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
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - January 21, 2019
 Ice Castles opening Wednesday in Lake Geneva
 The Utah-based Ice Castles, LLC, which organizes the spectacles around the country each winter, is bringing the castles to the shores of Lake Geneva this year and after much anticipation, they are opening to the public on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Tickets are on sale now and selling quickly.
 
 #RaiseMKE - January 21, 2019
 Dr. Martin Luther King's visits to Milwaukee left permanent mark
 As Milwaukee honors the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. today, we look back at the occasions on which Dr. King spoke in Milwaukee in this story from the OnMilwaukee archives.
 
 Music - January 21, 2019
 All-star cast performs entire Violent Femmes debut for Pablove's 10th
 A whole host of Milwaukee musicians will get together on Saturday, Jan. 26 at Turner Hall Ballroom to mark the 10th anniversary benefit show for the Pablove Foundation, which raises money to battle childhood cancer.
 
 Bars & Clubs - January 18, 2019
 Streets of Old MKE saloonkeeper shares news of 21st annual Food & Froth event
 This morning I bellied up to the bar at the Schlitz tied house in the Streets of Old Milwaukee for my usual three quick shots of breakfast whiskey where the saloonkepper reminded me that the Milwaukee Public Museum's 21st annual Food & Froth is slated for Saturday, Feb. 16, from 7 until 10 p.m.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - January 18, 2019
 6 must-see MKE Museum Week events
 The first-ever Milwaukee Museum Week takes place Jan. 21-27 with 17 area venues taking part. We've picked six you absolutely shouldn't miss.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - January 17, 2019
 Urban spelunking: Marquette's Haggerty Museum of Art
 During the inaugural Milwaukee Museum Week, Jan. 21-27. nearly a dozen and a half area museums are offering special deals, others extended hours, still others special programming. Marquette's Haggerty Museum is offering a rare behind the scenes tour.
 
 Milwaukee History - January 16, 2019
 LOOK: Milwaukee then and now
 There are few more interesting juxtapositions than two photos of the same location taken decades apart. Thanks to Adam Levin, who runs the Old Milwaukee group on Facebook, we have a series of these photo sets of Milwaukee to share with you here.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - January 15, 2019
 Italian Community Center dedicates "New Beginnings" sculpture
 On Thursday evening, Jan. 17, the Italian Community Center, 631 E. Chicago St., will dedicate a new two-story stainless steel abstract sculpture.
 
 Dining - January 15, 2019
 Caradaro Club: Milwaukee's first pizza
 Milwaukee was slow to the pizza party. While Lombardi's became America's first pizzeria in New York City in 1905, pizza wouldn't arrive in Milwaukee until 1945 when John Caravella and Joe Todaro opened the Caradaro Club at 326 E. Erie St. in the Third Ward.
 
 Dining - January 15, 2019
 Cirque du Soleil's vibrant ice show inspires special Purple Door sundae
 Cirque du Soleil's first-ever ice show, "Crystal," comes to the Fiserv Forum later this month and in honor of it, Purple Door Ice Cream, 205 S. 2nd St., in Walker's Point, has unveiled a limited edition tribute sundae.
 


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