Wayne Messmer, The Broadcaster
As a veteran broadcaster, Wayne has more than 30 years broadcasting experience for sports games, radio shows, news radio and most currently, the “Wayne Messmer Radio Show SUNDAY NIGHTS 7:00-8:00p.m. (Chicago time) on 90.9FM/WDCB.org. Listen Live.
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 the morning drive-time, Old Time Radio Show host and producer, newscaster, Music from Broadway Show host and eventually as 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 to WCKG and moved to a classic rock music format.
Shortly thereafter, an opportunity arose 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 soon joined 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 PA 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 for a couple of years.
His present radio home is on “Chicago’s Home for Jazz,” 90.9FM WDCB.org, the listener-supported public radio station from the College of Du Page. This brought him back to his Jazz DJ roots with The Wayne Messmer Radio Show, heard Sunday evenings 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.
His television credits include the role 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.
“As a native Chicagoan, entertainer and broadcaster, his sharp wit and sense of humor has made him a favorite for years on-the-air.”
“From classical music to jazz, from sports to hard news, Messmer has the talent to carry any of those assignments.”
“Wayne has a great knowledge and appreciation of the music he plays on his show, and the voice of a radio pro.”