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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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The 2012 hurricane season has come to an end and it's another one for the record books. And while Hurricane Sandy spared much of Maryland's Eastern Shore, the little town of Crisfield continues to recover. Crisfield is one of the quintessential Eastern Shore towns — it's a community of quaint old homes, owned by watermen and folks who've lived on the shore their entire lives...
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Federal housing officials say financial aid is on the way for Maryland residents forced from their homes by Superstorm Sandy. Disaster declarations have been issued for 18 of Maryland's 23 counties. U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan says the declaration allows his department to offer foreclosure relief and other assistance to families in those counties...
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The water quality in the coastal bays around Ocean City and Assateague Island are on the decline, according to an annual health report. Environmentalists say the grade on the coastal bay's 2011 report card isn't a total catastrophe, but it shows that there is much work to be done to improve the entire ecosystem of the 175 square mile watershed. Last year's C grade wen...
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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 that's s...
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Living at the beach can be a real dream - unless you're struggling to make ends meet. During the winter, many year-round residents find it hard to pay the bills and keep a roof over their heads. So some turn to outdoor living - often in makeshift tents in the woods. Bryan Russo meets one man who did just that, and talks with the director of a local shelter about the extent of homele...
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A white man with graying hair moves nimbly through the thicket and briars in the woods, leaping over marshy patches and fallen trees. His name is Kenny, and he's on his way to the place he's called home for more than a year: a red tent where he keeps everything he owns. It's less than two miles from the beach in Ocean City, Md. He uses broken chairs and old t-shirts as directi...
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Even before Hurricane Sandy made landfall on the Eastern Seaboard, tearing up large portions of Assateague Island, some of which are still closed today, staffers and biologists from the Marine Animal Rescue at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, raced across the bridge to scoop up a nest of loggerhead turtle hatchlings and eggs, and evacuated them off the barrier island and back ...
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A clean sweep in Ocean City has ushered in a new city council majority in the one of the largest voter turnouts in town history. Former city manager Dennis Dare took a victory lap in Ocean City alongside his block of running mates: incumbents Doug Cymek and Mary Knight as well as former city council president Joe Mitrecic as they all won seats on the Ocean City council by a si...
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All over the Delmarva Peninsula, people are cleaning up from the damage that Hurricane Sandy left behind. While many businesses are already open, some residents are trying to get over the personal side of living through a massive storm. Amy Copeland lives in downtown Ocean City, Md. She chose not to evacuate during Hurricane Sandy. She says quickly regretted that decision, as ...
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Have you ever watched those guys on the Weather Channel who report from the beach while getting drenched during a massive storm? Well, each time a hurricane or Nor'easter roars up the coast, WAMU88.5's Bryan Russo puts on his rain slicker and galoshes and becomes that guy. We asked Bryan to keep an audio diary of his experiences covering Super Storm Sandy. Here are some of h...
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Update, 5:00 p.m.: The winds have died down, but it's still cold and wet on the Eastern Shore as officials along the Delmarva peninsula assess the damage and determine when its safe for residents and others that have evacuated to return after what many residents are calling the worst storm to ever hit the region in their lifetimes. Bob Shertier is from Fairfax...
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9:05 p.m.: Salisbury, Md. is under a mandatory curfew, and the town's mayor says emergency workers are rescuing residents in low-lying neighborhoods. Mayor Jim Ireton declared a state of emergency for Salisbury around 5:45 p.m. Monday evening, ordering all residents to get off the roads by 7 p.m. Ireton says the National Guard is bringing Humvees in to help ev...
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Ocean City officials are enacting phase 2 of their emergency operations plan, which means all residents who live downtown must evacuate the resort by 8 p.m. Sunday. Mayor Rick Meehan has declared a state of emergency as the city is already starting to see rising waters and flooding in the low lying areas of downtown Ocean City. All residents who live south of 17th Str...
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Hurricane Sandy isn't just getting closer to our region, the latest reports from the National Hurricane Center say she's getting stronger, and is shaping up to be the unprecedented storm forecasters feared. Sandy is now the strongest storm in history, as her integrated kinetic energy or IKE is more than infamous storms like Katrina, Andrew, Hugo, and Ike. Sandy's impa...
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About 85 percent of the coastal properties in Ocean City, Md. are owned by people who don't live on the coast. That means phones have been ringing off the hook at local realty companies for the past 48 hours, as folks across the bridge worry about what Hurricane Sandy could do to their beloved beach houses. Bud Church owns a Coldwell Banker branch on 78th Street in Oce...
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Coastal Residents on the Delmarva Peninsula are closely watching the projected path of Hurricane Sandy, the storm meteorologists are calling unprecedented and a potential billion dollar storm. Scientists are starting to get a much clearer picture as to where Sandy will make landfall on the Eastern Seaboard. The latest tracking map from the National Hurricane Center mir...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...