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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. 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 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 - October 20, 2016
 Rapid Review: McGinn's Sports Bar
 I like wings, but more than that, I like wings at McGinn's, where variety is the spice of life. Because there's such a good selection of flavors on the big, meaty wings, I like to mix up textures and flavors, like Jamaican dry rub jerk, the tangy original buffalo and sweet maple bourbon.
 Dining - October 18, 2016
 Cooler temps revive passion for red wine
 Maybe it's just me, but I lean more toward beer in summer and wine as the weather cools. Because I tend to choose reds over whites, I like the warming feeling of holding a glass of red wine and of the wine as I swallow it. Here are a few wines I've tasted lately.
 #RaiseMKE - October 18, 2016
 HMI donates the gift of neighborhoods to South Division High
 Thanks to a donation from Historic Milwaukee Inc., students walking the halls on the third floor at Milwaukee Public Schools' South Division High School now can take a mini-tour of Milwaukee neighborhoods.
 Travel & Visitors Guide - October 14, 2016
 Island Resort is an Upper Peninsula oasis of fun
 It's hard to believe there's a full-service resort, hotel and casino out amid the wooded roads of the Upper Peninsula, but then the Island Resort & Casino, in Harris, Michigan, appears and it looks like an oasis of fun in a quiet rural area.
 Dining - October 14, 2016
 Delicious Wisconsin place names
 My copy of Edward Callary's super interesting book "Place Names of Wisconsin" arrived this morning and I must've been really really hungry, because the names of some Wisconsin towns and villages just jumped right out at me.
 Milwaukee History - October 12, 2016
 8 things you didn't know about The Basilica of St. Josaphat
 By now, most everyone knows that The Basilica of St. Josaphat, 2333 S. 6th St., was constructed from building materials salvaged when the Chicago Customs House and Post Office was demolished in 1896. But here are a few things you likely didn't know.
 Bars & Clubs - October 11, 2016
 Mixologist Peter Kalleward demos a Kohler Dark Chocolate Brandy Old Fashioned
 Kohler has teamed up with Central Standard Craft Distillery to create a 72 percent cacao dark chocolate brandy that's pretty unique and, we learned, makes a great brandy old fashioned. Click here to see how.
 Sports - October 11, 2016
 Gymnastics event brings full slate of Olympians to BMO Harris Bradley Center
 America's talented crop of gymnasts drew the spotlight as they competed in the summer Olympics in Rio. Now, those amazing gymnasts roll into Milwaukee on Friday, Oct. 14 as part of the 2016 Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
 Dining - October 7, 2016
 8 images of Milwaukee's dining past
 Restaurants come and go and Milwaukee has had countless eateries across its nearly two centuries of history as an urban place. Here are some images of a few of them. Some you may remember, others may have faded like a ghost sign on an old Downtown building.
 Dining - October 6, 2016
 Rapid Review: Divino Wine & Dine
 When Palermo Villa closed, I was fearful that I'd lost one of my absolute favorite Milwaukee pizzerias. But then Dean Cannestra re-opened his sister's restaurant under a new name but with basically the same menu and definitely the same pizza.

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 Chef Profile: Umami Moto's Dominic Zumpano'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 local music podcast: April 3, 2007
WMSE's Brent Gohde and'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