Can I ask Siri to play radio stations that *aren't* on Apple Music? (e.g. "Play BBC Radio 2")

I am thinking of replacing my Amazon Echo with a HomePod but I want to be sure the HomePod can do what I want it to.

I have an Amazon Echo and every morning I ask it to "Play Radio 2" or "Play Virgin Radio" and it will play those radio stations. I can't seem to do this with Siri on my iPhone, so assume I won't be able to do it on the HomePod either. I don't want to use Airplay for this.

Is anyone doing this successfully?


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    Via AirPlay from an iPhone, iPad or Mac using a radio player like TuneIn. From the autumn ios13 will add multiple radio stations to the HomePod so you can play them direct like you can with Alexa on an Echo.

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  • In the UK, HomePod will currently play Beats 1 plus Global’s radio stations:
    * Heart Radio
    * Capital Radio
    * Capital Xtra
    * LBC Radio
    * Classic FM
    * Smooth Radio
    * Radio X
    * Gold Radio

    Plus it can play news podcasts:
    * BBC News
    * Sky News
    * LBC News

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  • It won't play directly but you can play them via the app on another Mac device via airplay. For example if you are playing Radio 2 on your MacBook connect to the HomePod and it will play

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