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

Last week, it was  erroneously reported that Dogfish Head Founder and President Sam Calagione was stepping aside as CEO. While Dogfish Head's chief operating officer was promoted to CEO, this is a new position at Dogfish Head.  Sam Calagione's role as president and chairman of the board does not change.

Delmarva Public Radio apologizes for the error.

To clarify:

Nick Benz has been promoted to the new role of CEO at Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, Del. The role of founder and president Sam Calagione does not change. 

Saturday, October 11th  at 8PM

Join us for a special broadcast of a performance recorded in April featuring Americana Folk Trio Red Molly.

Since 2004, Red Molly has performed to crowds throughout the United States, as well as Australia and Denmark. Opening for such legendary acts as Willie Nelson, the trio — Laurie MacAllister, Abbie Gardner and Molly Venter — has earned critical accolades and its own unique fan base, who call themselves “RedHeads.”

On WSDL and Drop-Outs

Oct 7, 2014

If you have been listening to WSDL, 90.7 FM for the past week, you have most likely heard something like this:

Instead of “Broadcasting from the campus of Salisbury University”… hear.

“Broa---from---the camp---of—University”.

You are hearing what we call “drop- outs”.  It is extremely annoying and frustrating; both for you the listener and us here at  Delmarva Public Radio.

Why the Drop-Outs?

Perhaps one of the most interesting races on the Eastern Shore is that for State Senate in Maryland.

It pits Democratic incumbent Jim Mathias against Republican delegate Mike McDermott.

Jim Mathias Campaign Website

Mike McDermott Campaign Website

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Oct. 6th

In the first half-hour of this Edition, Harold Wilson's guests are Lee D'Zmura and master gardener Denise Swayne. The topic is the importance of native plants to the ecosystem and the environment on the Eastern Shore and in other Mid-Atlantic states. In the second half-hour of the program, the guest is mystery writer John Reisinger who will be talking about his murder mysteries and particularly about his acclaimed non-fiction work, Master Detective.

A look at Georgetown, an African American community that once sat in the heart of Salisbury, MD.


Vance Elbert, with the Chipman Foundation

Aubrey Jackson Mathews

Gus White

Shanie Shields, Salisbury City Councilwoman

Starting on September 22, American Public Media's Marketplace Morning Report will be featured daily as part of Morning Edition, broadening the reach of this robust business segment.


Did you know that every public radio program has a clock? Broadcast clocks are set templates that stations like ours use to track the timing of a show's stories and interviews, newscasts, and funding credits each day.

This fall NPR is making some changes to their newsmagazine clocks, in partnership with member stations across the country. This will help align programs with the way people listen to radio today, and provide stations with more flexibility to include the local content that's important to their audiences.

Coastal Concerts has been a long term supporter/underwriter of Delmarva Public Radio, and WSCL listeners know we have aired two  of their concerts from last season the past two Saturdays.   We are happy to share this news of MD state recognition of their work in the arts community, with special congratulations to  Denise Emery.

Earl Dotter

Who are the immigrants who work in our agricultural fields and chicken plants and build our homes?

This Thursday, Salisbury University's Downtown Art Gallery features an exhibit  of photographs by Earl Dotter titled  Work. Respect. Dignity.

Reception: Thursday, September 18, 6pm, light refreshments will be served.

Delmarva Public Radio

On today's program, Wicomico Country Executive Rick Pollitt  and challenger Bob Culver face off on a host of issues facing voters in the upcoming November election.

In the second half, Lucy Cochran drops by to play for us and discuss the upcoming Berlin Fiddlers Convention, September 19th through the 21 in Berlin, MD.

Angela Byrd

Exploring "life stories" with Lynn Schwartz, creative writing instructor.  In the second half , the life story writers with "Page to Stage" from the Compass Rose Theater in Annapolis, MD.

Compass Rose Theater

Writers Wordhouse

Page 2 Stage

family photo

Local reactions to the Ferguson, Missouri shooting and a look at the past and future of Salisbury's City Council.

Guests: Orville Penn, community activist

Michael O'Loughlin , Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

Greg Bassett, Editor and General Manager of the Salisbury Independent

The many resources available to Delmarva's Veterans.

Dina Karpf with Maryland's Commitment to Veterans

Jon Black with Maryland Army National Guard family programs

Allison Pulcher,  Military Spouse and Military Community advocate

Sam Webster with Delmarva Community Services

Shannon Hardester with Diakonia

Staring Saturday, September 6th, Delmarva Public Radio will be airing a series of locally recorded and produced concerts.

The first two concerts come from the 2013-2014 Coastal Concerts series. The next two come to us from the 2014 Chesapeake Chamber Music Competition.

The programs will be broadcast at Noon, beginning Saturday, Sept. 6th.

Don Rush

NOTE: This is a re-broadcast

The Salisbury City Council looks at redistricting proposals with the potential to change political power on the Crosswords of Delmarva. 

Guests: Salisbury City Vice Council Laura Mitchell

Shanie Shields, who represents the majority-minority district created in the 1980's.

Guests: Terry Cohen and Tim Spies, Salisbury City Council Members

Begins August 18th

Rainy  days and Mondays get always get you down?

Well..Mondays, mostly.

Delmarva Public Radio has the cure for you...Blue Monday on WSDL, 90.7 FM.

Join us at 9PM-11PM "Blues Unlimited" . Explore the history, heritage and rich cultural traditions of Blues Music  in many different forms.  You'll hear Chicago blues, Piedmont blues, acoustic and electric blues, and so much more.

In the first half of today's program, Don Rush speaks with Donald and Jeannie Keister  about losing their son, Tyler,  to heroin addiction and their group, AtTAck Addiction.

In the second half, Sue Collins and Nancy Taylor Robson discuss their book, "OK, Now What: A Caregiver's Guide to What Matters."

AtTAck Addiction Website

OK Now What? website

Hal Wilson and Don Rush speak with Caryle Murphy, a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and the author of several books including  "A Passion for Islam" and "A Kingdom's Future". 

Guest Host Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University, speaks with Neda Biggs, Victim Immigration Attorney  about  the growing refugee and immigration issue.

In the second half,  Mike Pretl and Dave Parker discuss how immigration may impact the upcoming midterm elections.

La Esperanza

Here is a (hopefully) simple explanation of our audio troubles, with a little slideshow to illustrate.

Audio from our studios is delivered to our transmitters in Seaford, Delaware  (WSCL, 89.5) and Roxana, Delaware (WSDL, 90.7) via a gadget called a  "Barix Box".  A Barix unit basically sends the audio through the internet to another Barix unit.

Both WSCL, 89.5 and WSDL 90.7 are back on the air. 

We thank you very much for your patience and understanding.

Build it and they 

The Show About is a funny fellow...he's not on Facebook, not on Twitter, and doesn't really want to be....we think it has to do with his time spent as a  international spy for Luxembourg  in the late 1970's.

But...he does love him some postcards! We'll keep a running slideshow of TSA tagged postcards here.

Matthew Peters, Director of the The Chesapeake Multicultural Resource Center