Emil Franzi’s Voices of the West is an internet radio program that features the Old West. Our home range is in Tucson, Arizona.
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!
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–Bunker de France, Todd Roberts and Harry Alexander love to watch Old Westerns. 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 movies like “Rambo” and “Lethal Weapon.” And, Bunker appeared in episodes of “Gunsmoke” and “Death Valley Days.” Todd is our Hollywood insider. His dad, Bobby Roberts, produced the “Monte Walsh” movies, both of 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.
Also, check out items listed on the top navigation bar. All of those Top 10 Lists were the brainchild of Franzi in collaboration with a number of Western Writers of America authors and film historians. Do check on the organizations and people we link to. And, relax with some cool pics of our area from photographer Sally R.
It’s all about the Old West and preserving that culture!
And, you can take us with you on your mobile devices: Simply enter our web address on your mobile device, wait for the page to load, then click on the button “Add to Home Screen,” shown in your browser’s settings, and that’s it! You won’t even need an internet connection! You can subscribe to our podcasts at Mixcloud, Amazon Music, Radio Public, Spotify. or at Stitcher. Be sure to check out our Facebook page.