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Sonny Melendrez began his career as a broadcaster at age 19, while attending University of Texas at El Paso. He gained national recognition when he was named Billboard Magazine’s National Radio Personality of the Year (twice).

Next stop was Los Angeles, where he entertained on some of America’s greatest radio stations, including, KIIS, KMPC and KFI and was tapped to host the Disney Channel’s children’s television series, “You and Me, Kid!”.

Sonny received a Grammy nomination for his creation of the children’s version of worldwide anthem, “We Are the World,” benefitting USA for Africa.

He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2003 and is included in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of the “Top 100 Radio Personalities of All-Time”.

Sonny has been named Inc. Magazine’s Socially Responsible Entrepreneur of the Year and The City of San Antonio named The Sonny Melendrez Community Center, on the city’s West Side, to honor his tireless work, benefiting disadvantaged families and youth.

It is estimated that he has raised over 100 million dollars in money, goods and services for charities, locally and nationally, during his career.

Sonny has hosted and/or delivered keynotes at thousands of events worldwide, including the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards (7 times) in our nation’s capital.

As an inspirational keynote speaker, he shares personal stories and his message of “The Unstoppable Power of Enthusiasm!” at conferences and universities.