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January 12, 2018 06:07 PM

KELOLAND News And Weather Now Available On Amazon Echo Devices

The best-selling product on Amazon over the holiday season now features KELOLAND News and Weather. Starting Friday, you can receive flash briefings from our anchors and meteorologists on your Amazon Echo Dot or other Echo devices. 

Once you rip open the package, make sure you plug it in and listen for instructions from Amazon's digital assistant "Alexa."

Consider Alexa your new best friend. In addition to the Echo, you'll need to use the Alexa app on your smartphone or tablet to connect your device to the internet. Once you're all setup, just enable the KELOLAND News "skill." Then just say the magic words. 

"Now I can actually hear my own station's flash briefing, which is going to be exciting, and actually our own people," KELOLAND Media Group Vice President and General Manager Jay Huizenga said. 

Huizenga has echo devices at home and at work. He says it's another tool you can use, in addition to KELOLAND TV, and our apps, to get the latest news and weather. 

"So Alexa is just another one of those things. It's not in-depth reporting, it's a flash briefing. So it just gives you the headlines," Huizenga said. 

As the headlines change throughout the day, so will the updates. In fact, there will be six updates every weekday and they'll continue through the weekend. 

Every briefing also includes the latest weather. It's all in an effort to make your home even smarter by pairing your Echo device with the power of KELOLAND.

"We needed to get the technology in place and the process in place to get all of our anchors and reporters to be able to participate in this. We're ready to go. This is our first day and we're excited," Huizenga said. 

So add us to your Alexa list for another way to stay informed at your home. 

Here's another reason to subscribe to our updates from Alexa... Huizenga says we are the first station in the area to use our own team's voices to record the news briefings.

Each update only takes a few minutes of your time. If you'd like step-by-step instructions on how to enable your KELOLAND News skill on your Echo device, click here

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