Chris Ranck

Assoc. Director- Program and Operations Services

Chris Ranck is Delmarva Public Radio's Executive Producer,  Program Director  and  Automation Engineer.

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We may not be able to go outside, but we still can enjoy a symphony orchestra every evening on WSCL 89.5FM.

Here is a neat idea- take a break from the internet and bad news on cable tv by having an "electronics fast".

Instead, prepare dinner with your family at 6pm while you listen to Explorning Music.

Then, reward yourself with a family dinner while you listen to a world-class symphony at 7PM!

Here is the Spring evening concert series, starting next week. All programs begin at 7PM.

OWINGS MILLS, MD – The Washington, D.C. region and Maryland public television stations today announced a partnership aimed at supporting the education needs of families whose children are learning from home during the coronavirus public health emergency.

Springfest 2020 has been canceled due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our special events department is currently working with vendors, headliners and local entertainers on how to proceed. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

From the Town of OC Mayor and City Council:

To celebrate National Poetry Month, on each Thursday Morning in April, at 9:00 am on Delmarva Public Radio WSDL 90.7, we will present a talk by a distinguished regional poet and teacher.

We have all made it to the 14th week of WWIII, with no cease fire on the horizon.

Three themes are reverberating just now regarding the coronavirus, lack of testing, shortage of protective equipment, and shortage of medical ventilators.

Looking backwards, there is now sufficient evidence that the richest country in the world, with abundant scientific and medical specialists, simply squandered a full month in preparation for this devastating pandemic, which is now engulfing major sections of America.

SALISBURY, MD---As the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect the lives of every American, it is often said that if we are to beat this it will take all of us working together.

The Salisbury University community is stepping up in the fight against COVID-19, both on an international and local level.

Among the difficulties of fighting COVID-19 healthcare workers are dealing with a shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them safe while assisting others.

Wilson’s guests are author Barbara Lockhart and Community Players of Salisbury actress Judy Hearn. The program features a reading by Judy Hearn of Lockhart’s short story “Liriope,” published in volume 12 of the Delmarva Review. The reading is followed by an interview with the author.  Liriope is a stream of consciousness narration by a woman working to come to terms with her dead husband. Though dead, he is very much alive in her mind as she talks to him about her struggle with his mental illness.

Weekdays at 9PM on WSDL 90.7 FM

Starting this Monday, March 30th, Delmarva Public Radio will air The National Conversation with All Things Considered.  This special programming from NPR is part of the effort to keep you informed of the latest news on COVID-19  Tune in weekdays at 9PM on WSDL, 90.7 FM.


With WWIII entering its 13th week, most of WE THE PEOPLE  are POWs in our own homes.    So let’s reflect on how we got here.

We have all committed to “flattening the outbreak curve”, a new moniker for hiding at home, and vegging out on Netflix.

This time, our Pearl Harbor occurred in China, and was so sneaky, we didn’t even realize there was a problem until weeks later on January 10th.  Since then “a state of war has existed”.  Haven’t we heard these words before?

Many kind individuals and businesses have reached out and asked how to help Beebe Healthcare in this time of need.

Beebe Healthcare has launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund for monetary donations. We are also in need of items like personal protective equipment or other medical supplies to be used to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). These items will ensure our teams have the supplies they need in the future.

You have been feasting on endless news, regarding the coronavirus pandemic, mostly scary statistics.  But there are other sides, some good, some bad.

Just look at how fragile the greatest country in the world is.  In 11 weeks some

unsee able threat has neutered and rendered our civilization inert with amazing speed.   And we are still just mobilizing to fight WWIII.

Delmarva Public Radio is here for you,

These are challenging and unprecedented times for Delmarva. Many of us are now staying at home as the world unites to defeat the Coronavirus.

Most Delmarva Public Radio (DPR) staff members are working from home as well. We are committed to keeping you informed and entertained.  You may not be able to leave the house, but you can still travel to the great concert halls of Europe, Lincoln Center, Pittsburgh, Cleveland through the magic of radio. 

