Swiss radio DRS

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Swiss radio DRS
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Radio station ( public service )
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analogue terrestrial
digital terrestrial
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Reception area Switzerland
owner Swiss radio and television
business June 11, 1931 to December 16, 2012
List of radio stations

The Swiss radio DRS (Radio of the German and Romansh Switzerland ( SR DRS ) ) was together with the Schweizer Fernsehen (SF) one of the two former Swiss media companies that have been united in the Swiss Radio and Television (SRF) company since January 1, 2011 were. This in turn is a corporate unit of SRG SSR (Swiss radio and television company).

Since December 16, 2012, the six programs have been broadcasting under the name Radio SRF .


Swiss Radio DRS (Radio of German and Romansh Switzerland) had a market share of over 60 percent with its programs in German-speaking Switzerland . Six radio stations belonged to Schweizer Radio DRS . Originally, the Rhaeto-Romanic program Radio Rumantsch was also organized by SR DRS, subsequently it belonged to an independent unit within SRG, namely RTR .

DRS 1 (today SRF 1 )

Logo of DRS 1

DRS 1 was the most popular radio station in Switzerland (market share 2010: 34.5%). Current and in-depth information, background programs and entertainment are an important pillar. The program also included radio plays and satire. Seven regional journals reported regularly from the regions. The DRS 1 audience was mostly older than 45, but was also important for children (children's program “Zambo”). Over 1.8 million people tuned in to DRS 1 every day. The journalistic director of DRS 1 was Heidi Ungerer.

DRS 2 (today SRF 2 )

Logo of DRS 2

DRS 2 was the culture broadcaster. The spectrum ranged from classical music to jazz, from culture to science, from business to politics, from zeitgeist to philosophy. Almost 400,000 people tuned into DRS 2 every day; in 2010 the program had a market share of 3.8%. DRS 2 has already been threatened with closure several times (reason: too few listeners), but this was averted every time by storms of protest from the listeners. DRS 2 was organizationally affiliated with the Culture Department of Swiss Radio and Television, and Franziska Baetcke was the program manager.

DRS 3 (today SRF 3 )

Logo of DRS 3

DRS 3 was the most important pop radio in German-speaking Switzerland. There was an accompanying program during the day with news, weather, traffic, press reviews and event tips. In the evening from 8 p.m., special music programs ran (Blues Special, Reggae Special, Rock Special, World Music Special, Black Music Special, Sounds! ). The station was aimed at a target audience between 25 and 45 years of age. Over 1.3 million people tuned in to DRS 3 every day; the program had a market share of 17.9% in 2010. The journalistic director of DRS 3 was called Pascal Scherrer.

DRS 4 News (today SRF 4 News )

Logo of DRS 4 News

On November 5, 2007, SR DRS launched the information program DRS 4 News . The station was based in Bern, was broadcast via DAB , cable, satellite and the Internet and broadcast news every quarter of an hour. SR DRS received the corresponding license on June 27, 2007. In 2010, 400,000 people listened to the program every day, and the market share was 0.7%. DRS 4 News was organizationally affiliated with the Radio Editor-in-Chief, headed by Michael Bolliger.

DRS Musikwelle (today SRF Musikwelle )

Logo of DRS Musikwelle

The DRS Musikwelle broadcast traditional music from all genres. News and broadcasts from DRS 1 completed the program. The earlier name Musigwwall 531 came from the fact that the program was broadcast on the medium wave frequency 531 kHz via the regional broadcaster Beromünster . The renaming became necessary, however, because the medium wave frequency was switched off on December 29, 2008 and the program can only be received via DAB , satellite, cable and the Internet since then . Since the new logos were introduced in August 2007 for the channels DRS 1, DRS 2, DRS 3 as well as DRS Virus and Musigwwall 531, the channel was called DRS Musikwelle . In 2010, 313,000 people listened to the program every day, with a market share of 4.7%. Bernhard Siegmann was the journalistic director.

DRS Virus (now SRF Virus )

DRS Virus logo

DRS Virus saw itself as the "radio of the multimedia generation", with a youthful tone and speed. The transmitter was originally configured under the name DRS 4 . DRS Virus could not be received via FM , but only via DAB, satellite, cable and internet stream. In 2010, 83,000 people listened to the program every day, the market share was 0.1%. DRS Virus was the responsibility of the journalistic director Christoph Aebersold.


