Andy Tarnoff

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Andy is the founder and co-owner of OnMilwaukee.com. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching OnMilwaukee.com in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.



Recent Articles
 
 Buzz - January 7, 2020
 Meet Milwaukee's "butterfly guy"
 Jason Auerbach is running for the open alderman seat in District 14, the Bay View position long held by Ald. Tony Zielinski. But while he's happy to talk about his ideas for Milwaukee, what really gets him fired up is the topic of monarch butterflies.
 
 Marketplace - December 2, 2019
 Brass Bell brings old instruments back to life
 Age had taken its toll on my alto sax, unplayed since 1992, so I brought it to Brass Bell in Glendale and asked if I could get it restored. A week later, the Conn sax was shiny and back in playing condition. Now the only thing that needs tuning up is me.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - November 26, 2019
 Palec's music memoir highlights a life of earned experiences, happy accidents
 In the 10 or so years that I've known Steve Palec - as a friend, associate and corporate real estate broker - I thought I knew all his stories. Nope, there are many more. His new memoir, "In Awe," drops on Dec. 2.
 
 Marketplace - November 18, 2019
 American Science & Surplus still caters to kitsch fans, students of all ages
 Even though American Science & Surplus has its roots in Chicago - the first store opened there in 1937 - this amazing Milwaukee landmark has been in town, with its own identity, for 38 years and counting. "Each store has a little bit of its own personality," says Kim Stenglein, store manager at the Milwaukee location, 6901 W. Oklahoma Ave.
 
 Dining - October 28, 2019
 My pick for Milwaukee's best matzo balls
 Whether you're dining at the Shorewood location, or their "newer" spot in River Point shopping mall, Benji's is spectacularly consistent, and has been so for my whole life - and much longer than that.
 
 Buzz - October 22, 2019
 Milwaukee Talks: WUWM producer Joy Powers
 Lake Geneva native Joy Powers has taken a circuitous route to get back to Wisconsin. The "Lake Effect" producer and reporter worked in and out of radio, including a stint at WBEZ in Chicago, before joining the staff at 89.7 WUWM.
 
 Bars & Clubs - October 15, 2019
 Live Band Karaoke celebrates 10th anniversary making so-so singers sound good
 It was 2013 the last time we told you about Live Band Karaoke. A lot has changed for the professional musicians who take regular old karaoke to the next level, not the least of which is a major upgrade in venues. This Friday, Live Band Karaoke will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a free party at the freshly renovated Paulie's Pub and Eatery, 8031 W. Greenfield Ave. in West Allis.
 
 #RaiseMKE - October 15, 2019
 Morning Blend's Ogle celebrates the big 4-0 with 40 acts of kindness
 Turning 40 is a major milestone. But instead of celebrating this midlife marker with black balloons or a pity party, Tiffany Ogle, the co-host of "The Morning Blend" is choosing to make a difference.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - September 27, 2019
 Madison man recreates "Smokey and The Bandit" beer run ... but with Spotted Cow
 A Madison IT consultant and his coworker recreated the 1977 "Smokey and The Bandit" beer run to and from Texarkana ... except with New Glarus' Spotted Cow. "When we went to work, we were like Santa Claus, handing out cases of beer," he says.
 
 Bars & Clubs - September 23, 2019
 Tim Dillard returns to Milwaukee for beer release party
 Tim Dillard, former Brewers pitcher, occasional OnMilwaukee contributor, social media bon vivant, and all around funny guy, is heading back to Milwaukee Friday. This time, the Nashville Sounds reliever isn't playing baseball - he's coming here to unveil a new beer brewed in his honor.
 


Recent Podcasts
 
Movies and Television - April 8, 2014
 Corbin Bersen talks "Major League" and more
In this podcast, we caught up with Bernsen to talk about the filming of "Major League," his memories of Milwaukee, Charlie Sheen, and what he’s working on now. Bernsen said he wants to see all the extras at the game tonight to stand up and sing "Wild Thing."
Length: 00:07:33
 
Movies and Television - April 4, 2013
 Aisha Tyler of "Archer" talks about the live show and more
In our podcast, Tyler talks about her quarter-million Twitter followers, pushing the boundaries even harder on cable TV, the Hooters girl that she is modeled after, as well as her anti-bullying work. If you’re a fan of “Archer,” it’s definitely worth a listen.
Length: 00:08:02
 
Comedy - October 20, 2012
 Howie Mandel discusses his career as a comedian, actor, author and gameshow host
Howie Mandel talks about a specific episode of “St. Elsewhere,” as well as his battle with OCD, mysophobia and more.
Length: 00:09:38
 
Music - April 17, 2012
 The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor talks Dig! and more (explicit)
The Dandy Warhol's front man, Courtney Taylor-Taylor reflects on the 18 year history of his band, the documentary "Dig!" and how touring has changed from the old days. He also talks about the band's new album, "This Machine," was will be released this month.
Length: 00:20:02
 
Movies and Television - March 9, 2012
 RJ Mitte discusses CP, "Breaking Bad," Milwaukee and more
RJ Mitte plays Walt Jr on AMC's "Breaking Bad." He was in town as the United Cerebral Palsy Youth Ambassador. Like his character on the show, the 19-year-old actually has CP, though Mitte’s is a milder form of the disability. In this podcast, he talks about the Emmy award winning show, Cerebral Palsy and the projects he's working on in 2012.
Length: 00:09:51
 
Arts and Entertainment - June 15, 2011
 Andy Tarnoff talks to Dave and Carole about 100 ways to make the fests better
Andy Tarnoff talks to Dave and Carole about 100 ways to make the fests better.
Length: 00:09:44
 
Entertainment - December 2, 2010
 Potawatomi's Vince Van Patten talks Miracle on Canal Street
Potawatomi Bingo Casino spokesperson Vince Van Patten talks about visiting Milwaukee to promote Miracle on Canal Street.
Length: 00:00:57
 
Arts and Entertainment - November 12, 2010
 Andy gets more famous Milwaukee relatives suggestions from Dave and Carole
In his weekly segment on 96.5 WKLH, the listeners of Dave and Carole pitch in with their suggestions for the relatives of Milwaukee's celebrities.
Length: 00:33:28
 
Music - August 4, 2010
 Burning Sons' Dan DuChaine previews his upcoming show at The Monkey Bar
Burning Sons'Dan DuChaine explains what the gig will be like, and why it's a hell of a bargain to pop the $7 for the cover, though that part I actually understand: in addition to a turn-it-up-to-11, high-energy show, you also get a copy of Burning Sons' "Masquerade" EP on vinyl.
Length: 00:03:37
 
Music - June 28, 2010
 2010 Summerfest preview of Some Hear Explosions
One of the best parts of Summerfest is the opportunity to hear local music on the big stage. Los Angeles' Some Hear Explosions isn't exactly local, but two out of their three members do hail from Wisconsin.
Length: 00:02:36