Wayne Messmer

Wayne P. Messmer (born Aug/Sep 1945 in Chicago, IL)[1] is a professional speaker, singer, broadcaster, author and actor. He is a professional member of SAG/AFTRA and the National Speakers Association. He was the long-time public address announcer for the Chicago Cubs. He sings "The Star-Spangled Banner" before many Cubs games, as well as prior to all Chicago Wolves American Hockey League games. Messmer is part owner of the Chicago Wolves. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, the national fraternity for men in music.

In the mid-1980s, Messmer was the newscaster/sidekick on WYTZ (Z-95) Radio's "Barsky Morning Show. He also was heard as the mid-day news anchor on WLS 890 AM. Since November 2011, he has hosted a jazz radio program Sunday evenings on 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio, the Wayne Messmer Radio Show.

For many years, he also sang for the Chicago Blackhawks, Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bears[2] and Chicago Sting. In January, 1991, when Messmer sang at the NHL All-Star Game at Chicago Stadium, he was nearly drowned out by cheers from the sellout crowd, mainly in support of the U.S. troops that had entered the Gulf War just days prior.[3] He was fired by the Blackhawks in 1994 when he began working for another hockey team, the Chicago Wolves. They allowed him to sing the anthem one last time at the Hawks first home game at United Center on January 25, 1995. On October 14, 1994 he sang the national anthem at the Rosemont Horizon (now Allstate Arena) introducing the Chicago Wolves and the IHL to Chicago. It was his first public performance since being shot (see below). The St. Louis Blues invited Messmer to sing the anthem at their home game when they opened the Kiel Center. Messmer also frequently performs the Anthem with his wife Kathleen.

Messmer's performance of the Anthem has always concluded with his trademark flourish on the final word "Brave" in which he concludes on the dominant note (5th). This trademark ending has frequently been copied by other singers.

In April 1994, Messmer was shot in the throat outside a West Side, Chicago restaurant. He survived the incident and after months of therapy continued his career as a singer and announcer. However, this incident prevented him from being able to sing the anthem for the final six Blackhawks home games at Chicago Stadium before its closing. A recording of Messmer singing was used instead for these games.

Academically, he has earned degrees from Illinois Wesleyan University (B.M.E.), Loyola University Chicago (M.Ed.) and LaSalle University (Ph.D.)

Messmer is also a Certified Speaking Professional, as recognized by the National Speakers Association, delivering a powerful keynote message of courage and conviction entitled "The Spirit of a Champion," drawn from his own personal life story.

Side projects

Messmer continues to frequently perform as a singer with orchestras and concert bands. He is still regularly heard at major sporting events. As a recording artist, his 2012 album So Lucky To Be Loving You features piano legend Judy Roberts as the accompanist. He also hosts a show on Sunday nights on 90.9 FM WDCB where he plays standards.

He is the co-founder and co-owner of Wayne Messmer & Associates, LLC, a financial services firm specializing in personal and family retirement advisement. Messmer presents financial dinner and workshops throughout the year in the Chicago area.

Messmer appeared in the 1992 film The Babe as the New York Yankees radio announcer.


  1. ^ "Surviving A Shot To The Throat, Iconic Chicago Anthem Singer Returns To World Series". National Public Radio. Retrieved 2016-10-29.
  2. ^ Mayer, Larry (2012-10-22). "Larry Mayer's Bears-Lions blog". Chicago Bears. Retrieved 2012-10-23.
  3. ^ "US National Anthem drowned out by cheers at 91 NHL All Star Game". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-10-23.

