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Hijacking my Radio!

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At 6:30 and 7:30 a.m. my radio is continually getting “hijacked” by an ad for farming that uses key words to launch the Alexa App...not sure if anyone else is having this problem, but my solution has been to tune to another station until after these ads have completed.  Not sure if it is intentional on the part of the farm advertiser, but it is pretty effective!  Guess that is the price of using an Amazon device to stream radio, a practice I may soon abandon in favor of an old-fashioned a.m receiver. Anybody else have this problem?

Jeff Wing
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The radio program you are referring to is Living The Country Life and the commercial that triggers your echo device is Successful Farming Live. While I don't think anyone is intentionally trying to activate your device, it is happening more frequently these days as many commercials are using the words "Alexa" or "Google" in their advertising. It happens to me a lot with an with an echo near my tv.

Both Amazon and Google say commercials use altered audio to minimize the chances of a Home or an Echo responding to an ad. My experience is that used to work, but it doesn't anymore. My echo devices respond to nearly every commercial. Most times they figure it out and ignore whatever is said, but they still wake up with a flashing ring light and a wake noise.

Here's a couple of work arounds - not perfect solutions but one of them might work for you:

1. Hit the mute button on the top of the echo device. The ring light will turn red and Alexa won't respond to anything. The down side is that you have to remember to turn off the mute button to get her to respond again.

2. Change the wake word. You can change the wake word from Alexa to Amazon, Echo or Computer. To change the wake word go to the Settings menu in your Amazon Alexa app and pick the device you want to manage. In the “General” section, tap the “Wake Word” entry. Choose between “Alexa,” “Amazon,” “Echo,” or “Computer.” 

I'm so used to using the word "Alexa" that I just put up with the annoying false triggers, but it might be a acceptable solution for somebody else.