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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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?

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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.

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In the first half, we get local Republican reaction to the election of Donald Trump. In the second half, we look at the role social media played in this past election season.


Mark Edney, Vice Chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

Dr. John Bartkovich,  former chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

Greg Bassett, Editor and General Manager of the Salisbury Independent

Stephen Voss

With the New Year in 2017 comes some new additions to the DPR airwaves.

Delmarva Today 12/09/16

Dec 12, 2016

Homelessness on Delmarva during the Holiday Season and looking back to a dark moment in Salisbury's History. 


Claudia Nagle, Director of Diakonia

Anna O'Neil, also with Diakonia

Sr. Virginia, with The Joseph House

James Yakawama, with Showing Up for Racial Justice

Amber Greene, also with Showing Up for Racial Justice

The program focuses on the publication of Volume 9 of The Delmarva Review by the Eastern Shore Writer’s Association. My guests are the former executive editor of the Review, Wilson Wyatt, the new executive edition Emily Rich, and actor and poet James Keegan. Keegan is the featured poet in this edition of the Review. In the first half of the program we’ll discuss volume 9 of the Review, just out this month, and where it stands in the long history of The Delmarva Review.

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Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of December 5th , 2016

This week we’ll hear the story of Delmarva natives and Civil Right Heroes Richard Allen and Absalom Jones. We’ll learn about feeding our feathered friends, during cold winter weather. And naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about Terrapin Beach Park in Stevensville, Maryland. But first up an all new story. Meet artist Wende Woodham who paints with ribbons.

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Salisbury Mayor Jake Day's State of the City Address.

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Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of November 28th , 2016

WSCL 89.5 Opera Changes

Nov 22, 2016

Delmarva Public Radio regrets to inform our listeners that our regular Saturday Afternoon program, “World Of Opera” will be coming to a close. World of Opera, a production of  WDAV Classical Public Radio and South Carolina Public Radio, is unable to continue to produce this program due to circumstances beyond their control. The European Broadcasting Union is no longer able to provide the opera recordings used in the majority of World of Opera productions.

This week on our show we will meet Queen Anne’s County painter Susan Mayberry. We will update a story we did about America’s love affair with the oyster. And, just in time for Thanks Giving naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about Delmarva’s wild turkeys.

In the first half of today's program, we look at dealing with harassment in schools and the potential post Labor Day start of the school term in Wicomico County.

In the second half, we gauge the reaction of local minority groups to President-Elect Trump.

Guests: Dr. Donna Hanlin, Superintendent of Wicomico County Public Schools

Dr. Muqtadar Kahn, professor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Delaware

Miguel Tapia Colin, a student at Columbia University

This week on our show we will hear an interview from our archives with Snow Hill artist Paul Volker. We’ll learn about those tributes to our local Native American tribes called the Whispering Giants. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about Milford Neck Wildlife Area & Preserve.

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Local reaction to the election of Donald Trump.


Barrie Tilghman, Democrat and former Mayor of Salisbury

Mike Pretl,

Mark Edney, Vice Chair of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

Ring in the holidays, do some shopping, and support Delmarva Public Radio all at the same time! DPR’s 2016 A Silent Night Out and Christmas Market takes place Thursday, December 1st at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach Thursday, December first from 5-7:30PM . Scrumptious appetizers, desserts, refreshments, music, strolling carolers, silent auctions, and local vendors with unique holiday gift items. Tickets are 20$ per person by calling 410-543-6895 during business hours.

Election Live Blog

Nov 8, 2016

Today, as results come in across the country, NPR reporters will be updating this breaking news blog in real time. The NPR Politics team, along with Member station reporters, will be providing live updates in the form of photo, video, commentary and analysis for both national and local contested races.

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Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of November 14th , 2016

Wondering where to vote tomorrow?