Listeners whose systems are incompatible with the standard player may find the following advanced options useful:
High Stream (96 kbps) for Faster Bandwidth and Wifi
Low Stream (64 kbps) for Slower Bandwidth and Mobile
Live Streaming on your Smart Speaker
Listening to the live radio broadcasts on WSKG and its partner station WSQX on your smart speaker is easy. You have three options:
1) On Alexa, ask it to load the WSKG skill. Think of a skill as software. After it installs the WSKG skill, Alexa will talk you through the rest of the process. Then, when you want to listen to WSKG/WSQX, just ask her to “open WSKG.” Besides listening to our live streams from WSKG and WSQX, you’ll also find recent episodes of the public radio programs that we air. That means you can listen to them at your convenience. We think this option will soon be the most convenient for fans of WSKG/WSQX radio.
2) You can simply ask for NPR and, assuming you’re in our neighborhood, Alexa will automatically air the WSKG stream. When you’re traveling, it’s a bit harder. The NPR skill matches your location up with the nearest public radio station.
3) You can just ask Alexa to broadcast WSKG (or WSQX). It will automatically link you to the WSKG and WSQX streams, using either the NPR, TuneIn or iHeart skills. You won’t need to load those skills. They come pre-programmed into your Alexa device.
“At Your Convenience” Listening On Smart Speakers
Smart speakers don’t just make a worldwide variety of live radio streams available with a simple voice command. A listener can instantly request a specific show, such as WSKG’s Free Range Folk, By Special Invitation from WSKG, the WSKG Arts Roundup, and WSKG’s latest in-depth report. Not all of WSKG’s radio programs are yet available on-demand, but the list’s growing.
There are hundreds of thousands of programs and podcasts available on the internet. So your smart speaker can sometimes have a hard time finding them. Here are some tips:
Each smart speaker (Google Home, Pod Home and Alexa-Echo) has its preferred source for programs. For example, Google Home likes to search Google Podcasts. Pod Home relies on iTunes, and Alexa-devices use Tunein and iHeart. Those services all list WSKG/WSQX programs, so a smart speaker should have access to our shows.
Sometimes though, there’s trouble.
For example, you might need to be very specific with your requests. If you ask Alexa for Free Range Folk, you might get a musical group by the same name. If there’s more than one episode, sometimes it confuses Alexa.
Very specific commands help. Try something like, “Hey Alexa (or Google), play the latest episode of Free Range Folk from WSKG.”
If you still have trouble, you may need to load new skills (software) into your device. WSKG has found the “Any-Pod” and “Stitcher” skills very effective. To load them, all you need do is ask Alexa. Then you can ask, “Alexa ask Any-pod (or Stitcher) to play the latest episode of Free Range Folk from WSKG.”
Here are the WSKG programs now available on-demand with Google Home, Alexa and Home Pod:
WSKG News in Depth
WSKG Arts in Depth
WSKG Arts Roundup
Free Range Folk from WSKG
Nice To Have
Alexa offers a service that may be very convenient; it’s called a “Flash Briefing.” Using your Alexa phone app, you can customize a “Flash Briefing” with the news you choose. The menu is found under Settings, in the Alexa Preferences category. You search there for programs using Get More Flash Briefing Content.
After selecting your content, Alexa will play your list with a single, simple command, “Alexa, play my Flash Briefing.” If no new content is available, Alexa will skip over it. However, it’s a great way to quickly find out, at your convenience, what’s happening from the sources that you rely upon.
An Alexa device also comes with a built-in “sleep” switch and a “clock radio.” When listening to WSKG, you can ask Alexa to shut off the music in two-hours (or in 20-minutes or at 11:00 pm). Likewise, you can tell Alexa that you’d like to wake up weekdays to WSQX. She’ll ask for a time and then confirm her instructions. Alarms can also be set in Alexa’s phone app.