The Illawarra Mercury now provides on demand audio news bulletins available on Google Home and Amazon Echo.
If you've got a smart speaker in your home and want to hear local news first when brewing your morning coffee then this is how you set it up.
You can hear the Illawarra Mercury's latest headlines on demand through your Google home device.
For example you can ask:
- 'Ok Google, what's the latest news from the Illawarra Mercury?"
- Ok Google, play me The Illawarra Mercury Today."
You can also set the Illawarra Mercury as your default news provider. This will play the latest Illawarra Mercury news whenever you ask Google 'What's the latest news?' or will form part of your briefing if you ask 'what's my day like today'.
To update your default news provider on Google Home:
- Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi or linked to the same account as your Google Nest or Home speaker or display.
- Open the Google Home app .
- At the top right, tap your account.
- Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your Google Home or Google Nest device. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
- Tap Assistant settings Services News.
- Add or remove news sources. You will see our news feeds under the "local" category.
You can listen to the Illawarra Mercury's latest headlines on demand through your Amazon Echo, Echo Plus or Echo Dot device.
To add the Illawarra Mercury to your Alexa Flash Briefing simply ask 'Alexa enable The Illawarra Mercury Today' and then our latest update will play whenever you as 'Alexa, what's the news' or 'Alexa, what's my Flash Briefing'.
To change the order of your Flash Briefings
- Go to the menu in the Alexa app on your mobile phone
- Navigate to Settings
- Scroll down to the Alexa Preferences section
- Select Flash Briefing
If you enjoy our audio briefings you might like our Voice of Real Australia podcast. Find out more about how to listen to our podcasts here.
We have a range of podcasts across our ACM publications. You can find them below:
Voice of Real Australia - Discover new people, paces and perspective from across Australia.
The Canberra Times Today - A daily news briefing from The Canberra Times. Also available on voice assistant.
The Illawarra Mercury Today - A daily news briefing from The Illawarra Mercury. Also available on voice assistant.
The Ballarat Courier Today - A daily news briefing from The Ballarat Courier. Also available on voice assistant.
The Examiner Today - A daily news briefing from The Examiner. Also available on voice assistant.
The Border Mail Today - A daily news briefing from The Border Mail. Also available on voice assistant.
Toohey's News - Renowned Newcastle Herald sports journalist Barry Toohey interviews a legend of NSW rugby league.
Hear Them Raw - Meet the true warriors of the bush. The men, women, boys and girls of the land who have overcome challenges with a spirit you have to hear to believe.
Off the Record - A closer look at the biggest sport stories in Ballarat.
The Main Break - The Warrnambool Standard's sports team sits down each week with football coaches to discuss the big issues of the week.