear. Click it to add RIPR to your "My Stations". Then just click the RINPR logo in "My Stations" to start the webcast at any time after that.
How do I listen to RIPR's podcasts?
- Podcasts let you automatically download audio files as soon as they're available, and then you can listen to them whenever you want!
- Go here to get the podcast links: http://ripr.org/rss
- Copy the appropriate link into your podcast aggregator (aka "podcatcher", like iTunes) to get the podcast.
- Our local podcasts include:
- Hourly Local Newscasts (updated 15 times daily between 5:30am and 6pm).
- Political Roundtable and Bonus Q&A (every Friday) with Ian Donnis, Scott MacKay & Maureen Moakley.
- Scott MacKay's Commentary (every Friday).
- The Bottom Line (every Friday) with Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy.
- This I Believe: RI (most Tuesdays) hosted by Frederic Reamer.
- Bill Gale's Performing Arts reviews (varies).
What's the deal with NPR One?
- NPR One is a free app for iPhones, Android and Windows Phones that is "hand-picked stories based on what you like." It's sort of a hybrid of live radio and on-demand podcasts.
- You can download it from here: http://www.npr.org/about/products/npr-one/
- When you launch the app, it will ask you to choose your local station. Make sure to pick RIPR, otherwise you can't get our local stories in the app!
- It will then start with the most recent NPR national newscast, followed by a local RIPR newscast (as long as it's within one hour or so of when the newscast originally aired).
- After the newscasts, it will play a series of individual semi-curated news stories that are a mix of national NPR and local RIPR stories.
- At any point, you can tap the "skip" button to skip to the next story, but you can't go back.
- Over time, the app will learn from what stories you skip and will instead try to present more stories that you might like.
- The app is still relatively new, and it reflects a very different way of both delivering and consuming public radio. Everyone, from listeners to RIPR to NPR itself, are all still getting used to it and trying new things with it. If you like it, great! If not, that's fine, too! Our regular radio broadcast and webcasts are not going away!
- The NPR One design team is still refining things based on internal testing, feedback from member stations like RIPR, and direct responses from listeners like you!