James was born in San Francisco, CA and raised in Eugene, Oregon. It was at South Eugene High School that he first entered into the field of radio at the age of 15 broadcasting football and basketball play by play for the “Axemen”.

James was hired out of college by KUIK-AM in Portland, OR as a news reporter, promoted to News Director and soon thereafter Program Director. He joined Newsradio 750 KXL-AM in 1999 as the Program Director and headed a start-up regional radio network (The Radio Northwest Network) that eventually grew to 17 affiliate stations in the northwest. He assumed dual PD duties in 2008 for KXTG (sports talk) and KXL-AM (News talk). Derby was named one of Radio Ink’s 2009 Best Programmers. He joined Federated Media in October of 2009 as Director of Interactive Media and in 2010 was elevated to the role of Chief Strategy Officer for Federated Media (15 radio stations) and Federated Digital Solutions. In this role he’s helping guide Federated’s radio, digital and event properties as legacy and digital media converge. From unique mobile and digital platform strategies, to community focused radio and event initiatives, to a digital marketing agency, Federated enjoys an aggressive approach to meeting the ever changing needs and wants of its consumers and clients.

James resides in Granger, Indiana with his wife Jodi, and their 4 children Ethan, Ava, Jackson and Monica.