WRAL news and weather are available on Amazon Echo
Posted December 8, 2016 4:02 p.m. EST
Updated February 19, 2021 2:53 p.m. EST
By simply adding WRAL to Echo's Flash Briefing, users can hear the latest headlines read by WRAL's anchors and reporters. Echo users can also enable the WRAL skill, which offers even more content, including weather updates for the Triangle region of North Carolina from WRAL's team of expert meteorologists. Weather and news headlines are updated several time each day.
To access WRAL news and weather, users should say: "Alexa, enable WRAL." Echo owners also can use the Alexa app on their smartphone or tablet to enable content from WRAL. Tap Skills from the main menu, search for WRAL and enable the skill.
Once the WRAL skill has been enabled, users can say, "Alexa, open WRAL," or "Alexa, ask WRAL for the forecast," "Alexa, ask WRAL for the weather," or "Alexa, ask WRAL for the news."
Users of the Amazon Show and Echo Spot can get videos of the news headlines and weather forecast. Additionally, Show owner can "Ask WRAL for the Radar" and get live streaming video from WRAL's DualDoppler5000 radar along with audio from MIX 101.5 (WRAL-FM).
To enable WRAL news headlines as part of Echo's Flash Briefing, open Settings from the left sidebar in the Alexa app, tap Flash Briefing, tap Get more Flash Briefing content and search for WRAL. Once enabled, Echo owners can get WRAL News by asking, "Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?"
"We are excited to offer WRAL News on Amazon's Echo platform and other Alexa-enabled devices," said Jake Seaton, digital product manager for WRAL.com. "This is new territory for everyone, and we think that the growing user base here in the Triangle will find value in on-demand access to the local news they know and trust."
Alexa is built into the Amazon Echo, Amazon Show, Echo Dot, Amazon Tap, Fire TV (second generation), Fire HD 8 tablet and Triby, a portable smart speaker and message board.
According to survey of nearly 1,300 consumers, Alexa scored higher on satisfaction with its voice recognition technology than both Siri and OK Google.