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. 

Ways to Connect

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.

Jake Day website

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


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.


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".

SALISBURY, MD---From chamber music to folk to rock, everything is fair game for Delmarva in Performance, a new series debuting 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, on WSCL 89.5 FM.

Each two-hour broadcast features music recorded live from a concert stage on the Delmarva Peninsula. Current participating venues and organizations include Coastal Concerts, Inc. of Lewes, DE; the Arts Council of the Eastern Shore in Onancock, VA; the Avalon Theatre and Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Easton, MD; and Salisbury University.

Chris Ranck

We look at the growing craft beer movement on Delmarva, including the history of local brew and a new organization promoting the tasty stuff.


Anne McGinnis Hillyer- CEO of Sate Ventures, which runs

Tony Russo, author of Eastern Shore Beer: The Heady History of Chesapeake Brewing

Saturday at 9PM on WSCL, 89.5 FM

Sound Ideas explores the artistry of jazz, blues, and the spoken word. Hosted by Clay Ryder, each episode explores a different theme or genre of the jazz idiom through recorded performances pulled from more than eighty years of recorded art. The music is the focus. It is complemented by a few minutes of intelligent commentary to set the context and make the music understandable and personal for both the jazz aficionado and those who listen on the jazz periphery.

Friday, May 15 8-11 PM

Delmarva Public Radio  and American Public Media are thrilled to bring you a live, historic performance of Osmo Vänskä and the Minnesota Orchestra from the Teatro Nacional in Havana, Cuba! This  is  the first performance and broadcast of an American Orchestra from Cuba since President Obama moved to normalize relations in December 2014.

Delmarva Almanac 05/09/2015

This year marks the 70th anniversary of Allied forces confronting the atrocities of the Holocaust. We take a look back at that period and how it impacted the world.

In the second half, Rick Pearlstein, author of "Nixon’s Fall, Reagan’s Rise",  stops by to discuss the upcoming election season.

Guests: Maarten Pereboom, Dean of Salisbury University's Fulton School of Liberal Arts

Leslie Yarmo,  costume designer for Salisbury University's Theater and Dance Department.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of May 11th, 2015