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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Don Rush speaks with former White House photographer David Lienemann about his new book, "Biden:  The Obama Years and the Battle for the Soul of America".

My Guest on Delmarva Today this Friday is Darrin Lowery. Dr. Lowery is Director of the Chesapeake Watershed Archaeological Research Foundation. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Penn State University at the Mont Alto Campus in Mont Alto, PA as well as a Research Associate & Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.

On the first half of today's program, Lora Bottinelli, executive director of National Council for the Traditonal Arts, updates on on the upcoming plans for the National Folk Festival Virtual Celebration.

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The New York Times reports on August 26, 2020   that as colleges and universities open for the fall, data in a survey conducted of more than 1,500 American colleges and universities has revealed at least 26,000 coronavirus cases since the pandemic began. The Times has counted more than 20,000 additional cases at colleges since late July.

Salisbury, MD – Today, the National Folk Festival announced plans for a virtual celebration on the weekend of September 12-13. The longest-running multicultural celebration of the finest folk and traditional artists in the United States, each year the National features over 350 artists—musicians, dancers, storytellers, and craftspeople—with more than 35 different groups performing on the festival’s seven outdoor stages. Last year, the 79th National Folk Festival, the second of the three festivals planned for downtown Salisbury, brought together over 150,000 people.

Marianita Albano

Marianita Albano moved from the northern Philippines to the Eastern Shore of Maryland in the early 1970s. Her community of only a few Filipino immigrants has grown since then, and many families have brought, carried on, and adapted important Filipino cultural traditions to their new home. Among these is the Festival of Santo Niño de Cebú (Sinulog). In this episode of Chesapeake Traditions Today meet Marianita, and learn about the importance of this vibrant festival to the Filiphino community of the greater Salisbury, MD region.

Delmarva Radio Theatre is pleased to present “It’s Always the Blood,” a drama by Harold O. Wilson adapted from his novel A Taste of Salt

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Hal Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Doctor Michael Murphy, an emergency medical physician affiliated with the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Murphy is a frequent guest on Delmarva Today and we’re pleased to welcome him back to update us on the pandemic in the Wicomico area, and to discuss the development of a vaccine as well as the efficacy of any recent treatments such as convalescent plasma.

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David Whitelock is a waterman whose crews sail on the the Tangier Sound of the Chesapeake Bay. Learn about the challenges and joys of harvesting oysters and crab, and how the pandemic has affected these traditions important to generations of folks working the water.


Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is author Barbara Lockhart. They will discuss her historical novel Elizabeth’s Field. Lockhart’s novel recounts the struggles of the black population, free and slave, living on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the 1850s. In the face of oppression, cruelty, and fear, it is the story of a people with astounding resilience and endurance whose only hope at that time was flight. 

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Earlier this week the Maryland State Arts Council announced the 2020 cohort of Maryland Traditions Folklife Apprenticeship teams. Among these are master decoy maker and 2019 National Heritage Fellow, Rich Smoker (Marion Station, MD), and Rich's old friend and new apprentice, Larry Beauchamp (Pocomoke City, MD). Learn about Rich's and Larry's connections to the decoy carving and wildfowl hunting, and to the inspirational Eastern Shore landscape.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Captain Scott Slater. Slater pilots a Boeing 777 on the global route for FedEx. He flies to most of the major cities of the world: Paris, Cologne, Frankfort, Hong Kong, Dubai, Singapore, and Shanghai, to name a few.  Scott is a former fighter pilot and graduate of the Naval Academy. He was a Top Gun pilot and flew the FA-18 from aircraft carriers on both the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. In addition, Scott participated in an exchange program with the French patrolling the no-fly zone over Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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Andy Holloway is a sixth-generation farmer, working the same land his ancestors did years ago, at Baywater Farms in Salisbury, MD. This family farm has become known for its heirloom and hydroponic vegetables, and it is an important part of the local farm-to-table movement. Learn about this occupational tradition-turned-business, which builds on centuries of farming ingenuity and tenacity shared by many family farms in the Chesapeake Bay region.

Chamber Music by the Sea, organized by violinist Elena Urioste, is returing this August. Delmarva Public Media's Chris Ranck spoke to Urioste about the vistual festival and how Covid-19 has impacted live classical music performance.

