Delmarva Today

Friday morning at 9AM

The Delmarva Peninsula is a rapidly changing place. Development is booming, we are becoming more diverse, and our arts scene is gaining recognition. Delmarva Today explores the issues and people who make living on the Peninsula such a unique place.

Your host, Don Rush, seeks out guests and issues that impact the daily lives of our listeners. How will possible wind power impact your wallet and the environment? Are local bloggers helping or hurting public discourse? Is there a way to balance the desire to preserve our small towns' heritage and encourage economic development?

From Dover to Wallops Island, from the Bridge to the Beaches and everywhere in between, Delmarva Today explores what's happening today and tomorrow in Delmarva.

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Don Rush speaks one on one with Ajmel Queseshi, Adjunct Professor at Howard University Law School.


Helping Senior Citizens avoid con-artist schemes.


Guests:  Peggy Bradford, Executive Director of M.A.C. Inc

Teri Davidson, MAC  Maryland Access Point Director

 and Cheryl Senkbell, MAC Ombudsman

Delmarva Today 04-25-2012

Apr 26, 2012

Guest host Jamyla Krempel speaks with Salisbury University Professor Darrell Newton about his recent book

Paving The Empire Road: BBC Television and Black Britons

Guest- Darrell M. Newton, Ph.D. Chair- SU Department of Communication Arts

Women's Health and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.



Maureen Pratt, syndicated columnist with the Catholic News Service. 

Susan Parker, Voices Editor for the Salisbury Daily Times

Delmarva Today 04-13-2012

Apr 13, 2012

The Read Green Festival was back on the campus of Salisbury University this year. Conveying the importance of the environment to children and young adults through literature is the essence of the Green Earth Book Awards, given out annually by the Newton Marasco Foundation.


Local reaction to the the Trayvon Martin shooting


Craig Wilson, an elder with the Cathedral of Love, a local Salisbury church.

Orville Penn..who serves on the Advisory Board to the Lower Eastern Shore Children's Center and was appointed to the Wicomico County Youth and Civic Center Commission.



Delmarva Today 03-16-2012

Mar 16, 2012

Election 2012....we look at the state of the Democratic and Republican parties.


Mike Pretl with the Wicomico Democratic Party

Ann Suthowski with the Wicomico Republican Party


The nation's unemployment rate just hit 8.3%.

And the President unveiled this week a series of new initiatives on the foreclosure front aimed at helping federal borrowers and homeowners.

We sort out what this means for the Eastern Shore.


Memo Diriker, head of BEACON (Business, Economic and Community Outreach Network)

Dick Van Gelder, Vice President of Hebron Savings Bank

Delmarva Today 03-02-2012

Mar 2, 2012

Debating Gay Marriage in Maryland



Juila Glanz, President, Salisbury University Graduate Student Council

Charles Lollar, New Day Maryland

Delmarva Today 02-24-2012

Feb 24, 2012

"Ye Bare and Ye Cubb" is believed to be the first English language play performed in the New World. As a portent of the future, it had a rebellious nature.



Professor Joel Eis...has written a work called "The Play in August"..which tell a tight, imaginative story of how it may have come about.

Dr. Ray Thompson...Director of the Nabb Resource Center for Delmarva History and Culture

Delmarva Today 02-17-2012The fight over whether Wicomico County should send a letter of support to the State Board of Public Works for construction of the new Bennett Middle School is over. However, the long drawn out debate over funding of the local school system is far from finished.



Wicomico County Council Member Sheree-Sample-Hughes

On Delmarva Today, a look at the life of illustrator and Delaware native Howard Pyle.



Joe Plummer, an actor an teacher who has performed off Broadway and throughout Delaware

Kara Dahl Russell, WSCL Classical music host

Chris Ranck, Delmarva Public Radio producer

Most people don't think about the powers of the County Sheriff.


But in Sussex County, Sheriff Jeff Christopher is taking matters into his own hands as he fights with the local County Council, who has told him his deputies cannot make arrests.



Wicomico County, MD Sheriff Mike Lewis

Somerset County, MD Sheriff Robert Jones

Sussex County Sheriff Jeff Christopher

Former sheriff's deputy Margaret Reyes, a local blogger


Plan Maryland


It's an executive order by Governor Martin O'Malley to limit growth and preserve land.


