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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 small Eastern Shore city of Salisbury, Md. is fighting a big-city problem: gangs. Community leaders and police officials say gangs are to blame for much of the city's struggles with violent crime. And with the gangs going into public schools to recruit children as young as 11 years old, they're fighting back and working to keep kids off the street. Lydia Waters brings her ...
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Ocean City officials are considering allowing horseback riding from the beginning of November to the end of March, in an effort to increase tourism during the off-season. The new ordinance would require riders to pay a $50 dollar per horse permit fee. Hours of riding would be 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Even though supporters say it could be a big draw to bring people to town in the sh...
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Lt. Gen. William Boykin made an appearance Thursday at the Mayor's Annual Prayer Breakfast in Ocean City, Md. This happened despite days of protests by several groups calling for the mayor to cancel the speaking event and to rebuke Boykin's controversial statements about Islam. Boykin was greeted to a standing ovation and the crowd of 400 seemed to hang on his every word as he...
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Organizers for the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in Ocean City, Md. are refusing to cancel their scheduled keynote speaker, despite protests by several groups who disagree with his views on Islam, which some describe as extreme. U.S. Army Lieutenant General William Jerry Boykin first made headlines in 2003 after an investigation by the U.S. Defense Department determined that...
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Maryland Sen. Ben Cardin is calling for an end to what he calls "the preferential treatment" of corn-based ethanol and responsible development of alternative energy sources. Cardin made the comments during a Delaware poultry summit yesterday -- the meeting was held to discuss issues facing the industry that employs thousands on the Eastern Shore. The Maryland Democrat called ...
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The Dew Tour has officially announced it will bring its extreme sports competition back to Ocean City this summer. The news has already swept through the almost deserted resort town, and has lifted many people's expectations of the summer of 2012. Last year, Ocean City was the first and only east coast stop for the extreme sports tour, and it delivered record numbers as more...
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In Maryland, Ocean Downs, one of the state's two casinos says it's ending its first year in the red despite pulling in almost $45 million in revenue. Casino owner William Rickman says that, despite netting almost a third of the total revenue brought in by the 750 slot machines in Worcester County, their $14.8 million cut isn't enough to cover their first year operating costs. ...
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The iconic jetty that was torn off its perch at the Ocean City inlet during Hurricane Irene has finally been replaced. Hundreds of onlookers stood in awe early Friday morning on the Ocean City shoreline as a Coast Guard helicopter lowered the new 30-foot high steel jetty into place atop rocks by the inlet. Town officials say the new jetty will be a temporary replacemen...
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The nationwide search for a new city manager in Ocean City, Maryland is underway, with a new hire expected in time for next summer. The manner in which the position became open, however, is still a topic of debate. Town officials say the Richmond-based Sprinsted Incorporated will spearhead the nationwide search to replace Dennis Dare, who was essentially the resort town's CEO ...
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On Virginia's Eastern Shore, police are investigating the deaths of five people whose bodies were found in a trailer. Police suspect the person responsible is among the dead.The medical examiner's office is still trying to identify the deceased, but the brother of one of the victims tells the Associated Press that his sister and her family lived in the run down white trail...
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Living at the beach may seem like a great idea when it’s July, and the days are filled with lounging on the sand with family and friends. But when its January, and jobs are scarce, living near the shore may not be as pleasant as one might think. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks to Metro Connection’s Rebecca Sheir about life on the Eastern Shore of Maryland during the winter mont...
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The company spearheading the effort to install a 200-megawatt wind turbine 13 miles off the coast of Rehoboth Beach in Delaware has announced that it is pulling out of a vital power purchasing agreement. But even though NRG Bluewater Wind, a publicly traded energy company, is terminating the agreement w...
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Salisbury, on Maryland's Eastern Shore, was recently listed as one of the top five most dangerous places to live in the U.S. on the website Neighborhood Scout. Salibury Mayor Jim Ireton says there is more to the story of the city's...
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According to a new report, Salisbury, a small city in Maryland's Eastern Shore, is one of the top five of most dangerous places to live in the country. In cities with populations of more than 25,000 people, the website Neighborhood Scout places Salisbury fourth as most dangerous place to live in the country. Salisbury comes in be...
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City officials in Rehoboth Beach, Del. are working with transportation planners to help improve safety conditions for bikers and pedestrians in the popular summer resort town. Since 2002, there have been more than 500 accidents on Rehoboth Avenue, the quaint resort's main traffic artery, but in the last few years, the number of accidents involving bicyclists and pedestrians ha...
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A huge shipment of illegal alcohol delivered to an Eastern Shore government-run liquor board has raised eyebrows in the Maryland Comptroller’s office, and will have to be shipped back to where it came from, according to comptroller's office officials. For the second time in less than a year, the Maryland Comptroller's office is looking into the alleged unlawful business deal...
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A resort county on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is under scrutiny amid allegations that it illegally purchased liquor from the state of Alabama. Worcester County Officials admit they recently purchased and received a large shipment of liquor, $175,000 worth, from the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. In an email statement, officials with the Worcester County Departm...
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A new report released by the Department of Legislative Services reveals that two Maryland casinos are underperforming due to the tough economic times. The Spending Affordability Briefing is a blueprint outlining revenue streams and spending projections to aid in the General Assembly's efforts in creating next year's budget. But in the section of that briefing dedicated to th...
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Usually, college is no vacation. But students at one Maryland college will be spending the remainder of the semester on a cruise. St. Mary's College is struggling to fix a mold problem that has invaded several dorms on campus. This weekend, ...
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Officials with the National Chicken Council in Maryland say they are optimistic about President Obama’s new Free Trade Agreements with Panama South Korea and Columbia. They say the new ...