Franzi, as almost everybody called him, created this radio program about 10 years ago as a vehicle to continue talking about the Old West. He was a student of Old West history and sometimes wished he had been born in that era. His catch-phrase for the show was “A radio program dedicated to the proposition that America was better off when its TV shows were about cowboys instead of lawyers.”
Since Franzi’s passing, those of us connected to the original radio show decided we wanted to continue with Emil’s dream. And, we decided to change the name to reflect the legacy that Franzi gave us. Kinda like “Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theatre.”We talk and write about anything that covers the Old West–the movies, the actors/actresses, the directors, the producers, the stuntmen, and, the film music. We also talk with and write about the authors who are still publishing books about the Old West–fact or fiction.
In other words, if the topic goes to that “Code of the West” ideal, it’ll be wrangled.
Taking over the co-hosting challenges of “Emil Franzi’s Voices of the West” is third generation Arizonan and rancher Joe Dreyfuss, retired Hollywood stuntman Steve “Bunker” de France, who was in 52 “High Chaparral” episodes, and Hollywood insider Todd Roberts, who’s father produced both “Monte Walsh” films, which were filmed at the historic Empire Ranch in southeastern Arizona. Show producer Harry Alexander has his hands full with the three of them.
The show has moved from commercial radio to the internet. Our show broadcasts every Saturday at 4pm Mountain Standard Time. When we’re not live, you can listen to some of our best past programs using the player on the right side of the page.
On this website, you’ll find podcasts of past programs as well as some book reviews and other items related to the Old West.