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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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

Feb 22, 2021

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.

Global News

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.

My guest Friday is Dr, Karl Maier, a professor in the Psychology Department at Salisbury University. This is part two of a three part series on the psychological impact of Covid-19 on the general public and particularly on front-line workers. Dr. Maier will discuss what has been called "pandemic fatigue" and  the role of  misinformation / disinformation in decision making.

Hal Wilson's guest is Thomas Hollyday. They discuss his new River Sunday Romance Mystery Novel titled Enemy in which climate change unleashes a deadly global enemy. How to  survive is not only the challenge the Eastern Shore town of River Sunday, Maryland faces but the planet  itself.

Christmas Eve

10AM- A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Pipedreams host Michael Barone presents this live service of spoken-word and music (choral and organ) broadcast from the chapel of King's College in Cambridge, England. The 30-voice King's College Choir performs the legendary Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols service of Biblical readings and music.

Noon- A Baroque Noel with Pegasus Early Music

Friday, November 28, is Native American Heritage Day. Harold Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Julie Moss to help us honor the heritage of Native Americans. Ms. Moss is a member of the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians headquartered in Tahlequah Oklahoma. Over the years, Ms. Moss has developed an expertise in writing federal grant applications from her work with Indian tribes. Her work has also included serving as elected treasurer for the United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee, as Deputy Director and Planning Director for the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.

Happy Thanksgiving from Delmarva Public Media.  We may unable to gather with our extended families this year, but we can still be thankful for all that we have.  We have musical specials all day long to go with the turkey and dressing.

11AM Every Good Thing

This Friday “Delmarva Today” with host Harold Wilson features a discussion of the recently published volume 13 of the Delmarva Review. Wilson’s  guests are Executive Editor of the Review Wilson Wyatt, Poetry Editor Anne Colwell, and Co-Fiction Editor Lee Slater. Volume thirteen of the Review includes poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by 64 authors chosen from among thousands of submissions. Three authors are featured and interviewed in the Review about their work. Sue Ellen Thompson is recognized for creative nonfiction, Luisa A.

With the number of new cases in the US averaging more than 100,000 per day another surge of coronavirus infections has now firmly taken hold across much of the country. As dire as this third surge may be however, there is some good news.  The pharmaceutical company Pfizer released a promising 

Harold Wilson's  on this Friday's Delmarva Today is writer for The New Yorker Casey Cep. They discuss   her book Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud, and the Last Trial of Harper Lee. Casey lives on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

6-11PM October 31st on WSDL 90.7 FM

Wondering what to do this Halloween? Unable to get out to a party this year? Don't fret- let WSDL 90.7 bring the party to you! 

We begin at 6PM with a special Halloween edition of the Retro Cocktail Hour- be sure to make Bloody Marys and Zombies!

Then, the Juke in the Back brings you some vintage horror themed RnB at 8PM.

Harold Wilson's  for Friday's Delmarva Today is John Wenke. We'll discuss his new book of short stories The Critical List. Dr. Wenke is a professor of American Literature and writing at Salisbury University. He has also  published books on  Herman  Melvill and J. D. Salinger. Wenke's stories speak of the human struggle against separation, isolation, and  what he calls the invisible moving walls we all face.

We know that the coronavirus pandemic is pervasive, affecting every facet of our lives. We experience its impact on the economy every day, its effect on the society and our social interaction, education, and with over seven million confirmed cases and over 217,000 dead, we know  what it is doing to us physically. Even as it pervades our lives, however, there is little information on how it is affecting us psychologically? How has it challenged our mental health as individuals and as a society?

Delmarva Today host Harold Wilson speaks with emergency room physician Mike Murphy about recent delevopments with Covid -19

Join us for the the first Membership Drive of Delmarva Public Media's three-station collaborative. From Wednesday, September 30 - Tuesday, October 6, our staff will be on the air inviting you to become a member of DPM.


You rely on us to provide beautiful classical music on WSCL and informative news and cool jazz and WSDL and WESM. We rely on you for the means to keep the stations operating. Whether you're a new member, a current member, or a monthly donor wanting to increase your membership amount, we appreciate your support.

All broadcasts begin weeknights at 7PM

Monday- The Chicago Symphony Orchestra

Tuesday- Collector's Corner with Henry Fogel

Wednesday- Milwaukee Symphony

Thursday- Pittsburgh Symphony

Friday- The New Your Philharmonic This Week

Joining Wilson on Delmarva Today is Dr. Michael McCarty, Assistant Professor of History at Salisbury University. Dr. McCarty’s specialty is East Asian History. Wilson and McCarty discuss Lisa See’s historical novel The Island of Sea Women as part of Maryland Humanities One Maryland Book Program. Maryland Humanities created the One Maryland One Book program to bring together people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book.  Delmarva Public Radio is pleased to participate in the program.