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How to listen to the ‘Tampa Bay Times’ on Google Home

Set up a short overview of top local news stories on Google Home’s voice-activated virtual assistant.
A Google Home Mini is seen Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO  |  Times]
A Google Home Mini is seen Friday, Sept. 20, 2019 in St. Petersburg. [CHRIS URSO | Times]
Published Oct. 10, 2019
Updated Dec. 16, 2019

The Tampa Bay Times is now available at your command through your voice-activated smart speaker! We’ve created a news briefing for you to listen from your Google Home virtual assistant.

Every Monday through Friday, you’ll be able to access two minutes of local news and events, read by Times journalists through your home device. (We also have a version for Amazon Alexa, which you can learn about here.)

Even if you’re not accustomed to using your Google Home device for news, listening to the Times news briefing is easy. Simply tell your device, “Hey Google, read me the news from the Tampa Bay Times.” Give it a try!

You also can listen to the latest episode in the player below:

If you like what you hear, you can set up the news action in Google Home so it plays every day. Follow the steps below and the Times will play on your smart speaker with the rest of your news.

Download and open the Google Home app.

Tap the “Settings” button, then scroll to the bottom and tap “More settings”

Tap the “Services” tab and then select “News”

Select “Add news sources”

Scroll to the “Local” news section. (Ironically, there’s no search function in the Google app, so you’ll have to scroll through several categories.) Tap the tick mark next to “Tampa Bay Times news update”

To have the Times play first, tap on the back arrow and then select “Change order.”

Slide the Tampa Bay Times into the first position.

Now you can ask your Google Home “Hey Google, what’s in the news?” or “Hey Google, what’s my news from the Tampa Bay Times?” to hear the Times news update.

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