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Andy is the founder and co-owner of OnMilwaukee.com. He returned to Milwaukee in 1996 after living on the East Coast for nine years, where he wrote for The Dallas Morning News Washington Bureau and worked in the White House Office of Communications. He was also Associate Editor of The GW Hatchet, his college newspaper at The George Washington University.

Before launching OnMilwaukee.com in 1998 at age 23, he worked in public relations for two Milwaukee firms, most of the time daydreaming about starting his own publication.

Hobbies include running when he finds the time, fixing the rust on his '75 MGB, mowing the lawn at his cottage in the Northwoods, and making an annual pilgrimage to Phoenix for Brewers Spring Training.



Recent Articles
 
 Marketplace - July 29, 2015
 First look: Float Milwaukee
 If you've never heard of floating and sensory deprivation tanks, let us answer this question for you: it's not a form of torture. Rather, some consider it the ultimate form of relaxation, injury recovery and meditation, and it's coming to Milwaukee very soon.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - July 28, 2015
 Door County looks spectacular from any angle
 When you've visited the same place well over 20 times, sometimes you have to look at it a different way. Whether that means taking a bird's eye view from the treetops, or a fisheye perspective from just a atop the water, Wisconsin's crowing jewel that is Door County still looks spectacular from any angle. Even if it's one you have bend a little to see just right.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - July 15, 2015
 Local novelist spices up romance fiction niche with pizzarotica delivery
 Though Liz Lincoln, who writes under the nom de plume of Eliza Madison, just published her first erotic novella, the Milwaukee writer isn't new to penning books about romance. "I've been writing romance forever, really," says Lincoln, who debuted "Fast, Fresh & Hot" this summer on Amazon. " I wrote romance stories when I was in middle school."
 
 Festival Guide - July 12, 2015
 My fastest laps
 A decade ago, I took a spin around the Milwaukee Mile in a special two-seat IndyCar. I did it again this morning, and it was even better.
 
 Sports - July 8, 2015
 I'm not a Bucks fan, but build it now!
 While I only passively care about what happens on the court, I nonetheless passionately, urgently and desperately request Milwaukee and Wisconsin to get its act together and build the Bucks a new arena before it's too late. Just like I preached in the mid '90s when the Brewers were semi-genuinely eying Charlotte as their new home, I'll say it again: Build it now.
 
 Festival Guide - July 3, 2015
 Bringing on a Summerfest band: an oral history
 It's a long-standing tradition at Summerfest - and at plenty of other festivals - to use radio station DJs to introduce a headlining band. It may seem like a five-minute formality, but as usual, there's a back story to most of what the public sees while standing on the Summerfest bleachers.
 
 Festival Guide - June 29, 2015
 No, you won't find Confederate flag merch at Summerfest, either
 It hasn't been a good month for the Stars and Bars. Only 150 years after it should've disappeared for good, national online and brick and mortar retailers have yanked the Confederate battle flag from their shelves and their sites. In other words, you will no longer find Confederate beach towels, belt buckles or even the General Lee (I'm bummed about that, actually) at Wal-Mart, Amazon, Etsy, eBay or many other stores around America. Fortunately, you won't find them at Summerfest, either, in the state that lost 12,216 men to the Civil War.
 
 Festival Guide - June 25, 2015
 Restrained when they want to be, Kings of Leon still resonate in the Amp
 To me, the Kings Of Leon were supposed to save rock music. When I saw them for a second time at Summerfest in 2006, this time at the Miller Lite Oasis, something felt wrong. KOL seemed slow. Plaintive. Quiet? Turns out that was the direction this band would head in, and it's what made them extremely popular. But I came into tonight's show with an open mind and was rewarded with old Kings, and even lulled a little with new Leon.
 
 Music - June 22, 2015
 Nineteen Thirteen crosses time, space with "Summertime" cover
 "Summertime" is a great song - so great that it's been covered 25,000 times since George Gershwin wrote it in 1934. One of the more enchanting - and special - versions of the jazz standard has just dropped from Nineteen Thirteen, an enigma of a Milwaukee band. Featuring Victor DeLorenzo on percussion and Janet Schiff on cello as its two permanent members, you almost have to see this group to believe it.
 
