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
 
 Arts & Entertainment - September 22, 2017
 Tula Erskine works identified!
 This morning I received a note from Nancy Aten, who was scanning works by Milwaukee artist Gertrude Kundman Erskine to be included in Erskine's archive, when she came upon 8x10 photographs of a series of six works that especially caught her attention. Do you recognize them?
 
 Buzz - September 21, 2017
 TV newsman & self-avowed boat nerd wants to you to click on his big boat pics
 Since 2016, Milwaukee newsman Ben Handelman - an anchor and reporter for Fox 6 News on WITI-TV - has run the Big Boats MKE blog and Twitter feed, sharing the comings and goings of cargo vessels and other lake traffic. It's fun to follow.
 
 Arts & Entertainment - September 21, 2017
 Fruin's variegated water tower hoisted onto Coakley's Walker's Point HQ
 Milwaukee has been buzzing about artist Tom Fruin's multicolored "water tower" sculpture that Coakley Brothers announced a couple weeks ago would be installed in the moving, storage and business interiors company's Walker's Point headquarters. This morning it was installed.
 
 Travel & Visitors Guide - September 21, 2017
 8 great lakes near Milwaukee that aren't Great Lakes
 While we may not be the land of 10,000 lakes, we prize quality over quantity, and there are some great places for recreation and reflection within a quick drive from Milwaukee. Here are some of our favorites.
 
 Milwaukee History - September 20, 2017
 Urban spelunking: Milwaukee Breakwater Lighthouse
 Do you ever wonder what it was like for the men who landed on the moon to stand on the cratered surface and look back at the Earth; to be the only folks alive to know the feeling of being out at a place that everyone can see but that no one gets to visit and look back from? I imagine it's much like a visit to the breakwater lighthouse felt - though obviously to the Nth degree - on a recent trip out there on a Coast Guard Aids to Navigation boat.
 
 Buzz - September 20, 2017
 Dobkin captures the "Soul of a Port"
 As the saying goes, there are eight million stories in the naked city. Milwaukee author Leah Dobkin tells some of them in her book, "Soul of a Port," which aims to do more than simply offer a chronological history of this vital piece of Milwaukee.
 
 Living - September 20, 2017
 A Lake Week communion
 In honor of OnMilwaukee's Lake Week this week, I decided to commune with Lake Michigan the best way I know how these days: I went for a run.
 
 Milwaukee History - September 20, 2017
 Wisconsin Marine Historical Society keeps Great Lakes history afloat
 Tucked into the Frank P. Zeidler Humanities Room at the Central Library is a trove of data, photographs and objects detailing the maritime history of the Great Lakes. It is administered by the Wisconsin Marine Historical Society and it's there for you to explore.
 
 Milwaukee History - September 19, 2017
 Urban Spelunking: A Lafarge cement ship
 We took to the drink for a tour of a Lafarge cement ship docked at Jones Island in the Port of Milwaukee to unload "powder" from Lafarge's cement operation in Alpena Mich., before heading out onto the lake for a stop at Grand Haven on its way back up to Alpena.
 
 Music - September 19, 2017
 Surf's up: The Exotics wave goodbye to the Milwaukee summer at Red Dot
 Though it will already be autumn by the time Milwaukee's premier surf guitar rockers The Exotics take the stage at Red Dot Tosa, 6715 W. North Ave., at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, it'll still be warm enough to go surfing out on Lake Michigan, should the spirit move you.
 


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