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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Sunday, Sept. 15th at 8PM on WSCL 89.5 FM

In the first half of today's program, we meet Salisbury Mayoral candidate Wayne King.

Next, we look at how the Somerset and Worcester County are tackling opioid addiction during September's "Going Purple Month" .


Wayne King for Mayor

Somerset Rains Purple

Worcester Goes Purple

Note:  All performance times are approximate.  We are monitoring the progress of Hurricane Dorian and will keep you up to date as to the status of Friday evening's broadcast.

For the latest updates and news about the Folk Festival, follow the National Folk Festival on Facebook or Twitter

For the curious:

DPR will be airing live broadcasts from the National Folk Festival via a Tieline audio-over IP box.  One Tieline is at the Festival, the other is at our station.

We ran into a bit of difficulty as there is no reliable (other than wi-fi) internet connection at the stage. Thankfully, we can use a Ubiquity Nanobeam as a bridge. Think of it as a cat-5 ethernet cable via a 5G microwave link.

The following are some photos of our setup.  Watch this space for furture updates.

DPR is proud to partner with the National Folk Festival , happening in Salisbury, MD, on September 6 - 9, 2019. This year, DPR will partner with WESM 91.3 FM at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore to present live simulcast coverage of the diverse musical acts who will be visiting from all over the globe.

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A vigil was held at the Asbury United Methodist Church to mark the mass shooting deaths in in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio. Local religous leaders reflect on the meaning and impact of the shootings.

Guests: Tom Passmore, Seior Pastor atAsbury United Methodist Church.

John Wright, Pastor at the Unitarian Univeraslist Fellowship

Michael O'Loughlin, Political Science Professor at Salisbury University

On the first half of today's program, we speak with Kevin Hemstock, author of the recent book, Injustice on the Eastern Shore: Race and the Hill Murder Trial.

On the second half, we take a look and listen to the last round of performers to be announced to perform at the coming National Folk Festival.

Violinist Elena Urioste will be returning to our area this August for Chamber Music by the Sea. Delmarva Public Radio's Chris Ranck had a chance to visit with the artist to learn more about the event and how yoga can help classical musicians.

Chamber Music By the Sea website

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A local look at the hearings on Capitol Hill with Robert Mueller.

Guests:- John Bartkovich- former head of the local Republican Party

Michael O'Loughlin- Professor of Political Science at Salisbury University

Max Bergman, Senior Fellow with the Center for American Progress.

Angela Byrd

This is the third in Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition’s three part series on truth. In the first the nature of truth was discussed and what it might mean to live in a post-truth era. The second program focused on truth in civil society and how cultures develop when truth is denigrated.  In today’s program, the focus is on truth and its relation to politics. Wilson’s guests are Don Rush, Adam Wood, and Michael O’Loughlin.  Don Rush is Associate Program Director- Sr.

On today's program, poet Nancy Mitchell and photographer Mehves Lelic talk about the relationship between writing and photgraphy the the creative writing retreat "Mirror to Mirror Muse to Muse".

In the second half, we look at the development of STEM learning in Wicomico county and the ThinSat program.

On the first half of today's program,  University of Delaware professor Muqtedar Khan speaks about his new book,  Islam and Good Governance: A Political Philosophy of Ihsan.

In the second half, we air an interview with violinist Elena Urioste about Chamber Music by the Sea and how yoga helps with performing classical music.

Whether or not you're going to be enjoying fireworks this Independence Day, you can tune your radio to hear great patriotic specials in the evening this July 4th.

Starting at 6PM, listen to a special from American Landscapces celebrating American Composers.

At 7PM, listen to an hour of music by America's great millitary bands on a special program, "To Honour and Inspire".

At 8, join us for a special from the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, "Let Freedom Sing".

Happy Independence Day!

It’s the end of June on the Delmarva and the increasing week-end traffic heading east from Annapolis and further points west testifies to the call the sea and the beach have on us. Why is it that we flock to the beach or at least to the water’s edge each summer? Perhaps, and we can only speculate here, the pull of the sea is actually a call to return to the place of our beginnings. After all, we are created in water, a private sea in which we live and grow for nine months, give or take, and our bodies are between 70 to 60 percent water depending on our age.

