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Updated: Jan 18


Major Jake Day is the Mayor of Salisbury, MD. Day grew up in Salisbury and knew from a young age that he wanted to be a part of the city’s leadership when he grew up.


We here at Delmarva’s Own haven’t done any research as to whether there’s an official training plan for becoming Mayor of one’s own town, but the first three decades of Day’s life might serve as an appropriate blueprint for doing so.


Day attended public school in Wicomico County graduating from James M. Bennett High School in Salisbury. Upon graduation he earned his degree in architecture at The University of Maryland, College Park. While doing so he served as the 2004-2005 National President of the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) as well as the Editor-In-Chief of CRIT, the premier journal for students in architecture. (True to his educational roots, Day served as a keynote speaker at the 2016 AIAS Grassroots Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.)


Day’s graduate experience took him to Carnegie Mellon University where he earned a Master of Urban Design, and then to Oxford University for a Master of Science in Nature, Society, and Environmental Policy. Day graduated with distinction for his dissertation.


Throughout his pre-mayoral tenure, Day developed his leadership skills filling several roles in relation to architecture and urban design. A Richard Upjohn Fellow, he served on the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Board of Directors. He has also served in various capacities with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB), the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), and Urban Dialogues, a growing design organization.


Upon returning to the Eastern Shore in 2008, Day entered the local workforce and worked for Partners for Livable Communities, Becker Morgan Group and Design Collective. In these roles Day offered his knowledge to help redesign and revitalize communities on the Eastern Shore. He continued this work with the Eastern Shore Land Conservancy and as the Director of the Center for Towns - a program utilizing design, planning, and implementation assistance to establish vibrant, sustainable small cities and towns on the Eastern Shore.


In 2009 Day began to feel called to serve the United States military and enlisted in the Army Reserves. His is a graduate of Maneuver Captains Career Course, Armor Basic Officer Leaders Course, Officer Candidate School, and of course, Basic Combat Training at Fort Benning, GA.


In April of 2020, Mayor Day who then ranked as a Captain, was called into active duty. The call-up made him the third active mayor to be called into active service while sitting in office. He joined the like of former Mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, and Major Brent Taylor, Mayor of North Ogden, Utah. Major Taylor was tragically killed in November of 2018 while serving in Afghanistan.


Day was deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, to serve as the deputy director of information operations and special technical operations chief for Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA). After serving for roughly 6 months, in November of 2020, Captain Jake Day was promoted to the rank of Major. Delmarva’s Own Podcast caught up to him not long after the promotion.


This episode went live on Monday, January 18, 2021. Take a listen as you drive around town, catch up on your errands or chores, or whatever it is you do when you listen to podcasts.


You can follow Mayor Day at the following places:


Twitter: @jacobrday

Instagram: @jacobrday

Mayor’s Webpage: https://salisbury.md/mayors-office



Originally from Salisbury, MD, Stephanie Fowler is a graduate of Parkside High-School. She earned her college degree in creative writing at Washington College in Chester, Maryland where she was awarded the Sophie Kerr Prize, the largest undergraduate prize in literature in the United States. The winning collection of stories about Delmarva was entitled Crossings and published in 2008.

In the fall of 2020 Stephanie published her second work, Chasing Alice, the result of a six-year dedication of love in tribute to her high school English teacher, Alice Davis, who was tragically murdered by her husband. Stephanie joined Delmarva's Own podcast to share why Mrs. Davis was so inspirational to her and so many others and why Stephanie made it her mission to tell her story.

In May 2013 Stephanie opened SaltWater Publishing in Berlin, Maryland to help local authors with self-publishing and tech services. Their tech-specialty is Apple products so before you cross the bridge to visit the Annapolis Apple store, give SaltWater Media a call. It's kinda their thing.

She is the co-host of the “So What’s Your Story” Podcast and has appeared on the “What You Should Read” podcast with Kelly Hager and Julia and Rachel Hall, the “Foul Play” podcast with Shane Waters and Gemma Hoskins, and “Mybookcart and More” with Hanna and Cari. She has appeared on DelmarvaLife, Coastal A+E with Michael Sprouse, Delmarva Today, and more. Chasing Alice is available locally at The Greyhound Indie Bookstore, Sundial Books, Bethany Beach Books, The Bookplate, and Browseabout Books as well as through Salt Water Media. It is also available through Bookshop.org, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble, though as always, Delmarva's Own emphasized the importance of supporting local merchants. Do so if you can!


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Updated: Jan 5




Delmarva native Randy Scott joins us for the first episode of Season 2. Randy has worked in radio since 2004.

Currently the co-host of the Whiskey and Randy show, he has worked on many formats including oldies, top 40, Adult Contemporary, Sports, and Country. Randy was the play by play announcer for the Delmarva Shorebirds (Class A Affiliate of the Baltimore Orioles) for 5 seasons. The Whiskey & Randy show is heard mornings on Froggy 99.9 on the Delmarva peninsula and afternoons on 94.7 WDSD in Wilmington, Delaware. Randy is married with two children, loves sports, is active at his church and in his community. In the first episode of the 2021 season Randy talks about growing up on Delmarva, his decision to attend college elsewhere, and his experience in the radio industry. Jeff surprises Randy with a special surprise guest. For more information about Randy, visit www.voiceofrandy.com.


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