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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Our continuing series looking at local politics in the age of President Trump.

Guests- Shawn Bradley- President of the Wicomico County Republican Club

Michelle Bradley- with the Wicomico Women Republican Club

Mike Pretl- with the Wicomico County Democratic Club

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Political Science Club.

On the first half of today's program, we look at recent protest against the Trump Administration's stance on immigration.

In the second half, we look  at the state of Progressive politics.


Pastor Gregg Knepp, St. Peter's Lutheran Church

Leila Borrero Krouse , CATA

Tim Dunn, professor of Sociology, Salisbury University

Veronica Martinez, former student

Angela Byrd

The April edition of Delmarva Today focuses on politics and literature. To begin the discussion of politics and literature, Harold Wilson’s guests are Don Rush, news director for Delmarva Public Radio; and Dr. Adam Wood, Department Chair and Associate Professor of English at Salisbury University.  Politics is currently in the air with the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency ending Saturday and the second and final round of the French election between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen on May 7.

In the first half, we celebrate the memory of Dr. Ernie Bond at this year's Children's and Young Adult Literature Festival, April 22, 2017.

In the second half, we mark Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Dr. Patricia Dean, Early Childhood Education Program Director, Teacher Education at Salisbury University

On today's program, we look ahead to Earth Day and concerns about a proposal to cut Bay restoration funds from the budget.

In the second half, Mary Angela Baker stops by to talk about Salisbury University's Center for Extended and Lifelong Learning.


Chris Bason- Executive Director of the Delaware Centre for Inland Bays

Alan Girard- Eastern  Shore Director for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of April 17th

, 2017

Join us April 14th at 2PM on WSCL 89.5 FM as we present a performance of J.S. Bach's St John's Passion by the early music ensemble Apollo's Fire.

On today's program, we look back at the legacy of Dr. Ernie Bond and the significance of early childhood literacy. In the second half, we explore the new Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor's Center and the life of Harriet Tubman herself.

Guests: Andrea Berstler- Executive Director of the Wicomico County Public Library System

Ruth Malone- Director of Curriculum and Professional Development with the Wicomico Public Schools

Dave Hanlin- headed up a literary task force in Hagerstown

Benjamin West [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Today, a conversation with poet and Shakespearean actor James Keegan about King Leer and madness.

In celebration of its 10th anniversary, The Delmarva Review is excited to announce a commemorative writing contest: Chesapeake Voices, a celebration of the history, land, people, and mythology of the Chesapeake Bay.

Two new programs are coming to WSCL 89.5's classical music lineup.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of April 3rd , 2017

Starting Wednesday, March 29th, the Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts will be replaced by the new season of concerts from the San Francisco Symphony.

On Thursday, April 30th, Carnegie Hall Live replaces the Dallas Symphony Orchestra.

Both series run 13 weeks.


Broadcast Schedule — Spring 2017

PROGRAM #:        SFS 17-01

RELEASE:                          March 27, 2017


CONDUCTOR:        Michael Tilson Thomas

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