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Listen to WCRB on your Smart Speaker

Amazon - The first time, you'll need to enable the WCRB skill by saying "Alexa, enable the WCRB skill." This will allow your device to connect directly to our stream, avoiding third-party services that compress the sound.

After you've enabled the WCRB skill, whenever you want to listen, say "Alexa, open WCRB" and then "Alexa, listen live." You can also listen to our alternate streams after you've enabled the skill, by saying "Alexa, open WCRB" and then one of the following:

“Alexa, ask WCRB to play Boston early music.”
“Alexa, ask WCRB to play Bach.”
“Alexa, ask WCRB to play Boston Symphony Orchestra.”

If your device can't find the WCRB skill, open the Alexa app, go to the "Skills" section, and search for WCRB.

To listen to our holiday streams on Amazon smart speakers:

Go to Amazon.com or open your Alexa app on your phone and search for WCRB Holiday streams and click enable. Then the following voice commands will work.

Say "Alexa, Open WCRB Holiday Streams."

Once the skill is enabled, you can say:
"Play Perfect Holiday Party," or
"Play Ultimate Holiday Classical Mix," or
"Play Heavenly Holiday Classics."

It will also prompt you with a menu of the three stream options.


Google Home - Say "Ok Google, play WCRB." This will play our live stream through TuneIn, a third-party service. At this time there is no way to play WCRB's streams directly on a Google Home device.

At this time there is no Google Home skill for the holiday streams.


Apple HomePod - Say "Hey Siri, play the radio station WCRB." This will play our live stream through Tune-In or iHeart Radio, third-party services. At this time there is no way to play WCRB's streams directly on an Apple HomePod device.

At this time there is no Apple HomePod skill for the holiday streams.


If you experience technical difficulties listening to WCRB on a smart speaker, please send us an e-mail - wcrb@wgbh.org.

For other ways to hear WCRB, check out our Ways to Listen page.