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
 
 Dining - May 24, 2019
 Frozen custard guide
 It may be Brew City, but custard is no small matter in Milwaukee, where everyone has his or her own favorite custard stand. This, of course, may go a long way toward explaining our waistlines. But hey, what's the point of livin' if you can't go a-lickin' custard every now and again.
 
 Sports - May 23, 2019
 VIDEO: Get hyped by the energy of the Fiserv Forum
 The Fiserv Forum is offering guided public tours and to get a taste of what those are like, we joined one on Wednesday and found that even empty of fans, the energy at the Bucks arena is pretty electric right now.
 
 Milwaukee History - May 23, 2019
 Urban spelunking: Concordia University tunnels
 At Concordia University in Mequon, nearly four miles of tunnels connect the campus buildings. These are corridors of every stripe. Some look just like "garden level" hallways, others basement corridors and still others are more utilitarian and industrial looking. One chilly day, I went up to see.
 
 Milwaukee History - May 23, 2019
 City will bestow Cream of the Cream City Awards at ceremony next week
 The annual Cream of the Cream City Award winners have been announced, as has the yearly ceremony, slated for Thursday, May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Best Place at The Pabst, 901 W. Juneau Ave.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - May 22, 2019
 Milwaukee Brewery District dining, drinking and chillin' guide
 Things have really changed on the hill atop which Pabst Brewing Co. perched itself well over a century ago. Here's a look at some of what the Brewery District currently has to offer visitors.
 
 #RaiseMKE - May 22, 2019
 Walnut Way founders will break ground on Lindsay Heights project
 Sharon and Larry Adams - who founded Walnut Way and are still on its board - host what they're calling a Groundswell Celebration to kick off construction of Adams Garden Park, which includes the renovation of an entire block at 1836 W. Fond du Lac Ave., Thursday, May 23, at 4 p.m. A brief program is slated to start at 5.
 
 Sports - May 21, 2019
 Brewers' Thames & Gamel hit the Valley to brew some IPA
 For the third straight year, Miller Brewing has invited Milwaukee Brewers players and broadcasters into the Valley brewery's Flying Hippo innovation room at MillerCoors' Technical College to create their own beers that will be available later in the season for fans to not only taste, but to then vote on.
 
 Milwaukee History - May 20, 2019
 Pabst Mansion hosts an estate sale worthy of a beer baron
 I've been in the attic and basement at the Pabst Mansion, 2000 W. Wisconsin Ave., and I know there are some gems up there. Now, you can purchase some of these tidbits, including some historical items when the Pabst hosts an outdoor estate sale Saturday, June 8.
 
 Sports - May 20, 2019
 9 essential Milwaukee bowling experiences
 Nine unforgettable places to rent some shoes in Brew City.
 
 Festival Guide - May 20, 2019
 Lobster Fest claws its way onto Deer District schedule
 The Great American Lobster Fest expands this year to include Milwaukee, hosting its Midwestern crustacean feast in the Deer District plaza in front of the Fiserv Forum, Friday-Sunday, Aug. 16-18.
 


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