Listen To Nova 937 With Alexa

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"Alexa, play nova!"

You can now play your fave nova shows faster than you can say “Alexa…”.  Yup, that's right, we're now available on all Alexa-enabled devices.

We know technology can be confusing at times, so we’ve made this quick Q&A to simplify the process (you’re welcome!)

Click on the questions below to find out how you can interact with nova using Alexa


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Once I've set Alexa up, how do I start nova?
What kind of things can I ask nova to do with live radio?

OnDemand podcasts

What kind of things can I ask nova to do with nova podcasts?
Can I continue listening, to a podcast I didn't finish from my last listen?

General FAQs

Does nova listen to me in the background or collect personal details from me through the Amazon Echo?
Why do I need to use the "nova" keyword each time I make a command with Alexa?

When I say "Alexa, play nova" why is Alexa playing content that is not nova?

First up, check that your Amazon account is registered with Amazon Australia (Amazon.com.au) not with Amazon US (Amazon.com). The ability to listen to Nova on your Alexa is available in Australia-only. 

Don't worry If you've registered an Amazon US account, you simply need to migrate your account to suit Australian settings. Follow this link to find out how. 

You'll also need to hit up your Alexa app and check the Location setting is set to "Australia".

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Alexa might not understand your accent

So you've tried to ask Alexa to "...play nova" or "...open nova" but Alexa doesn't seem to understand. It might be your language settings. You'll need to make sure they're set as "English (Australia/New Zealand)". To do this, go to the Alexa app and head to Settings > Device settings > then select your device > look for General, and scroll down to language.

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What are the Alexa-enabled devices?

Alexa is enabled on a multitude of devices, including Sonos, Logitech, Bose and more. Check out this page from Amazon to see if your device is enabled.

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Once I've set Alexa up, how do I start nova?

It's as simple as saying "Alexa, play nova".

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What kind of things can I ask nova to do with live radio?

Play live streaming radio

"Alexa, play nova" will play your local nova station.

or

"Alexa, play nova 96.9 (or your local nova frequency)'"

What's this song?

"Alexa, ask nova who sings this song?"

or

"Alexa, ask nova what's the name of this song?"

I like/don't like a song

"Alexa, tell nova I like this song"

or

"Alexa, tell nova I love this song"

or

"Alexa, tell nova I don't like this song" 

Help me

"Alexa, tell nova I need some help"

Change stations

"Alexa, tell nova to change my station to nova [station of choice]"

You've asked Alexa to tell nova... and Alexa hasn't got it right

"Alexa, stop"

or

"Alexa, no"

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What kind of things can I ask nova to do with podcast commands?

I want to listen to podcasts

"Alexa, tell nova I want to listen to a podcast"

I want to listen to the latest podcast

"Alexa, tell nova to play the latest [show title] podcast". For example: "Alexa, tell nova to play the latest Fitzy & Wippa podcast"

I want to listen to playback podcasts

"Alexa, tell nova to play last [day of the week] [Show title] podcast". For example, "Alexa, tell nova to play last Wednesday's Kate, Tim & Marty's podcast"

I like this podcast

"Alexa, tell nova I like this podcast"

I don't like this podcast

"Alexa, tell nova I don't like this podcast"

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Can I continue listening to a podcast I didn't finish from my last listen?

Yes, nova will remember the last podcast you were playing and offer to play it the next time you open nova on Alexa. It will resume from the time you were the last listening.

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Does nova listen to me in the background or collect personal details from me through the Amazon Echo?

Nova does not collect any unauthorised user data without your consent. You can check out our privacy policy here.

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Why do I need to use the "nova" keyword each time I make a command with Alexa?

It’s super important to use “nova” in ALL of your Alexa requests (otherwise she might get confused). While you might know that Fitzy and Wippa are a nova show (you clever thing you!), Alexa needs a little help making that connection, so please remember to specifically “ask nova…” in every command.

For example: saying “Alexa, play nova”  will prompt Alexa to ask whether you want to listen to live radio or a podcast, you might request: “Alexa, tell nova to play radio”, this will allow you to listen live to your local nova station. If you're more in the mood for the latest Kate, Tim & Marty podcast, say this: “Alexa, ask nova to play the latest Kate, Tim and Marty podcast”. Easy!

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How do I set up nova on my Amazon smart speaker?

Amazon account and Alexa app

  • First, you'll need to create an Amazon account and follow the sign-up prompts. If you've previously signed up, we recommend you check that your account is still active as you may need to create a new one.
  • Next, simply download the Alexa app to your Apple or Android device from the Apple or Google Play store (or you can head to the Amazon website).

Click here for more details on set up.

Set-up your Amazon Echo device

  • Charge your Echo, when plugged in, a blue light ring will appear and animate (find out more about light rings here). Alexa will greet you in a minute or so and prompt you to complete your set-up through the Alexa app.
  • Alexa will then prompt you to connect to WIFI. You'll then be all set to use Alexa. Now ask "Alexa, play nova" and enjoy!

For more hints and tips about how to use your Alexa, check out the Alexa app basics.

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Written By Chana Matchimbanpoth