Enable WHIO-TV and WHIO Radio Flash Briefings on Amazon Alexa

Published: Wednesday, July 12, 2017 @ 4:45 PM
Updated: Tuesday, November 21, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Amazon will be selling it and other smart home devices in Kohl’s stores. (Amazon/TNS)
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Amazon Echo is a hands-free speaker you control with your voice. Amazon will be selling it and other smart home devices in Kohl’s stores. (Amazon/TNS)(Star Tribune (Minneapolis))

WHIO is the only Dayton TV station to bring you flash briefings on Amazon’s Alexa. Get breaking news, weather and all the day’s top stories from News Center 7 straight from your Amazon device.  

Once you enable the WHIO skill on your Alexa device, all you’ll have to do is say “Alexa, what’s in the news?” 

The most popular Alexa devices are Amazon’s Echo and Dot, but Alexa can also be found in phone apps, some new cars, and connected home systems. According to TechCrunch, Alexa is now the most used voice assistant, ahead of Apple’s Siri, Microsoft’s Cortana, and Google Home.

It’s simple to get started:  

• Open the Alexa App 

• Tap settings on the left navigation bar, then tap “Skills” 

• From the search bar on the Skills page, type “WHIO” and tap the search icon 

• Tap “WHIO Dayton Flash Briefing” to get WHIO-TV news and/or “AM 1290 and News 95.7 WHIO” for WHIO Radio news and tap the “Enable Skill” button. Try them both! 

• If you would like to hear News Center 7 first, you may want to turn off or move the order of other Flash Briefings by tapping “Manage in Flash Briefing” after you have enabled the skill. 

• After you turn on WHIO Dayon, ask Alexa, “What’s the news?” If you want to skip through your flash briefings, just say “Alexa, next one.”

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You could win $500 by taking the WHIO Radio survey

Published: Monday, March 26, 2018 @ 1:26 PM

Thank you for participating in this WHIO Radio Morning News survey. We want to know which community issues in the news matter most to you. Your insight and guidance will help make sure we are doing all we can to bring you the news, stories and information you’ve come to expect from us. 

As a thank you, you will be entered for a chance to win $500! 

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FREE local weather app!

Published: Thursday, December 05, 2013 @ 7:51 AM
Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2015 @ 3:06 PM

WHIO's Storm Center 7 FREE weather app!  Channel 7’s exclusive weather-only app delivers weather info anywhere, anytime on your iPad, iPhone or Android phone. The new app includes popular features such as a 5-Day forecast, interactive radar, severe weather alerts, live streaming, Twitter feeds, and user-generated photos with our iWitness7 community. 


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Online sales top $5 billion on Black Friday

Published: Sunday, November 26, 2017 @ 10:51 AM

Online sales jumped this year on Black Friday, topping $5 billion.
Xavier ROSSI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images
Online sales jumped this year on Black Friday, topping $5 billion.(Xavier ROSSI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

There were plenty of crowds on Black Friday, but the shoppers that stayed home and took advantage of online sales is on the rise, CNN reported.

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American shoppers spent a record $5 billion online in 24 hours, an increase of 16.9 percent in dollars spent on the internet from Black Friday in 2016. Those figures were released by Adobe Digital Insights, which tracks 80 percent of online spending at the 100 largest retail websites in the United States, CNN reported. 

Amazon said Friday that orders were being placed “at record levels,” with more than 200,000 toys sold in the first five hours of the day, CNN reported. Amazon did not provide sales figures for the entire day.

While sales boomed online, purchases at malls and large retailers remained strong, CNN reported. Estimates from ShopperTrak, a data analytics company that measures the number of shoppers at stores, said sales at those outlets decreased “less than 1 percent” compared to Black Friday in 2016, CNN reported.

Adobe predicts that Cyber Monday will be even bigger than Black Friday, bringing in as much as $6 billion in digital sales, CNN reported.

ShopperTrak was optimistic for the holiday shopping season, since there are four Saturdays in December before Christmas. ShopperTrak added that after Black Friday, Dec. 23 and Dec. 16 -- both Saturdays -- will be the second and third busiest shopping days of the season.

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How to watch NewsCenter 7 if you're traveling

Published: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 @ 11:28 AM

Just because you're going to visit Aunt Edna in another state, it doesn't mean you have to watch Aunt Edna's favorite newscasts. You can still watch news from the Miami Valley no matter where your holiday travels take you.




NewsCenter 7 newscasts are available, for free, in a variety of ways.

First, you can watch the news on your phone or tablet any time in the WHIO news app and the WHIO weather app. Just tap the red "Watch Live" box on the apps to start watching the news. You can also watch anytime on our website, www.whio.com. Here's a direct link to the newscasts: http://www.whio.com/whio-tv/.

And if your Aunt Edna has a streaming box for her television, even better. You can watch newscasts from NewsCenter 7 on her television. All you have to do is have her download the WHIO streaming app on any of the following platforms: Roku, Vizio, Samsung, PlayStation Vue, Hulu, Amazon Fire and Apple TV.

There's more than the newscasts on the WHIO streaming TV apps. Click here (http://www.whio.com/news/local/watch-whio-for-free-without-cable-satellite/iLAINZ6N2zcudoFjXBqdLI/) to read more about that.

So wherever your travels take you, we're glad to help you stay connected to the Miami Valley, all for free. It's part of our mission to make sure NewsCenter 7 is always coverage you can count on.

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