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 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
 
 Milwaukee History - November 22, 2017
 100 years ago, a Downtown blast killed nine Milwaukee police officers
 On Nov. 24, 1917, a bomb tore through the Milwaukee Police Department headquarters on the corner of Broadway and Wells, killing 10 people including nine police officers. It was the biggest loss of police life in a single incident in the U.S. until Sept. 11, 2001.
 
 Music - November 21, 2017
 Baroques' classic Milwaukee psychedelia gets another spin on vinyl
 The first non-blues or R&B act signed by Chicago's iconic Chess Records was Milwaukee's The Baroques, who released exactly one LP. It's reissued this week for Black Friday Record Store day on electric tapioca yellow vinyl.
 
 Milwaukee History - November 20, 2017
 New Historical Society exhibit offers entry-level look at Brew City's past
 Milwaukee County Historical Society has partnered with Visit Milwaukee to create a small exhibition that offers a quick overview of Brew City history for kids, visitors to the city and others. It's on view now at the museum at 910 N. Old World 3rd St.
 
 Dining - November 20, 2017
 2Mesa will breathe life back into a warm Martin Drive restaurant space
 The half-timbered Tudor cafe at 4110 W. Martin Dr. - formerly Birdie's - always exuded warmth and a welcoming vibe. Now, Il Mito and Zesti Chef Michael Feker and his wife Maricela will open a Mexican restaurant called 2Mesa there in January after some renovations are complete.
 
 Milwaukee History - November 20, 2017
 WATCH: You can help Save the Soldiers Home
 You can see Old Main's tower soaring above nearby Miller Park, reminding us of the solemn historical importance of the Milwaukee VA Soldiers Home. It's also a reminder that the oldest and most precious buildings at the site have long been in need of help. You can lend a hand.
 
 Marketplace - November 17, 2017
 Made in Milwaukee: Master Lock
 There are many sites around town that were once home to sprawling factories, and we lament their loss. Most days, however, I drive past one of these industrial complexes that, despite its outward serenity, is anything but quiet. This is Master Lock, founded in Milwaukee in 1921.
 
 Buzz - November 17, 2017
 Old Smoky introduced generations of kids to railroading
 You don't have to be THAT old to remember the days when Old Smoky used to serve Bay View. The neutered steam locomotive didn't go actually anywhere, but folks loved it just the same ... at least for a little while.
 
 Holiday Guide - November 16, 2017
 Water & Wells today: Mayor lights tree and BMO breaks ground
 Mayor Tom Barrett will be on hand Thursday afternoon as the City of Milwaukee celebrates its 104th annual Christmas tree lighting at City Hall, 200 E. Wells St. Earlier today, BMO Harris Bank broke ground on its new tower just across the street.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - November 14, 2017
 16 bygone Milwaukee hotels
 Take a walk down memory lane - assuming you're old enough to remember any of the 14 old Milwaukee hotels.
 
 Milwaukee History - November 14, 2017
 Urban Spelunking: Milwaukee Athletic Club
 Of course, I've seen it, anchoring the intersection of Broadway and Wells for decades. But the Milwaukee Athletic Club, 758 N. Broadway, was one of those places I took for granted, not thinking about it too much. Until I couldn't seem to stop seeing little reminders of it everywhere.
 


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