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
 
 Arts & Entertainment - March 19, 2019
 Artists sought for new Gateway Mural in Westown
 A new mural is in the works at 7th and Wisconsin in Westown and the organizers - Milwaukee Downtown, BID #21, in partnership with the Downtown Placemaking Task Force - are seeking submissions.
 
 Dining - March 19, 2019
 Urban spelunking: Uncle Wolfie's former Miller tied house
 After years sitting empty, the 1902 Miller tied house perched high atop Brewers' Hill that has long been the focus of many Milwaukee dreamers, is now once again aglow and welcoming guests as Uncle Wolfie's Breakfast Tavern. We take a look inside and at its history.
 
 #RaiseMKE - March 14, 2019
 Sherman Park neighborhood Boys & Girls Club opens Teen Tech Center
 Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, Best Buy and the Clubhouse Network unveiled a new Teen Tech Center Wednesday afternoon at the Mary Ryan Club, 3000 N. Sherman Blvd., in Sherman Park.
 
 Music - March 14, 2019
 State Fair adds Fitz & the Tantrums, Melissa Etheridge shows
 Wisconsin State Fair announced this morning that Fitz and the Tantrums and Melissa Etheridge will headline shows during this year's fair, which runs Aug. 1-11 at Wisconsin State Fair Park in West Allis.
 
 Milwaukee History - March 14, 2019
 Beer barons rest in peace in historic Milwaukee cemeteries
 More than a century and a half after the opening of the first brewery in Milwaukee, the city's identity is still drenched in beer. At Forest Home Cemetery, many of the men who made the beer that made Milwaukee famous lie in repose.
 
 Bars & Clubs - March 12, 2019
 Brewery spelunking: Eagle Park Brewing Co.
 If you're looking for evidence that the craft beer boom is still going strong in Milwaukee, look no further than Eagle Park Brewing Co.
 
 Milwaukee History - March 11, 2019
 Urban spelunking: The Tosa log cabin move
 After a number of false starts, the so-called Tosa log cabin is expected to be moved on Wednesday, March 13, beginning at about 10 p.m. I visited the cabin last week as it sat on heavy semi wheels awaiting the big move day.
 
 Buzz - March 11, 2019
 Report: Demolish Domes & combine replacement with Public Museum
 A report released today recommends that the Domes be demolished and replaced with a new horticultural conservatory that would be paired with a new Milwaukee Public Museum in Mitchell Park on Milwaukee's South Side.
 
 Dining - March 11, 2019
 Wahlburgers announces Third Ward eatery on Commission Row
 Just weeks after announcing the first Wahlburgers location in the state - at The Corners of Brookfield - Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today it will open at 322 N. Broadway in the Third Ward.
 
 Buzz - March 11, 2019
 Milwaukee nabs the Democratic National Convention
 Social media and the entire internet is already buzzing with the news: Milwaukee has nabbed the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
 


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