From the Publisher: Pilot adds daily audio briefing for smart speakers
August 6, 2018
When people ask where I work, I say Steamboat Pilot & Today rather than "the newspaper." I'm proud of our daily paper but more excited that we're a well-rounded, multimedia company that produces newspapers, magazines, websites, mobile apps, digital-marketing services, events, TV and video content, email newsletters and books.
Today, we add another product: The daily Steamboat Pilot Briefing audio report for the rapidly growing audience using Amazon Echo and Google Home smart speakers as well as audio players on Apple Podcasts, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Google Play.
We will produce 2- to 3-minute weekday audio briefings featuring top headlines from Steamboat Pilot & Today, including news and sports, weather and things to do. Each day's briefing will be available by 5 a.m.
These briefings are a great way to get a taste of the day's local news until you can launch our website or mobile apps or snag a printed copy of Steamboat Pilot & Today at your nearest newspaper rack. With 43 million Americans now using smart speakers in their homes, we know many of those are in Steamboat Springs and Routt County.
Listening to the Steamboat Pilot Briefing on your Amazon devices is as easy as saying, "Alexa, open Steamboat Pilot." Enabling that command will require a minute or two of set-up.
- Go to the menu on your Amazon Alexa app, select Skills, search for Steamboat Pilot, select Steamboat Pilot and click "Enable."
- To listen to Steamboat news, say: “Alexa, open Steamboat Pilot” or “Alexa, what’s the latest from Steamboat Pilot?”
If you want a little personalization to your audio report, you also can build a larger "Flash Briefing" that includes Pilot & Today and other news sources in one daily audio feed.
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To learn more about how to personalize your Pilot & Today experience for Amazon Echo and Google Home devices, visit SteamboatToday.com/smart-device. And to learn more about sponsorship opportunities within our audio briefings, email Advertising Director Julia Hebard at jhebard@SteamboatToday.com.
Coffee & a Newspaper
Steamboat Pilot & Today's next Coffee & a Newspaper event will be held from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Wednesday in the community room at our new office, 32 10th St., in the heart of downtown Steamboat. You'll have the opportunity to talk with myself and Editor Lisa Schlichtman and see our new offices in the historic 910 Yampa building, the old Yampa Valley Electric Association building, whose distinctive architecture earned it a spot on the city’s list of historic places in 2016.
Thanks to the many readers who nominated more than 40 deserving locals in our Super Seniors contest which highlights residents living long and active lives. Voting for the ultimate Super Senior runs through Aug. 16 at bit.ly/SteamboatSuperSeniors.
We'll highlight that person and other active seniors as part of our upcoming Longevity Project, which includes multipart, in-depth stories and a Sept. 21 event in Steamboat Springs to document why people live longer in our mountain communities.
This year's edition of Colorado Hunter magazine is just a few weeks away. Look for the issue in the Steamboat Pilot & Today and on local and regional newsracks beginning Aug. 17.
Let us know how we're doing
If you have questions, compliments or suggestions about Steamboat Pilot & Today coverage, please contact me at lmolen@SteamboatToday.com. I may answer some of your questions in future editions of From the Publisher.