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

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

On this week’s show we’ll meet Salisbury photographer Jeanne Anderton. We’ll hear about Delmarva’s Native American history. Chef Gretchen Hanson will talk about being hungry. And naturalist Jim Rapp will get us ready for the annual Christmas bird count.

  Tuesdays at 9PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM

UbiquiAmericana.  From the Latin word for "everywhere" and Americana, one of the fastest growing genera of music today! What is it? It isn't blues, bluegrass, standards, folk, rock, jazz or's all of those things served up in a tasty smorgasbord by your host, Billy Earl.

Wednesday Nights at 7PM on WSCL 89.5 FM

Deadheads rejoice! The Grateful Dead Hour, hosted by David Gans, is coming to WSDL, 90.7 on Thursday January 7th at 9PM.  Its a weekly audio postcard from America's best loved band. 


By Charles Dickens

Adapted for the Radio by T. Paul Pfeiffer and the Salisbury University Radio Theatre Class Fall, 2015

Dramatis Personae

Narrators: a collection of trade’s people from various levels of Cheapside. These are characters which appear, as they might, among a crowd in the neighbourhood or in a place of business. Through these witnesses we learn our story. Principally, they are:

Saturdays at 7PM on WSCL 89.5 FM

We have received word that George Harter, the host of the "A Night on the Town" radio series is retiring.  Broadway fans, have no fear. Starting January 2nd, 2016, A Night on the Town will be replaced by another equally wonderful program- Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical.

This week we will meet Deborah Johnson a fiber artist from Magnolia, Delaware. We’ll hear stories about Delaware being first to ratify the US Constitution and about keeping things easy and green this holiday season. And Jim Rapp will tell us about Delmarva’s winter Snow Goose spectacle.

The experience of African American students on  Salisbury University's campus and the plight of homeless children on Delmarva. 


Matthew Jackson, senior at Salisbury University, member of the Black Student Union

Randy Redard, homeless liaison for the Cape Henlopen School District

Gretchen Hanson, owner of Hobos Restaurant

Alexandra Atsisdis, senior at Cape Henlopen High School

Alyssa Titus, Development Director for the Cape Henlopen Educational Foundation

11AM- Caroling with the Singers

This magical season rings with music and song like none other. Over the past month, public radio listeners from around the country have gone to to vote for their favorite Christmas carols. The results are in, and with them, we'd like to invite you to a nationwide caroling sing-along — whether you're solo, or with colleagues, friends or family.

Noon- Radio Live! A Christmas Carol.  

MPR Photo / Michael Barone)

9AM- Welcome Christmas

A perennial broadcast favorite featuring the Minneapolis-based ensemble, VocalEssence. Recognized internationally as one of America's premier choral arts organizations, VocalEssence is led by the visionary Philip Brunelle. This year, we'll hear the world premiere of a new work by Alan Bullard.

10AM- A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Salisbury University's Cultural Calendar week of Dec. 14th, 2015

Chanukah Specials 2015

Dec 8, 2015
By 39james (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Happy Chanukah from Delmarva Public Radio!

Join us Tuesday, December 8th at 6PM on WSCL 89.5 FM, for Itzhak Perlman's Chanukah Radio Party!