“Doctor Derek” is respected as a musician (alto and tenor saxophones plus vocals), a blues aficionado, a clinical psychologist, as well as a KVMR broadcaster. As a musician, Derek has had a chance to play with some heavies including Lowell
Fulson, Sonny Rhodes, and Johnny Hearstsman.
“My interest in the blues dates back to early childhood with memories of my father singing tunes by the likes of Big Maceo Merriweather, Tampa Red, B.B. King, Louis Jordan, and Muddy Waters,” he recalls. “As I began to develop as a musician, my interests in the blues expanded to include Red Prysock, Arnett Cobb, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, J.J. Johnson, and all the great rhythm and blues groups. Sam Cooke was very influential in my approach to singing, along with Solomon Burke, Ray Charles, and Magic Sam.”
“As I began listening to all these people, I was quite taken by the disc jockeys and their approach to playing records by these and other equally interesting and exciting artists. So, listening to DJs that included Big John Richbourg, Gene Nobles, and others on WLAC as well as WVOL (both in Nashville, Tennessee), and Ed Cook, Milton “Fat Daddy” Smith, and King Coleman (all in Miami) really strengthened my appetite and interest in broadcasting the blues,” he says. “These folks continue to serve me in my approach to presenting the blues to the world.”
Derek began listening to KVMR in Sacramento around 1987. He began broadcasting in October, 2000.