Mo Mellady

About Mo

I got my start when a I was a tyke singing and dancing to musicals in my living room in Munster, Indiana. My first impressions were culled from watching Hello Dolly & My Fair Lady. I used to impersonate Louis Armstrong & Audrey Hepburn’s cockneyed character, Eliza Doolittle. At Arizona State University, I fell madly in love with radio & worked at the campus station, KASR. I spun alternative music when there was such a thing as TRULY ALTERNATIVE (but I digress) as well as performed characters such as “Mo in the Snow.” My dear friend, Richard Cheese of Lounge Against the Machine fame, swears he still holds vintage airchecks of that character. Today, the old KASR studio remains in the exact same spot on campus in Tempe, AZ. Go SunDevils!

I’ve been on-air at 91X, KTCL, KJQN, Live 105, Alice 97.3, KTRB, & Mix 106.5 in San Jose, CA. It was at 91X in San Diego that I became a regular fixture on the Berger & Prescott Morning Show along with comedian Rusty Nails. Some of my original characters that surfaced on a regular basis were a young boy named Kenny, a bitter old lady that sounds like a female Paul Lynde called Meriam Frankly & a woman from Queens, New York by the name of Lydia Coppoli who I modeled after one of my girlfriend’s mother.

As the founder and voice of Planet Check (short form green news vignette) I’ve had the pleasure of interviewing Jane Goodall, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, Julia Butterfly Hill, Indigo Girls, Jack Johnson, Michael Franti, EPA’s Jared Blumenfeld, Perry Farrell, DJ Spooky, Thomas Dolby, Daryl Hannah, Pato Banton and more. I’ve covered Farm-Aid, National Biodiesel Board Conference, Live Earth and CGI (Clinton Global Initiative) in New York. I also had my own internet radio show for Tower Records for a short time. I’ve also traveled to Rishikesh, India to study yoga and psychoacoustics. Recently, I spent time in Southern Alaska to produce segments on a proposed coal mine project that would mine through eleven miles of active salmon stream in the Chuit River.

In 2011, I was the announcer for Esurance’s national TV campaign, “Technology when you want it, People when you don’t.” Recent VO clients include an Emmy nominated Fox/Glee promo for Coincident.TV, Nickelodean, Design Media, WCPayGo, and Ripple Effects in San Francisco.

In August 2008, I hosted & produced a short-form PlanetCheck News interview on “Peak Food” for Comcast’s “Green Scene” channel. I’ve also co-hosted and produced several talk shows in San Francisco: Green Seed Radio, The Modern Rock Doc Show, Bay Area Dining Out and Meet the Planet.

From 2004-2010, I was blessed to be the voice of the animated hottie, “Erin Esurance.” Another fun project was portraying the 10 year old boy,”Bucket” in the animated webisodes for “Gorilla in the Greenhouse.” Other credits include VO for Cingular Wireless, Sony Playstation, Mtv.com, Cox Communications, Nissan, IDEO, Walmart, Save the Redwoods documentary and more. In 2010, I got in front of the camera for Discovery Health’s popular Mystery Diagnosis show.

Just like a plant, if you’re not growing, you’re dead. It is my hope to continue to bloom while honing my craft.