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
 
 Dining - October 20, 2017
 First to Wisconsin: Grimaldi's Pizzeria
 When Grimaldi's Pizzeria opens at The Corners of Brookfield, 20119 Lord St., on Friday, Nov. 10, it will be something of a rarity: one of just two coal-fired pizzerias in the area, along with Elkhorn's Holi Cannoli.
 
 Buzz - October 19, 2017
 Cultural Landscape Foundation spotlights Sanctuary Woods' fragility
 Last year, the Domes made the Cultural Landscape Foundation's annual "Landslide: Open Season on Open Space" list of threatened and at-risk landscapes. This year, the list includes the Sanctuary Woods out on the County Grounds.
 
 Dining - October 19, 2017
 8 cook's wish list items on sale at Fein Brothers
 Fein Brothers - sponsor of OnMilwaukee Dining Month - is having a huge inventory reduction sale this week, from Thursday to Saturday, Oct. 19-21. Since there are just 66 days until Christmas - but who's counting, right? - I was tasked with stopping over to make a little kitchen wish list.
 
 Dining - October 18, 2017
 Leon's wasn't the first custard stand, but it was one of the most influential
 Leon Schneider wasn't the first to open a custard stand in Milwaukee, but he was one of the most influential. Even today, nearly a quarter century after Schneider's death, his Leon's drive-in on South 27th Street is a draw for locals and Milwaukee visitors alike.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - October 16, 2017
 Guitars in hotel rooms are a rockin' trend
 Hotels boast all kinds of amenities and a wide variety of package deals that include meals, tickets to entertainment or sports events and more. But, lately, I've noticed a new trend in hotel amenities, and it's one that hits the right note for me.
 
 Music - October 16, 2017
 VIDEO: Femmes' Sparrow rockets back to high school in a big way
 Who says you can't go home again? Violent Femmes drummer John Sparrow is finding his way back to his alma mater, South Milwaukee High School, as part of the band's five-city Viva Wisconsin tour this month. We went back to the school recently to find his old locker.
 
 Buzz - October 11, 2017
 You should already know MKE's "badass building you've probably never heard of"
 Earlier this week, Thrillist posted a listicle of "The Most Badass Buildings in America You've Probably Never Heard Of" and included Milwaukee Art Museum's Quadracci Pavilion.
 
 Music - October 11, 2017
 Herbie Hancock's big break: Curro's, Milwaukee, 1960
 Living musical legend Herbie Hancock - who plays at The Pabst Theater on Oct. 20 - credits his second professional gig, which took place in Brew City with really launching his career. We delve into the history of that December 1960 gig.
 
 Dining - October 10, 2017
 First Look: Point Burger Bar Express
 Brian Ward has opened his third Point Burger Bar location, but this one - at 322 W. State St. - is the first to use an "express" model, with a walk-up window, as well as indoor seating. We stopped in to have a look ... and a taste.
 
 Milwaukee History - October 10, 2017
 Urban Spelunking: Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church
 Mount Moriah Missionary Baptist Church is in transition and its been doing its best to use the past to build its future.
 


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