The programs of Schweizer Radio DRS were produced in three main studios in Basel , Bern and Zurich as well as in four regional studios in Aarau , Chur , St. Gallen and Lucerne . Most of the DRS 1, DRS 3, DRS Musikwelle and DRS Virus programs were created in Zurich. DRS 2 broadcast from Basel. The DRS 4 News program as well as all the news and information programs (HeuteMorgen, Rendez-Vous and Echo der Zeit, etc.) came from Studio Bern, the DRS 1 regional journals from all seven studios.


Logo of the SR DRS until 2007

Schweizer Radio DRS and Schweizer Fernsehen (SF) were merged on January 1, 2011 in the company Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen (SRF) . This is a corporate unit of SRG SSR (Swiss radio and television company). SRF's public radio and television programs are fee-financed. The SRF company employs almost 2150 people who share around 1550 full-time positions (according to the website, as of January 1, 2011).

Reception possibilities

All programs were broadcast in almost all of Switzerland via cable and Europe-wide via the Hotbird satellite. In addition, DRS 1 was broadcast via FM throughout Switzerland. DRS 2 and DRS 3 could only be received in this way in German-speaking Switzerland. The programs DRS 4 News, DRS Musikwelle and DRS Virus could not be received via FM, but only via cable, satellite, DAB and internet stream. The state transmitter Beromünster on 531 kHz was closed at the end of 2008. The establishment of the reception possibility in Switzerland via digital audio broadcasting (DAB) was started during the activity of Schweizer Radio DRS.

All six channels in the formats mp3 , AAC + , Real Audio and Microsoft Windows Media could be received in a live stream over the Internet . Since the end of 2005, numerous programs have also been available as podcasts .

History of broadcasting in Switzerland

The history of broadcasting in Switzerland began in 1923 when the first Swiss broadcast was broadcast from the Bernoullianum (Professor Hans Zickendraht ) in Basel .

In 1931 the SRG was founded and the medium-wave national broadcasters Beromünster (German-speaking Switzerland), Sottens (French-speaking Switzerland) and Monte Ceneri (Italian-speaking Switzerland, 1933) were put into operation. When Romansh was recognized as the fourth national language in 1938, more and more contributions were broadcast in Romansh (regularly from 1943, 1958 as local programs). Due to pressure from publishers, only a few news blocks with reports from the SDA (Swiss Dispatch Agency) were allowed to be included in the program in the first few years.

“With the mobilization of war [1939], the SRG's license was suspended and the radio was placed under direct supervision by the federal authorities. The state government and the top of the army use the radio specifically as a medium for informing the population in Switzerland. With their regular broadcasts on the political and military situation, the state broadcasters gain a great reputation far beyond the national borders. "

After the Second World War, the SRG got the license back. On September 17, 1945, following a program reform, the restrictions on news were relaxed and the first edition of Echo der Zeit was broadcast. The first foreign correspondents were appointed the following year.

In 1956 the second program was started with broadcasts via VHF. From 1961 local programs were broadcast regularly on VHF. Radio Beromünster first broadcast a continuous program on Saturday from 6.15 a.m. to 11.15 p.m., and from 1963 also on weekdays.

In 1964, the radio and television company of German and Romansh Switzerland (DRS) was constituted. In 1967, “Schweizerischer Landessender Beromünster” was replaced by “Swiss Radio” in the program announcements. In 1971 the SRG was given sole responsibility for the news broadcasts, and in November 1978 the regional journals were introduced. Radio DRS has been broadcasting around the clock since 1981. The third broadcasting network DRS 3 started in 1983.

In 1996, the music walls 531 with traditional and popular light music were launched on the medium-wave transmitter Beromünster . In 1999 it began broadcasting via DAB (Digital Audio Broadcasting). The youth radio virus started, but is only transmitted via cable.

At the end of 2012 it was renamed SRF . This renaming took place as part of the merger with Swiss television and the content and structural merger. At the same time, the website was redesigned and the channels received new logos.


Web links

Individual evidence

  1. SRF launches new brand world and renewed web presence media release of November 28, 2012
  2. employees
  3. ^ The history of radio in Switzerland 1911-2004, Schweizer Radio DRS, 3rd edition 2005 p. 19.
  4. Chronicle and archive with a link to “The history of radio in Switzerland from 1911–2008” (PDF; 2.4 MB), accessed on February 3, 2013
  5. ^ New radiologos for SRF media release of March 22, 2012

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