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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
 
 Music - June 22, 2017
 40 years on "Two Sevens Clash" still captures militant zeitgeist of punk, reggae
 It was 40 years ago today that The Clash, Sex Pistols and other like-minded fellow travelers fueled the punk revolution in the U.K. and the Ramones, Patti Smith and others did the same here. It's also 40 years since the release of Culture's "Two Sevens Clash," which helped bring punks and dreads together.
 
 Festival Guide - June 22, 2017
 Summerfest picks: Bobby Tanzilo
 Tis the season for 11 days of nearly non-stop music at the Henry Maier Festival Park. Here, Bobby Tanzilo scours the Big Gig schedule to make some suggestions for must-see acts at Summerfest 2017.
 
 Festival Guide - June 22, 2017
 Summerfest 50: The 1990s
 While Summerfest was finding its legs in the 1970s and growing bigger and bigger in the 1980s, the following decade was more one of building on the success of the Big Gig, entrenching it deeper into the Milwaukee psyche and lore.
 
 Music - June 21, 2017
 Local landmarks glow orange to salute Make Music Day
 New York, Chicago, London, Lagos, Milwaukee, Madison and Platteville. These are just some of the dozens of cities in the U.S., U.K. and Nigeria that are celebrating Make Music Day today. Here, a trio of landmarks will glow orange and there will be music, of course.
 
 Bars & Clubs - June 21, 2017
 5 O'Clock Steakhouse Lakefront / Sprecher beer dinner benefits St. Ben's
 On Friday night, Five O'Clock Steakhouse, 2416 W. State St., hosts the fourth annual Milwaukee Legends Beer Dinner in support of Capuchin Community Services - House of Peace and St. Ben's Community Meal.
 
 Music - June 21, 2017
 8 highlights of the Rolling Stones' "Exhibitionism" show in Chicago
 The Rolling Stones' "Exhibitionism," which runs through July 30 at Navy Pier in Chicago, includes more than 500 artifacts, nearly 200 original artworks, a room full of flamboyant outfits worn by the band members across the years, videos, photographs, concert posters, guitars and more.
 
 Milwaukee History - June 20, 2017
 Urban Spelunking: Benjamin Church House
 Lately, I've been nosing around old houses in Milwaukee. I mean, really old houses. This time, we go inside the oldest surviving Milwaukee house: Benjamin Church House, begun in 1843 on 4th and Court Streets, across from where Golda Meir School now stands.
 
 Bars & Clubs - June 14, 2017
 Drink Wisconsinbly Pub pairs a 5K with a curd fest to balance the calorie count
 Maybe you don't feel guilty guzzling cheese curds, but some of us are counting calories, you know. Surely, we're the ones that Drink Wisconsinbly Pub & Grub had in mind when it announced that its "first annual" Curd Fest would also include a 5K run as part of its first-year festivities.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - June 12, 2017
 Events highlight the neighborhood that inspired Rosenblatt's art
 Beginning on Friday, June 16, the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, 1360 N. Prospect Ave., kicks off "Moments & Markers: An Adolph Rosenblatt Retrospective," which runs through Aug. 27. There is also a full slate of related events.
 
 Milwaukee History - June 9, 2017
 Tom Terris and the world's most unique nite club
 This morning, the lovely people at The Vanguard asked about Club Terris, and sent a few images from old matchbooks that showed the nightclub's rather unique layout, with a wrestling ring surrounded by a bar. Here's what I was able to whip up in about half an hour.
 


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