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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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

This week on our show we will meet Milton painter Denise Dumont. We’ll learn about the man from Dover who created the Victrola. We’ll hear about Delmarva’s Secret Gardens. And naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about birding on Prime Hook.

In the first half of today's program, we explore an ongoing 15 year Salisbury University program that sends students and faculty to the Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover, Maryland  to discuss philosophy with the inmates. How does philosophy give prisoners a changing sense of self and how they relate to society at large?

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of May 16th, 2016

Note: The SU Cultural Calendar in on hiatus until August. Have a safe and happy Summer!

This week we’ll meet Talbot County sculptor Jan Kirsh. We’ll hear the story of Kitty Knight who defied invading British Troops during the War of 1812. Kate Patton of the Lower Shore Land Trust will tell us about the importance of vernal pools in our gardens. And we will hear the conclusion of Dave Wilson’s series on invasive plants.

Should the Delmarva Peninsula break off into its own state? Author Phillip LeBel  examines this question in historical context in  his new book, "A Brief Relation of the State of Delmarva".

In the second half, we get an update on the Zika virus and how Delmarva is preparing for it.

Guests: Phillip Lebel, author of A Brief Relation of the State of Delmarva: Accounting for the Singularity, Insularity and Other Irregularities of a Population in Economic and Cultural Evolution.

Dennis A. DiCintio, director of environmental health for Wicomico County

Sunday, May 8th at 2PM on WSCL, 89.5 FM

Based on her book, The Children of Willesden Lane, the Willesden Lane Mother’s Day Special tells the story of Ms. Golabek’s own mother, a Jewish teenager living in Vienna just before the start of WWII who holds on to her music and her dreams to survive one of the darkest periods in world history.

This week we will meet artists and entrepreneurs Jan Crumple and Taylor Collins. We will hear about the Dover Chocolate Murders. Scott Duncan will bring us the May garden planner. And naturalist Dave Wilson will have Part II of his series on invasive plants.

Harold Wilson’s guest is senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, Bruce Riedel. Wilson discusses Riedel’s new book: JFK’s Forgotten Crisis Tibet, The CIA, and the Sino-Indian WarBruce has served as senior adviser to the last four U.S.

DPR embossed recycled journal (pen included) Available for members with a $50 Donation.

On our show this week, meet Milton painter Bill Patterson. In honor of her being named the new face of the $20 bill we will reprise our story of Delmarva native Harriet Tubman. We’ll hear about which native plants benefit pollinators like the Monarch butterfly and Dave Wilson will bring us part one of a series on the negative impact of invasive non-native plants.


Apr 22, 2016

Show off your support for DPR with our new coffee mug! This 14 oz. tall maroon ceramic mug is ideal for those long over-coffee conversations about topics and music you have heard on Delmarva Public Radio.

Available  for members with a $60 dollar donation. Or, order a mug and 1lb. of our "DPR Morning Ignition" coffee for $125.

Call 410-543-6895 or order online at

TEDx Salisbury

Apr 21, 2016

Highlights from the 2016 Salisbury, Maryland TEDx event. This audio was recorded January 30, 2016 at Headquarters Live in Salisbury, MD.

First Half:

Second Half:

Note: This special radio program was written, produced, and hosted by Salisbury University student and Delmarva Public Radio intern, Amber Riley.

TedX Salisbury 4/21

Apr 21, 2016

Join us today from 1-3PM as we air the audio highlights  from the Tedx Salisbury Event, recorded January 30th at Headquarters Live in Salisbury, Maryland.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of April 25th, 2016

In honor of next weekend’s Delmarva Birding Weekend and the Ward World Championship Carving Competition meet wildfowl sculptor, Rich Smoker who will receive a Living Legends award from the Ward Foundation. Also hear how music played a part in the lives of legendary master wildfowl carvers Lem and Steve Ward. We’ll learn about the Delaware Botanical Gardens being created in Dagsboro. And, Jim Rapp will tell us about some neo-tropical tourists who visit our region this time of year.

Starting Monday, April 18th the World Cafe with David Dye will be moving to 6PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM.  Subsequently, all of our evening line up of music discovery program s will begin one hour earlier.  WSDL, 90.7 FM will be you source for eclectic music discovery in the evenings, starting with two hour of the World Cafe.

This week we will meet painter Fred Sprock. We’ll hear about the Chesapeake Storytelling Festival. Megan Mudron and Bret Hines of Naturally Sun Kissed Farm will tell us about getting started as home brewers. And naturalist Dave Wilson will bring us part two of a conversation with botanist Wes Knapp about Delmarva’s rare plants.

In the first half of today's program, we look at developments in the Presidential Primary races.  In the second half, wevisit with Ray Thompson, retiring Director of the Edward H. Nabb Center for Delmarva History and Culture.

DPR's Morning Ignition

Apr 8, 2016

A custom blend from our friends at Dynamite Roasting Co. specially chosen by Delmarva Public Radio, Morning Ignition is the perfect way to start each Delmarva Morning. Smooth and full-bodied, DPR's Morning Ignition is highlighted by notes of chocolate and fruit. It is well-balanced, complex and will keep you coming back for more, just like your favorite Public Radio station.

Join us this Sunday, April 10th at 1PM on WSCL, 89.5 as "Classical Guitar Alive" returns to Sunday's schedule of great classical music.

Then, stay tuned at 2PM for the show that answers everything you wanted to know about Classical Music, "The Record Shelf". Jim Svejda reviews old and new recordings and presents artist retrospectives and insightful interviews.