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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Aug 21, 2015
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.

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A chat with Susan McCarty,  Assistant Professor of English at Salisbury University  and author of the short story collection, Anatomies.

In the second half, we rebroadcast a look at the growing Heroin problem on the Eastern Shore.

If you are a fan of the popular music from the middle and late 1960's, Delmarva Public Radio has the program for you; Dig! with Kim Clark. You can hear Dig every Saturday at 3PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM.

For our first "Meet the Host" segment, we get to know Kim and learn a little about her passion for '60's music and culture and record collecting.

This week the Delmarva Almanac celebrates our world famous wild horses with the story behind the beloved children’s book Misty of Chincoteague. Naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us today’s wild horses of Assateague. You’ll also hear all about Delmarva’s summer fair season and meet sculptor Mike Dendler.

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In the first half of today's program, we look at plans for a large-scale industrial chicken operation in Somerset County and the possible long term impacts on health and property.

In the second half, we chat with Salisbury Mayoral candidate Jake Day.

Guests: Kathy Phillips- Executive Director of the Assateague Coastal Trust

Bill Brown- Poultry Extension Agent at the University of Delaware

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This week on the Delmarva Almanac: Sophie Kerr Prize winner Alex Vidiani, war hero Kitty Knight, the July Garden Planner, and all about crabs - blue & otherwise.

On today's program, we discuss political candidates, both national and local.

Mike Pretl, with the Wicomico County Democratic County

Dr. John Bartcovich

and Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin

Have you ever wondered if you could apply for a Fulbright Scholarship?  Kara Dahl Russell interviews Fulbright Ambassador, Dr. Brian Polkinghorn and Dr. Kristen Watson, Director of SU’s Nationally Competitive Fellowships Office.   They discuss the history and purpose of Fullbright Scholarships, and how to find out more about various ways you can become a Fullbright Scholar.   

Today, Hal Wilson speaks with Adam Tavel , local poet and associate professor of English at Wor-Wic Community College about his new book, Plash and Levitation.

Adam Tavel's Website

At the end of this month, the new phosphorus management tools are set to be in place. We'll find out what is in store for the Eastern Shore.

In the second half, we get some local reaction to the Rachel Dolezal affair, the woman who passed herself off as African American  while head of the Spokane chapter of the NAACP.

Guests:

Doug Meyers, scientist with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Royden Powell, Maryland Dept. of Agriculture Asst. Secretary

Kevin Anderson, President of the Maryland Grain Producers

Eric Fischer - Main Street buildings / Wikipedia

It has been seven years since the Great Recession began. What does the future hold for Salisbury, Maryland in its aftermath?

Guests: Joey Gilkerson and Brad Gillis, advisors with Sperry Van Ness and are also behind the Headquarters Live venue.

Bill Ahtes, longtime businessman.

Today,  we explore the  health of the bay horseshoe crab population. In the second half, we look at the history and recent expansion of the Rehoboth  Art League.

Guests: Sally Boswell- Education and Outreach Coordinator for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Dr. Dennis Bartow, Schoolyard Habitat Coordinator for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays

Shelia Bravo, Executive Director of the Rehoboth Art League.

How writers, comedians, and spoken-word artists are forging a new cultural future in Rwanda.

Guests: Lee Slater, Senior Lecturer of Foreign Languages & Literatures at Old Dominion University

Herb Howe, Assistant Professor of African Studies at Georgetown University and author of "Ambiguous Order: Military Forces in African States".

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