Why hire Sonny Melendrez?
Sonny Melendrez is a great way to kick off your conference or meeting on a high note with the perfect blend of humor and motivation.
An award-winning motivational speaker and Hall of Fame broadcaster, he has delivered keynotes or emceed at over 5000 events in his career!
Presentations are custom-made for your organization’s theme, purpose, and core-values. Clients include, Southwest Airlines, Disney, HR Southwest, USO, and McDonalds.
As host of Disney's You and Me, Kid!, Sonny has connected with audiences worldwide and provides the voices of countless cartoons, commercials, and movies.
His book, The Art of Living with Enthusiasm!, is a testimony to a life of positive expectation.
Sonny Melendrez was born to inspire.
Inspiring others has always been an important element in the life of this dynamic radio and television personality and motivational speaker who travels across the country and around the globe to entertain and inspire both on stage and on the air.
Twice named Billboard Magazine's "Radio Personality of the Year," his enthusiasm for life is evident as host of various radio and television programs. In addition, he was awarded the honor of Hispanic Radio Personality of the Year by Ricardo Montalban and the National Nosotros Organization. He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall Of Fame and 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 television 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 nationally-known charities and was named Inc. Magazine's "Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year”.
Sonny received a Presidential Commendation for his efforts in the war on drugs and was presented the National Director’s Community Leadership Award by the FBI. 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 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 and commitment to disadvantaged youth.
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," 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."
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 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! After a nationwide search, Sonny was chosen to provide the voice of Jerry Seinfeld in a campaign promoting The Bee Movie Game for ActiVision.
Companies, associations, colleges, universities, and groups of all types have been inspired by Sonny’s captivating and highly-entertaing motivational presentations. His topics are designed to fire up team members, teachers, students, parents, and companies to get involved and make a difference in the world around them.
In his new book, “The Art of Living With Enthusiasm!,” Sonny offers the powerful benefits to be found in positive living through personal and powerful stories of encouragement, comfort, and joy.
Sonny Melendrez ★★★★★: Motivational Keynote Speaker
Over the past 24 years, I've had the pleasure of working with the best in business of speaking and entertainment. Their level of professionalism and commitment to excellence has been truly inspiring.
They include, Dick Clark, Jerry Seinfeld, Steve Martin, Art Linkletter, Bill Cosby, Rita Moreno, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Palmer, Ricardo Montalban, Neil Diamond, and Bette Midler,
What to Expect
Typical Gig Duration: 20 - 240 minutes
Keynote Motivational / Inspirational Presentation
-The Art of Living with Enthsusiasm!
Sonny takes the audience on a journey of endless possibility and tells of those who have achieved great success, against all odds, including his own story, beginning in the back of his father's barbershop, where his family lived, to Hollywood and beyond. This multi-media presentation is filled with magical moments that reveal the secrets to inspire your audience!
*Each presentation is customized to emphasize your conference or event theme.
Leadership As A Second Language
-Sonny delivers a road map for leaders to inspire others to success. "You manage things; you LEAD people."
Big Dreams Begin With Small Steps
-Sonny motivates college students to focus on the connection between their passion, talent, and responsibility.
-Perfect for a family audience. Lots of laughter and fun.
Cartoon & Character Voices
-Imagine having famous cartoon characters bring home your event theme.
World-Class Master of Ceremonies
-Every event is handled like a network television production. Sonny's goal is make everyone look good and feel special. Having served as emcee at thousands of events, there is literally nothing he hasn't seen or can't handle. As Sonny puts it, "If there's an earthquake during the event, I'll find a way to work it into the program!"
CDs For Sale
The Art of Living With Enthusiasm!
2006: 139 gigs
2007: 121 gigs
2008: 119 gigs
2009: 145 gigs
2010: 168 gigs
2011: 207 gigs
2012: 201 gigs
Available for Your
Awards Night, Concert Venue, Convention, Corporate Event, Cruise, Fair, Festival, Fundraiser, Graduation, Grand Opening, Hotel, Luncheon/Tea, Parade, Retreat, Seminar, Sporting Event, Workshop