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


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.

This weekend, give your Saturday nights a gentle comedy boost with "Weekend Radio".

Weekend Radio, that "curiously strange and offbeat potpourri of music, wit and convivial companionship" is moving to Saturday Night at 6PM on WSCL, 89.5 FM. 

Following Weekend Radio, experience the best of Broadway, old and new with Footlight Parade at 7PM.

The sounds of spring are everywhere - especially in the WSCL 89.5 studio!
DPR's Spring Membership Drive begins this Friday, April 8th and runs through Friday, April 15th. That's your opportunity to pledge your support for the station and the programming you love. But you don't have to wait until the drive begins to contribute, you can donate anytime online at

This week we will meet Dana Simson the artist who owns Chesapeake East. We’ll hear the story of Salisbury’s beginnings. We will learn about a small family farm in Bishopville. And Dave Wilson will introduce us to an expert on Delmarva’s rare plants.

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In the first half of today's program, Barry Johansson, Executive Director of the Wicomico Environmental Trust discusses the serious concerns some residents have about proposed new chicken houses.

In the second half, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, U.S. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district, to discuss his Senate run to replace Barbara Mikulski.

Friday, April 1st at 6pm on WSCL, 89.5 FM

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of April 4th, 2016

Saturdays at 4PM April 2-23

On todays edition, we take a look back at this year's Bay to Ocean Writer's Conference.

This week we will meet muralist and art teacher Lori Conner. We’ll look into the history of Milford, Delaware. We’ll hear the April Garden Planner, and naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about shorebird migration along the Delaware Bayshore.

In honor and anticipation of Delmarva Public Radio's 5K Tie Dye Run, we present a very special edition of The Show About.  Our theme this week is, of course, "running".  You'll hear everyone from Sam Cooke to Jackson Brown to Yes to Sioxsie and the Banshees.

April shower bring May flowers and...some program changes to WSCL, 89.5 FM!

Starting April 3rd, Exploring Music is moving to 6PM. Host Bill McGlaughlin with be with you as you drive home from work or begin cooking dinner.

The current 6PM programs will (with some exceptions) be moving to the 9PM slot, following the evening symphony broadcasts, which continue to begin at 7PM.

Starting April 3rd,  the following programs will move to 9PM.

Monday- The Chamber Music of Lincoln Center

Tuesday- Relevant Tones with Seth Boustead (new program)

Beginning April 4th, you can start off your classical music evenings with the venerable and affable Bill McGlaughlin as Exploring Music moves to 6PM.

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin is an exciting daily radio program that delves into a wide assortment of topics in classical music. Each five-program series builds off a single theme ranging from composer biographies to explorations of various cultures, musical styles, and time periods.

Carnegie Hall Live! Begins April 5th  at 7PM

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of March 28th, 2016

This week we will have the Spring culture preview so you can get ready to enjoy all that Delmarva has to offer for the arts, heritage, and more. We will hear the story of Thomas Savage who was probably the first permanent English settler on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. And naturalist Dave Wilson talks with Jim White of the Delaware Nature Society about snakes.

On today's program, we look at the life and legend of Patty Cannon. In the second half, a look at the recent surge in gun sales.

Guests: Mindy Burgoyne, author of Haunted Eastern Shore

Michael Morgan, author of Delmarva's Patty Cannon- The Devil of the Natnticoke

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of March 21st, 2016

Tuesday, March 22 at 7PM on WSCL, 89.5 FM

J.S. Bach’s Saint John Passion was written during his first year in Leipzig, and was first performed on Good Friday 1724, shortly after Bach's 39th birthday. The work narrates the Passion of Christ as told in the Gospel of John. The Rochester, NY Bach Festival presents Bach’s St. John Passion, recorded at Reformation Lutheran Church with Rochester area-musicians, conducted from the harpsichord by David Chin. Soloists include Pablo Bustos as The Evangelist, Joshua Ooms, as Jesus and Joel Balzun as Pilate.

This week we will meet wood working artist Austin Barrett. We will hear the legend of Delmarva’s notorious Patty Cannon. We’ll learn about daffodils and naturalist Jim Rapp will tell us about the annual return of one of Delmarva's avian icons, the Osprey

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.