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 28, 2020
 Urban spelunking: The Pritzlaff Building
 As massive as the former Pritzlaff Hardware Co. complex, 305-333 N. Plankinton Ave., on the corner of Plankinton and St. Paul seems now, consider the fact that just six of the 16 buildings currently survive. We stopped in for a look.
 
 Music - January 28, 2020
 Bieber fans rejoice: Justin's coming to Summerfest. On-sale dates announced
 In addition to announcing the release of his fifth studio album, "Changes," today, superstar Justin Bieber also announced on-sale dates for tickets for the accompanying tour that will make a stop in Milwaukee during Summerfest.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - January 27, 2020
 Ice Castles open Friday near Lake Geneva
 After a polar vortex-chilled, six-week run last year on the Riviera Beach in the heart of Lake Geneva, the upcoming Ice Castles frozen and illuminated ice extravaganza will move about seven miles northwest to the edge of Lake Como.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - January 27, 2020
 Jewish Museum exhibit is first to show teen diary found at Auschwitz
 On Thursday, Jan. 23, The Jewish Museum Milwaukee opened a new exhibition that centers on the first American appearance of a powerful 112-page diary written by a teenager living the Lodz ghetto in 1943-44.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - January 24, 2020
 GMF donates sculpture & more than $1 million to Black Holocaust Museum
 On Friday morning, America's Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) unveiled a sculpture by Sanford Biggers at its new home on the corner of North and Vel R. Phillips Avenues, and announced more than $1 million in funding from the Greater Milwaukee Foundation.
 
 Milwaukee History - January 24, 2020
 Remember when "tin stackers" wintered in Milwaukee?
 Each year, the Soo Locks are scheduled to close between Jan. 15 and March 25. Ice typically makes the passage impassable and the Corps of Engineers needs time to perform annual maintenance. For the most part, this brings an end to the shipping season and transportation companies must find a place to park their boats.
 
 Living - January 24, 2020
 Brewers & SC Johnson will turn your stadium cups into Scrubbling Bubbles bottles
 Just days after it was announced that one Wisconsin company's name would be added to the Milwaukee Brewers' stadium, the team has unveiled a unique partnership with another notable Badger State business.
 
 Music - January 23, 2020
 Pink Floyd's Waters plans to make a fuss at Fiserv Forum concert
 Pink Floyd founder Roger Waters returns to Milwaukee on Saturday, Aug. 22 for a concert at the Fiserv Forum. The show is Waters' first in Milwaukee since a 2017 performance at the Bradley Center, and the bassist says that he feels the need to speak out.
 
 Bars & Clubs - January 23, 2020
 Milwaukee writer's new book explores "The Joy of Cider"
 Milwaukee writer Jeanette Hurt's new book, "The Joy of Cider: All You Ever Wanted to Know About Drinking and Making Hard Cider" is part history, part how-to, part cocktail recipe book and part reportage on the current craft cider scene, and it's packed full of color photos, too.
 
 Music - January 22, 2020
 34 years later, The Frogs' debut LP is being released
 Jimmy Flemion of Milwaukee band The Frogs - which he formed with his late brother Dennis in the 1980s - has announced that the band's long-unreleased debut LP is now coming out on April 3.
 


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