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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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Two new laws in a Dewey Beach, a popular Delaware resort, have musicians and bar owners up in arms. One law requires musicians to purchase a business license before plugging in, while the other requires bar owners to turn the volume down. Some say Dewey Beach is a mile long party zone during summers in coastal Delaware, but apparently not everyone is being entertained by all...
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How, exactly, do you define noise? It's a topic on the minds of many people in Dewey Beach as of late. The community is well known for its live music and boisterous bar scene, but earlier this month, the mayor and town council voted to reduce the allowable noise levels to 70 decibels during the day and 60 at night. Jim Dedes, chairman of Dewey's ad hoc committee on noise, says...
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Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley is under fire by a national consumer group. They say the Governor is a little too tight with Perdue Farms on the Eastern Shore. Scott Edwards of the non-profit group Food and Water Watch says the 70 pages of emails acquired between Governor O'Malley and the general counsel of Perdue Farms shows an alarming and "cozy" relationship that gives th...
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The owners of a historic hotel in Ocean City, Md. are seeking to have a $6 million lawsuit dismissed, despite the plaintiff's claims that he fell ill with Legionnaires Disease after his stay at the oceanfront hotel last summer. Six guests of the Plim Plaza Hotel were treated for Legionnaires Disease, and ...
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Despite an ongoing controversy, the Ocean City, Md. council voted to move forward in offering the resort's city manager position to their top candidate. After 90 minutes of deliberation behind closed doors, the councilmembers emerged from the back room of city hall yesterday with three of them, including the mayor, looking like they just lost an argument. For the citiz...
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Salisbury is preparing for its 30th annual town festival, a historically fun-filled family-friendly celebration with games, rides and arts and crafts. This year will include something else: a stronger police presence than ever before. Last weekend, Salisbury police officials say they were forced to unload a large amount of pepper spray on a crowd of more than 1,500 students ...
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Baseball season has begun, and all over the country, every day, you can hear that iconic crack of the bat that has become so synonymous with the sport. Not so long ago, however, it would have sounded more like a dull thump — a very different sound produced by a vintage-style "base ball" being hit with a wooden bat. Vintage base ball is what is being played by a relatively ne...
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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot has launched a new initiative hoping to convince counties across the state to push back the start of the school year. He's started a promotional tour in Ocean City to gain support for the initiative he hopes to make into legislation next year. Peter Franchot is drawing a line in the sand, and that line, he says, signifies Labor Day as the of...
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Imagine a nature walk on a beautiful barrier island not far from Ocean City, Md. Now imagine a nature walk where your chief objective is to find wild horses and administer a birth control vaccine. That's all in a day's work for scientist Jay Kirkpatrick. In the late 1980s, he launched a vaccination program on Assateague Island, known around the world for its wild horses. Those...
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Some residents of a small Eastern Shore neighborhood in Maryland are calling Worcester County officials "cat killers," after a number of house cats mysteriously disappeared. But the county is making no apologies. Waterview Drive is nothing short of a quintessential coastal neighborhood: a winding, no-outlet road past a handful of houses with boats docked out back leading ...
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The Dew Tour is making a return this summer, after breaking attendance records in Ocean City last year. While it's been widely speculated that the extreme sports tour would be coming back to Ocean City, event organizer Alli Sports waited until today to make it official. The news put to rest any sort of lingering doubt that was building in the chests of a few local worried b...
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One of Maryland's largest St. Patrick's Day parades will take place in Ocean City this Saturday, but many visitors may notice some new markings at several intersections along Coastal Highway that are all part of a new state program aimed at reducing jaywalking. Crossing Coastal Highway in the summertime can look a bit like a scene from that old arcade game "Frogger," but State...
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The Ocean City Air Show drew thousands of spectators to the beach in mid-June.  The pilots performing the tricks and stunts in the show are an unusual breed: part thrill-seeker, part master of precision.  Host Bryan Russo meets these pilots and goes up in an "aerobatic aircraft" for a one-of-a-kind view of the coast....
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Members of New Orleans' legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band pay a visit to the Eastern Shore for a special performance with local children.  Bryan Russo talks with Charlie Gabriel, a 79-year-old clarinetist and fourth-generation musician, about the group’s mission to pass a love of music on to the next generation....
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In 2010, reporter Bryan Russo broke a story about alleged illegal activity by the Worcester County Liquor Control Board, the quasi-governmental monopoly tasked with dispensing liquor in the county.  His series of reports led to a nine-month investigation by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot and the dissolution of the Control Board.  In 2011, Russo continued to pursue the s...
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The beach community of Ocean City, Md. prepared for the worst in late August as Hurricane Irene barreled toward the coast.  Hundreds of thousands of residents and vacationers were evacuated and officials braced for what was expected to be a devastating blow to the region’s economy.  Reporter Bryan Russo remained in Worcester County as the storm approached, bringing local l...
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The World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ has evolved from a few men hurling pumpkins with homemade contraptions to a cultural phenomenon that is capturing the interest of people all over the world.  Bryan Russo heads to Bridgeville, Delaware, to witness the annual "chunk" and meet competitors, fans, and organizers....
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Leaders in Maryland and Delaware's tourism industries are getting a slight boost in confidence as recent reports show that the struggling economy has not stopped people from going on vacation. New data from a report released by the Delaware Tourism Department indicates tourism is still one of the biggest economic drivers in the first state. And in Maryland, Ocean City offici...
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Police in Ocean City, Md. say a two-year undercover operation has resulted in dozens of drug charges. The investigation came from a rather out-of-the-box idea. Undercover officers have posed as a lot of things in Ocean City over the years, from senior weekers to restaurant servers, but, in this particular case, where 34 people are charged with more than 90 counts of purchasing...
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After a five-month investigation, the U.S. State Department ruled that the Council for Educational Travel in the United States will no longer be allowed to bring foreign students into the United States on work visas. The investigation focused on an incident in Hershey, Penn. last summer, where more than 400 students working at the famous chocolate factory staged a walkout, c...