Voices of the West is a radio program originating out of Tucson, AZ. Host Emil Franzi is a student of history, and in particular, of the Old West. He is the 2014 honoree of the Western Writers of America Lariat Award for his contributions to the Western genre. His regular guests include authors Johnny Boggs, John Komrada, Jerry Egan and Robert Nott. The end of each month is reserved for sitting around the radio campfire with Michael F. Blake and Todd Roberts to talk about the western films, the music scores, and the top Hollywood actors who have portrayed the legends of the Old West.
Any history about the Old West is fair game on this program from the people who lived here first to those who later settled the area. We also talk about the military campaigns and what went right and what went wrong with some of those campaigns. We also talk about the weapons of the day.
The program also features interviews with those in the know in Hollywood and those familiar with the Western genre. Past guests have included Peter Ford, the son of the late Glenn Ford and Pam Marvin, the widow of Lee Marvin, and Cindy Mitchum (daughter of John and niece of Robert). Voices of the West has also talked with Old Tucson’s Bob Shelton to remember the great movies made at the famous movie set.
Be sure to check out our Top 10 Lists for what the guys think are the tops in various categories. And, don’t forget to listen to Voices of the West every Saturday at 4pm on AM 1030 KVOI, The Voice. If you’re not in town, you can hear the program streamed live at kvoi.com. If you miss a show, you can catch up with our podcasts.
Emil is also involved with the Empire Ranch Foundation. The Empire Ranch is a former cattle ranch located southeast of Tucson and its buildings are now on the National Registrar of Historic Places. The foundation holds a number of events throughout the year to raise money to continue the preservation of this important historical area. One of the annual events is the Empire Ranch Roundup. Click here for more information. The Empire Ranch has been the backdrop of many a Hollywood western. It also was the backdrop for the musical Oklahoma! Voices of the West is heard live on Saturday at 4pm MST on AM 1030 KVOI and streaming on the web at kvoi.com.