How To Listen
Listening to our podcasts and flash briefings is easy.
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How to Listen to a Podcast
What Is a Podcast?
If you are new to podcasting, think of it like a really cool radio show, made just for you and the things you like. Podcasts are usually between 15 minutes to two hours, it all depends on the subject.
The main difference between a podcast and a radio show is that you get to listen whenever and wherever you want! Podcasts are made to be on-demand, that’s part of the beauty of the medium.
Many podcasts are recorded and then released on a certain day and most are original, meaning they are not edited down programs you could also hear on the radio. Now, we do present some podcasts of shows that did air on the radio first, most of Westwood Podcast Network’s shows are original.
Most podcasts come out once a week, and some are made to drop in your feed daily. This doesn’t mean you have to listen to it that day, it just means that show may cover news or events more often. You can still listen whenever you want and even “binge” podcasts.
How Do I Listen To A Podcast?
Listening to Podcasts is very easy!
If you have an iPhone or a Google/Android Phone, there is a podcast app already installed. iPhone’s have an app called “Apple Podcasts” and Google’s app is called Google Podcasts.
Inside each app, there is a “Store.” Don’t worry, most podcasts are free and you do not need to buy them. Also, don’t worry about the word “subscribe.” Think of subscribing to a podcast, like getting a magazine or a newspaper delivered to you, but never have to pay for it. “Subscribe” is a technical term used to deliver the podcast to your podcast app or “podcatcher.”
You can also listen to podcasts on a computer, often at the website for that show. Almost all of our podcasts have players, right on this site, where you can listen.
Many of our podcasts are also available on Amazon Echo Devices and Google Home. Just ask your smart speaker to play the podcast you want.
Using an iPhone or iPad:
The Podcasts app is already installed on your device, so simply look through your apps for ‘Podcasts’.
- Open the Podcast app and go to the search page (get there by clicking the magnifying glass icon near the bottom of the).
- A search box will appear at the top, next to another magnifying glass icon. Tap on this and type in the name of the podcast you want, like “Opie Radio”. Hit “enter” on your keyboard.
- Choose the podcast you want from the search results and tap on it. This should take you to that podcast’s listing.
- Once you’re on that podcast’s page you’ll see a list of recent episodes.
You can listen to individual episodes right there, or hit the Subscribe button (remember, it’s free!) This means the app will automatically download the latest episodes as they are released, right to your phone.
Using an Android Phone
You will have to install the Google Podcasts App. Search “Google podcasts” in the play store.
- Install the app.
Once you open the app, use the search box and type in the name of the podcast you want, like “Run Like A Girl”
- Choose the podcast you want from the search results and tap on it again. This should take you to the podcast’s listing
- Once you’re on that podcast’s page you should see a list of most recent episodes. Click an episode to play it.
- If you like it, click the subscribe button at the top of the page. When you subscribe to a podcast, it’ll appear at the top of the Google podcasts app, and a new section in the app will let you know about new episodes from podcasts you’ve subscribed to. You should also be able to listen to podcasts from the Google search app, just search for the name of the podcast.
How to Listen to a Flash Briefing
Smart Speaker 101: Alexa, What’s a Flash Briefing?
More than 60 million Americans own Alexa or another smart speaker, according to a survey by NPR and Edison Research. That’s 24% of Americans age 18 or older. But challenges remain with discoverability. So how can you unlock your Alexa and find great content like Flash Briefings? Let’s answer some basic questions.
What’s a flash briefing?
Flash briefings are pre-recorded audio reports on Amazon Alexa. They’re meant to inform, entertain or enlighten without a large time investment. They are perfect for our multitasking generation. Within minutes you have the news or information you care about — all through your voice command.
Why should you use flash briefings?
Flash briefings are a sure-fire way to stay caught up. They cover lots of topics. And they are customizable. You can hear what you want when you want it.
It’s easier than ever to follow the big stories of the day by subscribing to your favorite flash briefings and asking the Alexa app to play it for you. The best part? It’s hands-free. Once you set up your preferences or settings in the app, you can catch up on the news while your hands or eyes are busy.
How do you set up a flash briefing on Amazon Alexa?
Just follow these steps:
- Download or Open the Amazon Alexa app on your mobile device.
- Click the three lines in the upper left hand corner to access the Settings menu.
- Select Settings and then Flash Briefing.
- Press the magnifying glass in the upper right hand corner to Search.
- Press Enable To Use to add your Flash Briefing.
- To change your Flash Briefing order, select Edit and move your content up and down.
- When set up, just say: Alexa, play my flash briefing. Or Alexa, play the news.
When should you use a flash briefing?
Almost any time of the day is perfect. Really depends on your daily routine. Imagine this: You’re getting ready for the day and you want to know what’s going on but you don’t have the time to read or watch the news. In just seconds, you can ask your smart speaker to play your favorite flash briefings so you can listen while you make breakfast, get the kids ready, brush your teeth, and feed the dog.
Some flash briefings — like Marketplace Minute — update several times a day so you get stories you need-to-know from sunrise to sunset.
We invite you to add these to your flash briefing playlist:
Marketplace Minute | “Alexa, Play Marketplace Minute.”
Westwood One Daily News | “Alexa, Play Westwood One Daily News.”
The Bongino Brief | “Alexa, Play The Bongino Brief.”