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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 - July 21, 2017
 Taking a break from summer beer to taste new wines ... and one vodka
 With beer season in full swing - though of course it's always beer season in Brew City - I admit I've fallen a bit behind on tasting new wines. But I have set my mind to the task - and I know you're thinking, hard work - and uncorked a few that I'm sharing with you here.
 
 Bars & Clubs - July 21, 2017
 Made in Milwaukee: Lakefront Brewery
 Lakefront Brewery's 19th-century home has seen a lot of changes on Commerce Street since it was built in 1890. We take a look at some of them here.
 
 Dining - July 20, 2017
 Transfer Pizza uncovers and might revive The Haven Bar name
 In 2015, brothers John and Russell Rossetto - owners of Transfer Pizza - bought the former bar building next door at 107 W. Mitchell St. On the west facade of the bar they've uncovered an old sign advertising The Haven Bar. So, what now?
 
 Festival Guide - July 20, 2017
 Milwaukee Talks: Festa Italiana co-chair Dean Cannestra
 We talked to Dean Cannestra, president of the Italian Community Center - for which Festa is an annual fundraiser - and chair of Festa Italiana, about this year's event, running July 21-23, and about the traditions of Festa Italiana in Milwaukee.
 
 Bars & Clubs - July 18, 2017
 Surprised Estabrook is one of "America's Coolest Beer Gardens"? I'm not
 Though I'm still making my way around Milwaukee's seemingly endless beer gardens, I have, of course, been to Estabrook Park's and am not surprised at all to find it on DailyMeal.com's "America's Coolest Beer Gardens" list.
 
 Marketplace - July 18, 2017
 Five former MPS properties listed for sale by DCD
 On Monday, Milwaukee Department of City Development was able to list a quintet of former Milwaukee Public Schools properties for sale as there had been no takers for them during the two-year period when only school operators could make offers on them.
 
 Milwaukee History - July 18, 2017
 Urban spelunking: The Ritz/Villa Theater
 Perhaps I shouldn't have been surprised to step inside the former Ritz Theater movie house 3608 W. Villard Ave. and find it intact as a movie house. But after The Ritz, which was called the Villa by then, was closed by Marcus Theatres in 1986, it had a brief return as a movie house in the following decade, so it hasn't really been gone all that long.
 
 Buzz - July 17, 2017
 Lanterns for a new year of "China Lights" await polishing
 A fenced in area filled with what might look like the remnants of last year's explosively successful "China Lights" lantern festival at the Boerner Botanical Garden isn't a pile of leftovers. It's actually something of a sneak preview of this year's event.
 
 Music - July 16, 2017
 Elvis Costello travels back to the "Imperial Bedroom"
 Elvis Costello revisited his much acclaimed 1982 record, "Imperial Bedroom" - as well as songs from other parts of his long career - Sunday night at the Riverside Theater.
 
 Milwaukee History - July 14, 2017
 Hidden Gem: Regano's Roman Coin bowling lanes
 Milwaukee is awash in rumors about secret bowling alleys, hidden tunnels and former rooming houses. But in the case of Regano's Roman Coin, a family-owned bar at 1004 E. Brady St., it's true. Well, most of it.
 


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