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How To Listen To WUFT & NPR On Your Smart Speaker

UPDATE: As of 4/6/2018, we have created two brand-new Amazon Alexa Skills for WUFT-FM and WUFT Classic! In order for them to work, you must first “enable” them.

To enable the WUFT-FM skill, just say, “Alexa, enable WUFT skill.” Then just ask your Alexa device to “open” or “play” WUFT every time thereafter. You can also enable the skill directly through your account on Amazon.com or by using the Alexa App on your smart phone.

 

 

 

To enable the WUFT Classic skill, just say, “Alexa, enable WUFT Classic skill.” Then just ask your Alexa device to “open” or “play” WUFT Classic every time thereafter. You can also enable the skill directly through your account on Amazon.com or by using the Alexa App on your smart phone.

 

 

Please let us know if you experience any difficulties with these or any other commands at: radio@wuft.org. Thank you!

Your smart speaker is smart, but it’s still learning! The new way to experience public radio is here, but is still very much a work in progress. As we all discover how to use Smart Speakers to listen to public radio — listeners, stations, and networks such as NPR — we are learning that there is a bit of a learning curve to all of this.

The algorithms used by Amazon’s Echo devices with Alexa voice recognition and Google’s Home devices with Google Assistant are very different, so the way they hear and interpret your voice commands may bring different results. And these results keep changing as we and they learn and make modifications to get more accurate results.

So, with that being said, let’s see some of the different ways you can unlock the world of NPR using your voice and Google Home or Amazon Alexa.

Listening to WUFT & NPR with Alexa

With a few simple commands – or “skills” – you can access the entire world of NPR: all the latest news, newest podcasts, and discussions of the day. Give some of the utterances below a try and hear NPR’s critically-acclaimed, audio-rich stories come alive on your Alexa-enabled device.

Print or download a PDF with all the NPR-friendly commands currently available on Alexa.

Here are some other general commands, as well as some specific commands for WUFT & WJUF:

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“Alexa, play NPR.”
Depending on where you live and your GPS location, this should stream your local public radio station, WUFT, live.

“Alexa, play the latest news from NPR.”
Hear the latest 5-minute newscast, updated every hour.

“Alexa, play [any public radio station’s name or call letters].” *
You should be able to stream live from any public radio station in the country by saying the station name or call letters, i.e., “Alexa, play WUFT” or “Alexa, play WJUF.”

As of 4/12/2018, saying “Alexa, play…” any one of the following should play WUFT-FM:

  • WUFT
  • WUFT FM
  • 89.1 WUFT
  • 89.1 WUFT FM
  • Florida’s 89.1
  • Florida’s 89.1 WUFT
  • Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM
  • WUFT 89.1
  • WUFT 89.1 FM
  • WUFT HD
  • WUFT HD1
  • NPR
  • WJUF

Currently, Amazon’s Alexa uses the third-party company TuneIn to stream live radio and results may vary depending on how TuneIn “brands” or identifies these streams. This is why some listeners may have had difficulty playing WUFT.

To Play WUFT Classic: Try saying “Alexa, play WUFT Classic” or “Alexa, play WUFT HD2.” (These commands were working as of 2/2/18)

To find any NPR member station, check out npr.org/stations.

“Alexa, play [show or podcast name].”
Play the latest episode of a specific show or podcast, like Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! or All Things Considered.

Add NPR to your Flash Briefing

With Flash Briefings, you can get personalized updates from your favorite news, weather, sports, and entertainment sources by saying “Alexa, play my Flash Briefing” or “Alexa, play the news.” To add NPR Hourly News Summary or Up First, NPR’s 10-minute morning news podcast, to your Flash Briefing lineup, follow one of these three simple steps:

  1. Say “Alexa, enable NPR Hourly News Summary” or “Alexa, enable Up First
  2. Go to the NPR Hourly News Summary and Up First pages on Amazon and click “Manage Flash Briefing” to enable the skills.
  3. Open your Amazon Alexa app. In the drop-down menu, go to Settings. Scroll down and tap the bar that says Flash Briefing. Tap Get more Flash Briefing content at the top and search for “NPR.” Scroll down until you see the tabs for NPR Hourly News Summary and Up First. Tap either or both and on the next screen, tap the button that says Enable.

Add WUFT News to your Flash Briefing

Add hourly updates from WUFT News to your Flash Briefing by clicking here to access and enable the skill: http://amzn.to/2FCLIic

Maximize your Listening Experience with NPR One

NPR One is an audio app that connects you to a stream of public radio news, stories, and podcasts based on what you like. By enabling NPR One on Alexa, you can enjoy that same personalized flow of local and national stories while going about your daily routine.

To put the breadth of public radio in your control, just search for NPR One in the Alexa app’s skill store. Or say “Alexa, enable NPR One” and she’ll send a card to your Alexa app to help you get started. From there, follow the prompts to launch into your customized listening experience.

Below are all of the NPR One-enabled commands currently available on your Amazon Alexa or Echo smart speaker:

“Alexa, play NPR One”
Hear the latest local and national news, and a flow of thoughtfully hand-curated stories.

“Alexa, ask NPR One to play the latest news”
Hear the latest 3-minute newscast, updated every hour.

“Alexa, ask NPR One to play [show or podcast name]”
Play the latest episode of a specific show or podcast.

“Alexa, ask NPR One to recommend a podcast.”
Listen to standout podcast episodes curated by our editors, and shows picked just for you.

“Alexa, skip.”
Skip the current story and help inform future stories you get served. Read more about NPR One’s personalization algorithm.

“Alexa, ask NPR One to mark as interesting”
Mark a story as interesting and help inform future stories you get served.

“Alexa, ask NPR One to [fast–forward or rewind]”
Rewind or fast-forward by seconds or minutes – however long you prefer.

“Alexa, ask NPR One for details”
Get details about the story currently playing.

Bam, you should be all set!

Listening on Google Home

The entire world of NPR is at your command. With a few simple utterances (hopefully), you should be able access all the latest news, podcasts, and discussions of the day. Give some of the commands below a try and hear NPR’s critically-acclaimed, audio-rich stories come alive on your Google Home voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.

Print or download a PDF with all the NPR-friendly commands currently available on Google Home.

Here are some general commands:

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“Ok Google, play NPR.” *
Should stream your local public radio station, WUFT, live.

*Currently, Google is having difficulty playing WUFT when requesting “Play NPR.” However, “Hey Google, play 89.1 WUFT ,” “OK Google, play WUFT 89.1,” or “Hey Google, play Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM” should work (as of 4/12/18). See below for more.

“Okay Google, play the latest news from NPR.”
Hear the latest 5-minute newscast, updated every hour.

“Okay Google, play [any public radio station’s name or call letters].”
Stream live from any public radio station in the country by saying the station name or call letters, i.e., “WUFT.”

As of 4/12/2018, saying “Okay Google, play…” or “Hey Google, play…” any one of the following should play WUFT-FM:

  • 89.1 WUFT
  • 89.1 WUFT FM
  • WUFT 89.1
  • WUFT 89.1 FM
  • Florida’s 89.1
  • Florida’s 89.1 WUFT FM

Currently, Google uses the third-party company TuneIn to stream live radio and results may vary depending on how TuneIn “brands” or identifies these streams. This is why some listeners have had difficulty playing WUFT. Please let us know if you experience any difficulties with these or any other commands at: radio@wuft.org. Thank you!

To Play WUFT Classic: Try saying “Hey Google, play WUFT Classic,” or “Okay Google, play WUFT HD2.” Google Home and Google Mini were having difficulty finding WUFT Classic when requesting WUFT Classic, but it seems to work as of 2/12/18.

To find any NPR member station, check out npr.org/stations.

“Ok Google, play [show or podcast name].”
Play the latest episode of a specific show or podcast, such as Morning Edition or Hidden Brain.

Maximize your Listening Experience with NPR One

NPR One is an audio app that connects you to a stream of public radio news, stories, and podcasts based on what you like. By enabling NPR One on Google Home, you can enjoy that same personalized flow of local and national stories while going about your daily routine.

To put the breadth of public radio in your control, just search for NPR One in the Google Home app’s skill store. Or say “Ok Google, enable NPR One” and Google will send a card to your app to help you get started. Then, when you’re ready, just say “Ok Google, talk to NPR One” to hear a flow of 2-minute stories and launch into your customized listening experience.

Add NPR to your Default News Services

With Google Home’s default news services, you can get personalized updates from your favorite news, weather, sports, and entertainment sources just by saying “Ok Google, tell me the news” or “Ok Google, catch me up.” To add NPR Hourly News Summary or Up First, NPR’s 10-minute morning news podcast, to your default news service, simply:

Open your Google Home app.
In the top left corner of the home screen, tap the Menu.
Tap More Settings > News. You should see a list of your current news sources.
Tap Add news sources >, then tap the check mark next to NPR Hourly News Summary and Up First.
Change the order of your lineup by tapping Change order > and holding down the hashmark next to the news source. Then drag the icon up or down.

Bam, you should be all set.

To add NPR updates in other categories like Business, Technology, or Politics, check out the other topics in Add news sources and tap the check mark next to those that interest you. Then, when you’re ready for an update, just say “Ok Google, what’s the latest in technology?” or “Ok Google, give me business news.”

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