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Bryan Russo

Host, Coastal Connection

Russo is WAMU's "guy on the coast", serving as both the Coastal Reporter and the host of Coastal Connection, a weekly public affairs program which airs on WRAU 88.3 in Ocean City on Fridays at noon and 8 p.m.

Russo is an award winning journalist and an entertaining storyteller who is known for not only his hard news sensibility, but also his sensitivity in dealing with complex subject matters that impact the lives of people in the region. Russo strives to make Coastal Connection a weekly conversation about the issues that effect life on the coast, for both the locals and tourists, even if it means chasing a massive hurricane. In addition, Russo is also an acclaimed singer-songwriter and composer, whose music has been heard all over the world on radio, TV, and film.


Articles Written by Bryan Russo

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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris says he would withdraw his objection to the D.C. marijuana decriminalization law if the bill would simply be rewritten to more closely mirror the Maryland law. Depending on how you look at it, Harris' comments are either a possible end ...
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Hurricane Arthur is threatening to put a damper on the July 4 weekend festivities up and down the east coast, but many beach resorts remain hopeful that the storm that's expected to hit tonight won't ruin the biggest weekend of the summer. It's been a perfect couple of days for folks who are already in Ocean City. Sunny skies, cool ocean breezes and water temperatures that h...
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NASA says a suborbital rocket launched Tuesday morning from its Wallops Island facility on Virginia's Eastern shore splashed into the ocean just 19 seconds after liftoff. NASA's terminology for yesterday's 4:36 a.m. launch is that the suborbital rocket's flight ended prematurely...
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On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, scientists and environmentalists are taking a somewhat new approach in their continued efforts to clean up the region’s rivers and streams that empty into the Chesapeake Bay. The Choptank River starts in Delaware and stretches across Maryland’s Eastern Shore for 71 miles before it eventually empties into the bay. It’s also one of only two...
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Part of the spectacle at the Dew Tour in Ocean City is the erection of massive stadiums right on the beach in the run up to the four-day action sports event. Some town officials are quietly concerned about this year’s tear down process. It usually takes about two weeks and more than 100 tractor trailer trucks full of equipment and steel for Dew Tour organizers to build the...
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For anyone planning a trip to the coast this weekend, Maryland transportation officials say to expect delays and much more traffic than usual on the region's major traffic arteries and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in Ocean City this weekend for the annual four-day extreme sports event known as the ...
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In Maryland, governors from states neighboring the Chesapeake Bay signed what some environmentalists are calling a landmark agreement. It not only recommits the effort to clean up the bay, but it also broadens the approach to solving the problem. Nick DiPasquale runs the Chesapeake Bay Program, the regional partnership that has led the restoration of the Bay since 1983. Th...
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In Maryland, the Ocean City beach patrol is ramping up its efforts to educate swimmers about the dangers of rip currents in the ocean. The focused message is in response to two recent drowning deaths at the resort. It's early morning at the inlet in Ocean City, and dozens of tanned lifeguards in those trademark red shorts are enduring a vigorous training exercise: they are s...
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With just days to go before Maryland's June 24 primary, many of the state’s gubernatorial candidates visited Ocean City to make their final plea to Eastern Shore voters. Even though Maryland on the whole is considered a very Democratic state, the Eastern Shore has been historically conservative and has leaned to the right in gubernatorial elections for decades. I...
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In Maryland, Ocean City is abuzz as Ping Pong Summer, the full-length comedy shot in the resort town almost two years ago, debuts in theaters across the country today. Ping Pong Summer is as retro as a pair of breakdancing pants. It's a funny coming-of-age story set in the 1980s, like a John Hughes classic, and it's got some big stars like Susan Sarandon, A...
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Dewey Beach, Delaware is a small coastal community known for its raucous nightlife and thriving music scene. While that party atmosphere is good for business owners, it has put them at odds with town leaders. Steve Montgomery owns the popular Starboard restaurant just off the main drag in Dewey Beach. He says the relationship between the town and the business community has b...
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Minor League baseball players have a rough and uncertain road to the big leagues, but is that road any harder when you have one of the most famous last names in all of baseball on the back of your jersey? The Delmarva Shorebirds' newest outfielder, Mike Yastrzemski is in just such a position. Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is often called the greatest living player in Boston...
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Ocean City officials are concerned about an unsanctioned event rumored to be coming to the Maryland vacation spot next weekend. The event is called the College Takeover Beach Week, and in April of 2013, the group of approximately 30,000 college students caused quite a stir in Virginia Beach. There were three shootings, multiple stabbings, robberies, and more than 1...
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Each summer Ocean City, Maryland, transforms from a small coastal community to the state’s second largest city for three months. That presents unique challenges for a town of just 7,000 people face in getting ready to accommodate millions of guests. Everyone knows Memorial Day is busy in Ocean City and everyone knows it’s the kickoff to the summer season. Hopefully you s...
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Ocean City officials have banned the sale and possession of switchblades and laser pointers in the resort just days before Memorial Day weekend. An outsider may look at the unanimous city council vote to enact emergency legislation banning knives and laser pointers in Ocean City as a swift move to counter a major problem. But a closer look will reveal that its really more a ...
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Ocean City officials say nine state-of-the-art security cameras are in place and set to go live on the Boardwalk for Memorial Day weekend. And it’s not the only change visitor’s will notice on the resort’s famous wooden walkway this summer. More than $200,000 worth of security cameras will be watching tourists this summer in Ocean City on its 2.5 mile Boardwalk. It’s...
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Metro Connection Segments Captain Rachel Dean: High School Teacher by Weekday, Waterman by Weekend Local Crab-Picking Industry Struggles to S...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } The Blue Angels are returning to Annapolis after three years away and will perform for the U.S. Naval Academy's commissioning week....
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Fifty years ago, wooden ships dominated the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. With the advent of fiberglass boats, wooden ship building is quickly becoming a dying art. At least one family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is keeping the craft alive. In the picturesque waterfront town of Oxford, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore, just a few blocks from the ...
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A third fraternity at Maryland's Salisbury University has been suspended after allegations of inappropriate behavior by its members. University officials have placed the Kappa Sigma fraternity on interim suspension while an investigation is conducted concerning an incident that occurred earlier this week at a school variety show. The fraternity is accused of behavi...