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1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game

The 1990 Major League Baseball All-Star Game was the 61st playing of the midsummer classic between the all-stars of the American League (AL) and National League (NL), the two leagues comprising Major League Baseball. The game was held on July 10, 1990, at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Cubs of the National League. The game resulted in the American League defeating the National League 2-0. The game is remembered for a rain delay in the 7th inning that resulted in CBS airing Rescue 911 during the delay. This is also the first game – and so far the only one – to feature two players bearing the same name: Greg Olson. One was a pitcher, represented the AL squad and Baltimore Orioles and featured three G's in the first name and the other was a catcher, represented the NL squad and Atlanta Braves and featured only two G's in the first name. Outfielder Jose Canseco of the Oakland Athletics and First Baseman Will Clark of the San Francisco Giants were the leaders of their leagues in the fan votes. They both batted third in the line up for their squads.

The pregame ceremonies celebrated the 85th anniversary of the Great Lakes Naval Training Station which, as with previous All-Star Games held in Chicago, provided the colors presentation. After Wayne Messmer sang O Canada, recording artist (and native Chicagoan) Richard Marx sang The Star-Spangled Banner. The last All-Star Game previously held at Wrigley Field was represented by Ernie Banks who threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks season

The 1990–91 Chicago Blackhawks season was the team's 65th season. After making the Conference Finals two years in a row, the Blackhawks were hosts for one of the most emotional NHL All-Star Game games in history, and finished with 106 points winning the NHL Presidents' Trophy for best record in the league. The Hawks received terrific performances from Steve Larmer, Jeremy Roenick, Chris Chelios, Dirk Graham and rookie Ed Belfour. Hockey it seemed was back in Chicago, and dreams of the first Stanley Cup since Hull and Mikita were rampant. However the playoffs matched the Hawks with their old rivals, the Minnesota North Stars, who crushed their dreams with a defeat in the first round of the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs - four games to two.

1992 Stanley Cup Finals

The 1992 Stanley Cup Finals was the championship series of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 1991–92 season, and the culmination of the 1992 Stanley Cup playoffs. It was contested by the Prince of Wales Conference and defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins and the Clarence Campbell Conference champion Chicago Blackhawks. The Blackhawks were appearing in their first Finals since 1973. After the Blackhawks jumped to an early 4–1 lead in the first game of the series, Mario Lemieux and the Penguins came back to win the game, sweep the series in four games, and win their second consecutive and second overall Stanley Cup. It was the 99th year of the Stanley Cup, and the first to extend into the month of June. It was the last final for Chicago Stadium as it closed in 1994.

42nd National Hockey League All-Star Game

The 42nd National Hockey League All-Star Game took place in Chicago Stadium, home of the Chicago Blackhawks, on January 19, 1991.

Baseball's Sad Lexicon

"Baseball's Sad Lexicon," also known as "Tinker to Evers to Chance" after its refrain, is a 1910 baseball poem by Franklin Pierce Adams. The eight-line poem is presented as a single, rueful stanza from the point of view of a New York Giants fan watching the Chicago Cubs infield of shortstop Joe Tinker, second baseman Johnny Evers, and first baseman Frank Chance complete a double play. These three players helped the Cubs win four National League championships and two World Series from 1906 to 1910.

"Baseball's Sad Lexicon" became popular across the United States among sportswriters, who wrote their own verses along the same vein. The poem only enhanced the reputations of Tinker, Evers, and Chance over the succeeding decades as the phrase became a synonymous with a feat of smooth and ruthless efficiency. It has been credited with their elections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1946.

Chicago Blackhawks

The Chicago Blackhawks (spelled Black Hawks until 1986, and known colloquially as the Hawks) are a professional ice hockey team based in Chicago, Illinois. They are members of the Central Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). They have won six Stanley Cup championships since their founding in 1926. The Blackhawks are one of the "Original Six" NHL teams along with the Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and New York Rangers. Since 1994, the club's home rink is the United Center, which they share with the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls. The club had previously played for 65 years at Chicago Stadium.The club's original owner was Frederic McLaughlin, who owned the club until his death in 1944. Under McLaughlin, a "hands-on" owner who fired many coaches during his ownership, the club won two Stanley Cup titles. The club was then owned by the Norris family, who as owners of the Chicago Stadium were the club's landlord, and owned stakes in several of the NHL teams. At first, the Norris ownership was as part of a syndicate fronted by long-time executive Bill Tobin, and the team languished in favor of the Norris-owned Detroit Red Wings. After the senior James E. Norris died in 1952, the Norris assets were spread among family members and James D. Norris became owner. Norris Jr. took an active interest in the team and under his ownership, the club won one Stanley Cup title in 1961.

