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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 Wolves, 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 5th) has been recognized as his trademark since the 1980’s, and has frequently been copied by other singers ever since.



National Speakers Association

National Speakers Association, Illinois Chapter

Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television & Radio Artists (SAG/AFTRA)




B.M.E., Bachelor of Music Education
Illinois Wesleyan University

M.Ed., Guidance & Counseling
Loyola University Chicago

Ph.D., Psychology
La Salle University

Hon. Doctor of Humane Letters
Illinois Wesleyan University

Hon. Doctor of Humanities
Chicago School of Professional Psychology

With his natural gifts and talents, Wayne continued to follow opportunities that built upon an extraordinary career.

• 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.


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