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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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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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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...
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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 (...
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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...
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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'...
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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. ...
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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. ...
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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...
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Friday is the final day of fishing in the world's largest billfish tournament: the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, Md. Anglers have been plagued with bad weather and bad luck all week long. Ocean City is often referred to as the White Marlin Capital of the world, but the big story to come out of the 39th annual White Marlin Open this year is that the big fish don t seem to b...
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Transportation officials in Delaware say a huge outdoor music festival taking place in Dover this weekend could add about 60,000 vehicles to the already-crowded weekend commute to the coast. The first annual Firefly festival will give tens of thousands of music lovers a thrill of lifetime, as more than 50 bands including headliners, the Black Keys, the Killers, and former Whit...
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Authorities have identified the pilot of a small banner plane that crashed just outside of Ocean City as a 23-year-old man from Dorchester County. Maryland state police say Rhodesdale resident Garrett Colona was the lone occupant of a small piper super cub banner plane that crashed onto the fairway of an abandoned golf course Thursday in Berlin, just a few miles from Ocean Cit...
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The Ocean City Council has officially changed a 40-year-old law concerning the size of body boards allowed in the resort and the seemingly small tweak to the law has made an immediate impact in the community. Surfers are smiling in the Maryland resort city today after a well-organized backlash on social media helped convince the Ocean City Council to change a ...
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Ocean City officials were bombarded with angry phone calls this week from hundreds of people who had taken exception to a recent ban on a popular mid-size board known in the industry as beater boards. They are a bit larger than normal body boards, yet smaller than traditional surfboards. Town officials say they had received a number of complaints about local kids standing up ...
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Last weekend's heat wave had a lot of people heading to the beach. Ocean City officials say there were 267,500 people in town on Saturday and Sunday. That number is calculated not by counting sunbathers sprawled on the sand or cars passing over the Bay Bridge, but by a more unusual method called Demo Flush. The system estimates how many people are in town not by a clicker or ...
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Ocean City officials are considering a smoking ban for the coastal town. Mayor Rick Meehan pitched the idea during a discussion about increasing the number of smoking receptacles in the resort, particularly along the boardwalk. Representatives from the local Surfrider Foundation told the mayor and council that cigarette butts are far and away the largest pollutants of the city...
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Hundreds of thousands of people spent the Fourth of July at the beach in Ocean City, and while many will make it a long weekend soaking up the sun and playing in the ocean, others are seeking shelter from the heat, and the crowds. The Fourth is one of the busiest weekends of the year in the resort city. Businesses know a good weather forecast is vital to maximizing profits and...
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Maryland's Ocean City and Delaware's Dewey Beach have a new feather in their proverbial cap to boast about to tourists this year, as the Nature Resources Defense Council named both resort towns here on the coast near the top of the list among the nation's cleanest beaches. More than 3,000 beach sites nationwide were tested in regards to water quality, cleanliness and violating...
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Organizers of the Dew Tour, a showcase for the athletes of the action sports community, say their stop in Ocean City, Md. this August will be bigger and better than ever. There's an added incentive this year, because this year the event, featuring the biggest names in skateboarding, surfing and BMX, will be free to the public. Ocean City is the only East Coast stop on this yea...