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

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of August 22nd 2016

Delmarva Almanac

Aug 13, 2016

Harold Wilson’s guest is Jack Shaum author of, Lost Chester River Steamboats, discussing the great steamboats that plied the Chesapeake Bay and particularly the Chester River. For over a hundred years, beginning in 1813 these ships worked the rivers of the bay carrying fruit, grains, crabs, and oysters. And for a dollar, passengers could cross the bay from Baltimore to the Eastern Shore on their way to the Atlantic beaches. The last steamer made its final passage in the 1950’s.

This week on our show we will meet painter John Davis Held. We’ll hear the story of Ocean City’s lady entrepreneurs. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about humpback whales off of our Atlantic coast.

With the Democratic National Convention  over, we get local Democrat reaction as to how the convention went.


Mike Pretl

Barrie Pasons Tilgman, former Mayor of Salisbury

Micheal O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Professor

This week we will meet artist Hannibal Lee who translates paint in to fabric. We will hear the story of World War II POW camps here on Delmarva. And naturalist Dave Wilson shares his conversation about coyotes on Delmarva with Salisbury University Professor Dr. Aaron Hogue.

With the Republican National Convention over, we get local Republican reaction as to how the convention went.


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

David Goslee and Anne Brittingham Suthowski, also members of the Wicomico County Republican Central Committee

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

This week we will hear the story A. Aubrey Bodine the celebrated photographer. We’ll learn about Denton, Maryland’s own Sophie Kerr. And naturalist Dave Wilson and his guest Dr. Aaron Hogue will tell us about apex predators on Delmarva.

In the first half, we take another look at large chicken house operations. In a previous program, we spoke with residents who live near some of the operations. This morning, we turn to the industry side of the equation.

In the second half, we turn to local reaction the the recent events in Dallas, Texas.

Guests: Donald Morton, Executive Director of Complexities of Color

Mark Thompson, outreach Pastor for the Emmanuel Wesleyan Church in Salisbury Maryland

Perdue Farms has announced that it will begin to improve the lives of chickens. The nation's fourth-largest poultry producer has begun to move chickens out of windowless and often cramped quarters they have been housed in. In addition, there are also plans to study a move away from genetic modification that produces fast-growing birds.

Guests:- Bruce Stewart-Brown, Veterinarian and Senior Vice President for Perdue Farms

This week we will meet Stevensville painter and sculptor Will Hemsley. We will hear part one of our story about a local genealogist’s efforts to connect with his family. And we’ll hear some birding basics from naturalist Jim Rapp.

Saturdays at 4 PM on WSCL 89.5 FM

World class chamber music returns to WSCL, 89.5 FM this weekend with the new season of Chamber Music from the Spoleto Festival. Hosted by NPR commentator Miles Hoffman, these concerts will feature performances recorded live from the historic Dock Street Theatre in Charleston, South Carolina.


On Delmarva, there's a new trend in the poultry industry; the large chicken house operation. It has caught local residents and political leaders by surprise.

In the second half, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot, in town  for the Maryland Municipal League Convention in Ocean City, discusses  the financial prospects of the Maryland State economy.


Looking for something a different in your afternoons? Starting Monday, July 4th celebrate your independence from the tired and true with Undercurrents- Public Radio’s freewheeling eclectic music mix of Triple A, Rock, Folk, Blues, Native, Americana, World, Reggae, Dub and Electronica (and more) with host Gregg McVicar. Get a taste of Undercurrents here Weekdays from 1-3PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM Undercurrents can also be heard overnights 11PM to 3AM on WSDL, 90.7

Sundays at 3 PM on WSDL 90.7 FM


 Inside Europe- the inside take on European affairs... Deutsche Welle's weekly news magazine that explores the topical issues shaping the continent. No other part of the globe has experienced such dynamic political and social change in recent years.

Inside Europe includes interviews with newsmakers and personalities, background features, and cultural reports from correspondents throughout the European Union.

