Introducing Voice-Enabled Song Requests and Dedications with Alexa!
Ever wish you could talk directly to your favorite radio DJs? Now you can! iHeartRadio is excited to announce a groundbreaking and interactive new way to send song requests and dedications with your Alexa-enabled devices.
iHeartRadio has teamed up with Amazon again, using advanced updates to Alexa’s voice AI to build iHeartRadio’s new, first-to-market Request a Song feature for Alexa, which allows listeners to better connect with the radio DJs and stations they love.
Soon, listeners will hear their favorite on-air iHeartRadio personalities asking for song requests and dedications from across the country. Using an Alexa-enabled device, one can simply use their voice to seamlessly request songs and even dedicate them to family and friends. Alexa will then send the request to the station, where radio DJs can queue them for on-air playback in front of millions of other listeners.
“We’re excited that for the first time our listeners will be able to talk to us directly through Alexa,” explains Chris Williams, iHeartRadio Chief Product Officer. “This is a direct line to allow our audience to talk back, to share their thoughts and help influence what you hear on the radio.”
But song requests and dedications are just the beginning. iHeartRadio is already experimenting with the latest Alexa updates to deliver even more interactive features in the future: such as Q&As with DJs and show hosts, voice-driven polls, contests and much more.
iHeartRadio’s new Request a Song feature for Alexa is rolling out today on select stations including 97.5 WCOS South Carolina, 104.7 KISS FM Phoenix, 106.1 KISS FM Dallas and XL1067 Orlando—with more set to launch across the country soon! So, go ahead and start effortlessly sharing your burning song requests and dedications with your favorite DJs on iHeartRadio!