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan today ordered the closure of bars and restaurants, and expanded the prohibition on gatherings to those of more than 50 people—the latest in a series of unprecedented actions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A look at how our local agencies are preparing for the Covid-19 virus.  In the second half, Alison Galbraith discusses her campain to win the Democratic Primary In MD District 1 and to unseat Andy Harris.

Guests: Dr. Charles Slivia, Chief Medical Officer for Peninsula Regional Medical Center

Olvia Butler- Wicomico County Health Department communicable disease program manager

Alison Galbraith, running for Congress in MD's 1st District

Following Governor Hogan's regarding elevated state precautions against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Maryland, all activities at SU are canceled until further notice, and campus buildings are closed to the public. Employees with questions about their schedules should contact their supervisors. Visit

the SU COVID-19 webpage for more information.

The following is a message from the Salisbury University President's Office :

Members of the SU Community,

While no positive cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are currently known at SU or on the Eastern Shore, the University continues to make preparations to help prevent the spread of the virus to our area.

When we think of non profits, they may pop up around the holidy season with red buckets and ringing bells, But, they are an integral part of our community, providing $379 million or 14 percent of the region's total wages.

In the studio is Erica Joseph, President of the Connunity Foundation of the Eastern Shore and Pam Gregory, President and CEO of United Way of the Lower Eastern Shore.

Nathaniel Philbrick's In the Heart of the Sea is an epic true story of survival and a long forgotten way of life in America. The book and the author will be coming to Worcester County as part of a Big Read grant awarded to the Worcester County Library Foundation.  Author Nathaniel Philbrick will be the keynote speaker at Stephen Decatur High School on April 2nd with a book signing to follow.

Delmarva Public Radio's Chris Ranck had a opportunity to speak with the author.

Wilson’s guest this month is Poet Katherine Gekker. He discuss the poetry in her new book In Search of Warm Breathing Things.  Gekker’s poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net. In addition, two of her poems have been put to music. Her poem “Overnight Maples Turn into Pumpkins” set to music by Carson Cooman and his chamber music group appears on this broadcast.

Radio Reception Tips

Feb 26, 2020

If you are having trouble receiving WSCL 89.5 FM or WSDL 90.7 FM

First, take a look at your radio. What kind of antenna does it have? Many lower cost radios have either a telescoping rod antenna or simply use the AC power cord as the antenna. In either case, try extending the rod or the power cord out as much a possible and move it around until reception improves. If it is a portable radio, try different rooms in the house as well.

Don Rush

In small towns throughout the Delmarva Peninsula, teams like the Crisfield Crabbers, Snow Hill Tigers, Slaughter Neck Giants, and Delmar Railroaders played baseball to enthusiastic crowds.  We'll look at the history of Eastern Shore baseball and a new exhibit at Salisbury University's Nabb Research Center. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Creston Long, director of the center, about the exhibition.

Now that WSCL 89.5's move to a new broadcast tower has been completed, we'd like to hear from you!

As you travel around the penninula (and even across the bay) let us know how well you are recieving the great classical music and NPR news on 89.5.

You can email us your report here or call 410-543-6895 and let us know how we sound.

Delmarva Public Radio is pleased to announce that WSCL 89.5 has returned broadcasting at full strength.

Thank you once again for your patience and understanding during this tower move.

WSCL 89.5 is now back on the air!

Yesterday, the coaxial cable was installed, linking the transmitter to the broadcasting antenna.  Today, some final adjustments need to be made to make the whole system as efficient and finely tuned as possible.

We will be posting additional pictures to keep you updated.

We look at historically black colleges and universities as they sue the State of Maryland for financial compensation for the disparity in funding compared to white institutions. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush talks with James White, president of the UMES-Tri-County Alumni Association.

DPR Members,

In the last few weeks, WSCL 89.5 FM has been in the process of moving to a new broadcast tower. We’ve been operating at reduced power using temporary equipment.

We appreciate your patience and each listener who has expressed concern or donated to support DPR during this time.

WSCL will be back up to full broadcast power as soon as we can.