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
 
 Milwaukee History - January 19, 2018
 A look inside Downtown's naked underground pools
 Recently, WUWM-FM's Bonnie North invited me on to the station's popular "Bubbler Talk" show to answer a listener's question about underground baths Downtown where the elite met to presumably get deals done and that reminded of a number of underground spaces I've seen over the years that fit the bill.
 
 #RaiseMKE - January 18, 2018
 Driver says no early start calendar for MPS elementary schools next year
 Today, Superintendent Dr. Darienne Driver, in a video posted on the district website, said a plan being discussed to move all of the district's 150-plus schools to one early-start calendar, will not move forward for the 2018-19 school year.
 
 Living - January 17, 2018
 Locally owned Pixologie offers freebies at its photo digitization drop-off event
 Pixologie, a locally owned photo digitization and organization service, is hosting a digital drop-off event on Thursday, Jan. 25 from 8:30 until 11 a.m., at Hudson Business Lounge, 310 E. Buffalo St. in the Third Ward.
 
 Milwaukee History - January 17, 2018
 Author Thomas Fehring catalogs Milwaukee's industrial achievements
 Historian Thomas Fehring has penned a trio books on the history of Whitefish Bay, including "Images of Whitefish Bay," "Chronicles of Whitefish Bay" and the new "Historic Whitefish Bay." His other new book, "The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee" traces the city's manufacturing innovations.
 
 Movies & TV - January 16, 2018
 Did Travel Channel's "Expedition Unknown" dig up treasure in Lake Park?
 On Wednesday night, the Travel Channel will air an episode of its series "Expedition Unknown" that was filmed in part in Milwaukee. In the episode, host Josh Gates attempts to unearth the unsolved mystery of Byron Preiss' cult puzzle book "The Secret," published in 1982.
 
 Milwaukee History - January 16, 2018
 Diving into the history of Milwaukee's natatoria
 Despite the fact that hundreds of thousands of Milwaukeeans once visited the city's seven natatoria annually for many years, these days the word seems to conjure only one thing for Cream City citizens: dining next to a dolphin pool.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - January 16, 2018
 Marcus will rebrand InterContinental as an indie arts hotel
 Marcus Hotels & Resorts announced Tuesday that it will reinvent the 221-room InterContinental Milwaukee hotel, in the Milwaukee Center, 139 E. Kilbourn Ave., as a "creatively bold independent arts hotel."
 
 Music - January 16, 2018
 Dave Matthews Band booked to headline Summerfest on July 1
 Though it hasn't yet been announced by Summerfest, Dave Matthews Band - which is set to release its first studio album since 2012's "Away From the World" this summer - is slated to play the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on Sunday, July 1.
 
 Music - January 16, 2018
 You have to see this replica of the Beatles' Cavern Club
 In an unassuming low-slung office building adjacent to a strip mall in suburban Hartland, Wisconsin, local technology entrepreneur and veterans' rights activist Dave Meister has built his own replica of Liverpool's Cavern Club, the Beatles' early hometown incubator.
 
 Marketplace - January 15, 2018
 Now's your chance: Bartlett firehouse is again for sale
 Last summer, when news emerged that local entrepreneur Jalem Getz had purchased the old Ladder 5 firehouse at 1945 N. Bartlett Ave. on the East Side, many commenters on social media expressed their own desire to live in a classic old firehouse. Well, now's your chance. It is again listed for sale.
 


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