Don Rush

Assoc. Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

 

     The Camden-Wyoming Sewer and Water Authority filed legal documents arguing this week that it is not a public body as defined by state law, and therefore is not required to make its payroll information public.

     The Kent County sewer and water utility has refused to share detailed financial information with the public for the past two years, despite numerous requests from citizens.

 

During tonight’s City Council meeting, a number of departments will be asking for money.

              The Salisbury Police Department is requesting appropriation of $21,000 to pay for emergency repairs to a police tower on Marine Road that was damaged by a lightning strike on Aug. 2, as well as budget amendment to transfer $1,400 earned through their ammunition recycling program from the General Fund into the Fire Department budget.

President Harry Truman came to the oval office after the death of President Franklin Roosevelt, and went onto to upset the pundits in 1948 by winning a term in his own right. However, as Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse recalls, his scrappiest moment had nothing to do with the affairs of state.

During his state of the state address, Governor Martin O'Malley asked for more revenue to shore up transportation and education in Maryland. However, Republicans responded by sharply criticizing the Governor's tax proposals as well as his executive order, PlanMaryland, that would coordinate state and local actions to control development.  

Governor Martin O'Malley issued an executive order, PlanMaryland, that calls for state and local governments to coordinate development.  However, rural legislators and local government officials are opposed with one calling it "a war on rural areas".  Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush explores the issues with State Planning Secretary Richard Hall and Wicomico County Council member Gail Bartkovich during their appearances on Delmarva Today. 

As the Republican presidential race heads southward, front-runner Mitt Romney's religion could play a role in how evangelical Christians vote. Delmarva Public Radio's Dick Rosse has this look back at religion and American presidential politics. 

Delmarva Today 01-20-2012

Jan 20, 2012

This morning, we remember Madeline Perdue.

 

The first wife of Frank Perdue, she died at the age of 91 last month surrounded by her family at her home in Salisbury.

She met Frank Perdue when both were students at what was then the Salisbury Teacher's College- now Salisbury University.

She helped Frank to build what has become the hall mark poultry business on the Eastern Shore.

Guests:

Jim Perdue, who now heads up his father's business

Missy Mclaughlin, a friend of some 38 years

The Annapolis Summit

Jan 19, 2012

Don Rush files this report from the recent 2011 Annapolis Summit.

Delmarva Today 01-13-2012

Jan 13, 2012

There some expansion going on at Deer's Head Hospital Center as the Delmarva peninsula works to provide for the local population's medical needs. 

Guests: 

Mary Beth Waide- CEO for Deer's Head Hospital Center

Maureen McNeill, Director of Development at Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care

Tess Iten,  RN- Deer's Head Chief Nursing Officer

Delmarva Today 12-30-2011

Jan 3, 2012

A look back in the year in politics.

Guests:

Mike Pretl with the Wicomico County Democrats

John Barkovitch, former chair of the Wicomico County Republicans

During a poultry summit on the campus of Salisbury University, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot said he would consider supporting a two year moratorium on new regulations. Looking ahead to his political future, the Maryland Democrat also said he would consider a run for the Governorship with an eye towards fiscal discipline during these recessionary times. 

For decades, the Salisbury City Council has been divided into two electoral districts. One is a minority majority district and the other is an at-large district that selects the other four members of the council.

But that could change under redistricting proposals presented by Mayor Jim Ireton.

Guests:

Salisbury City Council Member Shanie Shields, who represents the minority-minority district.

Former Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman.

Voices of Delmarva collection, pt.2

Nov 18, 2011

More items in our "Voices of Delmarva" series.

 

Voice #4- Nancy Lynch

Voice#5- Gordon Gladden

 

 

Voices of Delmarva collection pt.1

Nov 18, 2011

Here are some of the stories we have collected in our "Voices of Delmarva" series.

 

Voice #1- Eighty-six year old Lavenia Jefferson from Somerset County

 

Voice #2- Capt. Stony Whitelock of Chance, MD.

