Chris Ranck

Assoc. Director- Program and Operations Services

Chris Ranck is Delmarva Public Radio's Executive Producer,  Program Director  and  Automation Engineer.

He is the executive producer for Delmarva Today  and audio engineer for  Soundbites on Delmarva.

Chris also is fill-in classical music host and the host of Rule, Britannia and The Show About. 

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On today's program, Delmarva Public Radio General Manager Dana Whitehair and Programming and Operations Director Chris Ranck discuss the results of the 2017 Delmarva Public Radio Winter Survey and the future of Delmarva Public Radio.

you can view and download a .pdf copy of the Survey Results here.

Philadelphia-based composer Sheridan Seyfried sat down with WSCL's Chris Ranck during the Spring Membership Drive for an hour-long conversation about the art of composition, the future of classical music and Seyfried's "From Celtic to Classical" concert series in Delaware.

Sheridan Seyfried's Website

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of March 20th , 2017



Delmarva Public Radio Garners Support for March Fundraiser


A Mid-Shore family with deep regional roots and an historic tie to its arts community has announced its support for Delmarva Public Radio (DPR) with a significant gift to be used as an incentive for listeners throughout the area to pledge their support to Delmarva Peninsula’s flagship public radio services.

Don Rush

In the first segment of today's program, we look at a  Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture exhibit  showcasing the unique schools that rose under the initiative of Julius Rosenwald and highlighting African American Education on the Eastern Shore.

In the second half, we look at the current state of the Women's Movement and ponder the future.

On today's program, we get local reaction to President Trump's address to the joint session of Congress.

In the second half, Maryland State Senator Jim Mathias discusses the Maryland budget process.

Delmarva Public Radio General Manager Dana Whitehair recently appeared on the PAC-14 produced program, "SU on the Air".

His portion of the program begins around the 26 minute mark.


Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of March 6th , 2017

Angela Byrd

The first half-hour of today's program is an  interview by phone with author Thomas Hollyday. Tommy has a series of seven mystery novels called The River Sunday Romance Mystery series. All the novels are set in the Chesapeake region. Tommy weaves history and legend of the Chesapeake in his contemporary mysteries. He has an abiding concern for the wild habitat of the region and a part of the proceeds from his books goes to support wildlife drinking water resources. 

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of February 27th , 2017

Shanghai Spring 2017

Feb 20, 2017

Saturdays at noon on WSCL, 89.5 FM

Join visionary pianist and composer Conrad Tao for broadcasts from the 33rd Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. This 4-part series is a kaleidoscope of orchestral and chamber works, and the ancient instruments of the Silk Road.

In the first half of today's program, we look at the growing problem of heroin addiction on the Eastern Shore.

On the second half, Delegate Sheree Sample-Hughes  stops by talk talk about the Easter Shore's role in the Maryland budget process.

Guests: Susan Canfora, with the Salisbury Independent

Sheree Sample-Hughes, Md. House Delegate, District 37A

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of February 20th , 2017

By Preservation Maryland

On today's program, we look at violence and the racial divide. Plus, a look at the history of the Rosenwald schools, which were built to educate African Americans still struggling under Jim Crow. In the second half we explore violence along the racial divide and the Black Lives Matter movement.


Violence along the racial divide:

Deborah Tulani Salahu-Din, Exhibition Researcher with the Smithsonian Museum.

On San Domingo:

Rudy Stanley, Retired Educator

Sylvia Stanley, Retired Educator

Salisbury University website

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of February 13th , 2017

What would the possible repeal of the Affordable Care Act mean to the residents of the State of Maryland? 

In the second half, we get local reaction to recent events regarding Muslims and immigration.

Guests: Caroline Kirk Robbins, with Healthcare for All

Dr. Charles Stegman, a local physician

Wasim Amir, Delmarva Muslim Community

Ashraf Ahmed, Imam

Usman Sandhu, with the Islamic Society of Delaware

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of February 6th , 2017

On today's  program we talk about mystery writers Dashiell Hammett,  Raymond Chandler, and Ross Macdonald with Karen Huston Karydes. In her recently published book Hard-Boiled Anxiety, Karen looks at the life and work of Hammett, Chandler, and Macdonald through a Freudian framework. Macdonald is not too difficult, he tells us that his work is a reflection of his personal life and the Freudian analysis that he went through, but Hammett and Chandler?

Salisbury University website

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of January 30th , 2017


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In the first half of today's program, we look at the rising millennial generation and its impact on the recent election. In the second half, Maryland Delegate Mary Beth Carozza stops by the to talk about the current legislative session. 

Guests: Charlotte King, Chair of the Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice

Amber Green with the Fenix Youth Project

and James Yamakawa with Show Up For Racial Justice


Plans are underway for a major urban greenway that would run from Shumaker Pond to Pemberton Park in Salisbury. Salisbury Major Jake Day elaborates on the plan on today's program. Also, we take a look at the Presidency of Barack Obama.

Guests: Salisbury Mayor Jake Day

Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Billy Earl Amos , incoming Head of the Wicomico County Democratic Club and host of Delmarva Americana (heard Saturday nights 8-10 PM on WSDL, 90.7)

SU reopens Tuesday

Jan 9, 2017

Salisbury University opens during normal hours Tuesday, January 10.

Liberal leave is in effect for University employees. Those planning to take liberal leave should consult their supervisors in advance. Students, faculty and staff traveling to SU are urged to use caution, as some public roads, as well as portions of the campus, may still be icy in spots.

Salisbury University is closed Monday, January 9, due to the impact of Winter Storm Helena. Essential personnel should report to work as scheduled.

All scheduled classes and events on campus are canceled. Winter term students should log into MyClasses for any special class instructions.

The National Weather Service has forecasted temperatures to remain below freezing throughout the day, increasing the risk of icy and hazardous conditions both on and off campus.

Friday, January 6, 2017SU Closed 6 a.m. January 7 to 6 a.m. January 8 for Winter StormSALISBURY, MD---Salisbury University will close 6 a.m. Saturday, January 7, to 6 a.m. Sunday, January 8, in anticipation of the impact of Winter Storm Helena on the Delmarva Peninsula.

Comic books and graphic novels are big business. After the decline of the 1990's, they are making a comeback and are not just produced by national brand names like DC or Marvel.  There are local independents who have been helped by the coming of the internet.

In the second half, Chris Beakey, local author of Fatal Option, sits down to talk about his work. 

We will start our show this week with our favorite heritage story from this past year: Thomas Savage American Dreamer. Jim Rapp will tell us about winter birding along our inlets and beaches. And we will finish up with a look back at all the artist interviews we have done.

NOTE: This is the final broadcast of the Delmarva Almanac.

Christmas Eve 10AM to Noon on 89.5 WSCL

Hosted by Michael Barone, this is a live stereo music and spoken-word broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

King's College in Cambridge, England

This week we will dip into our archives to hear some of the of the history of Assateague Island. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about another one of those bird tourists who visit our region - the snowy owl. But first up here is an all new interview with Dover jeweler and sculptor Arden Bardol.