(847) 260-8282 Wayne@WayneMessmer.com

Wayne Messmer ~ Words 𝄞 Music

Speaker, Singer, Broadcaster, Author, Actor


“The Spirit of a Champion” © Keynote Speaker


Learn More ›


Learn More ›


Learn More ›


Learn More ›


Life isn’t easy. We all have our challenges. But what if your entire life as you knew it changed in a split second? What would you do? How would you react? More importantly, how would you overcome and march on?

Wayne Messmer knows all too well how sudden change plays out. In April, 1994, a singular event dramatically impacted Wayne Messmer’s life. Nationally recognized as the “Voice of the National Anthem,” Wayne projects his powerful baritone voice from the speaking stage to help others live with eyes open for possibilities and opportunities, no matter the circumstance.

Drawing from a storied career as a certified speaking professional, singer, broadcaster, author, actor, and successful businessman, Messmer delivers a timeless message of hope and resilience. Travel along the journey of survival, courage and triumph with a master storyteller who combines wit, humor and music to share his step-by-step process to fight for survival and overcome adversity while facing fear head-on. Learn more.



Special Announcements


“The Lights of Wrigleyville,” narrated by Wayne Messmer for The ESPN 30for30podcasts.com

Where’s Wayne Messmer?

Wayne Messmer was designated as the 2017 Distinguished Alumn for Illinois Wesleyan University and received the award on October 12, 2017 during a weekend of festivities and performances.


Join Us


Perfect for Church Missions and Priest Enrichment Days! Wayne Messmer transforms into Father Damien to share stories of the struggles and challenges that he faced while bringing back lost hope to the exiled lepers of Hawaii in their isolated community on a deserted peninsula on the island of Molokai.  LEARN MORE

Welcome To Our Store

Subscribe to
Wayne’s Words Newsletter


Gain courage, learn to adapt, persevere and triumph over your challenge. Walk away renewed and re-inspired to look fear in the eye and power through. Learn more ›

Keynote Topics: Adapting to Change, Mental Toughness, Resiliency, Perseverance, Forgiveness

“I had never seen Wayne speak before. He is so personable and so funny. We all sang with him. It was a really great experience. I really liked his speech because it really showed how someone came through so many difficult things in life. An incredible presentation that was inspiring and motivating.”  LH

“Here is the thing about Wayne. You expect to hear the story about how he almost lost his voice, but it’s more than that. It’s also about us as the audience, about the things that inspired him and how he can inspire us. It’s words, it’s music, it’s humor. It’s an entire experience. People will leave that presentation with his inspiring story and be inspired as well.” LF


A smooth, powerful and reverent baritone voice who brings you along on an emotional journey of music and words, both patriotic and popular.

Most Requested: National Anthem, God Bless America, Jazz, Sports Events, Civic Functions, Conventions, In-Concert Appearances

Chicago’s Original “Voice of the National Anthem” 

“Wayne Messmer’s performance of the Canadian and the U. S. National Anthems at the NHL All-Star Game at Chicago Stadium is still one of the greatest moments in sports’ history.”

“When Messmer sang “God Bless America” and “The Star Spangled Banner” at Game 5 of the 2016 World Series, it was as close to perfection as it gets.”

“With that rich baritone voice, Wayne has the unique ability to be able to interpret a ballad or a jazz classic as well as anyone I’ve ever heard.”

“I had an immediate reaction of musical “oneness” with him—the kind of camaraderie between singer and pianist that is a rare and special thing.”

“Last night’s event, (Rolling Meadows National Night Out) was the best we ever had. Wayne was fantastic. People were complimenting us all night for having him sing,’The National Anthem.’  Our deepest gratitude to Wayne for not only singing, but for hanging out and visiting with our residents for a large portion of the night.  It was awesome!!! He’s a very genuine guy.”


Come along on a journey focused on hope, dedication to a dream, overcoming the overwhelming odds of adversity and tapping into a foundation of faith, family, friends and forgiveness. Learn more ›

The Voice of Victory:  An autobiographical account of the life of Wayne Messmer, chronicling his rise to fame as the premier singer of the National Anthem. The story canvasses his career as a broadcaster, speaker and sports personality. And it brings you right back to the devastating night he was shot in the throat and almost lost his life and his voice during an attempted armed robbery.

“I want to personally thank you for this amazing book. Although our story is different from yours, they are very similar. You helped me to understand the “why me” or “why not me.” Your book is so inspiring, real, positive and encouraging. Your book taught me so much about life. You are an angel on earth for sharing your story.” C.W.


Beyond singing and speaking, Wayne is an actor and narrator who delivers every time. Professional Member of SAG/AFTRALearn more ›

Current Roles: As Father Damien in Damien: A One-Man Play by Aldyth Morris.

The Role of NY Yankees’ Radio Announcer in “The Babe” Universal Studios, Inc.

As Father (Saint) Damien, “The Leper Priest of Molokai” Damien: A One-Man Play by Aldyth Morris.

Wayne Messmer, The Actor

“A touching account of a modern day saint that is told with truth and passion.”

“Wayne Messmer brings Father Damien to life.”

“I feel as though I actually met Father Damien.”


As a veteran broadcaster, Wayne has more than 30 years broadcasting experience for sports games, radio shows, news radio and most currently, the “Wayne Messmer Radio Show on 90.9FM/WDCB.org. Listen Live. Learn more ›

Current Roles: Host of the Wayne Messmer Radio Show on 90.9 FM/WDCB.org

Listen live to “The Wayne Messmer Radio Show,” 90.9FM / WDCB.org ~ Sundays 7PM – 8PM

Wayne Messmer, The Broadcaster

“As a native Chicagoan, entertainer and broadcaster, his sharp wit and sense of humor has made him a favorite for years on-the-air.”

“From classical music to jazz, from sports to hard news, Messmer has the talent to carry any of those assignments.”

About Wayne Messmer

Certified Speaking Professional (CSP)

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Wayne Messmer grew up on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Wayne gravitated towards singing, accordion, French horn and piano. Being in the right place at the right time and saying, “Yes” landed him the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at a Loyola University hockey game. With a natural gift and talent, Wayne followed his opportunities that led to a successful career with various Chicago sports teams. He faced his biggest life challenge in 1994…

Learn More



A partial list of some of the companies, associations and organizations with which Wayne has professionally partnered:

ABN-AMRO, Million Dollar Round Table (MDRT), Illinois Hospital and Health Systems Association, Asset Marketing Systems, Midwest Catholic Men’s Conference, National Association of Purchasing Managers, Office Depot, Newspaper Services of America, Underwriter’s Laboratory, Don Tech, American Marketing Association, National Fraternal Congress of America, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity, Matsushita Electric Company of America, American Communications Network, La Salle Banks, Illinois Safety Council, Traffic Club of Chicago, Junior Achievement

“When I heard Wayne speak, I was immediately struck by his talent as a presenter. A big fan of his singing for years, I knew I would enjoy his talk, and I would get something out of it. The questions were “What?” and “How much will I walk away with?” I can definitely say, it was a life-changing talk. Listening to his voice, with different characters, his broadcasting voice, singing and various points of inflection is quite mess-merizing, and the lessons he instilled were very easy to apply to career and life. Wayne inspired us and reinforced the fact that no matter the circumstances in our lives, we can get through the most troublesome moments. Whenever I feel overwhelmed or that I can’t do something, I hear Wayne’s voice in my head, “What is your plan? How are you going to earn that ‘Championship Cap?’  CT