The Voice Interactive Radio presentation given by XAPPmedia, Amazon and Federated Media was one the most popular at NAB this week. Drawing a large crowd, the 45 minute session was primarily a Q&A between radio station executives, Jeff Gibb of Amazon, James Derby of Federated Media and XAPP’s Pat Higbie.
Inside Radio recently interviewed CEO Pat Higbie to discuss the impact that voice integrations and smart speakers will have for broadcast radio. His assessment? It's all good news for radio broadcasters.
In a recent Digiday article, Max Willens discusses how voice will have a bigger impact on media in the next few years than other emerging technologies like artificial intelligence and virtual reality. Why? Because “voice works.”
XAPPmedia CEO Pat Higbie was honored to be a guest on the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Podcast earlier this week. Higbie joined host Josh Miely to demo the new Amazon Alexa skill that XAPP developed for Federated Media’s B100 radio station in Indiana. Miely calls it a “game changing technological opportunity” for radio broadcasters.
Last week, Voicebot covered the launch of Federated Media’s B100 Amazon Alexa skill developed by XAPPmedia. The article discusses how the skill is different from others currently offered by radio stations because it is offers more than just a live simulcast or Flash Briefing.
Yesterday, Brad Hill of RAIN News wrote a glowing review of XAPPmedia’s B100 skill after trying it out for himself. The B100 skill was developed with Federated Media to provide a full interactive radio experience on Amazon’s Alexa as it offers three choices for listeners: live-streaming, on-demand listening and podcasts.
B100 is the first radio station to launch an Amazon Alexa Skill that includes live stream, on-demand and podcast content. It also uses Amazon’s AudioPlayer interface and the content Scan Feature developed by XAPPmedia to deliver an interactive voice experience for listeners.
InsideRadio featured the new partnership between XAPPmedia and Federated Media in part one of their "exclusive series on how radio is using digital in groundbreaking ways." Federated Media recently hired XAPPmedia to develop a custom Alexa skill for its country “B100” WBYT South Bend radio station to give listeners access to its audio content through their Alexa-enabled devices.