Wayne Messmer’s radio career began in 1975 when he was hired as a weekend staff announcer for WXFM 105.9 FM in Chicago. While there, his talents were recognized and he soon became a full-time staff announcer, assuming various positions along the way, from that of overnight classical music program Nitecap as host and programmer, to morning drive-time, Old Time Radio Show host and producer, newscaster, Music from Broadway Show host and Jazz program host.
When the station was sold and became Top-40 WAGO (G 106), he assumed the role of Sports Director, a position that survived after the management decided to change their identity to WCKG and move to classic rock.
Shortly thereafter, an opportunity came knocking at WYTZ (94.7FM) whereby he was partnered for over three years as the on-air newsman and sidekick of Paul Barsky for an energetic and highly rated Barksy Morning Zoo show.
The next move took Wayne to WLS AM 890 where he joined the news team as the mid-day News Anchor for the ABC flagship station, for a few more years.
His expertise as a broadcaster, led him the capture the role of Public Address Announcer for the Chicago Sting Soccer Team. He was hired by the White Sox where he served for a three-season stint as PA Announcer/Soloist, until moving to the Chicago Cubs, where he assumed the same role. He has maintained a relationship with the Cubs since 1985, although now he has relinquished the PA duties in favor of frequent National Anthem appearances.
Various radio side stops along the way at a number of stations, eventually led him to AM 560 WIND in Chicago where he produced, wrote and hosted a Saturday morning lifestyle talk show called the Homelife Radio Show for a couple of years.
His present radio home is on “Chicago’s Jazz Station,” 90.9FM WDCB. The listener supported public radio station from the College of Du Page brought him back to his Jazz DJ roots with The Wayne Messmer Radio Show, that is heard Sunday evenings from 7-8 pm. This show has gained a loyal following since it first began in October of 2011. Listeners tune in and are recognized from across the country enjoying the program streaming on the web at wdcb.org.
His television credits include a stint as the host of “Wolves TV,” a weekly magazine show focused on the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team, for which he received a Chicago Emmy nomination.