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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The youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner is a woman from Pakistan named Malala Yousafzai. When she was 15, the Taliban targeted her for her work in advocating girls’ education, leading to a violent attack on her and her father’s lives.  She amazingly survived and became a world leader in  global girls’ education. As part of Women's History month, Salisbury University screed a documentary about the life and Malala and hosted a roundtable discussion of the impact of the education of  women in a global context.

This week we will meet Chinese brush painter Lillian. In honor of Women’s history month, hear the courageous story of Delmarva’s own Kitty Knight. We’ll get some ideas from Scott Duncan for gardeners who want something to do while waiting for the winter weather to break. And we’ll hear naturalist Dave Wilson and his conversation with Jim White of the Delaware Nature Society about Delmarva's amphibians.


In Easton, efforts to remove the Confederate monument known as the "Talbot Boys" have failed. The controversy continues, however, with the Talbot Branch of the NAACP and the ACLU of Maryland filing a complaint with the Open Meetings Compliance Board because minutes of a closed door session were not released.

In the second half, we look back at the history of racial tension  in Baltimore with Baltimore Sun Reporter Antero Pietila, author of, "Not in my Neighborhood: How Bigotry Shaped a Great American City".

This week we will meet realist painter Stasia Hubeck. We’ll learn about Rev. Charles A. Tindley, one of America’s great gospel music composers. Scott Duncan will bring us the March Garden Planner and naturalist Jim Rapp to tell us about hiking trails on Assateague Island.

Angela Byrd

On Today's program, Hal Wilson speaks with Reverend George Williamson. We discuss George’s participation in the North Carolina sit-ins in 1960 and how that experience changed his life.

In the second half,  former Salisbury University professor Clara Small, a member of the Maryland Governor’s Commission to Study the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, discusses the Harlem Renaissance and particularly the controversial author Zora Neale Hurston.

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Feb. 29th, 2016

This week we’ll meet plein air painter Michele Green. Marilyn Buerkle will tell us about Teackle Mansion. We’ll hear about that culinary delicacy of the marsh – the Muskrat. And naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about some the Glenn L. Martin National Wildlife Refuge.

Delmarva Public Radio, home to WSCL 89.5 FM and WSDL 90.7 FM, invites listeners and supporters to enjoy “Books, Bloodies and Brunch with Paul Cullen and Friends” Sunday, March 6.

The private fundraiser is scheduled from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at The Pines in Rehoboth Beach, DE, in a home currently listed for sale with Ocean Atlantic Southebys.

In Delaware, nearly sixty percent of prisoners are African American. Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine, Jr. has empanelled a task force to study the issue.

In the second half, we look at the life and works of early 20th century  African American author Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins.


Dr. Donald Morton, Executive Director of Complexities of Color Coalition

Paulette Rappa, Southern Delaware Alliance for Racial Justice

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Feb. 22nd, 2016

Salisbury University will reopen on Tuesday, February 16, with regular operating hours.

Salisbury University will be closed Monday, February 15, 2016 Essential personnel will report to work.

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.