Did Alexa Try To Hijack My Radio Station?

I recently had a frustrating experience using an internet radio station that made me question whether Alexa was “hijacking” the traffic. It’s a station I’m involved with.

Here’s what happened:

I wanted to listen to a specific radio station that uses the Amazon Radio Skills Kit. However, when I asked Alexa to play it, it instead started playing a similar “Amazon” playlist. This happened not once, but twice in a row.

To confirm my suspicions, I asked Alexa to repeat back what I had requested. On the screen, it clearly displayed the exact name of the station I wanted. Yet, Alexa persisted in playing something else. It was only on the third attempt that I finally got the correct station.

This experience raises the question: Is Alexa intentionally diverting internet radio traffic to its own platforms? While I don’t have definitive proof, it certainly raises an eyebrow.

Needless to say, I’m not planning on promoting the station’s Alexa presence on air at this time.

2 thoughts on “Did Alexa Try To Hijack My Radio Station?

  1. andy || vaccines.gov (Quad!)

    @RJD I've been having a very similar issue with Google home seemingly preferring to play playlists instead of streaming from "radio".

    1. Richard J. Dalton

      Oh, that’s interesting. It makes me wonder if radio should stop promoting smart devices as a channel to listen.

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