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
 
 Marketplace - November 14, 2018
 Urban Spelunking: Harley-Davidson Museum
 One of the best things about the Harley-Davidson Museum, 400 W. Canal St. in the Menomonee Valley, is that visitors get to see just about everything. This makes the idea of "spelunking" a little challenging ... or does it?
 
 Music - November 13, 2018
 Trapper Schoepp releases "On, Wisconsin," co-written with Bob Dylan
 In November 1961, Bob Dylan wrote a lyric called "On, Wisconsin" that never made it to the light of day and when our own Trapper Schoepp heard about it, he decided to take a shot at finishing it.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - November 13, 2018
 City Commission support boosts New State Theater plan at former Palms
 On Monday, the Milwaukee City Plan Commission provided a boost to a plan to convert the burned-out former State Theater into an all-ages venue by supporting a zoning change. On Thursday, a city department will discuss sale of the property.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - November 13, 2018
 Racine Spelunking: Racine County Courthouse
 Racine County Courthouse stands almost like a monument in the center of downtown Racine. As you near it, the numerous carved reliefs on the building's exterior come into focus and you realize how beautiful this striking modern Art Deco structure really is.
 
 Bars & Clubs - November 9, 2018
 Minneapolis' Indeed Brewing Co. opening in Walker's Point
 Minneapolis' Indeed Brewing Co. will open a 10-barrel brewery and taproom at 530 S. 2nd St., in Walker's Point next spring.
 
 #RaiseMKE - November 8, 2018
 Checking in at Tiefenthaler Park's renovated basketball courts
 Last year, college student Joe Franke and founder of ActivakeMKE, put together a team to renovate the two ragged basketball courts at Tiefenthaler Park in the Midtown neighborhood. We went back to take a look now that the "floor" of one of the two courts has been painted, following a design by Steve Kodis.
 
 Sports - November 8, 2018
 8 questions for Packers blogger Aaron Nagler
 How does a guy living in Queens, New York, become one of the most respected - and most followed on social media - Packers writers? Because I met Nagler on visit to New York City earlier this year, I knew the answer. But, read on and you'll know, too.
 
 Holiday Guide - November 7, 2018
 Schools begin decorating Holiday Lights trees in Cathedral Square Park today
 The 20th annual Milwaukee Holiday Lights festival kicks off on Nov. 15 and brightens Downtown for the duration of the holiday season. Today, the first groups of students from area schools visit Cathedral Square Park to decorate trees as part of the square's transformation into "Community Spirit Park."
 
 Bars & Clubs - November 6, 2018
 Living the High Life: "Champagne of Beers" is back in Champagne-sized bottles
 You can once again toast the holiday season in classic Brew City style because Miller has brought back its limited-edition Miller High Life lager in Champagne-style bottles. And this time they'll be available nationwide.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - November 6, 2018
 Racine Spelunking: Wind Point Lighthouse
 Today, even after many Lake Michigan lighthouses have gone dark, the need for Wind Point Lighthouse's glow remains important. We stopped in for a tour to get a look at the history, and to climb the 144 cast-iron steps to the top, of this 1880 Racine County landmark.
 


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