Wayne Messmer is an accomplished singer, broadcaster and businessman. Today, he’s part owner and Executive Vice President for the Chicago Wolves. He’s also 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 games.
In the mid-1980s, Messmer was the newscaster on WYTZ (Z-95) Radio’s “Barsky Morning Zoo”.
For many years, he also sang for the Chicago Blackhawks
, Chicago White Sox
, Chicago Bears
and Chicago Sting. In 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. It remains one of the best moments in hockey
history and an iconinc moment in the life of Wayne Messmer. Messmer’s association with sports began as the announcer/soloist with the Chicago Sting soccer team. From 1982-85, the Chicago native served as field announcer and soloist for the Chicago White Sox and he has maintained a professional association with the Chicago Cubs since 1985. Messmer also spent 13 seasons as the celebrated soloist for the Chicago Blackhawks. His performance prior to the 1991 NHL All-Star game at Chicago Stadium continues to be recognized by fans as one of the greatest moments in hockey.
During the Wolves historic home opener on Oct. 14, 1994, Messmer made an emotional return to his craft. Before a sellout crowd at Allstate Arena, he sang the anthem publicly for the first time since he suffered a gunshot wound to the throat six months earlier...
I don’t do much personal “blogging” here.
It’s just not what this specific website is about.
I’ve only had three previous posts of that nature in the 15 months I’ve been doing this. The first was an announcement I was going to be on the History Channel, the second was a shout-out to everyone from Chicago Now who sent me get well soon cards when I was hospitalized for a month, and the third was my victory lap with all the links to all the national media outlets that followed my lead when I broke the Susannah Collins
story. Hey, it's not everyday you get to blow up a journalism DeathStar. When you have the top secret location of the nuclear reactor and the firepower for a direct hit- you can't be trigger-shy.
Anyway, here’s the fourth post...
Chicago alternative radio station Q101 made a rape joke during game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Chicago Blackhawks
and Boston Bruins. Now for $1,000 guess the medium in which Q101 made this horrible insensitive gaffe...
Tell Q101 what they’ve just won: lots of listeners lost, a deeply offended audience, corporate sponsors aghast (they might bail too possibly), a public relations nightmare, an inevitable upcoming public apology, and maybe even a fired social media
Didn’t we learn from the film Borat
that rape jokes aren’t ok? Well, it has been 8 years since that movie came out. Didn’t WE JUST LEARN, in this exact NHL
postseason, that tweeting sexual assault jokes during hockey
games isn't cool?
The LA Kings Twitter
account just made that mistake a few weeks ago when they let a local shock jock sports talk radio guy
take over their Twitter
feed for a period of a Stanley Cup Playoff game...
What went down at Penn State was the college football story of the year in 2011-12. Actually, it’s the most important sports story of the 2010s thus far. The Penn State child rape scandal is so much more than just a scandal and a cover-up; it’s all encompassing. And today, I find it bizarre that... Read more »
awhile ago to host The Crossover, a daily sports and entertainment show on NBC
Sports Network. The program, hosted solely by Michelle Beadle
(unlike Sports Nation on ESPN
in which she had a co-host) will go all in Stanley Cup Final content on Monday with a one-hour extended episode prior to game 3 between the Chicago Blackhawks
and Boston Bruins. It airs at 5 p.m. CDT.
There will also be special NHL
edition of the Michelle Beadle
talk show after the game). For whatever reason, game 3 tomorrow night will only be on NBC
Sports Network, not NBC
(game 2 was demoted to cable as well)...
Yes, this headline includes ALL CAPS because that’s required for this exchange between WSCR midday co-host Dan Bernstein
and an idiotic caller. Dan Bernstein
goes off on a Steve Alford apologist and UCLA
fan who called in recently. The language is all SFW but remember it’s “LOUD NOISES!!!” as Brick from fictional KVWN San Diego would say.
Steve Alford was recently hired to UCLA
from New Mexico. However, he’s most notorious for what went on during his regime in Iowa
During his time leading the Iowa Hawkeyes
, Coach Steve Alford (@UCLACoachAlford
) was basically a sympathizer to committing sexual assault. Actually, he was more than that
- he advocated the character of a sexual assault recidivist. Alford was also a very powerful enemy to a sexual assault victim...
I really do love the Chicago Blackhawks “hit the ice” introduction video
. The CGI effects are top notch.
However, the very first thing I noticed in the vid is Coach Quenneville’s faux “media
There are only three microphones placed under Coach Q: WGN TV, WGN Radio and Comcast SportsNet; the Blackhawks
three broadcast partners. Now why would a front-runner franchise even bother doing this? Why have any corporate media
logos? Or instead throw in more media
outlets and make the fake presser look genuine? Still, this is ultimately meaningless minutia; at least compared to the more important thoughts that it provokes.
If you’re a media
outlet who also broadcasts a team regularly, you are no longer a true news-gathering agency. At least not in regards to that specific team. You are beholden to that franchise and your on-air talent are de facto PR representatives; not reporters or journalists...