After James D. Norris died in 1966, the Wirtz family became owners of the franchise. In 2007, the club came under the control of Rocky Wirtz, who is credited with turning around the organization, which had lost fan interest and competitiveness. Under Rocky Wirtz, the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup three times between 2010 and 2015.

Chicago Stadium

Chicago Stadium was an indoor arena in Chicago, Illinois, that opened in 1929 and closed in 1994. It was the home of the National Hockey League's Chicago Blackhawks and the National Basketball Association's Chicago Bulls.

Desmond Clark

Desmond Darice Clark (born April 20, 1977 in Bartow, Florida) is a former American football tight end who played in the National Football League. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the sixth round of the 1999 NFL Draft. He played college football at Wake Forest. Clark also played for the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears.

Illinois Wesleyan University

Illinois Wesleyan University is an independent, exclusively undergraduate liberal arts college in Bloomington, Illinois. Founded in 1850, the central portion of the present campus was acquired in 1854 with the first building erected in 1856. It offers over 80 majors, minors and programs in the liberal arts, business, the fine arts, nursing, and eight pre-professional areas.

The university's mission is to foster the traditional liberal arts of creativity, character, and knowledge. Its motto – Scientia et sapientia, or "Knowledge and wisdom" – was coined by famed explorer and Wesleyan Professor John Wesley Powell.

List of American public address announcers

This is a list of notable American public address announcers.

Chic Anderson – horse racing (best known for work at Belmont Park)

Alex Anthony – New York Jets and New York Mets

Pete Arbogast – Los Angeles Dodgers

Michael Baiamonte – Miami Heat

Dan Baker – Philadelphia Phillies

Rex Barney – Baltimore Orioles

Carl Beane – Boston Red Sox

Bruce Binkowski – San Diego Chargers, San Diego Clippers, San Diego Padres, and San Diego State Aztecs

Renel Brooks-Moon – San Francisco Giants

Charlie Brotman – U.S. presidential inauguration parades, Washington Senators, Washington Nationals

Michael Buffer – boxing

Dick Callahan – Oakland Athletics, and Saint Mary's College of California

Mike Carlucci – Los Angeles Dodgers, Anaheim Ducks, Los Angeles Kings, Summer Olympics Baseball & Winter Olympics hockey

Tom Carnegie – Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indiana high school basketball

Joshua Carroll – University of Arkansas at Little Rock, Arkansas high school basketball, football, baseball, track & field

Bob Casey – Minnesota Twins

Tony Chimel – World Wrestling Entertainment

Michael Clapper – Washington Mystics

Ray Clay – Chicago Bulls Chicago Sky

Jody Dean – Dallas Cowboys

Sean Valley - Inglemoor Vikings, prev Lake Washington, Bothell, Redmond.

David Diamante – boxing

Sergeant Major Michael R. Dudley – United States Presidential Inaugural Swearing-in Ceremonies, Department of Defense, Military District of Washington, The United States Army Band (Pershing's Own), Boston Pops Orchestra

Mike "The Duke" Donegan – Tennessee Titans

J. Fred Duckett – Houston Astros

Tom Durkin – horse racing

Frank Fallon – NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship

Sherm Feller – Boston Red Sox

Howard Finkel – World Wrestling Entertainment

Bob Ford – Houston Astros, University of Houston football

Paul Friedman – Chicago Cubs

Lilian Garcia – World Wrestling Entertainment

Phil Georgeff – horse racing

Marty Glickman – (sports announcer)