On Maryland's Eastern Shore, it has drawn sharp criticism, including the charge that it potentially limits government control in their planning communities.


Richard Hall, Maryland Secretary of Planning

Gail Bartkovich, Wicomico County Council member


Delmarva Today 01-20-2012

Jan 20, 2012

This morning, we remember Madeline Perdue.


The first wife of Frank Perdue, she died at the age of 91 last month surrounded by her family at her home in Salisbury.

She met Frank Perdue when both were students at what was then the Salisbury Teacher's College- now Salisbury University.

She helped Frank to build what has become the hall mark poultry business on the Eastern Shore.


Jim Perdue, who now heads up his father's business

Missy Mclaughlin, a friend of some 38 years

Delmarva Today 01-13-2012

Jan 13, 2012

There some expansion going on at Deer's Head Hospital Center as the Delmarva peninsula works to provide for the local population's medical needs. 


Mary Beth Waide- CEO for Deer's Head Hospital Center

Maureen McNeill, Director of Development at Coastal Hospice and Palliative Care

Tess Iten,  RN- Deer's Head Chief Nursing Officer

A look at the recent activity in Iowa.


Dr. Michael O’Loughlin, chair of Salisbury University’s Political Science Department 

Will Marshall- President of the Progressive Policy Institute

Delmarva Today 12-30-2011

Jan 3, 2012

A look back in the year in politics.


Mike Pretl with the Wicomico County Democrats

John Barkovitch, former chair of the Wicomico County Republicans

As winter approaches, the news on the homeless is profound.

The new figures from the National Center on Family Homelessness found that 1 out of every 45 children in the country are without a home.  The majority of those children at 7 years or younger.


Jim Barnes- administrator at the Christian Shelter

Sister Connie Ladd at The Joseph House

For decades, the Salisbury City Council has been divided into two electoral districts. One is a minority majority district and the other is an at-large district that selects the other four members of the council.

But that could change under redistricting proposals presented by Mayor Jim Ireton.


Salisbury City Council Member Shanie Shields, who represents the minority-minority district.

Former Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman.

For decades, the Salisbury City Council has been divided into two electoral districts. One is a minority majority district and the other is an at-large district that selects the other four members of the council.

But that could change under redistricting proposals presented by Mayor Jim Ireton.


Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton

Salisbury Council President Terry Cohen

The following links courtesy the City of Salisbury Official Website

Affairs of the heart and the consequences of war-


They're all part of this year's edition of the Delmarva Review.



Wilson Wyatt, Chair of the Delmarva Review Editorial Board

Anne Colwell, award winning poet and English instructor at the University of Delaware

Ian Baird, award winning author of fiction and non-fiction.


Dr. Rosemary Thomas, vice president of University Advancement and executive director of the SU Foundation,Dr. James Hatley, a professor in the Philosophy Department,Timothy Kane, an SU alumnus,Gail Phillips, Social Work Department

The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival returns this year from November 9th through the 13th.

As we do every year, we take a look at the Festival and highlight some of the films.



Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival Director Joe Belancio

In October 1933, George Armwood was lynched in Princess Anne, Maryland. This October marks the 78th anniversary of his death and the 100th anniversary of his birth.

While perhaps two thousand residents witnessed the event, it went almost unreported on the Eastern Shore while at the same time making national news.

The United States has 5% of the world's population...but almost a quarter of the world's prison population.


With continuing economic uncertainty, those inmates leving prison face an uncertain future.


Guests: Bishop Leon J. Wilson and members of his staff, Dorothy Wilson, Jack Gibbs, Keith Graham and Mary Pender.

The Environmental Protection Agency has ordered that the Chesapeake Bay go on what's called a "pollution diet".  


Maryland counties have been charged with developing a Water Implementation Plan . They have until November 18th to submit a draft of their plans to the Maryland Dept. of the Environment.


Meanwhile, the EPA's plans have also drawn opposition with a lawsuit filled by the American Farm Bureau Federation.



Alan Girard- Senior Land Use Policy Manager at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation