Radio personality and voice actor Sonny Melendrez, who made his broadcasting debut as a college student in El Paso, will return to the Borderland this week.
Melendrez, of San Antonio, will appear Thursday at Ardovino's Desert Crossing in Sunland Park for a dinner show about his inspirations.
"I'm going to take everyone on a journey of this kid and take them all the way through all the different things I've done only because I truly believed it could happen," Melendrez said. "Hopefully, I'll be able to share some inspiration so anyone in the audience will be able to take away from this energy and enthusiasm and incorporate it into their life."
In 1965, Melendrez enrolled at Texas Western College, now the University of Texas at El Paso, to study broadcasting and worked as a radio personality and program director at KINT radio.
His mother's family was originally from El Paso, and his brother, Rick Melendrez, lives here.
Sonny Melendrez left El Paso for Los Angeles in 1971 and landed voice acting jobs on several cartoons, including "The Jetsons."
He has been a featured speaker at the White House Hispanic Heritage Awards and the USO 50th Anniversary Gala at the Ambassador's Palace in Paris.
His honors include being inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2003 and being twice named Billboard Magazine's Radio Personality of the Year.
Sonny Melendrez said his passion for life has been key to his professional success.
"I did it because of the fact that I had what I believe is an incredibly magical power that we all have and it's called enthusiasm," he said. "Because of my enthusiasm and love for life, for anything I've ever attempted, it's always taken me way beyond my wildest dreams."
Distributed by MCT Information Services
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