Derek isn't exactly new to the radio life; prior to joining the Wave air staff, he trained under the on-air module of the Farm 2.0, the student training program of what used be known as 99.5 RT. He would become one of the first DJs of the then-newly reformatted Play FM but made a quiet exit from the industry to focus on other pursuits and stayed out of the radar for a little less than 4 years. When he's not reading the news in front of the mic, he's a voice actor and a writer; in fact, he was part of the pioneering editorial team of Billboard PH! He considers interviewing Robby Takac of the Goo Goo Dolls as well as the legendary George Clinton as some of his biggest career accomplishments, as the music these two artists represent - alternative and funk - are very dear to him.