Darrel was born in Los Angeles, Calif. His first job in radio was as an intern at KKTT, Los Angeles in 1978. He then went on to intern at 1580 KDAY in 1979 to 1980. Darrel was hired on as the Traffic Assistant/Continuity Director in 1981. In 1983 Darrel was an Account Executive at 1580 KDAY for 2 years. After leaving radio to pursue a career in the Financial Industry Darrel took on a part-time weekend job at KWIZ/KMAX radio in Los Angeles.