About Wayne MessmerCertified Speaking Professional, Singer, Broadcaster, Author, Actor
Wayne Messmer grew up as a “city kid” on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Always practicing “opportunity management” he positioned himself in the right place at the right time for 99% of his life. As the volunteer P.A. Announcer for the Loyola University Hockey Team, the tape recording of the National Anthem broke before a game was about to start, so Wayne stepped up and took the challenge, and the microphone and sang it himself. Messmer’s extraordinary singing career started that very day at a college hockey game… and the rest was history.
As the celebrated National Anthem soloist with the Chicago Blackhawks at the old Chicago Stadium, for 13 seasons in the NHL, and subsequently with the Chicago Cubs and formerly the Chicago White Sox, he became known nationally as, “Chicago’s Voice of the National Anthem.” His signature ending note on the word, “brave,” (on the fifth) has been recognized as his trademark since the 1980’s, and has frequently been copied by other singers ever since.
With his natural gifts and talents, Wayne continued to follow opportunities that built upon an extraordinary career, including (in reverse chronological order),
- Certified Speaking Professional, Keynote “The Spirit of a Champion” ©
- “The Wayne Messmer Radio Show,” WDCB 90.9 FM / WDCB.org
- Singing the National Anthem and God Bless America for Chicago sports teams
- “Damien” A one-man play by Aldyth Morris
- Critically Acclaimed Author, The Voice of Victory
- Senior Executive Vice President & Founding Partner, Chicago Wolves
- Financial Professional, Wayne Messmer & Associates, LLC.
- Broadcasting news and sports for various Chicago teams and radio stations
- Actor, Yankees Radio Announcer in “The Babe,” Universal Studios, Inc.
- Various plays and musicals
They never said it was going to be easy.
In 1994, he faced his biggest life challenge after an incident left him with his life and voice in peril. No one knew then if he would survive that fateful spring night, let alone speak or sing again. But his courage, conviction and perseverance brought him to his triumphant performance as “The Voice of Victory” at the 2016 World Series.
Your Championship C.A.P.
With a voice worth fighting for, Wayne brings his story and his “Championship C.A.P.” formula to the stage to help others live life with their eyes open for possibilities and opportunities, no matter the circumstance. Drawing from a storied career as a certified speaking professional, singer, author, actor, broadcaster 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. The true mark of “The Spirit of a Champion.”©
B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education ~ Illinois Wesleyan University
M.Ed., Guidance & Counseling ~ Loyola University Chicago
Ph.D., Psychology ~ La Salle University