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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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Take a road trip to Virginia's Eastern Shore, and you'll find yourself in another world, a quiet rural corner of our region where farming is the way of life for many families. But once you get to the small town of Onancock, you'll find something else — a thriving theater called the North Street Playhouse. It's the only regularly producing theater on the Eastern Shore of Virg...
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The sequestration is threatening to the ground the planes for this summer's Ocean City Air Show. Organizers say the show must go on this June, with or without the big name military jets that have helped make the show one of the resort's cornerstone summer events. The U.S. Navy Blue Angels are scheduled to headline this year's show, along with other military demo teams like the...
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For decades, Maryland schools started after Labor Day, meaning the three-day weekend was much more than just the symbolic end of summer; it also marked the end of the so-called 100 days of summer in Ocean City that some seasonal businesses on the coast survive by. But in recent years, schools across the state have been starting earlier. Some kids go back to school now in mid...
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A change in GOP leadership in the Maryland General Assembly may be on the horizon, as House Republicans have set a meeting for late April to decide their direction for the future. House Republicans have felt outnumbered by their Democratic colleagues in Annapolis for years, but there is reportedly a bit of infighting within the Republican ranks due to the recent passage of bil...
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On the Eastern shore of Virginia, the Accomack County Sheriff's office has raised the reward to $25,000 for anyone with information about a serial arsonist responsible for setting almost 50 fires in the past three months. Police officials are calling the person or persons responsible for the mounting arson fires a menace. There were six arson fires in the county alone ...
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Tauheed Epps, or 2 Chainz, as he's known in the world of rap music, was headlining a homecoming event at the University of Maryland's Eastern Shore campus on Thursday night when his van was pulled over on a routine traffic stop near Easton. Maryland State Police found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle, and took Epps into custody where he was cited and later relea...
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Fishermen on Maryland's coast have voiced concern this week, after the federal government proposed a new regulation that would nearly double the minimum size of sharks that would be considered keepers. Simply put, if this proposal becomes law, any shark less than 96 inches or 8 feet long would have to be thrown back. The reason: the often-misidentified dusky shark. Sci...
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Kevin Cranfield was just 14 when he tried drugs for the first time. "It was stuff called quicksilver, stuff you huffed," he says. He stopped doing drugs for several years, but by 18 he was experimenting again. "It went from just from smoking weed to drinking... and all of a sudden, before I knew it, my life was out of control," says Cranfield, a resident of Oce...
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Heroin is a drug often associated with big cities. But in the small coastal community of Ocean City, Md., police and public health officials are grappling with their own spike in heroin abuse. Doris Moxley, the director of the Worcester County Health Department's addictions program, says a decade ago only 2-3 percent of her clients were dealing with an addiction to heroin or o...
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Since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., the debate surrounding whether or not teachers should be armed in the classroom has intensified. Worcester County superintendent of schools Jerry Wilson is against the idea. "I worry a great deal about that particular approach," he says. But Pocomoke-based armor manufacturer, Hardwire LLC, has taken another approach, designi...
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Maryland's Eastern Shore is a very conservative and largely red region in an otherwise blue state. And although it includes a third of the state's land area, it only boasts 8 percent of the population. Many of the shore's residents and legislators have taken umbrage with ...
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The Eastern Shore town of Crisfield is continuing to recover from the effects of Hurricane Sandy. Many residents had to spend the holidays somewhere other than their damaged homes, but they did receive an early gift from the federal government in the form of individual assistance funding. "I think there's been 850 registrations to date that have been processed and ...
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Singer-songwriters are everywhere. Go into any bar, coffee shop, train station, and almost anywhere on the Internet, and you are bound to run into one. But next time you meet a singer songwriter, ask him if he's ever heard of Martin Sexton, and then brace yourself for a ton of high praise, because in the singer songwriter world, there are very few who are more admired than him...
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Liang Lin, 34, is facing some very real and serious punishments for selling designer knock-offs out of his two boardwalk stores in Ocean City, Md. He faces more than 10 years in prison and up to $2 million in fines. Prosecutors say Lin trafficked counterfeit goods including shoes, handbags, clothing, perfume, and hats, posing his fake merchandise as designer brands like Coac...
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A U.S. District Court Judge issued his verdict this morning in a landmark civil suit involving an environmental group, poultry giant Perdue Farms Incorporated, and an Eastern Shore farm family. Judge William Nickerson ruled in favor of the defendants: Perdue Farms Incorporated and Alan and Kristin Hudson, the Eastern Shore farmers who were accused of poisoning local waterways ...
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Maryland leaders are asking victims of Hurricane Sandy to report all damages and estimates as the state plans to appeal FEMA's decision to deny aid to victims on the Eastern Shore. As expected, Gov. Martin O'Malley will appeal the decision, but before he does, he wants more information on the damage the storm left behind. Residents in Dorchester, Somerset, Worcester, a...
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A new assessment on sea level rise from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration claims oceans are rising at a much higher rate than scientists previously thought. NOAA scientists are estimating sea levels will rise 6 feet 6 inches by the end of this century. That's three times the rate the United Nations is currently projecting, and double the median rate official...
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Police in Ocean City, Md., say 23 people there have been indicted on drug charges as the beach resort deals with a spike in use of heroin. Authorities say these latest indictments follow a six-week undercover investigation, in which officers made about 72 drug buys. Police say 17 of those indicted are in custody, and they're still looking for six others. A police spoke...
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Ocean City's beach replenishment project earned high praise as the U.S. Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee discussed Hurricane Sandy's impact on the East Coast. The super storm caused tens of billions of dollars in damages on the East Coast, but in Ocean City, the damage was relatively minimal, and just a little over a half a million dollars. Much of the d...