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
 
 #RaiseMKE - July 16, 2019
 Bay View HS students visit Purple Door to see winning ice cream go on sale
 Students from Bay View High School's culinary arts program have created a unique ice cream flavor and will be on hand at Purple Door Ice Cream on Wednesday, July 17 as it is added to the flavor lineup at the Walker's Point ice creamery.
 
 Music - July 16, 2019
 Radio Milwaukee podcast digs down into the roots of Milwaukee hip-hop
 In the "Backspin" podcast, hip-hop expert and DJ Tyrone Miller and 88Nine Music Director Justin Barney dig deep into the roots of Milwaukee hip-hop to identify the first-ever Brew City rap song pressed into wax. They sifted through a lot of vintage Milwaukee music during their research for the podcast, so we asked them to share some gems they uncovered along the way.
 
 Buzz - July 15, 2019
 New Menomonee Valley Bingo game opens the door to prizes and deals
 Menomonee Valley Partners is getting ready to fete two decades of helping re-imagine and re-make the Menomonee Valley and part of the celebration is Valley Bingo, a community game that anyone can play.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 15, 2019
 Milwaukee Talks: Milwaukee Public Museum President/CEO Dr. Ellen Censky
 Now that interim Milwaukee Public Museum President and CEO Dr. Ellen Censky has been given the position on a permanent basis, we caught up with her to talk a bit about the museum and its future.
 
 Milwaukee History - July 9, 2019
 Urban spelunking: Wisconsin Tower
 With 74 condo units, the Wisconsin Tower, 606 W. Wisconsin Ave., is part of the movement to bring more residents to Downtown, but long before folks moved their TVs and bedroom sets in to this former commercial building in 2006, the 22-story building had a vibrant life.
 
 Music - July 9, 2019
 Farm Aid returns to Wisconsin in September
 Nearly a decade after it made its Wisconsin debut at Miller Park, Farm Aid returns to Wisconsin on Sept. 21 at Alpine Valley, bringing along top-notch artists like Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt, Nathaniel Rateliff, Dave Matthews and others.
 
 Buzz - July 8, 2019
 Eddie Glorioso, the mayor of Brady Street, dies at 95
 If you ever stepped foot in Glorioso's Food Market, 1011 E. Brady St., you likely met Eddie Glorioso, who started the store in 1946. Glorioso died this morning.
 
 Dining - July 8, 2019
 Currently closed, Sven's Cafe is being sold and will reopen in August
 Sven's Cafe, 2699 S. Kinnickinnic Ave., is closed and is being sold. The new owners are expected to reopen it next month.
 
 #RaiseMKE - July 8, 2019
 MPS launches big push to green more school playgrounds
 Along with a long list of collaborators, Milwaukee Public Schools is announcing a multimillion-dollar investment in green schoolyards on Tuesday as part of an ongoing program to complete projects that will enhance school lanscapes, create outdoor learning spaces and improve the environmental impact of school grounds by replacing asphalt with green spaces.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - July 8, 2019
 Cracking the code to the Safe House Chicago
 Trying to recreate the magic of a quirky and beloved institution can be tricky, but based on a couple criteria, I think it's, ahem, safe to say that Marcus Corporation has done just that with the Safe House Chicago, in River North at 60 E. Ontario St.
 


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