Listen To Texas Public Radio On Your Smart Speaker

May 7, 2018

The new way to experience public radio is here. With a few simple utterances, you can access all the latest news, podcasts and discussions of the day.

Listening To TPR With Alexa

UPDATED 5/24

Texas Public Radio adds three new skills for Amazon Alexa. To activate the Texas Public Radio, TPR or TPR Classical skill, for example, say "Alexa, enable Texas Public Radio." Follow the same steps for the TPR and TPR Classical skills.

Alexa will confirm by saying "Welcome to the Texas Public Radio skill." Once the Texas Public Radio skill is enabled, you can tell Alexa many different prompts to listen to Texas Public Radio content. 

  • First, try saying "Alexa, tell Texas Public Radio to listen live" to listen to our live broadcast.
  • Next, try saying "Alexa, tell Texas Public Radio to browse programs" to hear the full list of Texas Public Radio shows you can listen to on demand, including "The Source," "Fronteras" and "Texas Matters." Or, say "Alexa, tell Texas Public Radio to list podcasts."
  • Once you pick out a program or a podcast that you'd like to hear, say "Alexa, tell Texas Public Radio to play (PROGRAM NAME)" or "Alexa, tell Texas Public Radio to play (PODCAST NAME) podcast."
  • While playing a program or podcast, you can skip forward to the next archived show by saying "Alexa, next." To skip backward to the previous show, say "Alexa, go back."
  • You can also live stream KSTX or any TPR station by saying "Alexa, tell Texas Public Radio to listen to KSTX."

Listening to Classical Music

To activate the TPR Classical skill, sau "Alexa, enable TPR Classical."

Our locally curated classical station KPAC will play. You can also say, "Alexa, play KPAC."

Find your favorite TPR station

Also, you can have Alexa play any public radio station by call letter. For example, for those in Gonzales, just say, "Alexa, play KCTI." Here're a list of call TPR call letters:

  • San Antonio: KSTX
  • Hill Country: KTXI
  • Big Country: KTPR
  • Highland Lakes: KVHL
  • Del Rio: KTPD
  • Gonzales: KCTI

Another way to listen to Texas Public Radio live streams, podcasts and news with your Amazon smart speaker is to use this list of commands.

  • When you ask Alexa to "play NPR" anywhere in the country, she will find your local member station and stream their live broadcast via TuneIn. So to play the live stream of TPR, say: “Alexa, play NPR.”

Playing Podcasts

TPR's podcasts — "The Source," "Fronteras," "Texas Matters" and "TPR Takes On: Fiesta" — are all also available on your smart speaker. 

Just say, "Alexa, play (podcast name) podcast." Be sure to say "podcast" after the show name.

Listening With NPR One

The NPR One audio app is fully integrated in your Amazon smart device. By enabling NPR One on Alexa, which you can download in the Alexa app's skill store, you will have access to all TPR programming.

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.

Here are some NPR One-enabled commands currently available on your Amazon Echo:

  • "Alexa, play NPR One" to hear the latest local and national news
  • "Alexa, ask NPR One to play the latest news" to hear the latest three-minute newscast, updated every hour.
  • "Alexa, ask NPR One to play 'The Source' podcast."

FAQ

What is a smart speaker?

  • Smart speakers are hands free, wi-fi connected speakers controlled by voice commands. To use the hands-free device, you speak a trigger phrase — "Hey Siri," "OK Google," "Alexa" — and then ask a question or make a request. The most popular players are from Apple, Amazon and Google. Other smart speakers include Samsung's voice assistant “Bixby” and Microsoft's voice assistant “Cortana.”

What is "Alexa" and what are the Amazon smart devices?

  • “Alexa” is the voice assistant that powers all Amazon platforms. Amazon devices include: Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Show, Echo Spot and Fire TV.

COMING SOON

TPR is working on a host of skills to make listening to TPR easier. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.