Sepp Forcher

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Sepp Forcher filming for Klingendes Österreich in Kaisersteinbruch (2001)

Josef "Sepp" Forcher (* as Giuseppe Forcher December 17, 1930 in Rome , Italy ; † December 19, 2021 in Salzburg ) was an Austrian radio and television presenter . Forcher gained notoriety through the folk music and traditional show Klingendes Österreich , which he hosted 200 times from 1986 to 2020.


Sepp Forcher was born on December 17, 1930 to South Tyrolean parents in Rome as Giuseppe Forcher. He grew up in Sesto in modest circumstances. The father was a hut keeper. His parents decided after the South Tyrol agreement between Hitler and Mussolini for the option , ie Italy to turn his back and leave their original home Sesto. Forcher spent his later childhood and youth from 1940 in Werfenweng im Pongau ( Salzburg ), where his parents again managed a mountain hut. He himself attended school in the city of Salzburg . Until 1955 he worked as a barber in the power plant construction in Kaprun , as a porter at the Heinrich-Schwaiger-Haus in Kaprun and the Oberwalderhütte on the Großglockner . During this time he climbed numerous mountains: the Matterhorn , Mont Blanc and peaks in the Pyrenees .

From 1955 Forcher was a hut landlord with his wife Helene (born May 19, 1930 in Vienna ), called "Helli" (whom he married on June 9, 1956) at the Berglandhaus in Großarl and from 1959 at the Zeppezauerhaus on Untersberg in Salzburg . Forcher had two sons with his wife Helli. The older, Peter Forcher, died in a traffic accident in April 1976 at the age of 19.

From 1966 he managed mountain houses in Krippenbrunn am Dachstein . From 1971 Forcher was Stadtwirt in the Platzlkeller in the heart of the city of Salzburg and in 1976 he started working for the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ( Ins Land einischaun , Mit'm Sepp into the weekend ). Since then he has hosted the radio show Mit Musik into the weekend more than 1000 times and has become a crowd favorite thanks to his folk culture , museum and country radio programs. From 1986 Sepp Forcher was also represented with a weekly column in the Salzburg Krone . Also from 1986 Forcher was the presenter of the television program Klingendes Österreich , in which he presented the musical traditions and scenic beauties of Austrian and border regions and presented authentic folk music in 200 episodes .

In October 2019, after the recording of the 200th episode of Klingendes Österreich , Sepp Forcher announced that he would end his career as a TV presenter and retire.

In October 2020 there was another program on ORF 2 , produced by ORF Steiermark, with Sepp Forcher Mein Lebensberg - Sepp Forcher und der Großglockner , as well as on his 90th birthday in December 2020 the program Sepp and Helli - Die Forchers in person .

In March 2021, Forcher presented - together with his long-time director Elisabeth Eisner - the program Art and Faith in the Life of Sepp Forcher on the ORF 2 main evening .

Sepp and Helli Forcher lived in Salzburg- Liefering . Both died in quick succession at the end of 2021, Helli on November 28 and Sepp on December 19, two days after his 91st birthday.

honors and awards


  • 1996 - Sepp Forcher, Franz Meixner, Ilse Simbrunner: Klingendes Austria , ISBN 3-70250-349-8
  • 2004 - Sepp Forcher, Caroline Kleibel: Take your time. Thoughts by Sepp Forcher , ISBN 3-90240-413-2
  • 2005 - Sepp Forcher: Into the heart einig'schaut - considerations from day to day , ISBN 3-85326-374-7
  • 2012 - Sepp Forcher: Simply happy - What really counts in life , ISBN 3-85033-600-X
  • 2014 - Sepp Forcher: Happiness is so close - Why we can be proud of Austria , ISBN 3-85033-810-X
  • 2018 - Sepp Forcher: The salt in the soup - The great value of small things , ISBN 978-3-7106-0263-4
  • 2020 - Sepp Forcher, Elisabeth Eisner: Grüß Gott in Austria - A look-up to 200 broadcasts of Klingendes Österreich , ISBN 978-3-99024-940-6
  • 2021 - Sepp Forcher: The Mountains of My Life: Biographical Notes , Brandstätter Verlag, Vienna 2021, ISBN 978-3-7106-0551-2


  • Edgar Breuss, Wolfgang Weber: Sepp Forcher - I like the people '. From hut keeper to TV star . NP-Buchverlag, St. Pölten-Wien-Linz 2000, ISBN 3-85326-149-3

Web links

Commons : Sepp Forcher  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Copy of Josef Forcher's ID card. Jenbacher Museum, accessed December 19, 2021 .
  2. Salzburger Nachrichten: A love that began in the mountains. May 12, 2012, accessed December 19, 2021 .
  3. Sounding Austria - Sepp Forcher listens as a TV presenter on ORF-Salzburg online from October 21, 2019.
  4. a b c d e My mountain of life - Sepp Forcher and the Grossglockner. Retrieved March 27, 2021 .
  5. Sepp Forcher - It's actually pretty blunt how you live , Der Standard from December 7, 2018, accessed on March 22, 2020
  6. ORF mourns Sepp Forcher. In: APA-OTS . December 19, 2021, accessed December 19, 2021 .
  7. ORF presenter legend Sepp Forcher has died. In: December 19, 2021, accessed December 19, 2021 .
  8. 1930 - 2021 | "He was a human soul": ORF legend Sepp Forcher is dead. In: Kleine Zeitung . December 19, 2021, accessed on December 19, 2021 : “My last longing is that Helli and I don't have to be apart for too long. And that I can enjoy the days that I still have. "
  9. Sepp Forcher presented his book "The Mountains of My Life" on the Großglockner. In: September 15, 2021, accessed September 16, 2021 .
  10. New Forcher Book: "The Mountains of My Life". In: . September 17, 2021, accessed September 18, 2021 .