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Coastal Connection is a weekly public affairs program on 88.3 Ocean City. It airs Fridays at noon. Reporter Bryan Russo will interview and profile a wide range of local advocates, elected officials, and artists and musicians who live and work on the Eastern Shore.
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Ocean City Angles To Corner Sports Tourism Market

Fri, 2014-12-19 12:38
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Originally aired July 4, 2014.

Are Foreign Students Being Exploited By Coastal Businesses?

Fri, 2014-12-19 12:36
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Originally aired Aug. 15, 2014.

Are Costumed Characters On The Ocean City Boardwalk Breaking The Law?

Fri, 2014-12-19 12:33
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In the summer of 2013, a violinist won a court battle over his right to play music on Ocean City's boardwalk. At the time, the decision was hailed as a victory for free speech. But this past summer, that victory prompted an unexpected surge in costumed characters on the boardwalk. Tourists can get a photo taken with these characters, from Elmo to Sponge Bob Square Pants, usually in exchange for a tip. But some of the people doing that work say they're not getting paid. And others say the characters are now crowding out the musicians and other buskers who have traditionally made a living on the boardwalk. Bryan Russo investigates what critics say is an exploitative new industry in Ocean City.

Originally aired Aug. 8, 2014.

Ocean City's New Performing Arts Center Gets Moment In The Spotlight

Fri, 2014-12-12 12:01
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The much-anticipated performing arts center in Ocean City opens this weekend. Supporters say the new facility will be an important economic engine for the region, particularly during the slower months of the year. But critics question whether there will be enough bodies to fill the seats of the 1,200-seat auditorium. Bryan Russo takes a tour and talks with those involved in the project.

After Tragedy, Ocean City Regroups To Help The Vulnerable

Fri, 2014-12-12 11:58
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It's been one year since a homeless man lit himself on fire and walked into the rectory of St. Paul's-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City, taking his own life and that of Rev. David Dingwall. Since then, the local community has rallied to continue providing the services that had been offered in the facility destroyed by fire. Bryan Russo talks with St. Paul's new pastor and with others who help homeless and vulnerable residents in Worcester County.

Where The Party Never Ends: Quitting Alcohol When It's All Around You

Fri, 2014-12-12 11:55
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The proliferation of bars in and around Ocean City means it can be hard for recovering alcoholics to avoid temptation. Delaware chef Nino Mancari has worked in restaurants for many years, and turned to alcohol to help him cope with the stress of his job. He shares his story with Bryan Russo, including how he recently got sober, and how others helped him along the way.

Listen to parts 1, 2 and 3 of this series.