Derek began his radio career at KSRT in Tracy. He then worked at KFIV and KTRB in Modesto, CA and at KJOY in Stockton, CA. Derek worked full time in radio from 1969 to 1974 before going back to college. He worked 22 years for Valley Mountain Regional Center in Modesto as a Program Manager and then 17 years at Modesto Junior College (MJC) where he was the Dean for Special Programs and the Dean of Counseling and Student Services.
Derek retired from full time work at MJC in 2010 but still works as a licensed clinical therapist providing mental health services to students through the MJC Health Services Office. He is a member of the Modesto Radio Museum and administers the Modesto Radio Museum’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages. He is also a contributing author to the Modesto Radio Museum Website.
Here are airchecks from Derek’s radio days:
KFIV – Top 30 Countdown from 1969
KTRB- From Derek’s last show in November of 1974
KFIV – Derek continued to worked part time for many years and hosted Solid Gold Saturday Night in 1984