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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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Ocean City’s small town election is shaping up to be the most unpredictable in decades, with only two incumbents running and four seats on the city council up for grabs. And one candidate isn't just trying to win a race, he is trying to win back his reputation. Former Ocean City councilman Joe Hall has had a rough couple a years: In 2012, he lost his council seat in a land...
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Food trucks have been part of the culinary landscape here in Washington D.C. for a number of years now, but the mobile kitchens on wheels that are so popular in cities are having a hard time finding their niche at the beach. Billy Lucas used to travel the world and make food for rockstars, but now he’s embarked on a different kind of life on the road: the food truck busine...
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Police officials say the heroin problem that has been growing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and Coastal Delaware is still a huge community concern. A close call with the dangerous drug at a local daycare center has put the region on high alert once again. When a 4-year-old started passing out candy to her classmates at the Beginner’s Choice Daycare center in Selbyville, De...
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A candidate for Ocean City council will not be allowed to run after his residency was brought into question by a local citizens group. The current mayor and council voted 5-2 to deny Bethesda native Phillip Ufholz's bid to run for city council in November's election. Ufholz is retired and has owned property in the resort since 1975, and claims that he's lived there full-time ...
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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take a maritime law case involving a widow on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The court won't consider the case of Smith Island, Maryland, native Jennifer Dize, the widow of boat captain William Dize, who died in 2012 from the lung disease silicosis. Dize sued his employer, the Association of Maryland Pilots, for $10 million in a ...
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A new partnership between NASA’s Wallops Island Flight Facility and the town of Ocean City is being considered in hopes of boosting an interest in science, and tourism numbers. Just picture it: you are standing on the southern end of the Ocean City boardwalk with a tub of Thrashers French fries in your hand and your eyes are fixated on that spot on the horizon where the oc...
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Marylanders are taking sides in the court of public opinion over the lawsuit between the town of Ocean City and the nation's largest newspaper publisher. But even though the lawsuit is about the name of a person, the battle is really over the principle of governmental...
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The nationwide standards known as the Common Core are in their second year of implementation in the state of Maryland. In some places like the Eastern Shore, for instance, it's still as heavily debated as it was when it was first rolled out. That debate is quietly proving to be a good thing for private schools, which are seeing an uptick in enrollment. Sascha Myers and her h...
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The nation’s largest newspaper publisher is suing Ocean City over the Maryland town's refusal to release the name of a teenage boy who drowned in the resort town this past June.   Gannett Company Incorporated, which owns the Salisbury Daily Times and the Worcester County Times, is taking the fight with the town of Ocean City to court after the city denied a reporter's F...
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One school district on Maryland's Eastern Shore has adopted a new policy that allows teachers to treat students' cellphones, tables and laptops as a resource rather than a nuisance. Wicomico County's public schools are joining a growing number of districts that are choosing to harness the good things about smartphone technology rather than banning them altogether. The Board ...
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In Maryland, the drowning of two swimmers in Ocean City this week is being partially blamed on rip currents caused by a hurricane that was more than 1,000 miles offshore. Eleven people were pulled out of the Atlantic Ocean from Ocean City, Maryland to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Wednesday, making it one of the busiest days for lifeguards since the majority of tourists left th...
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Indian River School District is the largest on Delaware and also enrolls the highest percentage of Hispanic students. But it wasn't always this way. “When I came to central office in ’91, fewer than 1 percent of our students were Hispanic, and now this year, we are looking at more like 28 percent," says Susan Bunting, superintendent of Indian River schools. Bac...
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Ocean City locals have said goodbye to the vast majority of summer tourists and welcomed in what they call the “second season.” The summer of 2014 will be remembered as a season of great weather and heated debates. Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says if you compare the biggest story of the 2013 summer — which was a perceived uptick in violent crimes on the Ocean City boa...
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Maryland's Somerset County is the first in the state to implement a federal nutrition program that will provide free breakfast and lunch to all of its public school students. In addition to being the poorest county in Maryland, the Eastern Shore's Somerset County has the highest poverty rate, one of the highest dropout rates and the highest childhood obesity rate in the state....
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Beach Patrol officials in Ocean City are warning visitors to be extremely careful when swimming in the ocean this Labor Day weekend. For the holiday weekend, Ocean City officials have lifted the restriction barring swimmers from going beyond knee deep, after surf conditions eased in recent days. Earlier, the Ocean City Beach Patrol urged swimmers to be on high aler...
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If you smoke, this was likely the final summer in Ocean City where you can light one up while lounging on your beach chair. That’s because the Mayor and City Council voted 4-3 to restrict smoking to designated areas on the beach and the boardwalk effective May 1, 2015. The split decision was a compromise of sorts after a lengthy debate about banning smoking entir...
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Officials in Ocean City, Maryland, say an 18-year-old Virginia man is dead from apparent drowning in the Atlantic Ocean. Witnesses say the man was caught in a rip current and then disappeared from sight as he was pulled out to sea shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. First re...
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An offshore wind farm is one step closer to becoming reality. U.S. Wind, Inc. is a Texas-based company with ties to a successful offshore wind developer in Italy. In an online auction, the company won two adjacent lease areas totaling 80,000 acres, for $8.7 million. The lease areas are located about 10 miles off the Ocean City coastline in what's become known as th...
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Cultural exchange programs that bring thousands of foreign students to Maryland's Ocean City to work and travel for the summer have come under some scrutiny in recent weeks. Homeland Security officials shut down eight henna tattoo stands on the boardwalk this week after an investigation revealed that the stands were being run by foreign students here on F-1 visas, which allo...
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Salisbury's newest strategy to curb panhandling has sparked a citywide debate on how the Eastern Shore’s largest city handles its homeless residents. Local newspaper columnist Kim Hudson heard about the new signs Salisbury erected before she saw them, but when she laid eyes on the red and white signage that reads “Don’t contribute to solicitors,” she felt like it was...