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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
 
 Bars & Clubs - March 23, 2017
 Urban spelunking: Kneisler's 126-year-old White House tavern
 A lot has changed in Milwaukee over the years, and especially in Bay View. But one thing that's remained constant for nearly 126 years is the white clapboard tavern on the corner of Ellen Street, where Kinnickinnic Avenue bends off to the right.
 
 Marketplace - March 22, 2017
 Amazon brings one-hour delivery to Milwaukee
 Today, Amazon is announcing that it's expanding its Prime Now one-hour delivery service to Milwaukee. No word yet on whether or not it will use drones or teleportation or cuddly Yetis to get you the goods so quickly, for $7.99.
 
 Bars & Clubs - March 22, 2017
 6 places to grab a drink in old Milwaukee
 Brew City has always loved a drink. Here were six places to get 'em in old Milwaukee.
 
 Buzz - March 22, 2017
 National Trust says Domes are a National Treasure & can be repaired
 Today, the National Trust for Historic Preservation releases a new engineering report on the Mitchell Park Domes - which it calls a National Treasure - that the trust says "demonstrates a more comprehensive and cost-effective path forward for preserving the Domes."
 
 Music - March 21, 2017
 Dave Matthews' label releases Jerry Garcia live CD recorded in Milwaukee
 Thanks in part to an energetic Milwaukee crowd, the Jerry Garcia Band played a double-CD-worthy gig at the Bradley Center in 1991. That concert is now available in a nice set from Dave Matthews' ATO Records.
 
 Music - March 17, 2017
 Alpine Valley won't host any concerts this year
 Turns out the prominent "That's All Folks! See you in 2017" graphic on the Alpine Valley website is only half right. According to MyWalworthCounty.com, Live Nation says that Alpine Valley Music Theatre in East Troy will not host concerts this season, due to a paucity of available artists.
 
 #RaiseMKE - March 17, 2017
 Manpower donates $200k toward City Year's work in MPS
 Just days after Meralis Hood took over as executive director, at City Year Milwaukee, the AmeriCorps group of young people that works to help kids in Milwaukee Public Schools succeed, ManpowerGroup has announced it is giving the group $200,000 over the next four years.
 
 Bars & Clubs - March 16, 2017
 Josephine Dolan built Downtown's Harp Irish Pub
 Most Milwaukeeans know about The Harp Irish Pub at 113 E. Juneau Ave., but, sadly, few now remember its founder, Josephine Dolan, who was a beloved Brew City publican. Luckily, her granddaugher Patricia Doherty wrote in to remind us all.
 
 Milwaukee History - March 16, 2017
 Urban spelunking: Wisconsin Avenue's hidden mansion
 In the past, I'd noticed a German Renaissance Revival mansion peeking up over the low retail space on the northeast corner of 26th and Wisconsin. But until yesterday, I hadn't realized that they're actually connected.
 
 Music - March 16, 2017
 Summerfest teams with Historical Society for 50th anniversary exhibit
 Summerfest and Milwaukee County Historical Society have teamed up to create an exhibition in conjunction with the 50th anniversary of the World's Largest Music Festival that celebrates five decades of bringing Milwaukeeans together and making musical memories.
 


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