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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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.

In these times of protest over police abuse and racial divide Eddie Glaude, chair of the Department of African American Studies at Princeton, says he felt compelled to look back at James Baldwin and his disillusionment with the death of Martin Luther King and the end of the civil rights movement. Host Don Rush explores with Glaude what he found in his new book. "Begin Again: James Baldwin's America and Its Urgent Lessons For Our Own".

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.

Raye Valion-Gillette

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. 

Raye Valion-Gillette

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.

Raye Valion-Gillette

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.

Chamber Music by the Sea

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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.

Raye Valion-Gillette

"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.