 

Voice #3- Robert Robinson/ Georgetown Oyster Eat

 

 

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For decades, the Salisbury City Council has been divided into two electoral districts. One is a minority majority district and the other is an at-large district that selects the other four members of the council.

But that could change under redistricting proposals presented by Mayor Jim Ireton.

Guests:

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton

Salisbury Council President Terry Cohen

The following links courtesy the City of Salisbury Official Website

The Great Recession has seen two major political movements emerge: The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. Historian Rick Perlstein, columnist and author of "Nixonland: The Rise of a President", examines their origins and their impact on American politics.

Affairs of the heart and the consequences of war-

 

They're all part of this year's edition of the Delmarva Review.

 

Guests:

Wilson Wyatt, Chair of the Delmarva Review Editorial Board

Anne Colwell, award winning poet and English instructor at the University of Delaware

Ian Baird, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction.

 

The Church Street neighborhood in Salisbury has been the subject of controversy within city government with abandoned buildings and stalled redevelopment projects. In this profile, residents and local leaders speak out about their neighborhood and hopes for the future.

Dr. Rosemary Thomas, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the SU Foundation,Dr. James Hatley, a professor in the Philosophy Department,Timothy Kane, an SU alumnus,Gail Phillips, Social Work Department

The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival returns this year from November 9th through the 13th.

As we do every year, we take a look at the Festival and highlight some of the films.

 

Guest:

Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival Director Joe Belancio

For the last month, the nation's attention has been taken by what has been called "Occupy Wall Street".  That gathering has also sparked other occupy demonstrations in cities across the country.

Guests:

Michael O'Laughlin, Salisbury University professor

Bobby Hajir, Salisbury University student and organizer of local Wall Street protests

Scott deKuyper, resident of Lewes who says he was beaten while participating in the NYC Occupy Wall Street protests.

What should be the future of Wicomico County's revenue cap on property taxes?

That was the question before a forum held by the Wicomico Neighborhood Congress held on the campus of Salisbury University last week.

WSDL, 90.7 presents a special edited one hour version of the forum this Wednesday evening at 8. "Prime Time Radio" will return to its regular time next week.

 

Featured Speakers

Joe Ollinger and Wayne Strasburg

In October 1933, George Armwood was lynched in Princess Anne, Maryland. This October marks the 78th anniversary of his death and the 100th anniversary of his birth.

While perhaps two thousand residents witnessed the event, it went almost unreported on the Eastern Shore while at the same time making national news.

The United States has 5% of the world's population...but almost a quarter of the world's prison population.

 

With continuing economic uncertainty, those inmates leving prison face an uncertain future.

 

Guests: Bishop Leon J. Wilson and members of his staff, Dorothy Wilson, Jack Gibbs, Keith Graham and Mary Pender.

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered that the Chesapeake Bay go on what's called a "pollution diet".  

 

Maryland counties have been charged with developing a Water Implementation Plan . They have until November 18th to submit a draft of their plans to the Maryland Dept. of the Environment.

 

Meanwhile, the EPA's plans have also drawn opposition with a lawsuit filled by the American Farm Bureau Federation.

 

Guests:

Alan Girard- Senior Land Use Policy Manager at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Salisbury. MD – It is expected to take two years to repair The Kathryn before the skipjack can once again join the annual race off Deal Island. Captain Stoney Whitelock recounts the vessel taking on water during this year's event and his inspiration for buying her in the first place.

Salisbury. MD – More than a thousand protesters have been arrested outside the White House, trying to persuade the administration not to give the final okay for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sand oil from Canada to Texas for refining. John Grout with the Wicomico Environmental Trust demonstrated outside the White House and talks about the issue of the pipeline.

Salisbury. MD – The Nanticoke Native American tribe held their 34th Annual Powwow near Millboro celebrating their culture and a new federation with the Lenape tribes of Delaware and New Jersey. A look at their history and culture.

Salisbury, MD – Delmarva Public Radio has lost two of its own this month. Program Director Pam Andrews who has been at the station since its inception is retiring and General Manager Gerry Weston is moving on to a station in Massachussetts where his family lives. We look back at their time at the station.

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