Smart Speaker Listening

Whether it's Alexa or Google, you can now listen to WRVO on your smart speaker. Just ask 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 " WRVO 2." or " WRVO 3."

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 weekeday 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?"

A new feature, exclusive to Alexa, let's you catch up on "Morning Edition," complete with the latest local news and our regional weather forecast. Starting at 7 a.m. Monday through Friday, you can ask Alexa to " Morning Edition" to hear a full hour of the program. "Morning Edition" is available via Alexa until 3 p.m. each weekday.

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

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

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.