Sender Zurich, Guide & Review
Kurzgasse 4, 8004 Zürich, Switzerland. Guests are there live when brand new music is pumped into the veins of the city – creating a particularly inspiring atmosphere. Live music plus live on air cozy garden regular concerts. The alternative music radio station, GDS.FM, was founded in 2013 with the objective of enriching the local radio landscape. Within a very short space of time, a fan community developed, who followed the creators not only with their ears, but also physically to the various pop-up locations. It is only logical that the radio station (“Sender” in German) is now domiciled in a locale of the same name.
Sender houses not only a music studio, but also a bar and a club, whose progressive music is always broadcast live and live on air. Guests will not find any frills here, but instead a venue that solely focuses on celebrating great music: simply, idealistically, and with great passion. From Wednesday to Saturday, live shows by local and international DJs and live acts are broadcast from the company’s own public bar with a radio studio in the middle of Zurich.
The Zurich radio GDS.FM and its own bar called Sender have been located in what is probably the shortest street in the city since May 2017. The radio impresses tens of thousands of listeners every day with a wide range of music. DJ sets, concerts and radio shows are recorded live in front of an audience on the transmitter and there is a large selection of drinks and cocktails at the bar. Could it be even cooler than a slightly hidden bar from which a hip web radio is streamed into the world, where live gigs are played and where renowned acts drop by for a radio interview? Hardly likely. The Buggles erroneously sang “Video killed the radio star” in 1979. They could not have known that alternative radios would produce radio stars again in 2017.
One such is Christian Gamp, founder of GDS.FM and broadcaster. Until an actual radio studio was set up in the restaurant, he was broadcasting from the living room of his flat share. There are models for a radio from the bar in London and Amsterdam – with Langstrasse-Radio, Zurich is following suit, and this with great support from the population. Hundreds of members finance the radio station with their annual subscriptions.
The station with its backyard garden is currently open from Wednesday to Saturday from 6:00 p.m. Concerts and DJ sets usually start at 10:00 p.m. The transmitter bar hosts from experimental gigs to DJs who provide a real dance atmosphere. In addition, it offers a unique platform for Swiss sound beyond the mainstream. If you don’t want to miss anything, it’s best to listen to the radio for a moment and, if you like, drop by in person.