Honored to deliver inspirational keynotes and/or host over 5,000 events worldwide
-Disney TV Host
-Billboard Magazine Radio Personality of Year
-Inducted Texas Radio Hall of Fame
-Included Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-Top 100 Radio Personalities of All-Time
-Grammy nominee
-Author, Enthusiasm!

Experience

  • Inspirational | Motivational Speaker - Enthusiastic Leadership

    at Sonny Melendrez Communications

    February 2004 - at Present

    Texas

  • Morning Show Host - KLUP Radio

    at Salem Broadcasting

    March 2001 - June 2004

    Texas

  • Morning Show Host - KSMG Radio

    at Cox Media

    April 1993 - December 2001

    Texas

    Sonny Melendrez & Company morning-drive show. Ratings from 5th to 1st in 6 months.

  • Morning Show Host - KTFM Radio

    at Waterman Broadcasting

    September 1985 - April 1993

    Texas

    The Sonny Melendrez Morning Show - Led radio team to #1 ratings.

  • Disney Channel TV Show Host - You & Me, Kid!

    at The Walt Disney Company

    May 1983 - December 1991

    California

    Award-winning host of The Disney Channel's premiere children's series. 120 episodes.

  • Syndicated Radio Host - The Spirit of Summer

    at CBS Radio

    May 1986 - August 1988

    California

    Syndicated 3 hour radio show airing on 400+ stations from coast to coast.

  • Morning Show Host - KMGG Radio

    at Cox Radio

    June 1983 - September 1985

    California

    Program Director. Worked with top-notch team of radio professionals who helped make The Sonny Melendrez Show top rated in Los Angeles. Presentations included motivational speaker events.

Education

  • Radio, Televison, Film

    at University of Texas at El Paso

    1966 - at Present (52 years) Texas

  • TV Host, Entertainment

    at Disney University

    1982 - 1983 (1 year) California

Services offered

  • Personal Development Encouragement Coaching®

    As a personal development coach, Sonny Melendrez takes clients through a series of exercises, designed to align the client with the direct path to their desired success. This includes direction, accountability and lots of cheerleading along the way.

    Clients from all walks of life have benefited greatly from Sonny's unique style of coaching by encouragement.

    Inbox or email for rates: info@SonnyMelendrez.com

  • Public Speaker Coaching

    While public speaking remains the #1 fear in the world of communication, there can be proverbial light at the end of the seemingly fearful tunnel. Having overcome a painfully shy existence, leading to a successful career in radio, television and presenting to audiences of thousands, Sonny Melendrez can sympathize with what you may feel.

    This is a course for those with a burning desire to take command of any audience, large or small. All sessions are conducted by phone or skype.

    Inbox or email for rates: info@SonnyMelendrez.com

  • National Inspirational / Motivational Keynote Speaker

    http://SonnyMelendrez.com ✆ 210-887-9850 ✉ info@sonnymelendrez.com

    My signature motivational keynote presentation, "The Unstoppable Power of Enthusiasm!" is customized to fit a company or organization's conference theme, purpose and core values.

    Growing up inside my father’s small barbershop on the East Side of San Antonio, Texas, I had big dreams of radio, TV and more! It was that vision, education and hard work, along with the encouragement of my parents and mentors that helped me attain my dreams - to become the first male Disney Channel show host; chosen Billboard Magazine’s National Radio Personality of the Year (Twice); receive a Grammy Nomination; inducted in the Texas Radio Hall of Fame and more.

    As an inspirational speaker and coach, I have pleasure of helping audiences to re-tune, refresh and re-invigorate the spirit within: enthusiasm. I strive to create the starting point and fire the gun that sends them racing to the finish line!

    I've had the honor of delivering the keynote and/or hosting over 5000 events in my career and have entertained on some of America's great radio stations, including KIIS, KMPC, KFI and KRLA in Los Angeles.

    As television host of Disney's You and Me, Kid!, I've connected with family audiences worldwide and as a voice artist have given life to countless characters in cartoons, commercials, and movies, including The Jetsons animated TV series.

    My book, The Art of Living with Enthusiasm!, is a personal testimony of the joy to be found in life of positive expectation.

    http://SonnyMelendrez.com ✆ 210-887-9850 ✉ info@sonnymelendrez.com

  • Keynote Motivational Speaker

    Sonny Melendrez was born to inspire.

    Motivating others has always been an important element in the life of this dynamic radio and television personality, author and inspirational speaker.

