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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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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...
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One of Ocean City's high-rise condominiums remains open today, even after reports that two of its guests allegedly contracted Legionnaires' disease during their stay at the oceanfront complex last year. Worcester County Health officials say they can't confirm whether the two unidentified guests, who stayed at the Sea Watch condominium at different times in 2011, were definitiv...
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An unmanned aircraft reportedly went down Monday afternoon on the Eastern Shore. A spokesperson for the Patuxent River Naval Air Station's Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons program says a 44-foot unmanned aircraft on a routine maintenance flight crashed near Bloodsworth Island around noon Monday. Bloodsworth Island is one of the three islands that form the boundary for th...
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Hundreds of thousands of people will be looking to the skies this weekend as the 5th annual Ocean City Air Show takes center stage high above the resort. If you've ever wondered what the iconic red, white and blue F-16 of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds sounds like when you are standing just a few feet away it on the grou...
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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...