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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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Sometimes the most remarkable scenes pop up in the unlikeliest of places. Just ask anyone from Washington, D.C., who got unexpectedly "fugazied" by hardcore music in the 1980s. Or people in the Seattle of the 1990s, when the world came running to the Pacific Northwest with a rabid thirst for grunge. Now, some r...
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A tragic fire a little more than a year ago at an Ocean City church rocked the congregation and jeopardized the church’s mission to help the homeless and most vulnerable members of the coastal community. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church By the Sea was essentially the town headquarters for the outreach mission to the area’s homeless and underserved residents, but there was c...
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A snowy owl that was injured during last winter’s mega-irruption of the species was released on Assateague Island. Scientists don't think the snowy owls will be coming this far south this season. When the female snowy owl was found near Cape Henlopen State Park in coastal Delaware last March, she had a broken wing, was stained orange, and was feeding on the carcass of a de...
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Ocean City is preparing for a redevelopment boom of sorts as a number of big name hotel franchises are either opening their doors or breaking ground in the resort. But not everyone is welcoming the changes. In the next few years, there will more than 500 new hotel rooms in Ocean City. The landscape of the town will look a bit different too, as smaller family run hotels are b...
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Officials at NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia’s Eastern Shore say the launchpad that sustained damage during the Antares rocket explosion in October, will take about a year to repair. When the unmanned Antares Rocket, which was bound for International...
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College students at two Eastern Shore campuses in Maryland have been peacefully protesting the recent jury decisions in the Michael Brown and Eric Gardner cases, and these young students are just as concerned about the future as they are about what's happened ...
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After a huge wake up call from Superstorm Sandy, many communities on the shore are trying to find money to prepare for future storms. Officials in Bethany Beach, Delaware, had an idea to generate that money, but it has turned into a heated debate. Ron Steen has paid for the exclusive right to rent umbrellas and chairs to beachgoers in Bethany Beach, Delaware. He's been doing...
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A new study assesses the economic impact of a proposal farmers and environmentalists in Maryland have been arguing about for more than a year, which is aimed at reducing phosphorus in the Chesapeake Bay. Traditionally the vast majority of more than 1 million tons of poultry litter that’s created by Eastern Shore farms has been spread back onto the farmer’s fields to be u...
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The company that built the Antares Rocket that exploded just seconds after takeoff on Oct. 28 at NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore has determined what went wrong. But it hasn't stopped the company from winning NASA contracts. Orbital Sciences...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } Matthew James is the youngest council member in Ocean ...
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An outlier of the so-called "red wave" in Maryland, State Sen. Jim Mathias (D-MD) has officially won his seat back representing the lower Eastern Shore after the absentee ballots were counted Thursday. Jim Mathias has never lost an election, and that dates all the way back to 1990 when he was elected to the Ocean City Council. But his survival in this race, in a year when Rep...
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After an election night filled with many sweeping victories for Republican candidates, one of the state’s most closely watched races for an Eastern Shore State Senate seat remains up for grabs. Democratic incumbent Jim Mathias has never lost an election in his political career, but he still doesn’t know if he’s undefeated, or if he’s kept his job. With all ...
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Anthony Brown entered the general election in Maryland as the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in a state where his party holds a 2-1 edge in voter registration. He had far more campaign money to work with than his Republican opponent Larry Hogan, who accepted public funds. Brown had appearances with his party's last two presidents and first ladies in the waning days of the campaign...
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One of the most closely-watched races for Maryland State Senate involves the seat representing the lower Eastern Shore. It's one political battle that has lived up to all the hype. Everyone knew the race between Democratic incumbent Jim Mathias and Republican Del. Mike McDermott was going to be vitriolic, and the battle to represent the lower shore in the state Senate has be...
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On Virginia's Eastern Shore, some of the cargo aboard the Antares Rocket that exploded just seconds after liftoff from NASA's Wallops Island Flight Facility on Tuesday has been found. Investigators aren't releasing the specifics or the condition of th...
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If you find debris in the vicinity of the launch mishap from last night, please stay away & call the Incident Response Team at 757-824-1295— NASA Wallops (@NASA_Wallops) October 29, 2014 ...
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One of the oldest and rarest collections of maps of the Chesapeake Bay region is on display on Virginia’s Eastern Shore for the next few weeks. Ker Place in Onancock, Virginia, is a stunning federal mansion that dates back to 1799. But some of the rare hand-drawn maps that will be on display there for the next few weeks are even older than that. Graham Arader own...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } The Ocean City Taxpayers for Social Justice get carto...
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Hospitals across the country are spending money and valuable resources to prepare for what the Center For Disease Control calls “the remote chance” of an Ebola outbreak here in the U.S. While there haven't been many cases of Ebola in the U.S., many are concerned, and sometimes fear takes hold of people in strange ways. In coastal Delaware, a 25-year-old woman was arreste...