FAQ

Who is SwissGroove?

SwissGroove is an internet radio run as a non-profit organization called “SwissGroove” located in Altstaetten, Switzerland. Its members, under the knowledgeable guidance of Peter Böhi, all music aficionados of various genres, aim to play mainly music from artists off mainstream that are rarely played on other radio stations nowadays.

We get additional support by several DJs and helpers from various parts ot the world, who produce music specials or help out in many other ways.

SwissGroove, founded by Patrik Jungo, has been online since May 2003 while SmoothVibes, as a music channel, ran from May 2006 until December 2007. This channel was programmed by Harry Melchior and the current president, Peter Böhi, providing mainly smooth jazz and related styles. Additionally, Peter Böhi runs a website called Smooth Jazz Vibes that has already been online since 1996, informing about the smooth jazz scene in depth. In December 2007 both channel were merged continuing under the “SwissGroove” brand.

SwissGroove radio is licenced by SUISA and IFPI-Switzerland. We feature a steady flow of music which is interrupted by few jingles/station ids and short announcements by presenters once in a while.

The playlist has grown to 19’000 hand-picked tracks (from our countless archive) from the present and the past of various genres and styles, and it is growing daily. The makers don’t believe in the common “Broadcast Architecture” used by many radio stations worldwide. They merely believe in music and only play what they like themselves!

Press articles about SwissGroove

English:
Linux Magazine, printed- & online-edition (01/2006)

German:
Ensuite, No. 62, February 2008
Jazz ‘n’ More, printed edition (04/2007)
Tagesanzeiger, printed- & online-edition (05/2005)
Luzerner Woche(09/2008)
Sonntagszeitung, (10/2008)
Tagblatt Stadt Zürich, (10/2008)
St. Galler Tagblatt, (03/2011)
Basler Zeitung, (03/2011)

Labels:
CD ‘Funk Ain’t A Word’(Brown Sugar), 06/2008
CD ‘Jeff Cascaro – Mother & Brother’(Herzog Records), 09/2008

Musiksymposium Fürigen 2008:
Webradio wird erwachsen, Thomas P. Illes, SwissGroove

Jazztalk at the Jazzahead 2008
The Future Of Jazz In Public Radio, Thomas P. Illes, SwissGroove

How can I listen to the SwissGroove audiochannel?

Look for the mediaplayer link on the main page. Choose your preferred/installed player and the music wil start playing. If you are prompted to download a file, download the file and open it in your preferred/installed player.

Software to listen to our stream are XMPlay (Windows), Winamp (Windows) , XMMS (Linux), iTunes (Mac and Windows), SoundApp (Mac), MPG123 (others) or hardware (network players) with MP3-Streaming capability.

Please use this link in your media player: http://www.swissgroove.ch/listen.php

If this doesn’t work or you have technical questions please send us an e-mail at mail@swissgroove.ch.

What is required to listen to SwissGroove?

In order to listen to our audiochannels, you need the following requirements:

Broadband-Internet connection such as cable, DSL, satellite, etc.
MP3-Player (Software) such as XMPlay (Windows, recommended!), Winamp (Windows) , XMMS (Linux), iTunes (Mac), SoundApp(Mac), MPG123 (others) or hardware with MP3-Streaming capability, e.g. by KISS, Pinnacle, etc.
Soundcard and speakers or headphones connected to your PC or hardware.

Please also note that it might be possible that you’re unable to connect to our servers due to a temporary server related problem or problems with your own internet connection.

In this case, try to connect to another webradio and see if that works. If not, reset your dsl-modem or router or restart your pc.

If the problems are on our side, you can be sure that we are working on it. So check back later again.

Important!!! People stuck behind a tight “firewall” at home or work are currently able to tune in to our station using the servers streaming via port 80.

At SwissGroove you have the opportunity to place banner advertisement. We currently offer two different placements for your banner:

Banner Advertisement

Banner of size 468×60 px horizontal, rotating with other banners (gif/jpg/flash), visible in the lower part of our website’s entry page.

SFr. 120 / Euro 75.- monthly

Banner Advertisement Embedded Mediaplayer

Banner up to size 468×60 px (gif/jpg/flash), inside the embedded Media-Player’s window horizontal, single ad, always visible.

SFr. 80.- / Euro 50.- monthly

Note: All advertising-campaigns are subject of acceptance. We reserve the right to reject any campaign that we think is not suited for our audience.

Get in touch with us for more infomation and details.

Do I need to be registered in order to listen?

No. All you have to do to listen is to choose a mediaplayer from the drop down in the menu bar.

A registration is needed only if you want to use some additional features on our website.

How do you finance SwissGroove radio?

The webradio is mainly financed by donations from our listeners which is essential to keep us going, recently we have also started to accept advertisments in our stream. Besides that, we get financial aid from sponsors and we make a few bucks trough selling CDs via our partners amazon & cede.ch. Google ads also help us finance the music-platform.

Your donations are mainly needed to pay for royalty fees to artists and record-labels (through SUISA & IFPI) and to buy new music. Much money has also been invested into bandwidth & sophisticated hardware-infrastructure.

We welcome your support.

Can the songs played on your music-channels be downloaded from your website?

No. We are only licensed to stream music (webcast) but not offer it to our listeners for download.

We do strongly discourage you from “ripping” (downloading/saving) our stream to your PC. Again, legally, we’re licenced to broadcast music and NOT to offer music for download purposes. So please comply to these regulations or go somewhere else. Thank you so much!

Can I request a song?

Currently, we’re not supporting this option but might implement it sometime in future. At various times, one of the makers is djing live and you can interact with the DJ using the shoutbox on our home-page. He/She might even play your favorite song.

Do you support & play music by independant artists?

Yes, we definitely do. Many of the songs played are actually from independant artists that can be found on various music-platforms such as CDBaby.com, IC-Musicmedia, etc. Others have sent us their music for airplay consideration and we’re always interested in finding, playing & supporting such artists.

You can either send us your CD if available or your MP3s (192 kbps min.) on a CD. You can also point us to a website/server where we can legally download your music. Please refrain from sending us MP3s by e-mail. They will not pass our SPAM-Filter. Our addresses can be found here.

How can I help you promote your channels?

If you have a website, use one of our logos or buttons found here and link to our site. And of course, spread the word!

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