Bryan Russo | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 Contributors

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

WAMU 88.5
Residents in Ocean City, Md. and across the Delmarva Peninsula are closely watching Hurricane Sandy as it heads towards the Bahamas this evening and up the eastern seaboard in the days to come. Officials are already warning residents to be prepared and telling them not to panic. Scientists and weather forecasters say computer-generated models show Hurricane Sandy is headed for...
WAMU 88.5
Chief Bernadette DiPino is heading south after 10 years at the helm of the Ocean City Police Department. DiPino started her career in Baltimore County before coming to Ocean City in 1988, and she quickly moved up the ranks before being named the town's first female chief in 2002. But now, as DiPino eyes Florida as the next and perhaps the last stop in her career, the t...
WAMU 88.5
Maryland's Department of Natural Resources is estimating that the fewest number of rockfish have reproduced in more than 60 years — this coming after a banner year in 2011 in which Maryland's signature fish spawned in record numbers. Biologists say one year of bad rockfish reproduction is nothing to be alarmed about, but if the trend goes on for several years, the species co...
WAMU 88.5
Strolling the streets of Berlin, Md. is kind of like walking into a Norman Rockwell painting — a horse drawn carriage trots past antique shops and century old buildings, as townsfolk go back and forth to the local farmers markets. But even this quiet town is not immune to political controversy. Mayor Gee Williams won re-election earlier this week, but not without...
WAMU 88.5
The first week of the lawsuit pitting an environmental group against an Eastern Shore farm family and poultry giant Perdue Farms is coming to a close at a federal court in Baltimore. Some believe this case could impact the future of farming. Eastern Shore farmers Allen and Kristen Hudson are accused of polluting a stream with excess manure from their poultry farm. The ...
WAMU 88.5
Scooters have become one of the preferred means of transportation in Ocean City, especially during the summer months when hundreds of thousands of cars create constant gridlock on the resort's main traffic artery, Coastal Highway. But some scooter riders are less than thrilled with the law, which now requires every scooter on Maryland roads to be registered through the Motor V...
WAMU 88.5
Rodney the Lifeguard might be known for saving average folks from boredom and taking them to Ocean City for a much-needed vacation, but the mascot needed a bit of rescuing himself this week by the Ocean City Council. The contract the town had with MGH advertising, the Baltimore based agency who created Rodney several summers ago, is set to expire and there had been much specul...
WAMU 88.5
Steven Bolgiano is a surfer, a former farmer, an environmentalist, and a businessman. And he believes his new company, Planet Found, could help to mend the rocky relationship between farmers, the industry, the government, and environmentalists. "It's something that is going to change the face of the Eastern Shore of Maryland in a way that's going to be positive, and it's going...
WAMU 88.5
Skateboarding will no longer be a crime in Ocean City, as the council voted 6 to 1 to allow riders on the city's streets and boardwalk starting Oct. 2. However, pulling tricks and grinding on the city's infrastructure will still be prohibited, so Tony Hawk wannabes are being told to keep their wheels on the ground. Dozens of kids and their parents poured out of Ci...
WAMU 88.5
NASA launched the first of two suborbital sounding rockets from the Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore earlier this morning. The first rocket splashed into the Atlantic Ocean about 66 miles off the coast, as the 875 pound payload was recovered by NASA officials for re-use and analysis after a successful suborbital research flight. Saturday's launch will be eve...
WAMU 88.5
Drive around the Eastern Shore of Maryland or coastal Delaware, and one will see acre upon acre of farms growing corn, soybeans, and other crops. But despite all this seeming agricultural bounty, the coast has a major problem when it comes to the number of people struggling to put food on the table. A new Gallup poll reports that Delaware is third in the nation — behind Alab...
WAMU 88.5
People watching is about to take on a new meaning on Ocean City's boardwalk, as town officials will use money budgeted in the Boardwalk Restoration Project to install an underground fiber optic network that will run the entire length of the wooden walkway. The underground network will enable the town to install 10 new surveillance cameras to help police officials, and it will ...
WAMU 88.5
A grassroots effort to lift a 30-year skateboarding ban on the Ocean City boardwalk and the resort's streets is picking up momentum. When skateboarding superstar and Baltimore native Bucky Lasek decided to wear a t-shirt that said "Legalize Skateboarding" in Ocean City, while competing in last month's nationally televised Dew Tour, an old argument in this small coastal communi...
WAMU 88.5
On the Eastern Shore in Maryland, the mayor and council in the little town of Berlin are taking heat after cutting $650,000 from the fire department budget. Allegations surfaced last February from members of the fire and EMS departments in Berlin about internal discrimination and harassment concerning sexual orientation and race. "These allegations didn't happen in jus...
WAMU 88.5
Global climate change and sea level rise could cause some of the East Coast's most beloved and visited National Parks to disappear in 100 years. This, according to a new report released this week by the National Resources Defense Council. The report entitled America's National Seashores in Peril (...
WAMU 88.5
Randy Hofman has been carving elaborate sculptures into the sand near the Ocean City, Md. boardwalk for more than 30 years. He makes his sculptures — which are often Biblical in nature — with a plastic knife and a glue-water mixture that helps his art withstand the elements. Bryan Russo hit the beach to check out this art and chat with Hofman about why he's drawn to a medium tha...
WAMU 88.5
The Dew Tour returns to Ocean City, Md., this weekend for a second year, and even if you aren't there to see the action sports event in person, you will still be able to have quite a unique view. The Dew Tour's footprint is so big this year, it literally looks like a city on the beach. They'...
WAMU 88.5
If you've ever strolled down the boardwalk in Ocean City, Md., you've probably seen the artwork of sculptor Randy Hofman. He's been creating massive sand sculptures on the beach for more than 30 years. He makes his art with little more than a plastic knife and a bottle of watered-down Elmer's glue, which he sprays on his sculptures to help them survive wind and rain. ...
WAMU 88.5
Two summers ago, there were more than 30,000 laser pointers sold on Maryland's Ocean City boardwalk, and the little green lights were everywhere on the city's iconic wooden walkway. The problem got so bad that Maryland state police helicopters threatened to avoid Ocean City due to the number of laser pointers that were being shot toward the sky as they approached. ...
WAMU 88.5
Businesses in Ocean City are reacting to the Maryland Senate Committee's vote to allow table games in casinos, including Ocean Downs casino, which is just a few miles outside the resort. For most business owners in Ocean City, the summer of 2012 has not been a record breaker. "To sum it up in a word: unpredictable. The spending patterns and the visiting patterns are ju...