Derek's love of radio stretches back years, as illustrated by his loving production of Story of the Light for BBC Radio 2.
On-air, his career began on commercial radio in Lancashire; then on stations from Jazz FM to Century and Smooth. He's also passed on his skills in his work at Burnley College where he ran the student station.
Now you can hear Derek at midnight on Monday night to Thursday night on Boom Radio - and also each weekday 10-12 noon on our Boom Light station.
How to listen
You can hear us on DAB across the UK.
And you can hear us online in high quality on your phone, laptop, PC or tablet.
On your smart speaker, it's 'Alexa - Play Boom Radio' or 'Hey Google - Talk to Boom Radio'.
Need to know more about how to find us? Check our guide here.