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Smart Speakers Are A New Way To Listen To Valley Public Radio

Jan 17, 2018

The new way to experience Valley Public Radio is here. Now you can unlock with world of NPR and FM89 with Amazon's Alexa service or with Google Home smart speakers. With a few simple commands, you can access the entire world of NPR – all the latest news, newest podcasts, and discussions of the day.

For Amazon Alexa users:

Here are some general commands:

"Alexa, play NPR."
Stream your local public radio station, live.

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

"Alexa, play KVPR."
Hear all your favorite FM89 programs live.

"Alexa, play [show or podcast name]."
Play the latest episode of a specific show or podcast.

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 Echo:

"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.

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:

Say "Alexa, enable NPR Hourly News Summary" or "Alexa, enable Up First"

Go to the NPR Hourly News Summary and Up First pages on Amazon and click "Manage Flash Briefing" to enable the skills.

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.

For Google Home users:

"Ok Google, play NPR."
Stream your local public radio station, live.

"Ok Google, play the latest news from NPR."
Hear the latest 5-minute newscast, updated every hour.

"Ok Google, play KVPR."
Stream live programming from Valley Public Radio.

"Ok Google, play [show or podcast name]."
Play the latest episode of a specific show or podcast.

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're 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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