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

Saturdays at 7PM on WSCL 89.5 FM

We have received word that George Harter, the host of the "A Night on the Town" radio series is retiring.  Broadway fans, have no fear. Starting January 2nd, 2016, A Night on the Town will be replaced by another equally wonderful program- Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical.

This week we will meet Deborah Johnson a fiber artist from Magnolia, Delaware. We’ll hear stories about Delaware being first to ratify the US Constitution and about keeping things easy and green this holiday season. And Jim Rapp will tell us about Delmarva’s winter Snow Goose spectacle.

The experience of African American students on  Salisbury University's campus and the plight of homeless children on Delmarva. 


Matthew Jackson, senior at Salisbury University, member of the Black Student Union

Randy Redard, homeless liaison for the Cape Henlopen School District

Gretchen Hanson, owner of Hobos Restaurant

Alexandra Atsisdis, senior at Cape Henlopen High School

Alyssa Titus, Development Director for the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation

11AM- Caroling with the Singers

This magical season rings with music and song like none other. Over the past month, public radio listeners from around the country have gone to to vote for their favorite Christmas carols. The results are in, and with them, we'd like to invite you to a nationwide caroling sing-along — whether you're solo, or with colleagues, friends or family.

Noon- Radio Live! A Christmas Carol.  

MPR Photo / Michael Barone)

9AM- Welcome Christmas

A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle. This year, we'll hear the world premiere of a new work by Alan Bullard.

10AM- A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

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

Chanukah Specials 2015

Dec 8, 2015
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Happy Chanukah from Delmarva Public Radio!

Join us Tuesday, December 8th at 6PM on WSCL 89.5 FM, for Itzhak Perlman's Chanukah Radio Party!

This week meet painter Rob Brownlee-Tomasso. Learn how fire has taken its toll on Delmarva’s towns. Scott Duncan will have the December garden planner. And naturalist Jim Rapp tells us about winter hiking in the forests near Denton, Maryland.

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

Join us Monday, November 30th at 1PM on WSDL, 90.7 for a NPR News Special  Heating Up.

On November 30th, political leaders from nearly 200 countries will gather in Paris for a United Nations summit on climate change. The global community has tried before, with limited success, to find ways to limit warming of the planet. Will this time be different?

This week meet DeMarcus Shelborne a painter who is very busy bringing art to Milford, Delaware. Learn about Delmarva’s shipbuilding history. Hear about holiday evergreen traditions in our home and garden segment. And Jim Rapp will tell us about the Milford Neck Wildlife Area and Nature Preserves.

The first half-hour of the broadcast celebrates the new edition of The Delmarva Review (Vol. 8). Harold O. Wilson’s guests are Wilson Wyatt, executive editor of the Review, poet Wendy Mitman Clark, fiction writer Jamie Brown and nonfiction editor of the review George Merrill.

Delmarva Public Radio has plenty of music and fun to go with your family's Thanksgiving Feast this year.

Thanksgiving Day on WSCL, 89.5

11AM- Two special half hour programs of choral music and thoughtful refection from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on Music and the Spoken Word.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Nov. 30th, 2015

This week we will meet watercolorist Keith Whitelock. Marilyn Buerkle will tell us about colonial food traditions. Keyanna Bowen will help us get ready for the holidays with Eastern Shore style and Jim Rapp will tell us all about Delmarva's wild turkeys.

We explore three challenging issues on today's program. First, we get local reaction and commentary on the House of Representative's  vote to suspend allowing Syrian and Iraqi refugees into the country. Next, we talk to some Salisbury University students to get their perspective on the events at America's college campuses. Finally, we look at how Delmarva's homeless population deals with the coming holiday season.


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

Delmarva Public Radio  is pleased to partner with StoryCorps and to announce The Great Thanksgiving Listen . On Thanksgiving weekend, teachers and high school students across the country will use the StoryCorps App to preserve the voices and stories of an entire generation of Americans over a single holiday weekend.

This week on the Delmarva Almanac: We will meet abstract painter Jack Knight. We will hear the story of the HMS De Braak. We’ll learn about the Fall Fire Season. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about a great trail to hike or bike between Lewes and Rehoboth Beach.

Jake Day website

In the first half of today's program, we look back thirty years to the origins  of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the future of Classical Music.

In the second half, we sit down with Salisbury Mayor-Elect Jake Day to discuss his hopes for the new Salisbury City Council and the future of Salisbury, Maryland.

Guests: Dr. Thomas Elliot, former Chairman of Salisbury University's Music Dept.

Dr. Jeffery Schoyen, Cellist and conductor of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra

Jake Day- Mayor-Elect of Salisbury, Maryland.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Nov. 16th, 2015

This week on the Delmarva Almanac, meet expressionist painter Maureen S. Farrell. Hear about the local roots of famed Underground Railroad conductor Harriet Tubman. Scott Duncan will have the November Garden Planner.  And, Jim Rapp will take us cycling from Blackwater Refuge to Hoopers Island.

UPDATE ON  RECEPTION ISSUES: After months of investigating numerous complaints from DPR listeners - specifically listeners to WSCL 89.5 - and repeatedly checking our transmission systems, DPR has concluded that all DPR transmission systems are functioning normally. The reception issues appear to be the result of at least one other FM station interfering with WSCL's signal (and, therefore, your reception).

Officiail Council District Map

The elections results are in and the political landscape  has changed. We'll explore what it means for the future of Salisbury, Maryland.

In the second half, as Confederate flags and symbols begin to disappear, we look at the history of the flag and what it means in culture today.

Guests: Greg Bassett, General Manager and Editor of the Salisbury Independent.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Nov. 9th, 2015

This week on the Delmarva Almanac meet Queen Anne's County artist Sarah Lyle. Mindie Burgoyne will tell us a ghost story in honor of Halloween. We'll hear the Fall garden report from Scott Duncan and Jim Rapp will tell us about some of Delmarva's creatures of the night. 

Join Delmarva Public Radio for a "Silent Night Out", December 6th at Nassau Valley Vineyards in Lewes Delaware.

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Our guests this week  will be two very popular authors and writing instructors  Lynn Auld Schwartz and Laura Oliver. Both are instructors at the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference and both are mentors and writing workshop instructors at St. John’s College in Annapolis. They will offer essential tips for major elements of the writing craft.

Wednesday at 9PM on WSDL 90.7 FM

This week, the Show About does some musical grave digging and comes up with songs about witches, ghosts, devils, fear and other stuff to get you in the mood for All Hallows Eve.

Saturday, October 31st at 4PM on WSDL, 90.7

Global Village celebrates Halloween with some music tricks and treats, ghosts and goblins, and lots of spirited and scary sounds.

Also, don't miss Tom Pittman's Vintage Country Friday at 9PM as he spins Vintage country Halloween tunes and revisits the top hits of 1950. 

The War of the Worlds

Oct 26, 2015

October 31st at 6PM on WSCL 89.5.

In honor of the incomparable Leonard Nimoy, we present an encore broadcast of War of the Worlds.  Join cast members from STAR TREK and STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION as they recreate the broadcast that panicked America , adapted from the H.G. Wells story by Howard Koch. Originally performed by Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air, War Of The Worlds offers a rare combination of chills, thrills and great literature.