NEW YORK, September 7, 2017 – PIX11, Tribune Broadcasting’s New York flagship television station, today announced custom weather forecasts from Mr. G are now available on Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa service, via “Skills,” the first weatherman in New York to have a specific name activated forecast available on Alexa.
Irv Gikofsky — you know him as Mr. G — has been delivering forecasts on New York television for 40 years. Mr. G began his career as a middle-school teacher in the Bronx and was recruited right out of the classroom to become a TV weatherman in 1977. Since 1993, he has been forecasting on PIX11, the proud home of New York’s Very Own iconic weatherman Mr. G.
Mr. G has always been on the cutting edge — he brought New York’s first computerized weather program to his high-school kids in the 1970s. Today, he’s the first New York weatherman to join Alexa.
“As technology continues to evolve, its is important to connect with our viewers on all platforms and PIX is on the forefront, said Mr. G. “In times of a weather emergency, its is especially important to provide critical information via as many methods as possible to disseminate to our community.” Enabled through Amazon Alexa Skills, users can now hear the weather specifically from Mr. G himself “Asking” Mr. G any weather-related variation will invoke the skill.
· “Alexa, ask Mr. G what the weather is today”
· “Alexa, Ask Mr. G if we can expect nice weather today”
· “Alexa, Ask Mr. G if we are expecting rain”
· “Alexa, Ask Mr. G what’s the forecast ”
PIX11 as a station is also available via Alexa Flash Briefing.
“PIX11 was one of the first local television stations to embrace new technologies as an early adopter on services like Roku, Amazon and Google. The addition of Mr. G’s forecasts on Amazon Alexa, reflects Tribune Broadcasting’s commitment to distributing its content on the latest platforms, “said Amy Waldman, PIX11 News Director.
Founded in 1948 and owned by Tribune Broadcasting, a division of Tribune Media, WPIX-TV (PIX11) has long been regarded as a groundbreaking station in New York. In 2006, PIX11 became the flagship station of the CW Television Network and PIX11’s award winning news, successful primetime programming, off-network sitcom favorites, public affairs shows and outstanding event coverage have contributed to the station’s success. The station has been honored with numerous awards for excellence including nearly 300 Emmy® Awards (two for Outstanding Morning News Program and multiple Awards for Outstanding Newscast.) PIX11 also has a long history of local sports coverage and in 2015 became the broadcast home of the New York Yankees. PIX11 is also the broadcast station of the New York Mets, since 1999. In 2014, PIX11 announced a long-term, exclusive content and marketing partnership with the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. PIX11 is also home to the New Jersey Lottery drawings. PIX11 engages with audiences across multiple social platforms; find us on Facebook at facebook.com/pix11news, on Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope: @pix11news and via branded applications on Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Google’s Android TV. PIX11 is also available on Amazon’s voice-activated Alexa service, via flash news briefing. For more information visit http://www.pix11.com.
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