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 - September 13, 2019
 8 OnMilwaukee articles banned by Google
 Never once in my 21 years of owning OnMilwaukee have I claimed our publication is specifically "family friendly." Still, we don't usually go "blue" just to shock people (the exception being 2015's tongue-and-cheek listicle, "13 bar bathrooms to have sex in"). So I was amused to peruse this list of articles banned by Google AdWords.
 
 #RaiseMKE - September 12, 2019
 Friendship Bakery moves closer to opening in Riverpoint Village
 The space in Riverpoint Village Shopping Center where the North Shore Bistro used to live has sat vacant for four years. Soon, though, a non-profit group called Friendship Circle, will open a bakery and cafe in the former restaurant that will employ adults with special needs.
 
 Buzz - September 5, 2019
 Life after TV: Bart Adrian now teaches the meteorologists of tomorrow
 It's been nine years since viewers saw meteorologist Bart Adrian on FOX6, the station he called home for 28 years. He's not retired, though. Now, Adrian is a senior lecturer in Atmospheric Science and Mathematics, and a STEM outreach specialist at UW-Milwaukee.
 
 Buzz - August 13, 2019
 Bird scooters return to Milwaukee
 Bird, the scooters that dotted the sidewalks of Downtown Milwaukee last summer, will rejoin the scooter scene on Wednesday, as part of the city-run pilot program. They will join the 500 Lime scooters already on the streets.
 
 Festival Guide - July 5, 2019
 Right here, right now: Jesus Jones marks 30 years with first show here since '02
 Thanks to a forward-looking approach to this one-off mini tour, Jesus Jones not only played Summerfest for the first time this year, they also marked their 30th anniversary with their first show in Milwaukee in 17 years. I don't know where I was in 2002 when they apparently played here last - I knew, however, I wouldn't miss this one. And the several hundred Gen Xers at Summerfest were right there with me.
 
 Festival Guide - July 4, 2019
 5 questions for Jesus Jones
 If you listened to alternative rock on the radio or watched MTV in the early `90s, you certainly remember Jesus Jones. The techno-inspired foursome from southwestern England formed in 1988, but songs like "Right Here, Right Now," "Real, Real, Real" captured a time when both the world and the music business were changing right in front of our eyes.
 
 Festival Guide - June 27, 2019
 5 new pieces of Big Gig swag to scope out in the Summerfest Store
 Now in its third year, the permanent Summerfest Store on the festival grounds is offering more swag than ever for the 2019 Big Gig. Here's a look at some of the new merch.
 
 Buzz - June 25, 2019
 DOT's clever dynamic message boards drive home safe habits
 You know those clever messages you read on the freeways, telling you to put your phone down or to buckle up? They start in a conference room at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation inside the Intermodal Station. They come from a brainstorming session every few months, bringing together the DOT's creative and communication team, along with law enforcement and traffic engineering staff.
 
 Marketplace - June 16, 2019
 #WeWant: Summer breezes
 June is that brief time in Milwaukee when the weather is great. You can leave the windows open, forget about the AC, and even spend some quality time in your backyard soaking in the start of the season. Here are a few items I'm enjoying this month that make it even cooler by the lake.
 
 Music - May 6, 2019
 The Dandy Warhols' Zia McCabe previews their Chicago show
 The last time we talked to Portland's Zia McCabe, the synth/bass/percussion player for the Dandy Warhols, we barely talked about music. That was because as the band turns 25 years old, in the last few of them, McCabe has pivoted to a new career in real estate. We caught up with her before their May 11 show in Chicago.
 


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