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
 
 Sports - September 25, 2018
 Free scrimmage on Saturday offers first look at the Bucks in their new home
 This weekend you can see the Bucks take the court for the first time ever in the new Fiserv Forum. The team hosts the Green & Cream Scrimmage on Saturday, Sept. 29. Admission to the inter-squad scrimmage, which runs from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., is free and open to all.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - September 25, 2018
 Road Trip: St. Louis for the Brewers-Cardinals series
 The Brewers are currently playing the Cardinals in St. Louis in a crucial series and that can only mean one thing: road trip! Don't worry that you haven't done any advance planning, because we've done it for you.
 
 Dining - September 25, 2018
 Urban Spelunking: 12 photos inside the shuttered Karl Ratzsch's restaurant
 Restaurateurs Karl Ratzsch and Ella Helene Ratzsch created what they called a "new-old restaurant ... with an authentic atmosphere of old time hospitality." That was a recipe for success until 2017, when Ratzsch's closed. We recently went inside and thought you might like to see how it looks now.
 
 Milwaukee History - September 24, 2018
 Doors Open MKE 2018 looked like another smash success
 Though I've yet to receive any specific numbers, judging by my own social media echo chamber, Historic Milwaukee's annual Doors Open Milwaukee was a smashing success this weekend.
 
 Festival Guide - September 24, 2018
 Summerfest begins demolition of the American Family Amphitheater Tuesday
 Bright and early Tuesday morning, construction crews will begin demolition of the American Family Insurance Amphitheater on the Henry Maier Festival Park.
 
 Milwaukee History - September 23, 2018
 10 must-see Doors Open MKE sites
 There's no better way to get a peek inside Milwaukee's most interesting - and often most historic - sites, many of them typically off limits to the public, than Historic Milwaukee Inc.'s annual Doors Open Milwaukee event. Here are 10 must-see sites.
 
 Milwaukee History - September 21, 2018
 MillerCoors will not move the Gettelman farmhouse after all
 MillerCoors says it's reversing its plan to move the 1856 Schweichart/Gettelman farmhouse across the street. MillerCoors had planned to move the farmhouse, built in 1856, to a spot adjacent to its Visitors Center parking lot this month.
 
 Milwaukee History - September 20, 2018
 Urban Spelunking: New Deal-era Enderis Playfield is a WPA gem
 In addition to the "green necklace" of Milwaukee County Parks draped so alluringly around the area, MPS owns 52 neighborhood playfields that add a dose of green space - and fun - to some Milwaukee neighborhoods. One of those is Enderis Playfield, a New Deal-era gem built by the WPA.
 
 Buzz - September 19, 2018
 Habitat MKE's ReStore team salvages bits of Bradley Center before it comes down
 This summer, signage began to come down from the Bradley Center. Now, work continues to ready the building for deconstruction. This week, Habitat MKE's ReStore team is salvaging saleable material from the old arena for its three area locations.
 
 Living - September 18, 2018
 MPL breaks ground on new Good Hope Library project
 City Librarian Paula Kiely was joined by Mayor Tom Barrett, Ald. Chantia Lewis and Milwaukee Public Library Board of Trustees President Michele Bria Tuesday morning to break ground on the newest library project, the construction of a new Good Hope Library branch, 7717 W. Good Hope Rd.
 


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