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 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
 Arts & Entertainment - July 14, 2020
 Meet Sam Laturi: the last blacksmith in Ozaukee County (for now)
 Inside an 1844 stone dairy farm building, working in a well-organized workshop with two different types of forges, a variety of tools and an anvil in the dead center of the room, is StormCloak Forge's Sam Laturi, the only blacksmith in Ozaukee County these days.
 Kids & Family - July 13, 2020
 Milwaukee Public Schools administration issues reopening plan
 Milwaukee Public Schools has issued two documents that outline its reopening plan for schools this fall.
 Marketplace - July 13, 2020
 First look: Horlick Malted Milk site about to be developed in Racine
 A couple weeks ago, Milwaukee developer Josh Jeffers announced an ambitious plan to turn the sprawling former Horlick Malted Milk plant in Racine into a "town square,” with residential, commercial and retail developments. We went over for a closer look.
 Bars & Clubs - July 10, 2020
 2020 Milwaukee beer garden guide
 Beer garden season is here. Here's when local beer gardens will open their taps for the challenging 2020 season.
 Buzz - July 10, 2020
 Milwaukee walks: Exploring Brew City neighborhoods
 For the past couple years, I've been walking Milwaukee-area neighborhoods with readers via a series of Facebook lives. Here is an ongoing collection of the walks, which you can watch any time via the embedded links below. Keep checking back because I'll add more as I do them.
 Living - July 9, 2020
 A granddaughter's tribute Milwaukee's own Mother Teresa, Joyce Henry
 In 2002, OnMilwaukee profiled Joyce Henry and called her Milwaukee�TMs own Mother Teresa for the work she did with her The Open Gate, Milwaukee's first non-profit transitional living program for the homeless, and as a door minister at St. Benedict the Moor. Sadly, Henry passed away on Sunday, July 5, at the age of 83.
 Music - July 9, 2020
 Kapco's Live at the Lot series returns with more national headliners
 Kapco Metal Stamping in Grafton is bringing back the Live at the Lot outdoor concert series -- minus the movies this time and with more national headline acts.
 Buzz - July 9, 2020
 DPW will erase "Defund the police" message from Water Street on Friday
 On July 1, protesters painted "Defund the police" in huge letters in the southbound lanes of Water Street, facing City Hall, between Kilbourn Avenue and Wells Street.
 Buzz - July 9, 2020
 Why were the Mount Mary University pine trees cut down?
 If, like me, you arere one of the folks that is blessed enough to be able to enjoy the lovely grounds of Mount Mary University along the Menomonee River Parkway on Milwaukee's far west side, you may have been surprised to see portion of it undergoing drastic change. Here's what's up.
 Bars & Clubs - July 9, 2020
 84South in Greenfield collaborates with Brass Tap on a beer garden
 The Brass Tap and 84South mall owners Cobalt Partners have teamed up to create The Lokal Beer Garden in Greenfield, which opens Thursday at 4 p.m.

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 Chef Profile: Umami Moto's Dominic Zumpano'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 local music podcast: April 3, 2007
WMSE's Brent Gohde and'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