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Unable to get Alexa on Soundbar to find local radio stations


Hi guys. I'm tearing my hair out here, hope you can help.

How can I get Alexa to use Australian radio stations not US radio stations?

I have a Soundbar with Alexa running (with 2 x Play:1's for 5.0 surround sound).

I have iHeartRadio enabled (and linked to my account on both Sonon and Alexa) and TuneIn enabled in Alexa but it doesn't seem I can configure it and it doesn't show in Sonos. I have tried setting my default radio app to iHeartRadio. I have set my address, and changed my default country in Amazon account to Australia.

The stations play fine when I load them from the app manually, but Alexa cannot work out that I'm not in the United States. It also doesn't detect that the stations I'm asking for are actually in my favourites on the apps and the Sonos. Instead it plays a US station that matches (e.g. WSFM, KISS), or tells me that it can't find the station for those there's no similar US radio station name (e.g. Triple M, Triple J).

How can I get Alexa to use Australian radio stations not US radio stations?

Thanks
Dan
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Best answer by John B 8 April 2019, 14:37

There may well be an easier way to accompish this, but I recently downloaded the IFTTT app, linked it to my Sonos and Alexa apps and now I can trigger Sonos Favourites to play using Alexa.

I started from here;

https://ifttt.com/sonos

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There may well be an easier way to accompish this, but I recently downloaded the IFTTT app, linked it to my Sonos and Alexa apps and now I can trigger Sonos Favourites to play using Alexa.

I started from here;

https://ifttt.com/sonos
Thanks John. It seems to work, but not the ultimate solution for me.

Admins, not sure why the question has been flagged as answered, the question is still open IMO. I have reposted with some additional information. https://en.community.sonos.com/amazon-alexa-and-sonos-229102/unable-to-get-alexa-on-sonos-beam-to-find-local-radio-stations-australia-6822867
I thought only the original poster could set a topic to 'answered' - evidently not so. It does seem unhelpful that it was labelled as answered - even I didn't think it was! I just thought it would give you something, if nothing better turned up.
Yeah, thanks, it actually helped me with some other things I wanted to do with Alexa 🙂 I hadn't used IFTTT in years - now I'm back into it.

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