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 Monday, classes and University-related activities are scheduled to resume as normal.   Salisbury University’s Emergency Preparedness Team will continue to monitor Hurricane Joaquin and travel conditions in our area. 
Although the National Weather Service (NWS) predicts rain ending by Monday evening, flooding remains an issue in coastal and low-lying areas. Stronger-than-normal winds also are forecast through today.  Members of the campus community are urged to continue using extra caution while driving.

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November's Salisbury City Council elections will, for the first time, feature five individual districts.  We look at the race in District 4 between current Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton and his challenger, Roger Mazzulo.

Guests: Jim Ireton, running for Salisbury City Council in District 4

Roger Mazzulo, running for Salisbury City Council in District 4

Greg Basset, Editor and General Manager of the Salisbury Independent

Salisbury University’s Sea Gull Century bike ride has been canceled for Saturday, October 3. “We do not do this lightly,” said Amy Waters, Century coordinator. “The safety of our 6,000 cyclists, some 200 volunteers, support staff, spectators and others is our top priority.” “We have been in close communication with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency regarding two potential weather events in our region.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Oct. 5th, 2015

This week on the Delmarva Almanac meet Charles Allmond, who sculpts stylized birds and animals. We will hear about a lesser known duPont legacy to Delaware’s cultural heritage. We’ll get some ideas about landscape design from Jan Kirsh. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about Delmarva hawk watching.

Here is the lineup for the 2015 Season of Broadcasts from Music Mountain

Music Mountain 2015 - 86th Season

DATES BELOW ARE THE ORIGINAL CONCERT DATES AND TIMES. The order of concerts is subject to change.

Immigration is the topic of Delmarva Today: Writer's Edition, particularly language as an important aspect of human integration. Host Harold Wilson's guests are Jane Elkin, author of World Class: Poems Inspired by the ELS Classroom, and an English as a Second Language instructor at Anne Arundel Community College; Loubna Sobban, a recent emegre from France; and Sonia Lara who came to the U.S. from Venezuela. Loubna Sobban was born to Moroccan parents.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Sept.28st, 2015

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On the first half of today's program, we note the 100th year anniversary of the founding of Beebe Medical Center.

In the second half, we hear some personal stories of how heroin addiction affects lives.

Guests: Jan McCarty- 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Co-Chair

Christine Moore, 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Co-Chair

Leanne Silicato, 100th Beebe Medical Center anniversary Coordinator

Lynn Wilkins, history Co-Chair

Dr. James

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Sept.21st, 2015

A look back at September 11, 2001. In the second half, Former Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman reflects on her time in office and current Salisbury City politics.

Guests: Former Eastern Shore Congressman Wayne Gilchrest

Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Former Salisbury City Mayor Barrie Tilghman

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Sept.14th, 2015

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton reflects on his timein office in the first half of today's program. In the second half, we look at the upcoming Maryland Stem Festival

Guests : Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton

Phil Rogofsky- on the Maryland Stem Festival Steering Committee

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Sept.7th, 2015

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Harold Wilson’s guest is Melissa Reddish, author and professor of English as well as Director of the Honors Program at War-Wic Community College in Salisbury. Melissa will discuss her latest book of short stories My Father is an Angry Storm Cloud. Reddish uses fantasy in her stories to peel back the veneer of normalcy covering her characters’ ordinary life. Exposed is a numbing sense of detachment and feeling of irrelevance. At the same time, Reddish offers new avenues of hope in her characters’ closed world.

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Negro Leagues Baseball Museum

We look at the history of black baseball teams on the Eastern Shore and we examine the role of military intelligence in the battle of Gettysburg.

Guests: Kirkland Hall, Craig Mathias, and Clem Jordon

Thomas J Ryan, author of "Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign".

The 2 Boomer Babes are on the move! Starting August 29th, "The 2 Boomer Babes Radio Hour" is moving to 7AM on WSCL, 89.5 FM. 

Also starting August 29th  t 11 on WSDL, 90.7, you can hear "The Delmarva Almanac" followed by "The Treatment with Elvis Mitchell"

Matt Haley's Second Chances: An Audio Portrait

For those of you wondering why your reception of WSCL & WSDL...or any other radio station, for that matter...has been so wacky lately, the graphic below illustrates what's known as "tropospheric ducting"...a natural atmospheric phenomenon which (unfortunately) plays havoc with radio signals. See that big yellow patch sneaking into Delmarva from the east? That's a sizable amount of ducting and it's affecting everyone...including DPR. As I've been known to say, "Radio rocks, but Nature rules." We apologize for Nature's misbehavior and appreciate your patience and understanding.

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Over the last 25 years, Wicomico County has lost one out of three manufacturing jobs. Is there anything that can bring them back?

In the second half, Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot drops by to discuss tax-free week in Maryland, the role of casinos in our economy, and more.

This week we’re dipping into our archives to learn about singer songwriter Isabel Umanzor, astrophysicist Annie Jump Cannon, and Delmarva’s secret gardens. Also Jim Rapp will tell us about summer wildflowers along the Choptank River.

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How Delmarva's poultry growers are preparing for the growing threat of avian flu. In the second half, a novel that celebrates the traditions and struggles of the watermen.

Guests: Bill Satterfield- Director of Delmarva Poultry Industry Incorporated

Dr. Jo Chapman, Assistant State Veterinarian at the Maryland Department of Agriculture

Lee Richardson and Bill Brown- poultry growers

Angela Byrd

Hal Wilson interviews  Linda Blaskey, a member of Coastal Writers, about the Dogfish Head Poetry Prize, of which she is coordinator, and about her duties as poetry editor and interview editor for The Broadkill Review. After a discussion of the history and purpose of Coastal Writers, three of their members, Liz Dolan, Irene Fick and Margaret Foster will read and discuss their work..

Tom Pittman was a member of the Austin Lounge Lizards for over 30 years. These days, he's the host of Vintage Country with Tom Pittman, heard every Friday at 9PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM.

For our second "Meet the Host" segment, we get to know what Vintage Country is all about, Tom's approach to music, and why truck driving songs were so popular.

This week on the Delmarva Almanac naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about safe summer water fun. We’ll celebrate the might summer tomato. And we’ll update a couple of stories we’ve covered previously like the story of a couple of counterfeiters from Snow Hill and we will catch up with Kyler Taustin, the creative director of The Brown Box Theater Company.