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

January 1st at 11AM on WSCL, 89.5 FM

The 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. Presented by NPR Music and WGBH, Boston.

On the next Delmarva Today...Writers Edition...we preview the Bay to Ocean Writers Conference set for next year...

And's a Christmas Story set in the south of France...featuring a magical transformation.

Bay to Ocean 2015 Information

MPR Photo / Michael Barone)

Join us on December 24th , 25th and 26th for some special Christmas Programs on Classical 89.5FM.

Christmas Eve at 10AM- A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, live from King's College in Cambridge, England.

Noon- Music of the Baroque: Brass & Choral Holiday Special

2pm- Handel's "Messiah" from Calvin College

Just this past year, we had an all-female crew win the Skipjack race off Deal Island. Long before that, we had the "Woman in the Wheelhouse".

We chat with Nancy Taylor Robson about her book and her six year odyssey as relief cook and deckhand on a tugboat.

On the second half of today's program, we travel back to 7th century England though local author William Peak's new book, "The Oblate's Confession".

The deaths of two African American men at the hands of police have set off a series of protests across the nation.

Here on the Eastern Shore there have been small protests, including those on the campuses of the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Salisbury University.

Guests: Dr. James King, Associate Professor of English, Salisbury University and faculty advisor of SU's chapter of the NAACP

Juliez Benjamin, student President of SU's chapter of the NAACP

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In the first half of today's program, we discuss the latest developments concerning Maryland's Phosphate Management Tool.

In the second half, we sit down with outgoing Maryland State Delegate Norm Conway.

Guests: Dr. Memo Diriker, Director of BEACON.

Alison Prost, Maryland Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Norman H. Conway, Maryland State Delegate, District 38B

Hallelujah Handel

Dec 5, 2014

Join us Saturdays at 2PM on WSCL, 89.5 FM for a special four part series exploring the life and works of George Frideric Handel.  The series finale highlights Handel's "Messiah". 

On Saturday, January 3rd  at noon,  the program "World of Opera" makes its debut on WSCL, 89.5 FM.

World of Opera with host Lisa Simeone brings listeners compelling performances from top American and international opera companies. World of Opera encompasses the seminal operas of centuries past as well as today's masterpieces.

WSCL 89.5 FM will be off the air Thursday December 4th .  Crews will be performing routine maintenance to our broadcast tower located in Seaford, Delaware.

We apologize for the inconvenience  on that day and remind you that you will still be able to listen to WSCL 89.5 on Thursday December 4th via our internet stream

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Dec. 8th

On today's program, Harold O. Wilson sits down with Maryland Poet Sue Ellen Thompson to discuss her latest book of poetry titled, "They".

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Dec. 1st


Today, we get some local reaction to President Obama's Executive Orders concerning immigration.  In the second half, we discuss a proposal to bring six chicken houses in Somerset County that has some residents' feathers ruffled.


Salisbury University Political Science Professor Michael O'Loughlin

Matthew Peters, director of the Chesapeake Multicultural Research Center in Easton, Maryland

George Escobar, Direct

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 24th

A proposal for a commercial aquaculture farm on 180 acres of water in the Delaware Bay has some residents concerned.

In the second half, we take another look at Maryland's Phosphorus Management Tool, which would restrict the amount of phosphorus farmers could put on their fields.

Meg Ward- with the Coalition to Save Beach Cove

David Saveikis- DNREC Div. of Fish and Wildlife Director

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 17th

A wrap of the the 2014 Mid-Term Elections, both national and local.


Mike Pretl, with the Wicomico County Democratic County

Dr. John Bartcovich

and Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin

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A special remembrance featuring the voices of friends, colleagues, and family of activist and founding member of Delmarva Public Radio, Elizabeth Bellavance.

Salisbury Daily Times Article

Full coverage of the 2014 Mid-Term Elections begins tonight at 8PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM.

A Silent Night Out

Nov 3, 2014

Join us for a special evening

Thursday, December 4th, 5pm-7pm

Hobo’s Restarant & Bar - 56 Baltimore Avenue in Rehoboth Beach, DE!

Ticket price includes food and entertainment

1 ticket $30, 2 tickets $50

For ticket information, call


Silent Auction

Entertainment by Melissa Alesi

Food provided by Hobo’s Restaurant & Bar

Your  hosts for the evening will be

The 2Boomer Babes – Kathy Bernard & Barbara Kline

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 10th

On today's program, Harold O. Wilson previews the latest edition of the Delmarva Review. In the second half, we hear a radio drama, "A Limitless Sky",  based upon one of the stories in the current issue.

Guests: Wilson Wyatt, Delmarva Review Executive Editor

Wendy Ingersoll, poet

George Merril, Delmarva Review Non-Fiction Editor


CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — An unmanned commercial supply ship bound for the International Space Station exploded moments after liftoff Tuesday evening, with debris falling in flames over the launch site.

No injuries were reported following the first catastrophic launch in NASA's commercial spaceflight effort.

SU Cultural Calendar Week of Nov. 3

Joe Bilancio, Rehoboth Beach Film Independent Festival Program Director, drops by for a preview of this year's Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival.  The festival runs November 5th through the 9th.

In the second half, we explore the relationship between Annapolis and Maryland's Agriculture Industry.


Joe Bilancio- Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival Program Director

Eddie Johnson, President of the  Somerset County Farm Bureau

How local hospitals are reacting to threat of Ebola. In the second half, we examine the role of for-profit colleges in the American Education system.


C.B. Silvia, M.D., Chief Medical Officer with Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Suzanne Mettler, Cornell University’s Clinton Rossiter Professor of American Institutions and the author of Degrees of Inequity: How the Politics of Higher Education Sabotaged the American Dream

Temple Urban Archives

Saturday  at 8PM on WSDL 90.7 FM