What is a custom Alexa skill?

  • Amazon’s voice service is called Alexa. Much like your phone has an “app”, your Amazon devices (Echo, Echo Dot, Echo Tap, Echo Show, etc) have skills. Users interact with their Alexa enabled device via skills.
  • Skills can be “default” – meaning they come pre-enabled on your Alexa device, or they can be “custom”. Custom skills are searchable in the Alexa Skills Store and offer tons of fun features from games to news to smart home devices…even listening to Z103, Channel 977, KJ Country, and KBRF.

Are custom Alexa skills free for Alexa users?

  • Yes, custom Alexa skills are free for users to enable and interact with on their Alexa-enabled devices.

How do I enable an Alexa skill (you will only have to do this once!)?

  • To enable, you have three options:
    • Search Amazon.com/skills for the Z103, Channel 977, KJ Country, and KBRF skill & enable
    • Open the Alexa app on your mobile device, search for the Z103, Channel 977, KJ Country, or KBRF skill & click enable
    • Say "Alexa, enable Real Rock Z one oh three"
    • Say "Alexa, enable channel nine seven seven"
    • Say "Alexa, enable k-j country ninety six five"
    • Say "Alexa, enable News Talk twelve fifty k-b-r-f"

Once my skill is enabled, how do I use it?

  • Simply say “Alexa, open Real Rock Z103" "Alexa, open Channel 977" "Alexa, open KJ Country", or "Alexa, open KBRF
  • Skills have sets of features/abilities that you can access simply by asking. Until you are familiar with a skill’s abilities, use Help or Options voice commands to hear what a skill can do. When you know what features are available, ask for your specific course of action.

The following is a short list of commands you could use with the Alexa skill:

  • “Alexa, open Real Rock Z103" "Alexa, open Channel 977" "Alexa, open KJ Country", or "Alexa, open KBRF”
  • “Alexa, pause”
  • “Alexa, resume”
  • “Alexa, TURN IT UP”
  • “Alexa, LOUDER”
  • “Alexa, softer”

Still have questions about enabling and using an Alexa Skill?