RADIO THEATRE OF THE WILD WEST is one of the oldest shows on Sun FM, and has been produced continuously since September of 2004. This original scripted show presents old-fashioned radio theatre with a Western theme, and is written and hosted by GEORGE WEBBER and BUTCH ENGLE.
These two voice actors perform as many different characters, including Wild West Willie, Rattlesnake Dan, Mark Twain, General Vallejo, Captain John Charles Fremont, Count Agoston Haraszthy, and Charles Krug.
George Webber is the creator of the show-within-a-show: “Sittin’ by the Fire”, a long running serial about the Gold Rush set in Rich Bar, California in 1849. Original characters include Bear Claw Bob, Old Cougar Face, Miss Peggy, the Reverend, Jerry Glad Hand, Murderin’ Mike, the Coyote Kid and Clara the Dry Goods Lady. Visitors to Rich Bar have included Queen Victoria, William Tecumseh Sherman, Joaquin Murietta, Lotta Crabtree, and Lola Montez.
Butch Engle is the writer of the feature: “The Lawmen of Cripple Creek” with Sheriff Robert Amos Buckwalter and his Deputy Jake Farmer.
Radio Theatre of the Wild West also features interviews with local history legends. Among others, S.F. Chronicle reporter Carl Nolte, and Senior California State Park Archaelogist Breck Parkman have been interviewed by Wild West Willie and his crew.
George Webber is a Historian, actor, professional character portrayal speaker, and History Tour operator. He is the owner/operator of the Sonoma Walking Tour and the Napa Walking Tour, and performs professionally as Mark Twain, Charles Krug, Count Haraszthy, Professor Vine, Luigi, the Singing Italian Chef, and General Vallejo.
Butch Engle is the Artistic Director and Founding member of Sonoma Readers’ Theatre since 1999, and is a professional actor. He has directed or performed in a large number of plays and projects over a number of years throughout the Sonoma Valley. Lately, he can be heard as the voice of Lucifer in the EA game of “Dante’s Inferno” and as Rosie in The San Francisco 49er commercial.