Derrick Brown, Joliet West Class of 1985, is a media executive for iHeartMedia, a leading global media and entertainment company with the largest reach of any radio and television outlet in America.
The energy and enthusiasm of air personalities, as well as the great music they played, inspired Brown to pursue a career in radio.
He attended Edna Keith School and Laraway School prior to attending Joliet East from 1981-83 and graduating from Joliet West High School in 1985.
Brown was very involved in student council, the student newspaper, and Black Student Union/ETIA. He practiced his public speaking skills regularly when giving the school’s morning announcements. He also served as the drum major of the marching band and served as a tennis team assistant.
After graduating from Joliet West, Brown studied radio and television at Butler University and Lewis University, where he learned valuable skills such as radio programming, radio hosting and music research.
Brown has received national recognition. Radio & Records magazine recognized him as Program Director of the Year. Radio Ink magazine’s has twice recognized Brown as one of “Best Program Directors in America.”