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My guest for Friday's Delmarva Today is  Luisa A. Igloria the newly appointed Poet Laureate of Virginia. I'll interview her tomorrow  morning on Zoom.  Luisa is the author of 14 books of poetry and 4 chapbooks. Originally from Baguio City in the Philippines, she now makes her home with her family in Virginia where she is Professor of Creative Writing and English at Old Dominion University. From 2009-2015, Luisa was also Director of the MFA Creative Writing Program .

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Don Rush speaks with Greg Bassett of the Salisbury Independent about the passing of Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver.

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"Hurricane" Hazel Cropper is a 16-time world champion crab picker, and is featured in the Guinness Book of World Records for the speed and volume of blue crab she can pick. Learn about this Crisfield, MD resident's long connection to the Chesapeake Bay's crabbing industry, and how she uses her talent to teach the "art" of crab picking today.

The Battle of the Bogside drew the British army onto the streets of Northern Ireland on August 14 [1969]; they would remain for more than thirty years.  Margo Shea in Derry City.


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For over 60 years, the Sensational Royal Lights have traveled throughout Delmarva to deliver their music ministry through quartet-style gospel music. In today's episode of Chesapeake Traditions Today hear from three long-time members of this group that got its start in Cordtown, a small community near Cambridge, MD, and hear what inspires the Sensational Royal Lights today.

Wilson’s guests are Nancy Sakaduski, founder and owner of Cat and Mouse Press in Rehoboth, Delaware, and short story writer Nancy Sherman. Nancy Sakaduski discusses The Rehoboth Beach Reads Short Story Contest, which she manages, and her new book, How to Write Winning Short Stories. Cat and Mouse Press focuses its publishing on stories that feature beach life in the Delmarva Region, and on providing resources and opportunities for writers.

In today's episode of Chesapeake Traditions Today, meet Newell Quinton from San Domingo, near Sharptown, MD. Newell is a culture keeper carrying on the tradition of making scrapple. He does this using hogs he's raised, and cast iron pots and techniques passed down over generations. It doesn't get more farm to table than this!

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As COVID-19 cases spike across the country— more than 58,000 a day now to a total of over three million and over 135,000 deaths as of July 14—Universities are scrambling to decide their strategy for opening this fall. Harvard University, for example, has announced that all course instruction will be delivered online, even for those students invited back to the campus. The Ivy League has announced the cancellation of all athletics and the University of California will offer most of its classes online.

In this episode we meet Janice Marshall of Smith Island, MD. Janice is a culture bearer in a long line of women who make what has become Maryland's state dessert, the Smith Island cake. Learn more about this multi-layered confection and its possible history, and get ready to get hungry!

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Wilson’s guest this week on Delmarva Today is Doctor Michael Murphy.  Dr. Murphy is an emergency medical physician affiliated with the Peninsula Regional Medical Center in Salisbury, MD. Dr. Murphy discusses the status of the pandemic in Maryland and the Salisbury area. He also talks about how our knowledge of the virus has grown over the last five months and how treatment has changed as well. In addition he discusses how the virus itself has changed or mutated and how that has affected treatment. In terms of the issue of children going back to school this fall, Dr.

Captain Harold “Stoney” Whitelock. Born and raised here on the Eastern Shore, Capt. Whitelock discusses his connection to skipjacks and the oyster industry, and the iconic boat’s connection to regional communities' heritage.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Ashley Sweeney, here to talk about her new book Answer Creek, the story of the Donner Party. The great Missouri-based trails: the Oregon, Mormon, and California, used in the westward expansion between 1829 and 1870 saw approximately 500,000 emigrants making the journey to the west beyond the Great Plains.

The Delmarva Peninsula (present day Delaware, and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia), includes the traditional homelands of the Lenape, Nanticoke, Nause-Waiwash, Assateague, Pocomoke, and Accohannock peoples—all of whom continue to carry on their ancestors’ legacies today. To kick off this new series on Chesapeake traditions, we’re highlighting and paying homage to a community of the region’s first peoples.

SALISBURY, MD—From features to editorials, stories told by Delmarva Public Radio (DPR) have earned praise from the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association (CAPBA).

DPR (WSCL 89.5 FM and WSDL 90.7 FM) garnered eight 2020 CAPBA awards in the non-metro radio category.

The stations, which broadcast from the Salisbury University campus, have won more than 60 awards in the past decade.

News Director Don Rush earned seven of the honors for stories including:

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today this week is Arthur Magida to discuss his Pulitzer Prize nominated book in the biography/memoir category Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi Occupied Paris.