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
 Bars & Clubs - April 10, 2020
 A quintet of favorite Gathering Place brews are now in cans
 A quintet of familiar draft brews now in cans brings Gathering Place Brewing 's line of canned beers to 10. The new cans will launch on Saturday, April 18.
 Festival Guide - April 10, 2020
 German Fest cancels its 40th annual lakefront celebration
 For the first time in its 40-year history Milwaukee's German Fest is cancelling its annual lakefront celebration of German heritage.
 Bars & Clubs - April 9, 2020
 Unlike beer, new MobCraft wine can be delivered to your door
 MobCraft obtained a winery license in 2018, and has announced that it will create a wine delivery business called Agave Wine Company that will sell its own house-made wines as well as the wines of local partners.
 Music - April 9, 2020
 Radio Milwaukee taps Sucher as new director
 88Nine Radio Milwaukee announced Thursday that it has hired local entertainment management professional Kevin Sucher as its new executive director.
 Travel & Visitors Guide - April 9, 2020
 Governor orders indefinite closure of 40 state parks, forests and rec areas
 After waiving fees to encourage Wisconsinites to make use of the state parks during the Safer at Home order, Gov. Tony Evers has now closed 40 state parks, recreation areas and forests beginning at the end of the day Thursday.
 Marketplace - April 9, 2020
 The role of a Realtor
 In a way, the role of a Realtor can be summed up pretty concisely. "We provide irreplaceable knowledge on today's market and we are trusted advisors to our buyers and sellers in that they look to us to guide them through the process," says Courtney Stefaniak of the Stefaniak Group. But, hold up, it's not quite that simple.
 Buzz - April 8, 2020
 When life gives you lemons:
 "You know that saying, `When life gives you lemons, make lemonade?' That's exactly what we're sharing," said Anne Zizzo, founder and chief executive officer of Zizzo Group, which has launched the Share Lemonade campaign with Fox6.
 Bars & Clubs - April 8, 2020
 Molson Coors donates fresh water to help truckers cut back on stops
 Molson Coors, which has a history of packaging water and donating it to Americans in need, has stepped up again to donate safe drinking water to truck drivers in the U.S. and Canada, according to a post on its blog.
 Movies & TV - April 8, 2020
 Urban Spelunking: Revamped West Bend Theatre
 The West Bend Theatre opened in the wake of a stock market crash in 1929 and survived. The now-renovated and restored venue celebrated its grand reopening a few weeks ago and was shuttered by the coronavirus social distancing that very same night.
 Buzz - April 8, 2020
 Dr. Fauci bobblehead nets $100,000 for 100 Million Mask Challenge
 Last week the Milwaukee-based National Bobblehead Hall of Fame and Museum unveiled a new collectible paying tribute to Dr. Anthony Fauci. Now, the bobble has raised $100,000 for the 100 Million Mask Challenge.

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