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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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.

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Wilson’s guest is Karen Huston Karydes. Karydes discusses her new book, complete but not yet published, about the life and work of three pioneer women writers of the 1940’s and 50’s: Shirley Jackson, Margaret Millar (the wife of Ross Macdonald), and Patricia Highsmith. The working  title of the book is When Witches Wrote Novels. All three of these women were prolific writers. Jackson wrote 6 novels and many short stories, Highsmith, 22 novels, and Millar wrote 27 novels.

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Sheriff Mike Lewis decided to withdraw his resolution for to declare Wicomico County a second amendment sanctuary. Meanwhile, County Executive Bob Culver took down the plaque for the notorious Confederate General John Winder from its location in downtown Salisbury. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush spoke with Council member Josh Hastings and Greg Bassett with the Salisbury Independent about these developments. 

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Wilson’s guest is Poet Laureate of the City of Salisbury, Nancy Mitchell. She discusses the poetry in her latest book, The Out-of-Body Shop. Mitchell has published extensively and is a 2012 Pushcart Prize winner. She is Associate Editor of Special Features for Plume, an online poetry magazine and is a professor at Salisbury University. Many of the poems in The Out-of-Body Shop address the way the mind and body react to trauma and how reintegration is achieved. 

In honor of Memorial Day this week, Hal Wilson’s guest on Delmarva Today is Retired Navy Commander Dr. Charles Slater. Slater talks primarily about his work as a psychologist in the Navy Medical Corps. In this capacity he counseled Navy families, and worked on the reintegration of sailors into family and community life after long deployments. In addition, he did a tour as a professor of psychology at the Naval Academy.

The 2019-2020 season of Metropolitan Opera has concluded, but there are still plenty of reasons to keep WSCL 89.5 on on Saturday afternoon.

At noon, we continue to air Live from the Grand Teton Music Festival. Conductor Donald Runnicles brings you highlights from Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When that series concludes, we will bring you the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival.

Shortlisted” tells the overlooked stories of nine extraordinary women--a cohort large enough to seat the entire Supreme Court--who appeared on presidential lists dating back to the 1930s. Host Don Rush talks with co-author Hannah Johnson about the history of these women and their impact.

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Because of the coronavirus pandemic, almost all, if not all, educational institutions in the US have closed their campuses and moved to online learning. This includes Salisbury University. Online classes involve faculty using the computer to connect with students online while the students sit at their computers at home or other isolated locations and receive instruction and respond to it online or other ways. Most universities will decide in June or July at the latest if they will open for in-person classes in the fall.

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Five Months of WWIII

By Steve Plotkin

Welcome to almost 5-months of WWIII Bioterrorism.  We had many casualties this week.

Isn't it ironic that our muted 75th celebration of WWII VE day would be held while our own war is well underway? 

But our war is different.  There are no Geneva rules of war, nor accepted rules of engagement or prohibition on use of biological weapons.

Although the battle of NYC has gone badly, America stands 5th in the highest per-capita death rate.  Yet a rolling cease-fire and fragile truce is emerging in many quarters.

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Host Hal Wilson checks in with Dr. Mike Murphy, an emergency room physician, on how the Peninsula Regional Medical is coping with the coronavirus pandemic.

Host Don Rush talks with Christine Ibbotson, a financial and estate planner about her new book “Don’t Panic: How to Manager Your Finances—and Financial Anxieties—During and After Coronavirus.

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Welcome to week 17 of WWIII Biological Warfare.

Breaking all records, The U.S. took merely 3 months to reach

1,000,000 cases.

WWIII has killed 60,000 Americans in just 100 days. 

It took a decade in Vietnam to approach numbers like that.

I wonder where they will place the public memorial for this war?

Coronavirus Spring 2020.

Many can see the end of the war, without claiming victory.

Battlefront, by battlefront, they slowly return back to pseudo-normalcy. 

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The coronavirus has hit the Delmarva poultry grower with nearly 2 million chickens slated to be slaughtered due to staffing shortages at the processing plants. Delmarva Today host Don Rush talks with Virgil Shockley, a Worcester County farmer and chicken grower as well as a former county commissioner about the impact on the industry.

Hal Wilson's guest  is Delaware author Betty Kasperski who is currently recovering at home from Covid-19. Ms. Kasperski has authored four books including a novel, two short story anthologies, and her latest work coming out this year, Generations-A historical Anthology of Family History and Writings.


Many are experiencing stress during this time of shelter in place due to the coronavirus pandemic. But none more than those on the front lines. Richard Barton is the Chief Executive Officer of the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. The primary task of the Critical Incident Stress Foundation is to provide leadership, education, and training to first responders and others as they deal with the stress, and trauma of critical incidents.

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In the first half of today's program, we look at how the Coronavirus pandemic has impacted Delmarva's undocumented immigrant community. Host Don Rush talks with Erika Gutierrez, a community advocate with such organizations the Safe C0mmunities Coaltion in Delaware.

Essay: "Week 15 Of WW III Bioterrorism"

Apr 24, 2020
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We are in Week 15 of WW III Bioterrorism.

By Steve Plotkin

There is talk of a unilateral, rolling, cease-fire among the 50 combat zone commanders, governors.  However, this involves 50 separate negotiations and certifications.

A decade of job growth has been destroyed in one month.  And there is rising impatience with the medically induced economic coma.  It boils down to balancing the financial threat, vs. the medical threat.  

But there is a major glitch.  There are very limited measurements available for a data-driven decision process.

Today we complete the series of four talks on poetry with John Nieves, Associate Professor of English and Director of Graduate Studies for English at Salisbury University. John will discuss the poetry of absence. What is absence? From a rational perspective, the question is fairly easy to answer, it is the fact that something is missing. The question becomes a little more difficult, however, when we ask, what it means to experience absence? Let me offer the suggestion that the content of absence is feeling.

The National Folk Festival in Salisbury has been delayed until next year as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic.

It will now take place on September 10-12, 2021.

In a joint statement issued by Salisbury Mayor Jake Day and Lora Bottinelli, executive director of the National Council for the Traditional Arts, they said that this would allow for more resources to be focused on the community, safety, well-being and recovery from the virus.

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Our continuing Delmarva Today series "Dealing with the Cornoavirus" continues this week.  Hal Wilson speaks with personal fitness trainer Lynn Sutton about the importance of exercise in isolation.

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Apr 17, 2020

On the First half of today's program, Don Rush speaks with Don Parks, author of the book, Islanders War. which depicts life on the Chesapeake Bay during the Great War.

Delmarva Public Radio’s celebration of National Poetry Month continues this week with the third in our series of four lectures on significant  poetic themes.  

Essay: Day 103 of Biological War

Apr 14, 2020
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Welcome to day 103 of WWIII - the Biological War. 

by Steve Plotkin

Sadly, we have reached the national level 2,074 dead per day, now the leading cause of death.  A vast number of citizens qualify for Purple Hearts, and this war has surpassed 9/11 as having a profound effect on our society.

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Coronavirus is a large family of viruses of which 7 can infect people.  Humans have been treated to one bad coronavirus every 10 years, since the turn of the century.

Think of SARS (2002) and MERS (2012).