About Wayne MessmerCertified Speaking Professional, Singer, Broadcaster, Author, Actor
Wayne Messmer ~ Words & Music
Born in Chicago, Illinois, Wayne Messmer grew up on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Wayne naturally 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 before a college hockey game at Loyola University.
Sharing his reverent rendition of the National Anthem from his deep, baritone voice, Messmer’s extraordinary singing career started that very first day at Loyola University. His talent to command the patrons of the ice arena to stand silently and honor our American flag was rare. Filling the silent void with powerful vibrato always ended with an uproarious boom of cheers, whistles, and clapping at the mention of the word “free.” His signature ending note on the word, “brave,” (on the fifth) is known as his trademark since the 1980’s.
Soon after acquiring a singing contract with the Chicago Blackhawks to perform the National Anthem at the old Chicago Stadium, he became known nationally as the “Voice of the National Anthem.”
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
However, “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.
With a voice worth fighting for, Wayne brings his story and C.A.P. formula to the 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, 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.”©
Undergraduate Degree, Music Education ~ Illinois Wesleyan
Master’s Degree, Guidance & Counseling ~ Loyola University Chicago
Ph.D., Psychology ~ La Salle University