As a veteran broadcaster, Wayne has considerable radio experience. His present home on-the-air is as the host of the popular, “Wayne Messmer Radio Show” Sunday Nights 7:00-8:00p.m. (Chicago time) on 90.9FM/WDCB.org. Listen Live
Messmer’s radio career began in 1975 when he was hired as a part-time weekend staff announcer for WXFM 105.9 FM in Chicago. His talents were quickly recognized and he soon became a full-time staff announcer, assuming various on-air positions from, overnight classical music host and programmer, to hosting and producing the Mon-Fri morning drive-time, “Old Time Radio Show” featuring classic radio shows for over three years, to newscaster, “Music from Broadway” show host and eventually a 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 he held even when the station changed their identity again to WCKG | 105.9FM and switched to a classic rock music format. Shortly thereafter, an opportunity arose at WYTZ | 94.7FM where 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 to capture the role of Public Address Announcer for the Chicago Sting Soccer Team. Shortly therafter, he was hired by the Chicago 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 announcing duties in favor of frequent National Anthem appearances.
Various radio 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 with Wayne Messmer” for a couple of years.
His current radio home is “Chicago’s Home for Jazz,” 90.9FM | WDCB.org, the Public Radio station from the College of Du Page. This brought him back to his Jazz DJ roots with “The Wayne Messmer Radio Show,” that is heard Sunday Nights from 7:00-8:00 pm. The show has gained a loyal following since it first began in October of 2011. Listeners tune in from across the country as the program streams world-wide on the web at WDCB.org. Wayne can also be heard as one of the voices of Cubs Radio on 670 The Score on the Chicago Cubs Radio Network and on Chicago Wolves Hockey telecasts.
His television credits include the role as the host of “Wolves TV,” a weekly magazine show that focused on the Chicago Wolves Hockey Team, for which he received a Chicago Emmy nomination. Messmer is a frequent guest on Chicago television and radio stations.
“As a native Chicagoan, entertainer and broadcaster, Wayne’s sharp wit and sense of humor has made him a favorite for years on-the-air. I remember mornings with Barsky and Wayne on Z 95” ~JB
“From classical music to jazz, from sports to hard news, Messmer has the talent to carry any of those assignments with confidence and professionalism.” ~KL
“Wayne has a great knowledge and appreciation of the music he plays on his show, and the golden voice of a radio pro.” ~BC
The Wayne Messmer Radio Show on 90.9FM | WDCB.org is heard SUN NIGHTS 7:00-8:00pm (Chicago time)