Top 10 news Amazon Alexa skills (August 2019)

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NPR knows how to use voice! They totally dominate the podcast space and their skills are some of the best in the news category. People love to use their news skills to get short and efficient information. The people are NPR built a trusted brand and they leverage it expertly through their digital channel. It’s worth noting these skills (recorded audio) often have issues with the volume being too low, which can lower their rating.

From an analytics point of view, Flash Briefing are difficult to track (and sort) because they often don’t have the “ratings” count, only the number of reviews.

NPR by NPR – 4.8 out of 5, 26538 ratings, 75 reviews

Listen to live radio from a nationwide network of NPR Member stations providing you with access to news from your community and around the world.
Random review: If you request to find “Morning Edition” you will be taken to your nearest NPR Station. (4 out of 5)

Gaming Observer: A Video Games News Flash Briefing by The Gaming Observer – 4.9 out of 5, 240 ratings, 238 reviews

The Gaming Observer is dedicated to informed and analytical reporting towards gaming of all kinds, giving you the latest stories every single day. Do you feel like you have to scrounge the web in order to find the info you’re interested in? This flash briefing is perfect for your routines, where you can hear all about the previous day’s gaming news without having to do any of the work.

Random review: If you’re like me, you don’t want an overly long Flash Briefing; you want to get your important news bytes and get on with your day.This is great bit to add to your Flash Briefing if you care at all about world of video games.Short, simple, and to the point.He also has a nice speaking voice so it’s easy to listen. If I had to offer some constructive criticism, I would say I notice that the volume level is pretty low compared to other Flash Briefing programs.It’s alright as is, but I find myself turning the Echo volume up just to clearly hear it across the room, then getting blasted out with the next Flash Briefing item if I forget to turn it back down. Keep it up! (5 out of 5)

NPR One by NPR – 4.3 out of 5, 819 ratings, 165 reviews

NPR One is a whole new way to listen to stories, shows, and podcasts from NPR and your local public radio station.

Random review: This skill is just like tuning in to WBUR, but enhanced with voice control through the echo.If you want great journalism and access to a huge library of podcasts, load this skill and LINK it to your NPR online account (free). (5 out of 5)

The Washington Post by Washington Post Company – 4.2 out of 5, 422 ratings, 107 reviews

Listen to one of three shows updated daily:
* Our news show, Post Reports, brings you the reporting of The Post newsroom.
* Our politics morning show, The Daily 202’s Big Idea, analyzes the biggest political stories of the day.
* Our history show, Retropod, brings you one fascinating moment from history every day.

Random review: With all the accusations of “witch hunts” and “fake news” it’s great to get the real news from an organization that is not only reliable, but respected! (5 out of 5)

WTF Just Happened Today by WTF Just Happened Today? – 4.1 out of 5, 63 reviews

The WTF Just Happened Today flash briefing is your essential guide to the daily shock and awe in national politics. Listen in moderation.

Random review: ❤️ this app and it’s my favorite for a quick, accurate, to the point, documented and well sourced summary of everything u NEED to be aware of in the current state of our nation! We are now overwhelmed with too much that is horrifying to even keep up with & Matt does a great job of picking in choosing the most important news bits that affect all of us. Every item is well sourced with a direct link you can go to for further detailed info. Each link or source is only from reputable respected news organizations like New York Times, Washington Post, Politico, The Economist, etc NEVER from opinion blogs masquerading as “NEWS”, like Gateway Pundit, Just Facts Daily & other rags pandering to the conservative right in the Trump base. Anyone whose review implies that WTFJHT has “trivial content” is sadly one of those who would consider our environment, human rights, and basic atrocities, as “trivial bits” that don’t matter! well done MATT and thank God for you! (5 out of 5)

Theme Park News from  by Lift Hill Media, LLC – 5 out of 5, 19 reviews is the Original Theme Park Podcast.Since 2005, we have been producing a weekly show all about theme parks and thrill rides.Now, we are bringing you daily news about the amusement industry… direct to your Amazon device!

Random review: It’s the perfect way to get some quick theme park updates each day! Briefs are short enough so you don’t get bored, but detailed enough to make them worthwhile. And like everything does, they are high quality and entertaining! (5 out of 5)

ESPN by ESPN – 4.1 out of 5, 325 ratings, 25 reviews

Get your sports radio fix with the ESPN skill. From Mike and Mike to Dan Le Batard and Stu Gotz, this skill brings you live ESPN Radio, several ESPN affiliate stations, and hourly news updates.
Random review: It does exactly what I want it to do. I can’t ask for more than that. (5 out of 5)’s Down in Alabama with Ike Morgan by Alabama Media Group – 4.8 out of 5, 17 reviews

Join Ike Morgan each weekday for a sometimes breezy, sometimes serious roundup of the biggest, the most peculiar, and the most Alabama stories, of the day.

Random review: I really like the way this news briefing is delivered. (5 out of 5)

Pop Culture & Movie News – Let Your Geek SideShow by Sideshow – 4.6 out of 5, 19 reviews

Pop culture and movie news from around the globe. No celebrity gossip here, just the most important film, comic, tv, streaming, video game and book news suited for any level of geek.

Random review: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE increase the recorded volume level. The content is great but it’s like half the volume level of most others!Every day, “Alexa increase the volume!”, then after, “Alexa decrease the volume!”… Ugh! (3 out of 5)

KY3 News by Gray Television Group, Inc. – 5 out of 5, 6 reviews

Hear the latest local news and weather from KY3 News in your Flash Briefing.

Random review: i love ky3, especially the weather team. i wantan app the excludes news and only has weather updates and weather alerts. i will admit this app is better when we are in alerts mode. weather readings are much more prominent and read prior to news. during alert times (ie tornado warnings) wish this was more like weather band radio with constant alerts and streaming updates. with our antanne tv we often lose the television in these situations and have to rely on internet devises. i know some will say we should get the ky3 weather app. fair rebuttal which i cannot dispute. just wish the alexa app was more weather focused or that tbey had a separate one for weather only. (5 out of 5)

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