You can find news and entertainment skills from a wide variety of local, national, and international media outlets such as NPR, ESPN, and The Weather Channel, not to mention Hulu, Disney, and game shows like Jeopardy. Set up a Flash Briefing or add news updates to custom Alexa Routines. Whatever your preferred source, chances are there’s an Alexa Skill for it.
NPR, or National Public Radio, is one of the most recognized and trusted news sources in the U.S. Mostly funded by donations and grants, the organization focuses on in-depth reporting on politics, science, social, and cultural issues facing Americans.
The NPR Alexa Skill allows users to stream a live feed from their local NPR station or any station they set as their default in the Alexa app or by asking Alexa. Users can ask for specific programming such as Morning Edition, and they can skip past stories they don’t want to hear by asking Alexa to skip.
Get live news or daily updates from your local station or any in the NPR network.
The ESPN skill plugs you right into the action of ESPN’s radio network. You can listen to specific programs and hosts or peek into live programming. There are also ESPN Alexa Skills for flash briefings, and many ESPN radio stations have their own skills. This skill is particularly easy to enable with just your voice. Simply ask Alexa to “Play ESPN Radio,” and you’ll be basking in sports highlights in no time.
Hear your favorite ESPN personalities and programs, and follow live ESPN radio stations through this popular Alexa Skill.
The Weather Channel
The official Weather Channel Alexa Skill can give you the temperature, weather, and allergy forecasts in your area, as well as provide updates on the Coronavirus outbreak and much more. On Echo Show and Fire TV devices, you also get live radar and weather maps.
Keep up to date on the weather in your area and plan for the days ahead with the most popular and trusted weather Skill.
This Day in History
Even if you’re not a history buff, this is a fun Alexa Skill to have in your quiver. Each day the History Channel delivers new updates based on what happened on — you guessed it — this day in history. You can request the update at any time or build it into your morning flash briefing. You can also skip to specific dates by asking Alexa something like, “Alexa, ask This Day in History what happened on May 2nd,” for example.
This skill brings history to life by telling you what happened on this day in years gone by.
This Alexa Skill is perfect for the little ones in your life. Alexa channels Disney characters that can read stories from Monsters, Inc., The Lion King, Frozen, and more. Some stories are free while others require a small in-skill purchase. Alternatively, Freetime Unlimited (now Amazon Kids+) subscribers have access to all of the stories as part of their subscription.
What could be more fun for your young ones than to ask Alexa to have Disney characters read their favorite stories to them?
Jeopardy is one of the longest-running and most popular game shows in TV history for one main reason: it’s lots of fun! The quiz show where you are given the answers and have to provide the questions is one that players of all ages can enjoy, and the game is well-suited to the Alexa Skill format. This skill is free to enable, but there are in-skill purchases available as well.
Play Jeopardy at any time through your Echo speaker with Alexa leading the way. It’s fun for individuals or groups of friends and family.