Halsey Hall – Minnesota Twins

Jim Hall – New York Giants football team, New York Yankees

Kevin Heilbronner – Greensboro Swarm

Gene Honda – Chicago White Sox, Chicago Blackhawks, DePaul University, NCAA Final Four, and Chicago PBS WTTW

Byron Hudtloff – Washington Valor, George Washington University Men's Basketball

Tom Hutyler – Seattle Mariners

Dwight Isenhoward - Winston Salem Dash, Catawba Indians, Elkin Buckin Elks

Andy Jick – Boston Celtics

Dave Johnson – horse racing

Wes Johnson – Washington Capitals

Stan Kelly – San Antonio Spurs

Sam Lagana – Los Angeles Rams

Jimmy Lennon, Jr. – boxing

Todd Leitz – Los Angeles Dodgers

Budd Lynch – Detroit Red Wings

John Magrino – Tampa Bay Buccaneers, NFL International Series, College Football Playoff National Championship, Orange Bowl, Outback Bowl

John Mason – Detroit Pistons

Dave McHugh – Baltimore Brigade

Bill Melton - Dallas Cowboys, Super Bowls VI, VIII and IX; 1996 Olympic Soccer; Texas Rangers; Cotton Bowl Classic; Texas Relays; SMU Football and Basketball; 1994 Men's World Cup Soccer; 2003 Women's World Cup Soccer; 2002 FIBA World Basketball Championships; Dallas Chaparrals Basketball; 2001 and 2005 Presidential Inaugural Parade and Ceremonies

Wayne Messmer – Chicago Cubs

Joel Meyers – St. Louis Cardinals

Paul Morris – Toronto Maple Leafs

Nick Nickson – Los Angeles Dodgers

Lou Nolan – Philadelphia Flyers

Paul Olden – New York Yankees

Eddie Palladino – Boston Celtics

Shawn Parker – Minnesota Timberwolves

Pat Pieper – Chicago Cubs

Ryan Pritt – Cleveland Indians

John Ramsey – Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Angels, USC Trojans

Andy Redmond – Frederick Keys

Eric Smith – Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Chargers, Los Angeles Dodgers

Alan Roach – Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rapids, Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl, Pro Bowl, NFL International Series, Olympic Hockey, Olympic Boxing

Dan Roberts – Utah Jazz

Justin Roberts – World Wrestling Entertainment

Stu Schwartz (aka Stuntman Stu) – Ottawa Senators

Olivier Sedra – Brooklyn Nets

Bob Sheppard – New York Yankees, New York Giants

Jeff Shreve – Cleveland Browns – University of Akron, Canton Charge, Mid-American Conference

Lawrence Tanter – Los Angeles Lakers

Mike Walczewski – New York Knicks

William Watson – IIHF, MLRH – Ice and Inline hockey.

Ralph Wesley – Washington Wizards

Joe Wowk – Lehigh Valley Phantoms

Dave Zinkoff – Philadelphia 76ers

List of Sinfonians

This is a list of distinguished members of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity who have achieved significant recognition in their respective fields, including (but not limited to) education, film, industry, literature, music, philanthropy, public service, radio, science, and television.

In determining the classification for each Sinfonian listed here, an attempt was made to classify the individual based on what he is most known for. In some cases, a person such as Aaron Copland may be known equally as a conductor and a composer. In other cases, an individual such as Branford Marsalis may be known equally as a jazz musician and a television personality.

Honorary members are in italics, charter members are in bold.

The Babe

The Babe is a 1992 American biographical drama film about the life of famed baseball player Babe Ruth, who is portrayed by John Goodman. It was directed by Arthur Hiller, written by John Fusco and released in the United States on April 17, 1992.


WDCB (90.9 FM) is a public radio station broadcasting a jazz format, serving primarily the Chicago area, and beyond through its streaming audio. The station is licensed to and owned by College of DuPage, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, United States, and mostly features live and locally hosted programming, along with select music programs from PRX and NPR.

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