“Alexa, start Gibson Radio!”
Look, I’m gonna be completely honest with you. I don’t trust Amazon. I don’t trust Jeff Bezos. I don’t trust technology companies that claim to have our best interests at heart, yet seem to constantly be apologizing for giving, selling, or leaking our data to individuals or organizations that we never intended to share it with. And I work in the technology industry!
Having said all that, I have to admit that it’s getting harder and harder to resist the conveniences and connectivity that technology offers in return. I like when my Alexa notifies me that a shipment I ordered is on its way to my door. I like being able to ask her what traffic looks like when I’m running late for dinner. But for the last few months, what I use my Alexa for most is listening to John Gibson.
About an hour before show time, I’ll ask, “Alexa, ask Gibson Radio to play the Morning Digestion.”, and assuming John didn’t oversleep or crash his computer by filling up his hard drive with 72 hours of recorded audio by forgetting to stop recording, John is bringing me up to speed on the events of the day. Meanwhile, I never had to take my eyes off the work I’m doing at my day job.
When it’s time for the show, even if I’ve missed the first hour because of a conference call, I can say, “Alexa, play Gibson Radio.” and she’ll tune to the GCN feed and start playing the live show. If I’m having a particularly busy day and missed the 12-3PM ET show completely, she’ll start the replay so I can hear what I missed.
Sometimes, when I am listening to the show, a topic gets me pretty fired up and I feel inspired to call in to sound off. But since I am usually working on something unrelated, I don’t have the phone number in front of me and I need to ask, “Alexa, ask Gibson Radio for the phone number.” (At some point, I’d like to be even more lazy and have the show call me instead. One step at a time though.)
But if you’re already an Alexa user, you probably have other news sources that you get your daily news briefing from, such as Fox News or Breitbart. Well, Alexa can add the John Gibson Morning News Digestion to your daily rotation too. Just enable the John Gibson Morning Digestion skill, and ask, “Alexa, what’s in the news?” and she will include the Morning Digestion in your Flash Briefing.
Alexa is just the first step. I’m going to be looking into Google Assistant, Siri, Cortana, and others. The trends are showing that more and more people are shrugging off their concerns and listening to radio through these devices. The goal is to make The John Gibson Show available through every possible medium that listeners could want to listen on, and we’re looking into mobile apps, updated web site, home assistant, and several other options.
Let us know how you want to listen to the show!
Steps to Enable Your Alexa for The John Gibson Show
- If you don’t already have one, get an Alexa device.
- Enable the John Gibson Radio skill.
- On weekdays, ask, “Alexa, ask Gibson Radio to play The Morning Digestion” (or “Morning Dump” also works for those of us who prefer the original name of the segment.)
- Say, “Alexa, start Gibson Radio.” (or “Play Gibson Radio”)
- If it’s Mon-Fri, 12-3PM ET, Alexa will tune to the live show.
- If it’s outside of those hours, Alexa will play the previous show.
- At any time, if you want to call in and can’t remember the phone number, say “Alexa, ask Gibson Radio for the phone number.” and she’ll tell you.
- If you want The John Gibson Morning Digestion to be included in your daily Flash Briefing, enable the John Gibson Morning Digestion skill. Then John’s daily news briefing will be included in the lineup when you say, “Alexa, what’s my flash briefing?” or “Alexa, what’s in the news?”