Amazon Alexa users can access the Winter Olympics content by saying, “Alexa, open Westwood One Sports.” They will then be offered the opportunity to listen live if a live broadcast is underway, hear the most recent live broadcast on demand, or listen to summary highlights from the day. Westwood One collaborated with XAPPmedia to launch the Westwood One Alexa skill in time for the Olympic Games opening ceremonies on February 9th.
Today, XAPP’s newest partner, SurferNETWORK announced our collaboration to bring even more radio stations and podcasters to Amazon Alexa and other voice assistants. We are excited to be working with the SurferNETWORK team because of their 19-years of experience bringing radio, sports teams, independent artists and labels, and more the ability to distribute their content on mobile and web.
If you are in New York City this week, swing by NAB Show New York at the Javits Convention Center to meet Pat Higbie, CEO and co-founder of XAPPmedia. Pat was invited to host a roundtable discussion on Voice Activated Media and will be speaking at the Focus FWD Keynote Stage from 12:15 – 1:00 pm Wednesday.
“The key word, at least for radio, is potential,” states an article published today on Inside Radio about the opportunities the Amazon Echo, and other smart speakers can provide to radio broadcasters. In the article, Inside Radio highlights how a growing number of stations are creating custom Alexa skills to bring radio back into the home.
XAPPmedia today announced Voice Radio, a self-service solution for radio stations looking to quickly launch a custom Amazon Alexa skill. Voice Radio is built on XAPP’s Voice Media SaaS offering for operating interactive voice apps for media across voice assistant platforms such as Alexa, Google Assistant and Cortana.
Radio has faced a long slow decline in time spent listening (TSL) statistics even as the industry has maintained impressive consumer reach. However, the rise of smart speakers like Amazon Echo and voice assistants such as Alexa are creating a new opportunity for radio to start regaining TSL once again.
A recent post in Digiday discusses Amazon’s approach for monetizing Alexa and its implications for publishers. The article cites how both Amazon and publishers are trying to figure out to a monetization strategy for the new audio channel.
When KXEG-AM (1280 The Trumpet) launched its “1280 – The Trumpet” Alexa skill, it became the first Christian radio outlet to do so, Radio Online reports. KXEG partnered with XAPPmedia to develop the skill to give Amazon Echo owners access to the station its lineup of Christian programming, regardless of location.
I was joined by Jeff Gibb of Amazon and James Derby from Federated Media for a roundtable discussion on Voice Interactive Radio at the NAB show last week. The most common question was about how to get Alexa, the voice assistant on Amazon Echo, to recognize a station name.