Over The Rainbow Shop

On today's program, we take a look back at the Stonewall Riot legacy  and how far we have come with LGBQ issues on Delmarva.

Guests: Michele Schlehofer- Assoc. Professor with the Psychology Dept. at Salisbury University

Mark DeLancy, President of Salisbury's PFLAG Chaper

Murry Archibald, Executive Director of Camp Rehoboth

Delmarva Public Radio has won awards from the 2018 Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcaster's Association Contest. Winners were announced June 8th in Ocean City, MD. For a full list of awards, click here.

Category- Best In Show - Radio

Don Rush

WSCL/WSDL, Salisbury, Md.

Outstanding Feature/Human Interest

“Facing Deportation”

Category- Outstanding Use of Sound (Radio)

First Place

WSCL/WSDL, Salisbury, Md.

Don Rush

In the first half of today's program,  we get opposing views on the gun control debate from Andrew Patrick with the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and Phillip Van Cleave with the Virginia Citizen's Defense League.

In the second half, we hear from Jane Singer, author of "The War Criminal's Son: The Civil War Saga of William A. Winder"

WSCL 89.5  is currently off the air.   We have had to temporarily switch off our transmitter to allow tower crews to safely climb and replace equipment.

On June 6th (tomorrow), we most likey will be off the air beginning at 6AM to allow the work to continue.

We apologize for the inconvenience. You can still stream WSCL 89.5 online or ask your Amazon Alexa to "Play WSCL"

Three distinguished local poets, Sue Ellen Thompson, Anne Colwell, and Adam Tavel are Harold Wilson’s guests today.  All have received wide recognition for their poetry. Sue Ellen Thompson, was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and is winner of the 2010 Maryland Author Award. Her poems have been read a number of times on National Public Radio’s “The Writer’s Almanac.” Anne Colwell has received an Established Artist Award in Poetry and an Emerging and Established Artist Award in Fiction from the Delaware State Arts Council.

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In the first half, we  learn about a new baseball field coming to Wicomico County which would provide a place for those in Little League Challenger Division.

In the second half, we get a look and listen to the next round of artists scheduled to perform at the 2019 Salisbury Folk Festival

A new book, Chesapeake Bay Bridge, looks at the history of the construction and impact of the bay bridge on the Eastern Shore.

In the second half, Ellen Weiss, Vice President of the Scripps Company and former Executive Producer of All Things Considered, talk about the current and future state of the news media landscape.

In the first half, we look at the tense realtionship between Wicomico County Executive Bob Culver and the County Council

Then we join author Cynthia W. Hammer for a discussion about her novel, The Seven Rivers about teenagers growing up along the Severin River in Annapolis.

The 2018-2019 Season of live Saturday Matinee broadcasts from the Toll Brothers-International Metropolitan Opera Network concludes this Saturday at 1PM on 89.5, WSCL, with a performance of Francis Poulenc's Dialogues des Carmelites. Opera lovers, take heart...Our Saturdays with the Metropolitan Opera will resume next December 7th with a performance of Phillip Glass's Akhnaten.

On the first half  of today's program, we take a look at two lynchings that took place on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

In the second half, we get a preview of the second round of musicians who will be appearing at the National Folk Festival.


James Yamakawa

Tina Johnson

Sunday April 28th at 8PM

Angela Byrd

This is the second program in Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition series on truth.  Harold Wilson’s guests are Don Rush and Adam Wood.  Don Rush is Associate Program Director- Sr. Producer News and Public Affairs at Delmarva Public Radio, and Adam Wood is Chairman of the Department of English at Salisbury University, and chair of the Committee on Academic Freedom and Tenure.

Welcome to Delmarva Public Radio’s celebration of National Poetry Month featuring “Literary Biographies with Sue Ellen Thompson.”  I’m your host Harold Wilson.

On today's program, we take a look at two books by authors.

First, Paul Brigg's book,  " Altered Seasons" - a look at what may lie ahead if climate change remains unchecked.

Then, Ross Jones talks about his book, Elzabeth Gillman, Crusader for Justice.

Welcome to Delmarva Public Radio’s celebration of National Poetry Month featuring “Literary Biographies with Sue Ellen Thompson.” I’m your host Harold Wilson.