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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My guest for Friday’s Delmarva Today is author Todd Miller. Todd is a journalist, researcher, and writer who focuses on immigration and border issues from both sides of the US – Mexico divide. We’ll discuss his book Storming the Walls and the relationship between climate change, migration, and homeland security.

This is the third in Delmarva Today’s discussion on the role of The Humanities in our culture. Wilson’s guests are Adam Wood, Maarten Pereboom, and Don Rush. Adam Wood is a professor in the English Department at Salisbury University. Maarten Pereboom is dean of the Fulton School of Liberal Arts and Professor of History. The area of twentieth-century international relations is one of his specialties. Don Rush is Associate Program director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Media. .

Welcome to Salisbury University’s Cultural Calendar Highlights for May.

The SU Music, Theatre and Dance Department hosts a plethora of virtual musical performances throughout the month, beginning with the Salisbury and University Chorales, directed in concert by Dr. William Folger, on Saturday, May 1.

Wilson’s guests on Delmarva Today are Nancy Sakaduski and Doug Harrell. Nancy Sakaduski is the owner of Cat & Mouse Press, the publisher of Rehoboth Beach Reads featuring the winning stories in the annual Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest sponsored by Browseabout Books. Doug Harrell is a retired engineer and currently a mystery writer. He reads an abridged version of “Hiawatha’s Smile,” winner of a Judge’s Award in the 2020 issue of Rehoboth Beach Reads.   

May is water safety month and Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Owen Long Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Sertified, a training company specializing in American Red Cross Lifeguarding, CPR, First Aid, AED, Babysitting, Emergency Medical Response, Basic Life Support classes, or generally any Instructor Trainings.

The program focuses on the training of lifeguards in the Delmarva Area. 

Hal Wilson's guest on this week's Delmarva Today is Ashleigh Bryant Phillips, author of Sleepovers. Sleepovers is Phillips first book. It is a compendium of short stories and won the C.Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize. Stories from it have appeared in The Paris Review and The Oxford American.

April 6th , 2021 is Salisbury University's Giving Day! For information on how to give, click here.

A day when alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends, once again flock together for an extraordinary 24 hours, celebrating and supporting the areas of Salisbury University’s campus that mean the most to us. There are matching gifts, challenges, raffle prizes, and more! Every gift – when combined with others – does make a difference!

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Jean Holloway, Delaware and Maryland State Manager for the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project (SERCAP). SERCAP is a nonprofit organization that helps upgrade water and wastewater systems in small, rural towns across the Delmarva. They provide a variety of services from directly constructing infrastructure, to providing financing and loan options, and offering technical training.

Welcome to Salisbury University’s Cultural Calendar Highlights for April.

SU art faculty host a virtual gallery talk Thursday, April 1, at the conclusion of the Art Department’s annual faculty exhibit. Faculty members display their works at SU Art Galleries Downtown through Friday, April 2.

This is the second in Delmarva Today's three-part series on the humanities and their contribution to culture in the United States.  The first session reviewed the history and nature of the humanities, how they became institutionalized, and how they helped define the identity of our country. This Friday's Delmarva Today reviews  the crisis in the humanities at the university level and in our national identity.

The North Meets South Duo- Dr. Danielle Cumming and Dr. John Wesley Wright, both faculty members in Salisbury University's Department of Music, Theatre and Dance, perform some selections from their program, "From Spain to Spirituals"  for our Spring Membership drive. 

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Harold Wilson’sguest  is Professor Margo Shea. Dr. Shea is a professor of history at Salem State University in Salem, Massachusetts. Dr. Shea, author of Derry City: Memory and Political Struggle in Northern Ireland. discusses the work she is doing on the parallels she finds between the Troubles in Northern Ireland in the 1960’s and the cultural and political unrest we are experiencing here in the US today evidenced recently by the  siege of our nation’s capital on January six, 2021.

Do More 24 Delware is a 24-hour celebration of giving campaign designed to help non-profit organizations serving the State of Delaware to raise funds and engage donors.  It begins on March 4th at 6PM and ends March 5th at 6PM. Delmarva Public Media is participating in the campaign. To show your support, visit their website

Welcome to Salisbury University’s Cultural Calendar Highlights for March.

