DNR Studios – Derek and Romaine

Darren provided technical advice and web configuration/setup, initially for www.derekandromaine.com (2.0), taking over from the former technical associate (affectionately known as “ADD Jeff”). Darren moved the web server to a more capable www.siteground.com (which is built on top of Google Cloud) and modernized the technology stack including serving custom URL’s for each paying user and related e-commerce components.

He also created a WordPress multisite for www.dnrstudios.com and the technical strategy to support creating additional major podcast sites including the former taylorstrecker.com and Rob Shuter’s naughtygossip.com. As part of the NYC DNR Studios setup, Darren also designed the network infrastructure and setup Meraki firewalls, switches, access points and Dell servers, which integrated with the web servers and podcast streaming company. Multiple Macbooks and Mac Desktops were setup to support content creation and live podcast streaming with live telephone calls. He also opened a DigitalOcean.com account, which supports various linux server configurations including use of Docker containers and .NET components – which were used to host the server side of the DNR Studios mobile app . Last but not least, he installed/configured and supports the free community version of RocketChat, for use as the chat server for both www.dnrstudios.com and www.derekandromaine.com.

After occasionally being on-air with Derek and Romaine, and also sitting at home during COVID, Darren was hit with the podcast bug. He launched his own live podcast www.asylum.radio, with his former co-worker Jennifer, which ran for 3 years. Today, Darren volunteers his time as President of www.villagerstheatre.org, and webmaster, and he also produces the New Works Series. He’s also produced and directed many productions.