Wayne Messmer

Announcer, Film actor

1950 –

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Who is Wayne Messmer?

Wayne P. Messmer is a professional speaker, singer, broadcaster, author and actor. He is a professional member of SAG/AFTRA and the National Speakers Association. He was the long-time public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs. He sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" before many Cubs games, as well as prior to all Chicago Wolves American Hockey League games. Messmer is part owner of the Chicago Wolves. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music.

In the mid-1980s, Messmer was the newscaster/sidekick on WYTZ Radio's "Barsky Morning Show. He also was heard as the mid-day news anchor on WLS 890 AM. Since November 2011, he has hosted a jazz radio program Sunday evenings on 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio, The Wayne Messmer Radio Show.

For many years, he also sang for the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears and Chicago Sting. In January, 1991, when Messmer sang at the NHL All-Star Game at Chicago Stadium, he was nearly drowned out by cheers from the sellout crowd, mainly in support of the U.S. troops that had entered the Gulf War just days prior. He was fired by the Blackhawks in 1994 when he began working for the "rival" Chicago Wolves. They allowed him to sing the anthem one last time at the Hawks first home game at United Center on January 25, 1995. On October 14, 1994 he sang the national anthem at the Rosemont Horizon introducing the Chicago Wolves and the IHL to Chicago. It was his first public performance since being shot. The St. Louis Blues invited Messmer to sing the anthem at their home game when they opened the Kiel Center. Messmer also frequently performs the Anthem with his wife Kathleen.

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Born
Jul 19, 1950
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  • Loyola University Chicago

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on July 23, 2013

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