SU’s virtual spring Creative Writing Reading Series continues Wednesday, March 10, as SU creative writing faculty read from their works. Authors include Drs. Ryan Habermeyer, John Nieves and Christine Spillson. They also provide information about the creative writing track in SU’s English major.

Friday's Delmarva Today is the first of  our special hour-long programs on the humanities.

Adam Wood is a professor in the English Department of Salisbury University. Marten Pereoom is a professor of history and Dean of the Fulton  School of Liberal Arts at the University. In Friday's program we discuss the  nature and history of the humanities and the role they play in the  development of our personal  and national identity.

For the Love of Music

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This Spring, we’ll be celebrating our love of music! We know that music is one of the finest things in our lives. It’s something positive that's getting us through this long pandemic winter.

In preparation for our Spring Drive, we want to know what you love about music.

Any music.



Welcome to Salisbury University’s Cultural Calendar Highlights for the week of February 22.

SU’s annual African American History Month celebration concludes with three virtual arts events. On Wednesday, February 24, the University joins the National African American Read-In, hosting its annual African American Poetry Read-In. Participants are invited to read their original poems. Campus community members also may select poems to read from books available through SU Libraries.

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Harold Wilson's guest is Nancy Mitchell, Salisbury's poet laureate.  They  talk about her plans as poet laureate in the coming year. and discuss some of her recently published poetry.

Nancy is the Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury, Maryland. She has published extensively, is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner, and is Associate Editor of Special Features for Plume, an online poetry magazine.

Hal Wilson's  guest on Delmarva Today this week is Lance George, Research Director for The Housing Assistance Council (HAC) in Washington, DC. The duscuss the  lack of plumbing and adequate water in homes and communities in the US that create Third-World conditions for many families. Data indicates that at least 460,000 homes across the country do not have a functioning bathroom or lack an adequate water supply. The Delmarva does a little better but not by much. Data indicates that 1,765 homes here on the Eastern Shore lack plumbing.

Welcome to Salisbury University’s Cultural Calendar Highlights for the week of February 1.

SU’s annual Art Department Faculty Exhibition opens Monday, February 1, at SU Art Galleries Downtown. Featuring hot glass, ceramics, painting, drawing, installation, sculpture, photography and new media, the exhibit is available online at and in person by appointment. A virtual gallery talk with art faculty is Thursday, February 4. The exhibit continues through Friday, April 2.

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One the first half of today's program, we review the inauguration of President Joe Biden. Host Don Rush talks with former John Bartkovich, former chair of the Wicomico Republican Central Committee and Salisbury University political science professor Michael O'Loughlin.

Delmarva Radio Theatre Presents “Departures.”

The radio drama “Departures” is adapted from a short story of the same name by Bohdan Dowhaluk  published in volume 13 of the Delmarva Review. In addition to the radio play, the program includes a short review of the history of radio theatre and an interview with Mr. Dowhaluk.  The drama was produced on Zoom and features actors with The Community Players of Salisbury. The story is about an aging professor seeking to find himself, and his encounter with a fiery redhead in a hotel room. Their relationship is both humorous and tragic.

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On the first half of today's program, we get insight into the recents events at our nation's Capitol with host Don Rush and guests Dr. Michael O'Loughlin, Salisbury University Political Science Professor and Frank Figliuzzi   author of The FBI Way: Inside the Breau's Code of Excellence 

My guest on Delmarva Today is Dr. Karl Maier, a member of the psychology department at Salisbury University in Salisbury. Maryland. This is the third in our series of discussions on the psychological impact of COVID-19 on the general population.

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Today's guest  is Dr. Michael  Murphy, emergency medical physician at the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury. Dr. Murphy will update us  on the current  surge in the pandemic in Wicomico and surrounding counties and discuss the pressure the increase is having on the hospital. He will  also discuss  his own personal struggle with Covid-19  and update us on the distribution of the vaccine in the area.

My guest for Friday's Delmarva Today is Lance George. Lance is the research director for The Housing Assistance Council, a national nonprofit housing and rural development  organization in DC. We're talking about rural poverty and why it has remained about three percent above urban poverty since the 1970s. George  will discuss the characteristics of rural poverty and how it differs from urban  poverty. He will  also talk about the problems  of resource distribution in rural areas, as well as problems associated with distributing the Coronavirus vaccine.