 Festival Guide - June 18, 2015
 Summerfest picks: Andy Tarnoff
 Even though Summerfest gets passed over by lots of national media - at some point, let's put the onus on getting the word out better, OK? - there's no doubt that this gigantic musical festival is Milwaukee's crowning annual achievement. Here are the annual picks from OnMilwaukee.com Publisher Andy Tarnoff.
 


Recent Podcasts
 
Movies and Television - April 8, 2014
 Corbin Bersen talks "Major League" and more
In this podcast, we caught up with Bernsen to talk about the filming of "Major League," his memories of Milwaukee, Charlie Sheen, and what he’s working on now. Bernsen said he wants to see all the extras at the game tonight to stand up and sing "Wild Thing."
Length: 00:07:33
 
Movies and Television - April 4, 2013
 Aisha Tyler of "Archer" talks about the live show and more
In our podcast, Tyler talks about her quarter-million Twitter followers, pushing the boundaries even harder on cable TV, the Hooters girl that she is modeled after, as well as her anti-bullying work. If you’re a fan of “Archer,” it’s definitely worth a listen.
Length: 00:08:02
 
Comedy - October 20, 2012
 Howie Mandel discusses his career as a comedian, actor, author and gameshow host
Howie Mandel talks about a specific episode of “St. Elsewhere,” as well as his battle with OCD, mysophobia and more.
Length: 00:09:38
 
Music - April 17, 2012
 The Dandy Warhols' Courtney Taylor-Taylor talks Dig! and more (explicit)
The Dandy Warhol's front man, Courtney Taylor-Taylor reflects on the 18 year history of his band, the documentary "Dig!" and how touring has changed from the old days. He also talks about the band's new album, "This Machine," was will be released this month.
Length: 00:20:02
 
Movies and Television - March 9, 2012
 RJ Mitte discusses CP, "Breaking Bad," Milwaukee and more
RJ Mitte plays Walt Jr on AMC's "Breaking Bad." He was in town as the United Cerebral Palsy Youth Ambassador. Like his character on the show, the 19-year-old actually has CP, though Mitte’s is a milder form of the disability. In this podcast, he talks about the Emmy award winning show, Cerebral Palsy and the projects he's working on in 2012.
Length: 00:09:51
 
Arts and Entertainment - June 15, 2011
 Andy Tarnoff talks to Dave and Carole about 100 ways to make the fests better
Andy Tarnoff talks to Dave and Carole about 100 ways to make the fests better.
Length: 00:09:44
 
Entertainment - December 2, 2010
 Potawatomi's Vince Van Patten talks Miracle on Canal Street
Potawatomi Bingo Casino spokesperson Vince Van Patten talks about visiting Milwaukee to promote Miracle on Canal Street.
Length: 00:00:57
 
Arts and Entertainment - November 12, 2010
 Andy gets more famous Milwaukee relatives suggestions from Dave and Carole
In his weekly segment on 96.5 WKLH, the listeners of Dave and Carole pitch in with their suggestions for the relatives of Milwaukee's celebrities.
Length: 00:33:28
 
Music - August 4, 2010
 Burning Sons' Dan DuChaine previews his upcoming show at The Monkey Bar
Burning Sons'Dan DuChaine explains what the gig will be like, and why it's a hell of a bargain to pop the $7 for the cover, though that part I actually understand: in addition to a turn-it-up-to-11, high-energy show, you also get a copy of Burning Sons' "Masquerade" EP on vinyl.
Length: 00:03:37
 
Music - June 28, 2010
 2010 Summerfest preview of Some Hear Explosions
One of the best parts of Summerfest is the opportunity to hear local music on the big stage. Los Angeles' Some Hear Explosions isn't exactly local, but two out of their three members do hail from Wisconsin.
Length: 00:02:36