Swiss Radio und das Schreckmümpfeli

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April 1, 2016
I love the world we live in these days, technology has come so far and there are so many (often free!) resources to connect you to the rest of the world. This has been a huge plus for us here and trying to keep connected with Switzerland. One of my most used apps is TuneIn Radio – you can listen to pretty much any radio station from anywhere in the world! How awesome is that?! I still light up when I think about it.

I remember as kid recording the local radio onto tape cassettes, dreaming about one day seeing far off places. I would have been in heaven if I could have listened to other countries’ music back then. It’s easy to take these things for granted when they are ubiquitous nowadays but if you stop and think about where we were just 10, 15 years ago, it’s pretty amazing.

Switzerland has a lot of radio stations and the ones I used to listen to most often when we lived there were SRF (Schweizer Radio und Fernsehen) stations, mostly 1 and 3. My favorite was SRF1 due to its eclectic nature, you’d seriously hear Coolio (Gangsta’s Paradise, woot!) followed by a Swiss musician followed by Andrea Bocelli. I LOVED it. Plus, it was a great way to hear more Swiss-German. Which brings me back to my point, we can now stream this radio station in our home back in Arizona. This has been an amazing way for my to keep up with Swiss news, remind my brain that yes, we still need Swiss-German, and get my fix of diverse music – all in one place. Even better, they have a really nice website, where you can also watch TV clips and sometimes entire shows, as well as find the name of that song you just heard and loved.

One of my favorite Sendungs (radio shows) is called das Schreckmümpfeli. The name is a play on words, based on Bettmümpfeli, which is basically a little treat before going to bed (Bett). Schreck means “fright” or “scare” and the show is a short horror story that airs at night there (middle of the day here). They’re normally really well put together, entertaining and often quite scary! I love it. You can also listen to old Schreckmümpfeli shows through their website. What resources do you use for keeping up with news from abroad and listening to music?

Happy listening!

Liebe Grüsse, J

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