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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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.

The Virus

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). 

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It is no longer a matter of if, but when.  Healthcare leaders on the Delmarva Peninsula agree that a significant surge in the number of positive COVID-19 cases is coming, and probably very soon.


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The newly established COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund at The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore creates grant funding for Lower Shore nonprofits to aid in pandemic relief. The fund was created as a joint effort by area community partners, and additional donations from community members are encouraged to aid in the crisis relief efforts.


In the second half, host Hal Wilson talks with physician Mike Murphy about what it’s like to work in a hospital during the time of the Coronavirus.

On this edition of Delmarva Today…we talk with author Bradford Kane about what he calls Pitchfork Populism in the age of Trump.

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

Our speaker is Adam Tavel, professor of English at War-Wic Community College in Salisbury, Maryland. Adam explores the life and poetry of the great African American poet, Gwendolyn Brooks. Brooks was born in 1917 and even though she lived mostly in Chicago she was still a child of the segregated era and poverty was her namesake. At the same time, she was brilliant.

Salisbury University President Charles Wight and the Faculty Senate  discuss student and faculty topics, and respond to questions.

Essay: The War on Covid-19 Continues.

Apr 8, 2020
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Welcome to the 14th week of WWIII's germ warfare.  Worldwide fatal casualties are marching toward the number of American deaths in Korea and Vietnam combined.  

By Steve Plotkin

Remember January 2020 when we started the decade with a hopeful bang?

But now we are in a different sort of place.


This is a peculiar war with no central command.

We are fighting on 50 battlefields, with 50 field commanders - governors, in charge of 50 fractured forces.  We are also fighting a quiet war of competition for resources among the 50.

We may not be able to go outside, but we still can enjoy a symphony orchestra every evening on WSCL 89.5FM.

Here is a neat idea- take a break from the internet and bad news on cable tv by having an "electronics fast".

Instead, prepare dinner with your family at 6pm while you listen to Explorning Music.

Then, reward yourself with a family dinner while you listen to a world-class symphony at 7PM!

Here is the Spring evening concert series, starting next week. All programs begin at 7PM.

OWINGS MILLS, MD – The Washington, D.C. region and Maryland public television stations today announced a partnership aimed at supporting the education needs of families whose children are learning from home during the coronavirus public health emergency.

Springfest 2020 has been canceled due to the rapid spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Our special events department is currently working with vendors, headliners and local entertainers on how to proceed. We will continue to keep you updated as we learn more.

From the Town of OC Mayor and City Council:

To celebrate National Poetry Month, on each Thursday Morning in April, at 9:00 am on Delmarva Public Radio WSDL 90.7, we will present a talk by a distinguished regional poet and teacher.