Using the WKSU Skills for Amazon Echo Smart Speakers is easy and allows you access to all of WKSU's content, as well as other features available through the WKSU Member Portal.
To use any of the WKSU Skills for Echo, follow these simple steps [see screenshots below]:
1. Open your Alexa app and go to the menu.
2. Scroll down and click on Skills.
3. Search "WKSU."
4. You will have a choice of three Skills: WKSU, Folk Alley (which offer audio streams and member services) and WKSU Newscast (which is the Flash Briefing Skill).
5. Enable the desired Skill(s).
1. Tell your device to "Enable the WKSU Skill" or "Enable the Folk Alley Skill."
If you are a WKSU Sustainer (ongoing monthly donations) or Leadership Circle donor ($1,000+ annually), you can link the WKSU Skill with your WKSU Member Portal Account and, once your user name and password are accepted, access the WKSU Pledge Free Stream by saying, "Alexa, play WKSU" as normal.
The WKSU and Folk Alley Skills provide multiple options for audio playback and member services. The list for each is below (or see the entry in the Alexa App):
WKSU ALEXA COMMANDS:
For Regular Programming, say: "Alexa, play WKSU"
For Classical, say: "Alexa, ask WKSU to play Classical"
For the News Channel, Say: "Alexa, ask WKSU to play News"
For Holiday Music, Say: "Alexa, ask WKSU to play Classical Holiday" [available during winter holidays]
"Alexa, ask WKSU what's playing"
"Alexa, ask WKSU what's playing on Classical"
"Alexa, ask WKSU what's playing on News"
"Alexa, ask WKSU to check my Membership Status"
FOLK ALLEY ALEXA COMMANDS:
For the Primary Stream, say: "Alexa, play Folk Alley"
For Fresh Cuts, say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play Fresh Cuts"
For the Irish Stream, say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play the Irish Stream"
For Holiday Music, Say: "Alexa, ask Folk Alley to play Holiday" [available during winter holidays]
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing"
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing on Fresh Cuts"
"Alexa, ask Folk Alley what's playing on the Irish Stream"
The Folk Alley Skill can be linked to your Folk Alley login to access the Member-only Pledge Free Stream and to check your Folk Alley Member Status.
Learn more about adding WKSU news briefs to your Alexa Flash Briefing HERE.