Don Rush

News Director

Don Rush is the News Director at Public Radio Delmarva (WSCL/WSDL) in Salisbury, Maryland on the campus of Salisbury University. He has spent the last 35 years in broadcast journalism specializing in national politics. Before coming to Salisbury he spent 12 years in Washington DC with the Pacifica Network News bureau. During the 1980’s he was News Director at KFPK in his home town of Los Angeles. He also worked for the Los Angeles based wire and audio news service CNS/RNW. Locally, he has become an award winning journalist covering everything from development and environmental issues to local politics.

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Delmarva Today
11:57 am
Tue January 3, 2012

Delmarva Today 12-30-2011

A look back in the year in politics.

Guests:

Mike Pretl with the Wicomico County Democrats

John Barkovitch, former chair of the Wicomico County Republicans

Environment
9:46 am
Thu December 15, 2011

Maryland State Comptroller Considers Moratorium on New Regulations

During a poultry summit on the campus of Salisbury University, Maryland State Comptroller Peter Franchot said he would consider supporting a two year moratorium on new regulations. Looking ahead to his political future, the Maryland Democrat also said he would consider a run for the Governorship with an eye towards fiscal discipline during these recessionary times. 

Delmarva Today
9:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Delmarva Today 12-2-2011 Salisbury Redistricting Proposals, part 2

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.

Guests:

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

Former Salisbury Mayor Barrie Tilghman.

Arts
12:54 pm
Fri November 18, 2011

Voices of Delmarva collection, pt.2

More items in our "Voices of Delmarva" series.

 

Voice #4- Nancy Lynch

Voice#5- Gordon Gladden

 

 

Arts
11:22 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Voices of Delmarva collection pt.1

Here are some of the stories we have collected in our "Voices of Delmarva" series.

 

Voice #1- Eighty-six year old Lavenia Jefferson from Somerset County

 

Voice #2- Capt. Stony Whitelock of Chance, MD.

 

Voice #3- Robert Robinson/ Georgetown Oyster Eat

 

 

Delmarva Today
9:00 am
Fri November 18, 2011

Delmarva Today 11-18-2011 Salisbury Redistricting Proposals

City of Salisbury Redistricting Plans 1 and 2
http://www.ci.salisbury.md.us/

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.

Guests:

Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton

Salisbury Council President Terry Cohen

The following links courtesy the City of Salisbury Official Website

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News
10:01 am
Thu November 17, 2011

The Legacy of The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street

The Great Recession has seen two major political movements emerge: The Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street. Historian Rick Perlstein, columnist and author of "Nixonland: The Rise of a President", examines their origins and their impact on American politics.

Delmarva Today
1:04 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

Delmarva Today 11 11 11- The Delmarva Review

Affairs of the heart and the consequences of war-

 

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

 

Guests:

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.

 

Features
12:46 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

The People of Church Street

The Church Street neighborhood in Salisbury has been the subject of controversy within city government with abandoned buildings and stalled redevelopment projects. In this profile, residents and local leaders speak out about their neighborhood and hopes for the future.

Delmarva Today
12:01 am
Wed November 9, 2011

Delmarva Today 09/09/11- Memories of 911

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

Delmarva Today
9:00 am
Fri November 4, 2011

Delmarva Today 11/4/2011- The Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival

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.

 

Guest:

Rehoboth Beach Independent Film Festival Director Joe Belancio

Delmarva Today
12:53 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Delmarva Today 10/29/2011 Occupy Wall Street

For the last month, the nation's attention has been taken by what has been called "Occupy Wall Street".  That gathering has also sparked other occupy demonstrations in cities across the country.

Guests:

Michael O'Laughlin, Salisbury University professor

Bobby Hajir, Salisbury University student and organizer of local Wall Street protests

Scott deKuyper, resident of Lewes who says he was beaten while participating in the NYC Occupy Wall Street protests.

Features
9:11 pm
Tue November 1, 2011

The Effect of the Wicomico County Revenue Cap- Past and Future

What should be the future of Wicomico County's revenue cap on property taxes?

That was the question before a forum held by the Wicomico Neighborhood Congress held on the campus of Salisbury University last week.

WSDL, 90.7 presents a special edited one hour version of the forum this Wednesday evening at 8. "Prime Time Radio" will return to its regular time next week.

 

Featured Speakers

Joe Ollinger and Wayne Strasburg

Delmarva Today
9:51 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Delmarva Today 10212011 The 1933 Lynching of George Armwood

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.

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Delmarva Today
8:39 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Delmarva Today 10/07/2011 Life after Prison

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.

Delmarva Today
3:08 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Delmarva Today 10-14-2011 Watershed Implementation Plan

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.

 

Guests:

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

Features
10:37 am
Wed September 28, 2011

The Kathryn Up for Repairs After Nearly Sinking

Salisbury. MD – It is expected to take two years to repair The Kathryn before the skipjack can once again join the annual race off Deal Island. Captain Stoney Whitelock recounts the vessel taking on water during this year's event and his inspiration for buying her in the first place.

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Delmarva Today

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.

Environment
8:53 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Protest Over Keystone Pipeline

Salisbury. MD – More than a thousand protesters have been arrested outside the White House, trying to persuade the administration not to give the final okay for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sand oil from Canada to Texas for refining. John Grout with the Wicomico Environmental Trust demonstrated outside the White House and talks about the issue of the pipeline.

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Arts
8:30 am
Mon September 12, 2011

The Nanticoke Celebrate Heritage at 34th Annual Powwow

Salisbury. MD – The Nanticoke Native American tribe held their 34th Annual Powwow near Millboro celebrating their culture and a new federation with the Lenape tribes of Delaware and New Jersey. A look at their history and culture.

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Local Headlines
9:21 am
Tue June 14, 2011

Changes at Delmarva Public Radio

Salisbury, MD – Delmarva Public Radio has lost two of its own this month. Program Director Pam Andrews who has been at the station since its inception is retiring and General Manager Gerry Weston is moving on to a station in Massachussetts where his family lives. We look back at their time at the station.

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