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Smart Speaker Listening

Ask your smart speaker to "play WRVO."

Whether it's an Amazon, Google, or Apple product, you can now listen to WRVO on your smart speaker. Just ask your device to "play WRVO."

If you have an Amazon device, powered by your trusty helper Alexa, say "Hey Alexa, play WRVO." This works for all Amazon smart speakers: the Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show and Echo Spot. If you're interested in our other streams, just specify which you'd like to listen to by saying "...play WRVO 2." or "...play WRVO 3." To learn more NPR-friendly commands, including how to set your local station to WRVO, view NPR's guide, "Listening to NPR with Alexa."

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It's a similar process if you have a Google Home, Google Nest, or Google Nest Hub, you can say "Okay Google, play WRVO."

On your Apple HomePod and HomePod mini, just say "Hey Siri, play WRVO."

You can also ask these devices to do a few other things, like "...play the latest news from NPR," or "...play the Freakonomics Radio podcast." 

WRVO now has an Alexa Flash Briefing Skill available. Listeners with an Amazon Alexa device can now set up a "skill" that will allow your Amazon Alexa device to play a regional news update from WRVO. Briefings are updated each weekday morning and afternoon. Simply follow these steps:

  • Open your Alexa app.
  • Click on the menu icon in the upper left corner (three lines)
  • Tap "Skills & Games"
  • Search for the flash briefing by tapping the magnifying glass in the upper right corner
  • Click on the WRVO skill and select "Enable"

Now that you have the WRVO Flash Briefing skill enabled you may get your latest news update by saying "Alexa, what's my flash briefing?"

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With more options for smart speakers and other home-listening devices coming out every year, we'll continue to update this page. Have a question specific to your listening? You can email us with your inquiry and we'll do our best to get you an answer.