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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This week we will meet impressionist painter Denise Dumont. We will hear the story of five governors who all got their start in the small town of Milton Delaware. We’ll hear about Chesapeake Bay Retrievers. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about hiking in the winter forest.

Jake Day website

On today's program. Salisbury City Mayor Jake Day discusses "Envision Salisbury" and his 20 years plans for the revitalization of downtown Salisbury, MD.

Next, Jeremy Cox with the Salisbury Daily Times elaborates on his recent article, "Backyard Backlash", highlighting the ongoing tensions between large poultry house construction and homeowners and environmentalists. 

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Feb. 15th, 2016

This week we will meet Snow Hill painter Paul Volker. We’ll learn about Furnace Town. Scott Duncan brings us the February garden planner, and naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about Delmarva's visiting winter songbirds.

In the first half of today's program, we look at ways to avoid scams and fraud. In the second half, we sit down with former Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton to discuss his run for Maryland's 1st Congressional District.

Guests: Sabrina K. Bleech, Vice President of M&T Bank

Roxane L Gabrielson, CPA and Certified Valuation Analyst.

Leslie A. Michalik, CPA and Certified Fraud Examiner

and Jim Ireton, Candidate for Maryland's 1st Congressional District.

That's right! You can Run for Radio...Delmarva Public Radio, that is...AND let your freak flag fly at our inaugural 5K Tie Die Run for Radio. Or, you can walk the 3.1 mile course. Either way, you'll get outside, get some exercise, and help support the WSCL and WSDL...which bring you SO much more than any other public stations because we're FOCUSED on Delmarva.

Live feed begins at noon.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Feb. 8th, 2016

This week we are dipping into our archives with an interview with Ocean City photographer Allen Sklar. We’ll hear the story of Henry Norwood’s ill fated journey to our shore in 1650. Chef Gretchen Hanson will tell us about being hungry. And, Jim Rapp will explore winter birding at our ocean side inlets.

On today's edition, we explore the changing role of sex in literature. What does the pervasiveness and explicit nature of some literature say about our culture and society and how did we get here? 

Guests: Susan McCarty, assistant professor of English at Salisbury University and author of Anatomies, a book of short stories.

Adam Wood, Chair of the English Department at Salisbury University


SALISBURY, MD---Delmarva Public Radio (DPR) welcomes two new shows to WSDL 90.7 FM this month.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Feb. 1st, 2016

Sunday, January 24 - 1:30 p.m.

Due to record snow falls in parts of Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic where many Salisbury University students reside, and still dangerous secondary roads on the Eastern Shore, the campus will remain closed on Monday, January 25. Classes will begin on Wednesday, January 27. 

Below is the current schedule: 

This week we will meet cubist painter Rafael Reyes. 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 this cold winter weather. And Jim Rapp will tell us about one of our most charismatic winter visitors, the Snowy Owl.

WSDL, 90.7 FM is currently operating under reduced power. This is due to recent damage to internal transmitter components.

WSDL 90.7 FM will continue to stay on air under low power conditions until our transmitter in Roxana, Delaware is replaced.  We are working to bring this situations to as swift as conclusion as possible. Thank you for your loyalty and patience and we remind you that you can always listen to Delmarva Public Radio anywhere in the world via our online streaming.

Thank you.  

Bluegreass fans...REJOICE! Starting Sunday, Jan. 31, WSDL willl air THREE SOLID HOURS of Bluegrass each and every Sunday night starting at 7PM...Steve Martin's Unreal Bluegrass is coming to 90.7 FM.

No, not THAT Steve Martin...THIS Steve Martin!

As you may be aware, WSDL, 90.7 was off the air over the weekend.

According to our broadcast engineer, some sort of small animal crawled into the the transmitter’s exciter unit and left a mess which caused  damage to the internal fuses.

For this reason, WSDL, 90.7 is currently operating on low power using a spare exciter module.

Our second production for Delmarva Radio Theatre is "Mrs. Morrisette" by Margaret Rodenberg.

This week on our show we will have a conversation with Rusty Mumford the director of the upcoming Community Players production of Steel Magnolias. We’ll hear part two of Dave Wilson’s interview with Dr. Joan Maloof, about the Old-Growth Forest Network. Keyanna Bowen will tell us about upcycling – Eastern Shore style. And, Jim Rapp will tell us about Delmarva's Wintering Waterfowl.

In the first half to day's program, we get reaction to the latest State of he Union Address. In the second half, with the Iowa Caucuses just around the corner, we look at the battles between Trump and Cruz on the right and Clinton and Sanders on the left.

.This week we will meet Milton pastel artist Nick Serratore. We’ll learn about Delmarva's Coastal Lifesaving Service. Dave Wilson interviews Joan Maloof about the Old Growth Forest Network. And, naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about winter birding at Prime Hook National Wildlife refuge.

Thursdays at 7 on WSCL, 89.5.

Shanghai Spring is an 8-part radio series that will take you to one of the most bustling and vibrant cities of the world today and give you a front-row seat at one of the preeminent events in its cultural calendar – the Shanghai Spring International Music Festival. This groundbreaking project is the first of its kind, uniting the WFMT Radio Network, in the West, and the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, in the East — throwing open the door between Western and Chinese music.

In the first half of today's program, we explore the tension between Saudi Arabia and Iran.  In the second half,  Mindie Burgoyne drops by to share some stories of Delmarva's haunted places.

Guests: Keyvan Aarabi- who has taught history at Wor-ic Community College and UMES.

Muqtedar Kahn, professor at the University of Deleware.

Mindie Burgoyne- Author of Haunted Eastern Shore

New York Philharmonic Archives

Tonight at 6PM on WSCL, 89.5 FM

Critic at large, Andrew Patner shares an exclusive interview from 2009 with the legendary Pierre Boulez, Helen Regenstein conductor emeritus of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, discussing a wide range of modern and contemporary music.

This week we’ll get the new year started with a preview of Delmarva’s Winter cultural scene. We will hear about the Transpeninsular Line, some winter gardening chores, the January night sky, and our resident naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about winter birding at Delmarva's Atlantic coast inlets.

Essay: New Year 2016

Jan 1, 2016

2016 is here.  Delmarva Public Radio Essayist George Merrill informs us that it's party time- political party time, that is.

This is our last show for 2015 so we’re taking a look back at some of the stories we did this year. We will meet some of the Delmarva artists who inspired us. We’ll hear the story of Cambridge civil rights hero Gloria Richardson Dandridge. We’ll hear how using native plants can help prevent species decline. And Jim Rapp will revisit his favorite story from last summer: the birds of Skimmer Island.

A special Christmas and Holiday edition of Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition

T’was the night before Christmas
Throughout DPR
Music ran through the evening
News updates from NPR

Nine Lessons and Carols
On the classical station
While The Show About….ran
From computer automation

The staff were all nestled with
Loved ones in houses
Or struggling with manuals
Building bikes and dollhouses

The wife and I marveled
At presents gift-wrapped
And began to wind down
For a long winter’s nap

The Vienna Philharmonic presents its ever popular annual New Year's Day concert from the Golden Hall of the Musikverein in Vienna. You'll hear your favorite waltzes, polkas and more -- a festive way to start off the New Year. It's presented by NPR Music and hosted by WBUR's Lisa Mullins.

New Year's Day at 11AM