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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.

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.



Recent Articles
 
 Holiday Guide - December 22, 2014
 Feast of the seven fishes - Milwaukee style
 Though I've yet to get the gumption to try and do my own feast of the seven fishes at Christmas Eve at my house, I do dream. And, this year, I asked seven of Milwaukee's best chefs to ante up a recipe that I could include on my menu, should I decide to take the plunge. Here's what they served up ...
 
 Kids & Family - December 18, 2014
 MPS expands Junior Achievement Learning Journey for 5th graders
 This morning at a press conference, Driver will announce that Junior Achievement of Wisconsin and MPS are again teaming up to expand the Learning Journey for district fifth graders at Junior Achievement BizTown, at JA Kohl's Education Center, 11111 W. Liberty Dr.
 
 Movies & TV - December 18, 2014
 Urban spelunking: New life for the Avalon Theater
 There are lots of places you can catch "The Hobbit" or the new "Night at the Museum" film, but see them at the revamped Avalon Theater, which opens tonight, and you get a double feature: a movie and an early look at a revamped Milwaukee movie palace.
 
 Living - December 16, 2014
 Flu is upon us and Milwaukee is awash in germs
 Stay away from Facebook, it's covered in germs. If it wasn't alarming enough that every third social media post appears to be about a feverish and/or vomiting child, the news at some local schools has been pretty crazy, too.
 
 Dining - December 16, 2014
 Dear Santa: Wine, please
 This year, while composing a brief holiday wish list, I included a couple wines, thinking I'd enjoy the experience of a rare bottle of barbaresco or barolo much more than, say, an eight-pack of tube socks from Kohl's. But it got me wondering what some local wine experts might be including in their letters to Santa this holiday season. So, I asked. And here's what they said...
 
 Dining - December 15, 2014
 8 things I learned about BW3
 Though I've had a yen for wings of late, I'm not all that familiar with Buffalo Wild Wings, which before last week I'd visited exactly once, for this. Last week, flying solo for dinner with the kids, I was in the mood for wings and whether or not it's possible, I decided I wasn't going to bring them to McGinn's or Leff's or Club Garibaldi for dinner. We weren't far from the Mayfair Road BW3, so we stopped in. Here are a few things I learned.
 
 Marketplace - December 11, 2014
 DCD committee reviews proposals for Garfield Avenue School
 Yesterday, the DCD team reviewing the three proposals that were submitted - by Gorman and Co., Maures/Common Bond and Brinshore - to redevelop the former Garfield Avenue School and some adjacent property decided against making a recommendation.
 
 Kids & Family - December 10, 2014
 White House summit brings news of $1 billion for early childhood education
 "Invest in US," has drawn support from dozens of donors, who have already committed to contribute nearly $350 million to help jump start the expansion of high-quality ECE seats across the country. Another $750 million in federal funding will come from the Preschool Development Grants and Early Head Start-Child Care (EHS-CC) Partnerships.
 
 Holiday Guide - December 10, 2014
 2014 picks: Bobby Tanzilo
 Another year has come and gone and, as always, it's left a trail of great music, books and concerts in its wake...
 
 Kids & Family - December 9, 2014
 Who am I and how did I get here?
 Who am I and how did I get here? These are questions genealogists seek to answer. As someone who's been working on family history for more than 20 years now, I've decided to take the next step.
 


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