Chris Ranck

Assoc. Director - Program and Operations Services

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

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Chamber Music by the Sea is returning for another season on August 3rd. With the ongoing pandemic and festival organizer Elena Urioste currently spending time in Great Britain, this year's festival will once again be a virtual affair. Elena Urioste speaks about this year's lineup, the Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective, and how this pandemic has changed classical music.

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Hal Wilson's guest is Donald Ritchie and they're discussing Ritchie's book The Columnist about the life and work of the famous columnist Drew Pearson. Ritchie is the Historian Emeritus of the US Senate. He conducted an oral history program at the Senate and edited for publication the transcripts of the previously closed hearings of Senator Joseph McCarthy. Don Ritchie is the author of more than 30 books.

My guest for Friday's Delmarva Today is David Salner and we're talking about his novel A Place To Hide. David Salner is an accomplished poet with four poetry collections and poetry published in a number of  literary journals including three editions of The Delmarva Review.

Delmarva Public Radio has won awards from the 2020 Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcaster's Association Contest. Winners were announced June 8th in Ocean City, MD. For a full list of awards, click here.

Outstanding News Series:

First, Don Rush and Harold Wilson, WSCL/WSDL, Salisbury, Md., "Betty and the Virus."

Outstanding Use of Sound:

First, Don Rush, WSCL/WSDL, Salisbury, Md., "BLM Protest;”

Second, Donald Rush, WSCL/WSDL, Salisbury, Md., "Food Bank."

Harold Wilson's guest is Jack Broderick, President of the Kent Island Heritage Society. Most people know Kent Island as a huge traffic headache since it hosts the only corridor, Rt. 50/301, across the Chesapeake Bay north of Norfolk Virginia. During the week it carries over 68,000 vehicles each day. This volume jumps to over 118,000 per day over the summer weekends. During these high-volume periods, long lines of traffic are familiar on the corridor east of Annapolis and certainly on Kent Island.

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Join us this Sunday, July 4th for musical fireworks all day long on WSCL, 89.5 FM

At Noon, listen to a Fourth of July Special with the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Join Julie Amacher for an hour of traditional, patriotic choral music performed by the world-renowned Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square.

Stary tuned at 1PM for stirring patriotic music on To Honor and Inspire. Andrea Blain hosts this patriotic encore special, featuring performances by the United States Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine bands.

Harold Wilson’s guest is Arthur Magida, author of Code Name Madeleine: A Sufi Spy in Nazi Occupied Paris. Magida discusses his account of the life and work of British spy Noor Inayat Khan. Noor was raised by her father Inayat Khan, a Sufi teacher and lecturer whose central belief was “True religion is the sea of truth.” At the same time, lying was a spy’s stock and trade. Magida says that “Without deceit and guile, an agent was a dud.

Wilson’s guest is Karen Speakman, the Executive Director of NCALL a nonprofit community development organization based in Dover, Delaware. NCALL is dedicated to strengthening communities on the Delmarva through housing support and development assistance for local organizations, and lending services to bridge financial gaps for the community development sector. In addition, the organization offers finance and homeowner education for individuals in Delaware. Technical assistance services are also provided self-help housing organizations in the Northeast Region of the US.

Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is The New Yorker staff writer Casey Cep. They are discussing spiritualism in Cep’s article “Kindred Spirits” in the May 31st issue of The New Yorker. “Almost a third of Americans say they have communicated with someone who has died,” Casey Cep tells us, “and they collectively spend more than two-billion dollars a year for psychic services on platforms old and new. Instagram, Facebook, Tik-Tok, television, whatever the medium, there’s a medium.” Why this increased interest in spiritualism, and what need does it meet among the public today?

Wilson’s guests on Delmarva Today are editor Neal Gillen and author Fatimah Iqbal. They are discussing a new collection of short stories published in New Voices of the Potomac.  In addition, Fatimah Iqbal will read her story "Under the Chelsea Lights" from the collection.This anthology is a collection of stories written by five students at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland. All of the authors are female, and were either Juniors or Seniors at the time their work was published this year.

The National Folk Festival is returning to Salisbury, MD after being cancelled last year due to the pandemic.  Don Rush speaks with local manager Caroline O'Hare and Blaine Waide, highlighting the first round of announced performers.

It is clear that climate change poses many threats to our way of life on the planet. One of the most obvious is the devastation caused by drought, sea water rise, and severe weather events. Little discussed, however is the impact climate change is having on human rights. As necessary resources such as water become increasingly scarce for example, what does it mean that they are intentionally diverted from vulnerable populations?   In this last of Harold Wilson’s series of programs on climate change, Dr.

This week, Hal Wilson continues his discussion with Todd Miller, author of Build Bridges, Not Walls.

Sunday, May 16th at 8PM on WSCL 89.5

Wilson continues his focus on climate change with guest Dr. Michael Allen, climate scientist and professor of geography in the Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University. Allen discusses climate change and weather and its impact on migration.

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.