Bobby Tanzilo

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Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.

He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.

With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in an episode of TV's "Party of Five," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.

He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.

He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories. 



Recent Articles
 
 Bars & Clubs - November 14, 2019
 Great Lakes Distillery will launch a brand new ... beer?!
 On Sunday, Nov. 17 at 10 a.m., Great Lakes Distillery will launch a brand new ... beer?! That's right, Milwaukee's pioneer post-Prohibition distillery, 616 W. Virginia St., has teamed with its neighbors at MobCraft Beer to create Chaser American Lager, which will be permanently and exclusively sold at the Great Lakes tasting room.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - November 14, 2019
 7 masterworks in the new "A Modern Vision" show at MAM
 On Friday, Nov. 15, Milwaukee Art Museum opens "A Modern Vision: European Masterworks from The Phillips Collection," a show that showcases 50 beautiful and important works from the renowned Washington, D.C. museum. Here are 7 tantalizing teasers to get you there.
 
 Music - November 13, 2019
 Vote now for your favorites in the Radio Milwaukee Music Awards
 Each year, Milwaukee's own 88Nine Radio Milwaukee pays tribute to homegrown talent via the Radio Milwaukee Music Awards. It's a process that requires your input.
 
 Milwaukee History - November 13, 2019
 Do you recognize the woman in this B. Artin Haig portrait?
 Once in a while, during visits to places around town for Urban Spelunking stories, I come across unexpected things. Like the photo you see here. Do you know who she is?
 
 Bars & Clubs - November 12, 2019
 Living the High Life: "Champagne of Beers" is back in Champagne-sized bottles
 You can once again toast the holiday season in classic Brew City style because Miller has again brought back its limited-edition Miller High Life lager in Champagne-style bottles.
 
 Marketplace - November 12, 2019
 3 properties for sale by the City are rich in hyperlocal history
 The City of Milwaukee's Department of City Development has a trio of new commercial property listings online and all three are vintage corner retail buildings on the North Side.
 
 Buzz - November 11, 2019
 Brewery District unveils new sculptural welcome sign in Juneau roundabout
 On Tuesday morning at 10:30, the The Brewery Neighborhood Improvement District #1 will unveil a massive new sculptural sign for the neighborhood.
 
 Bars & Clubs - November 11, 2019
 After 3 years, Faklandia Brewing is getting a home in St. Francis
 After brewing its beer at home and on other breweries' systems for three years, Faklandia Brewery - launched in July 2016 by Nate Fakler and Ben Mantay - has finally found a home of its own. The two hope to convert a former industrial space at 2525 E. Crawford Ave. in St. Francis into a brewery and taproom by spring.
 
 Marketplace - November 8, 2019
 Wheel & Spocket spins a new style of bike shop in Bay View
 Wheel and Sprocket is hard at work converting a 100-year-old former lumber industry equipment manufacturing facility at 187 E. Becher St. in Bay View into a new bike shop, due to open in early 2020.
 
 #RaiseMKE - November 7, 2019
 Longfellow School, Journey House & Water St. Brewery host homework dinners
 Begun in the Albuquerque, New Mexico school district by teachers responding to a need for family support that they saw, homework dinners are taking hold here, too, thanks to a partnership between Journey House, MPS' Longfellow School and Water Street Brewery.
 


Recent Podcasts
 
Music - August 9, 2009
 Eric Blowtorch & The Welders with special guest Prince Jazzbo
In Jamaica, most musicians have a record label or a record shop -- or both. And most Jamaican labels have phone numbers printed on them. So, if you know the industrious Eric Blowtorch, you'll be unsurprised to know that he has dialed a few of those phone numbers. So, don't be surprised that Blowtorch's new single features some big names in Jamaican music.
Length: 00:01:37
 
Food - February 11, 2009
 OnMilwaukee.com Chef Profile: Umami Moto's Dominic Zumpano
OnMilwaukee.com's Bobby Tanzilo talks to Umami Moto and Charro Head Chef Dominic Zumpano about Milwaukee.
Length: 00:03:06
 
Politics - September 2, 2008
 Mayor Tom Barrett talks about mass transit and Police Chief Flynn
It's been four years since we sat down with Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett for a Milwaukee Talks interview. So, it was high time we asked Tom Barrett, "what's up?"Here, Barrett talks about two-way streets Downtown, mass transit and Police Chief Ed Flynn.
Length: 00:03:14
 
Movies and Television - August 19, 2008
 John McGivern introduces Garry Marshall at the Bronze the Fonz unveiling
John McGivern introduces Garry Marshall at the Bronze the Fonz unveiling
Length: 00:04:52
 
Music - June 18, 2008
 Marcus Amphitheater: No birds allowed
If you have occasion to venture into the Marcus Amphitheater when it's empty you might think life is imitating Hitchcock.
Length: 00:00:34
 
Music - January 26, 2008
 Track Lacer's "Havin' That Dust"
"Havin' That Dust" is the title track on Milwaukee rapper Track Lacer's new CD.
Length: 00:03:16
 
Music - December 15, 2007
 Tray Gee's "Who a Boss"
Born in Milwaukee, rapper Tray Gee -- aka The Prince of the Mil -- was already rapping in kindergarten. So, it's no surprise that at 16 this precocious talent has morphed into one of the city's best hip-hop talents. Hear a portion of his track, "Who a Boss," from his debut CD, "Youngest in Charge."
Length: 00:03:51
 
Music - November 3, 2007
 Element Everest's "Bombs Away"
Here's "Bombs Away," by Element Everest, from her new disc, "Life Is A Heist." The track was produced by AK and features J-Todd.
Length: 00:05:33
 
Music - April 3, 2007
 OnMilwaukee.com/WMSE local music podcast: April 3, 2007
WMSE's Brent Gohde and OnMilwaukee.com's Bobby Tanzilo spin some local music made by bands with gigs in town this week.
Length: 00:28:58
 
Arts and Entertainment - March 27, 2007
 Jonathan Lethem talks about writing and about his work in progress
Author Jonathan Lethem talks about writing and about his work in progress
Length: 00:01:23