Emil Franzi’s Voices of the West is an internet radio program that features the Old West. We broadcast from the Bruce Ash Studios in Tucson, Arizona.
We talk with folks who keep the spirit of Old West alive in our modern times. We talk about the Old West movies and we talk with the authors who write the novels and history, We also talk about the music, the directors, the actors/actresses, the stunt men and virtually anything else connected to Old West movies and television shows.We also talk about events of the Old West and the settlers–how they got to where they were going and the perils that faced them.
But, mostly, we talk about the movies and TV shows because the hosts–Joe Dreyfuss, Bunker de France and Todd Roberts love to watch Old Westerns. Joe is a third-generation Arizonan who grew up on a ranch in southeast Arizona and who’s ancestors were in Tombstone during the Earp days and witnessed the O.K. Corral shootout. Bunker is a retired Hollywood stuntman who appeared in 52 episodes of the “High Chaparral” TV series that was filmed at Old Tucson in the late 1960s to the early 1970s. He’s also done stunts in a number of other movies like “Rambo” and “Lethal Weapon.” And, Bunker appeared in a couple of “Gunsmoke” episodes and a couple of “Death Valley Days” episodes. Todd is our Hollywood insider. His dad, Bobby Roberts, produced the “Monte Walsh” movies, which were filmed in southern Arizona, among other movies. Todd’s knowledge of Hollywood and many of the actors/actresses and film crew members brings a different perspective to the show. Producer Harry Alexander also has ties to the Old West. His great-grandfather served in B Troop, 4th U.S. Cavalry at Fort Huachuca during the Geronimo Campaign and was one of the guards on the train that sent Geronimo from Arizona to Florida. His great-grandfather was also pals with Bat Masterson in the 1890s.
We call this show Emil Franzi’s Voices of the West to carry on the legacy of Franzi, who passed away in June, 2017. His dedication to the Old West, its ideals, and its characters are what drive us to bring this show to you.
Suffice to say, the topics we present speak to that “Code of the West” ideal, and we enjoy wrangling ’em!
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.