Sonny Melendrez was Born to Serve!
Making people happy has always been an important element in the life of this dynamic radio and television personality. Sonny travels across the country and around the globe to entertain both on and off the air, but chooses to live in San Antonio, where he grew up.
He is San Antonio's first multi-media personality. SonnyRadio.com is San Antonio's first all-Internet commercial radio station. The station gives listeners a family-friendly Internet radio alternative with features designed to amuse, amaze, inform and inspire all who visit the site.
Twice named Billboard Magazine's "Radio Personality of the Year," his enthusiasm for life is evident as host of various radio and television programs. He has the honor of being included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the Top 100 Radio Personalities Of All Time.
Radio being his first love, Melendrez has hosted drive time shows at some of America's greatest radio stations, including KIIS, KMPC, KFI, KMGG AND KRLA in Los Angeles.
Blessed with multiple talents, Sonny is equally at home serving as TV host, actor, radio personality, writer, commercial spokesman, comedian,
motivational speaker, or cartoon voice artist. His inventiveness and energetic style make him a much-sought-after performer.
A high level of credibility has made him a popular TV and radio spokesperson for companies like Disney, Pepsi, McDonald's, Sears and Sprint PCS, to name a few.
Sonny is comfortable in front of any audience. He has hosted or been featured speaker at such prestigious events as the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards; 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.
As host of the award winning children's series, ‘You And Me, Kid,” on the Disney Channel, Sonny displayed his natural talent for working with children.
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. 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.
President Reagan commended Sonny for his efforts in the war on drugs. In 1990, in recognition for raising tens of thousands of dollars for youth scholarships, he was named "El Rey Feo" (The People's King) and reigned 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.
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's version of "We Are The World" 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."
The Sonny Melendrez Children's Foundation was created in 1998 to help disabled and disadvantaged youth in San Antonio. It is estimated that he has helped to raise over 100 million dollars in cash, goods and services for local and national charities during the last 25 years!
Sonny is truly the man of a thousand voices. As a teenager he discovered an uncanny ability to imitate and create character voices. He has provided the voices of several characters in Hanna-Barbera's "Jetsons" cartoon series; created many of the sounds heard in the Gremlins movie; was the bug who yelled "Oh, no! It's RAAAAAID!" in the popular TV commercial; 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 70s TV series starring Robert Blake. Recently he was chosen from a field of over 140,000 as the new voice of the Parkay Margarine Talking Tub!
Colleges, universities, and corporate groups of all types have found Sonny to be a very effective motivational speaker. His topics are designed to inspire students and companies and to use their resources and make a difference in our quality of life.
No matter what the technology, you're sure to find all the talent and enthusiasm that has become a Sonny Melendrez trademark.