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 - July 17, 2018
 Miracle holiday cocktail bar will pop up this year at The Tin Widow
 Miracle, a Christmas-themed pop-up cocktail bar concept created by Greg Boehm in New York City in 2014, is back this November and it will appear at darn near 100 locations worldwide. One of those is The Tin Widow in Milwaukee.
 
 Living - July 17, 2018
 AARP rates Milwaukee as America's 5th most livable large city
 For the third year, AARP has named its top 10 most livable cities in the United States by size and Milwaukee has made it to the top five among large communities (over 500,000 residents).
 
 Milwaukee History - July 17, 2018
 Urban Spelunking: Escuela Vieau's "subway" tunnel
 Milwaukee has no subway and it's never had one. At least not in the common usage of the word. But, recently, I got to walk the length of a Walker's Point "subway" tunnel.
 
 #RaiseMKE - July 16, 2018
 MPS' Pulaski High earns International Baccalaureate status
 On Thursday, Milwaukee Public Schools' Casimir Pulaski High School, 2500 W. Oklahoma Ave., will officially receive its authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme school, joining 27 other schools in the state with that distinction.
 
 Marketplace - July 16, 2018
 City selects a proposal for the former tavern building at Humboldt and North
 After receiving seven proposals for the development of the former Schlitz tied house on the corner of Humboldt and North, the City of Milwaukee's Department of City Development has selected one of them to move forward.
 
 Bars & Clubs - July 16, 2018
 Punch Bowl Social will open in Bucks' Entertainment Block next spring
 Punch Bowl Social, a restaurant, bar and entertainment venue born in Denver six years ago and which now boasts locations in 14 cities across the United States, will open in the new Entertainment Block adjacent to the Bucks Arena next spring.
 
 Bars & Clubs - July 13, 2018
 Hidden Gem: Club Tap
 If you're looking for the secret to keeping a bar running for 80 years, just walk into Club Tap in Wauwatosa, which opened in 1939.
 
 Kids & Family - July 12, 2018
 Kohl's Wild Theater spreads learning fun throughout the Zoo
 It may not get recognized with a Tony Award, but some of the most enjoyable theater in town this summer isn't happening where you might expect. Kohl's Wild Theater, which takes place at the Milwaukee County Zoo, teaches lessons about pets, internet safety, migrating birds and more.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 11, 2018
 Preview event offers early peek at new China Lights show
 Two days before China Lights - tickets for which go on sale on Aug. 8 - opens its third straight year at Boerner Botanical Gardens, 9400 W. Boerner Dr. in Hales Corners, organizers will host a special preview night.
 
 Milwaukee History - July 10, 2018
 The Bells of Milwaukee celebrates restoration of historic convent bells
 The 19th century bells, named St. Ignatius and St. Catherine, currently reside at Convent Hill Gardens, 455 E. Ogden Ave., where they will be rededicated at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday in a free ceremony officiated by Rev. Tim Kitzke.
 


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