What Is Scout FM

Our mission is to find you something good to listen to — something to make you more informed about the world, make you smarter, make you better at your job or life, or to just entertain you. We do this by creating talk radio stations with the latest, highest quality radio shows and podcasts, and then personalizing these stations for each listener. We pay attention to what you, and everyone, are actually listening to so that our recommendations can get even better over time.

Scout FM is different than most podcast listening experiences because it is designed for voice interfaces, like smart speakers and voice assistants. We believe that the best time to listen is when you’re doing something else, like driving, running, or doing chores. These are the same times when a voice assistant is the most convenient and safest. We also believe that the era of the voice assistant has just begun. In the future, your voice assistant will always be with you, whether that’s at home, in your car, or in your headphones. Wherever the voice assistant is, we’ll be there too.

Today we’re launching our new flagship Alexa skill Scout FM. This skill represents the culmination of what we’ve learned through all of our Alexa experimentation, but is just the beginning. We’re also launching the Scout FM apps for Android and iOS. The Scout FM apps inherited the simplicity of the voice-first design, and the result is a podcast listening experience that’s very different than they typical podcatcher. Here’s a quick tour, but we’d love for you try them for yourselves: Alexa | iOS | Android

"Alexa, open Scout FM"

Scout FM is a skill on Alexa. For the uninitiated, that’s like an app for the Amazon Echo. Anyone of Amazon’s 17 million Alexa owners can use it by enabling it in the skill store or just saying the magic words “open Scout FM.” Here’s how it works:

Every day, when you feel like turning on talk radio or listening to a podcast, you just say “Alexa, open Scout FM.” Scout FM remembers you, remembers what you like, and evolves over time to be your own personal podcast radio DJ.

Scout FM has three primary stations for three distinct moods. Each of these is tailored to you based on your interests, and evolves with you as you listen to, or skip, episodes.

Daily News to get you caught up on the world. This is perfect for getting ready in the morning.
Brain Food helps you learn something new. This is great for doing chores or cooking dinner.
True Story tells you a good story. This is great lazy weekend listening and is the most purely entertaining of the stations.

The first time you visit Scout FM, we get to know you. How conservative or liberal are you? How much do you like science, history, or true crime?

Your custom station will have things we know you will like, and a few wild cards. There are so many amazing podcasts out there right now that we aim to both delight you with proven classics and surprise you with interesting newcomers.

Next, we let Alexa tell you about our recommendations. We write each of these descriptions ourselves so that you can decide if this is interesting to you.

If this episode sounds good, then you can just let it play. If not, say “Alexa, next” and she’ll tell you about the next show. Also, at the end of the show, we’ll keep playing shows we think you’ll like. Just like the radio.

If this episode sounds good, then you can just let it play. If not, say “Alexa, next” and she’ll tell you about the next show. Also, at the end of the show, we’ll keep playing shows we think you’ll like. Just like the radio.

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