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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 and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.

Recent Articles
 Travel & Visitors Guide - November 23, 2015
 A Chicago restaurant concept with Wisconsin written all over it
 Sometimes you see a Chicago dining concept and think, "that'll never fly here." But this weekend, I came face to face with a Windy City restaurant that would be a perfect fit for Milwaukee.
 Milwaukee Buzz - November 23, 2015
 Urban spelunking: Victor Schlitz Mansion
 The Victorian/Queen Anne Victor Schlitz Mansion, 2004 W. Highland Ave., which is currently for sale, is laden with lavish and distinctive details both inside and out. Take a peek inside with me.
 Music - November 20, 2015
 Music business background lifts Martin's "Grown Up Analog"
 Mario R. Martin has some diverse experience in the music business. He's worked as a publicist, a DJ and a freelance writer. Now, Martin is also an author, with a new book, "Growing Up Analog," out now in paperback.
 Music - November 18, 2015
 Kruth explores enduring beauty of Beatles' "Rubber Soul"
 While the world glorifies "Sgt. Pepper," many die-hard Beatles fans credit "Rubber Soul" for kicking off the Beatles' experimental phase. Musician and author John Kruth explores why in his new book.
 Milwaukee Buzz - November 18, 2015
 HMI event explores past, present and future of East Side Commercial District
 Historic Milwaukee Inc. hosts an event this week that looks at the historical significance of East Side Commercial District, its current state and plans for the future.
 Travel & Visitors Guide - November 16, 2015
 Among the updates at Discovery World: newfound gallery space
 There are a number of changes under way at Discovery World on the lakefront, including newfound exhibition space, an existing exhibit that is ballooning and changes for the Lubar Theater.
 Milwaukee Buzz - November 13, 2015
 Bobby Tanzilo mourns the death of Flavor Dave Monroe
 If I posted nothing more than a silhouette of Dave Monroe, chances are a good chunk of Milwaukeeans would be able to recognize it immediately: the parka, the stack of books jammed under the arm.
 Travel & Visitors Guide - November 13, 2015
 16 bygone Milwaukee hotels
 Take a walk down memory lane - assuming you're old enough to remember any of the 14 old Milwaukee hotels featured in this peek into Milwaukee's tourism history during OnMilwaukee's Hotel Week.
 Music - November 12, 2015
 Minecraft music: the perfect distraction from "Minecraft"
 A record lent by a friend led me to type "Minecraft" into Spotify and like cover versions on YouTube, Minecraft music is definitely a thing. And while it appears to skew heavily ambient, Minecraft music appears as wide-ranging as the game itself.
 Travel & Visitors Guide - November 12, 2015
 5 great Chicago hotels
 I look for any excuse to stay in the Windy City - with my wife, with the whole family and sometimes with one kid at a time. Over the years, we've experienced quite a few hotels. Here are 5 of the best.

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