This week we are dipping into our archives. We will meet Lillian Rippa a master of Chinese Freestyle brush painting. We'll hear legends of Eastern Shore Pirates. Scott Duncan will have the July Garden Planner and naturalist Dave Wilson will bring us his conversation with Jim White of the Delaware Nature Society talking about snakes.

Beach reads is the subject of today’s program and focuses on the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest sponsored by Browseabout Books. Harold Wilson’s guests in the first segment of the program are Nancy Sakaduski and Tim Linehan.  Nancy Sakaduski is, founder of Cat and Mouse Press in Lewes, DE and editor of Beach Days, the third publication in the Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest.

2BoomerBabes Farewell Show

For the past seven years, Kathy Bernard and Barbara Kline have shared their insights with listeners across the U.S. as hosts of the nationally syndicated 2BoomerBabes Radio Hour, produced at Delmarva Public Radio (DPR) since 2010.

Tune in Saturday, June 25th at 7 AM on WSCL, 89.5 FM to hear the final episode of the 2 Boomer Babes Radio Hour, a nationally syndicated program that was locally produced at Delmarva Public Radio for many years.

Barbara Kline  and Kathy Bernard are moving on to bigger and better things, including speaking engagements, books, and much more.

Delmarva Today 06172016

Jun 17, 2016

On today's program, we explore the growing recognition of transgender people on the Delmarva Peninsula and get some reactions to the shooting in Orlando at a gay night club.

In the second half, we get some local Muslim perspective on the events in Orlando.


Andrea Conner and Jamie Marine, transgendered individulas

Sal Seeley, with Camp Rehoboth

Muqtatder Khan Professor at the University of Delaware specializing in Islamic Studies

This week we are dipping into our archives. We will meet Milton artist Aurelio Grisanty. We hear part one of Fishermen By Day - Bootleggers By Night  - prohibition stories from Ocean City. Chef Gretchen Hanson will tell us why she is soft shell crab crazy. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will have the story of Delmarva's marine migrants the sea turtles.

Hillary Clinton has become the presumptive Democratic nominee for President. We get reaction from local Democrats on today's program.

Guests: Barrie Tilghman, former Mayor of Salisbury

Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Professor

Joshua Nordstrom, Chair of the Worcester County Democratic Central Committee

Harriet Beatis, with the Worcester County Democratic Party

This week we'll give you the low down on all the cultural events happening this summer here on Delmarva. We'll hear the story of Thomas Savage one of Delmarva's first English colonists. We'll get ready for summer with chef Gretchen Hanson's story about two essential summer foods. And, Jim Rapp will tell us everything we need to know about crabs.

This week will meet Impressionist painter Patrick Henry. We’ll hear about the development of our coastal life saving stations. Scott Duncan will bring us the June garden planner. And naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about summer wildflowers along the Choptank River.

The program will discuss the slaves who served in the Union Army during the Civil War and particularly those who went to serve from the Delmarva Peninsula. Why did many of these former slaves return to the Delmarva after the war? Harold Wilson’s guests are retired Salisbury University history professor Clara Small and genealogist Teresa Neild. Because of his knowledge and particular interest in black history Delmarva Public Radio News Director Don Rush will join our discussion as well.

Our third production for Delmarva Radio Theatre is "Usherette" by Marcelle Thiebaux.

This week on our show we will meet Snow Hill painter Paul Volker. We will learn how Caroline County got its name and about companion planting in our gardens. And naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about paddling on Nassawango Creek.

The Never Trump movement appears to be fading but with some prominent Republicans still refusing to back him. Trump's campaign has been seen as a rebellion against the establishment.  So, what are we to make of his campaign and the Grand Old Party?


John Bartkovich, former chair of the Wicomico Republic Central Committee

Shawn Bradley and Dave Parker, local Republicans

Patty Miller with the  College Republicans on the campus of Salisbury University