    Twice named Billboard Magazine‘s “National Radio Personality of the Year,” his enthusiasm for life is evident as host of local and national radio and television programs. He was presented the National Hispanic Radio Personality of the Year Award by Ricardo Montalban, then president of the National Nosotros Organization. In 2003, he was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame and is included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Top 100 Radio Personalities of All-Time. Later this year, he will be inducted into the San Antonio Radio Hall of Fame.

    Melendrez has served as program manager and hosted at some of America’s greatest radio stations, including KIIS, KMPC, KFI, KMGG, and KRLA in Los Angeles and KTSA, KTFM, KSMG, and KLUP in San Antonio. Under his leadership, these stations enjoyed stellar ratings and received countless awards for public service.

    Blessed with multiple talents, Sonny is equally at home as a TV host, actor, radio personality, writer, commercial spokesman, motivational speaker, or voice artist. He has served as TV and radio spokesperson for companies like Disney, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Sears and Sprint.
    As a motivational speaker and master of ceremonies, he has presented at such prestigious events as the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards (7 times); the National “Just Say No To Drugs” Rally at the Washington Monument; and the USO 50th Anniversary Gala at the Ambassador’s Palace in Paris, France with guest of honor, the late Princess Grace of Monaco.

    The Disney Channel
    As host of the award-winning children’s television series, “You and Me, Kid!,” on the Disney Channel, Sonny enjoyed one of the longest runs (11 years) in the network’s history.

    Sonny’s ability and willingness to rally people behind a cause is one reason he is involved in so many charities, both locally and nationally. In 1992, he was named Inc. Magazine’s “Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year” and awarded the “2000 Marketing Philanthropist Lifetime Achievement Award” by the Sales and Marketing Executives of San Antonio.

    In 1979, as the Los Angeles commissioner of the United Nation’s Year of the Child, Melendrez was invited to Washington, D.C. to present his idea for a national children’s holiday. Sunshine Day was officially proclaimed and celebrated in all 50 states on August 19th of that year, encouraging parents to spend the day, with their children, giving them what they most want and need: time and love.

    President Ronald Reagan commended Sonny for his efforts in the war on drugs and he received the National Director’s Community Leadership Award by FBI Director, William S. Sessions. The Department of Justice lauded Melendrez with the prestigious “Modern Hero Award” for his efforts to inspire the nation’s youth to “Soar In School”. In 1990, in recognition of raising tens of thousands of dollars for youth scholarships, he was named “El Rey Feo” (The People’s King) and presided over San Antonio’s annual weeklong Fiesta celebration.

    The City of San Antonio named the Sonny Melendrez Community Center located on the city’s West Side in his honor as way to say “thank you” for his community involvement, benefiting disadvantaged youth and families, including over 1400 motivational school presentations.

    Programs that benefit children have always been a priority for Sonny Melendrez. One of the projects of which he is most proud is The Children of the World Project, giving talented youth and countless volunteers a way to give back by recording the children’s version of “We Are The World,” which he created in Los Angeles in 1985. Over 1500 children participated in the recording and video and proceeds from record sales benefited USA for Africa. Sonny received a Grammy nomination for “Best Children’s Recording.”

    There is hardly a charity or cause in San Antonio and many nationally, that has not received a helping hand from Sonny Melendrez. It is estimated that he has been responsible for raising over 100 million dollars in cash, goods and services for local and national non-profits during his career!

    As a public servant, he’s played a major role in countless city, county and state projects in the past 25 years, including his service as Bexar County Chairman of the 2010 Census.

    Sonny Melendrez :: National Motivational Speaker :: San Antonio, TXA man of a thousand voices, he provided the voices of several characters in Hanna-Barbera’s “Jetsons” cartoon series; created many of the sounds heard in the Gremlins Movie; played opposite Walter Mathau as the voice of Bob Cratchet in the animated TV classic, “The Stingiest Man in Town“; and was even the voice of the infamous Fred the Cockatoo in the 70”s NBC TV series, Baretta. He was chosen from a field of over 140,000 as the new voice of the Parkay Margarine Talking Tub, and recently, after a nationwide search, Sonny was picked as voice of Jerry Seinfeld for a campaign promoting the Bee Movie Game for ActiVision.

    Conferences, companies, colleges, universities, school districts, and groups of all types have been inspired by Sonny’s captivating motivational presentations. His topics are designed to fire up companies, teachers, students, and parents to get involved and make a difference in the world around them, while delivering above-and-beyond service.

    In his popular book, “The Art of Living with Enthusiasm!”, Sonny presents the benefits to be found in positive living through personal and powerful stories of encouragement, comfort, and joy.

Languages

  • English Native

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