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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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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 ...
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Plim Plaza Hotel in Ocean City, Maryland finds itself in hot water, after an elderly man from out of state died of legionnaires disease, according to the Associated Press. Health Department officials says tests on water taken at several locations in the hotel confirm the presence of the bacteria that causes the disease. The downtown hotel agreed to close down last week, after ...
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A giant solar panel array has been unveiled at poultry giant Perdue’s corporate headquarters on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Governor Martin O’Malley was there to help showcase the state's green efforts. More than 5,000 solar panels cover six acres at Perdue’s Salisbury headquarters. Add the 11,000 panels that power the chicken plants at the Bridgeville, Delaware facil...
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An Ocean City hotel is voluntarily closing for the season, a week earlier than planned, after three people who were guests developed legionellosis -- also know as Legionnaires disease about a week after staying there, according to a report by the Associated Press. Maryland's health department says it has not confirmed that the guests acquired the illness at the Plim Plaza Hote...
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Gov. Martin O'Malley is expected to re-introduce his offshore wind energy bill in the upcoming session, but politicians aren't the only ones who need more convincing if the bill is to succeed. State Sen. Jim Mathias represents three counties on the Eastern Shore, and in the 40 years he's lived here, he's learned how conservative and cautious the people are. He says, when it co...
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Police officials in Ocean City have seized large quantities of illegal substances and drug paraphernalia from stores on the boardwalk. Undercover narcotics officers purchased a sizeable amount of the newly banned synthetic drug K-2 from a boardwalk vendor this week, leading to a sting operation that found and recovered not only K-2, but also another banned synthetic drug Salvi...
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In Maryland, a massive waterspout reportedly formed in the bay in midtown Ocean City at approximately 4 p.m. and reached land, giving quite a scare to the town’s residents and visitors. Witnesses say the tornado-like water spout formed rather quickly, as gigantic dark clouds rolled over and all but consumed the midtown region of Ocean City.   Once the spout form...
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For the past 10 years, Perdue Farms has been turning raw poultry litter into organic fertilizer at the nation’s first poultry agri-recycling plant. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo toured the plant, and learned what one of the nation's largest poultry producers is doing with the waste it produces.[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers]...
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Worcester County, Md., has a new casino just a few miles from the beach. If you pull a slot and win, obviously, you get the money...but where do your dollars go if you don't hit the jackpot? In our weekly segment "On the Coast," coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about who might actually be getting lucky from Maryland's second casino.[Music: "Sea of Love" by ...
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Every summer, thousands of people descend on Ocean City from around the country and globe to work on the beach. Some hope to make lots of cash, while others just want to live a quintessential American experience, even if only for a few months. Bryan Russo shares the story of one Bulgarian student and gives us an update on how changes to the visa system are affecting both foreigners ...
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Life is almost back to normal in Ocean City after Hurricane Irene passed by the resort late Saturday night. The town emerged nearly unscathed, but officials are now worried about getting the tourists to come back.Irene may not have socked the coast as hard as expected, but business owners in Ocean City say it hit their bottom lines with devastating force.Greg Shockley, o...
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Town officials in Ocean City are breathing a sigh of relief after hurricane Irene passed by without inflicting too much damage on the resort. The region is now trying to salvage whats left of the summer season.After evacuating 200,000 people Friday, Ocean City officials opened access back onto the island on Sunday morning with hopes of putting the doom and gloom forecasts that ...
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Businesses in Ocean City are beginning to reopen to the general public after being sparred by Hurricane Irene.On Saturday, more than 12 inches of rain soaked the Delmarva Peninsula and hurricane force winds pummeled everything in this coastal region, causing flooding, and flying debris.But by late Sunday morning, the sun came out.Officials like City Manager Dennis...
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The aftermath of hurricane Irene is being assessed on the Delmarva Peninsula, but the region appears at first glance to have weathered the storm.Emergency and cleanup crews headed out throughout the region to start cleaning up the wake of Hurricane Irene.Ocean City officials are in a briefing this hour as reconnaissance crews are fanned out throughout the island to ensur...
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Ocean City officials are scrambling to do a damage assessment of Hurricane Irene's impact.A statement released by officials stationed at Ocean City's hurricane headquarters says the town is planning a full scale and rapid daylight inspection of the resort in hopes of opening Ocean City as soon as possible.No injuries were reported, and the city's wastewater treatment pla...
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Overnight reports are speculating that Hurricane Irene's impact was less severe than originally predicted, but the region will soon see just how much the powerful storm left behind.Gusty winds have died down enough in the Delmarva Peninsula this morning that you can hear the crickets again inland.The passed by the Ocean City coastline sometime around 2 a.m. Sunday, and a...
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Anxiety levels are high on the Delmarva Peninsula as Hurricane Irene is just a few hours from unleashing her might against the coastal region.Ocean City Emergency Services Director Joe Theobald and hundreds of other town officials and emergency responders have set up the city's hurricane headquarters at the midtown police station, and they won’t be leaving this building until...
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Weather conditions in Ocean City are deteriorating rapidly as Hurricane Irene hits North Carolina and moves up the coast. But these conditions are just the beginning of what could be the most powerful storm to ever hit the resort.Ocean City is all but empty, the traffic lights are blinking yellow and a few inches of water have already accumulated on Coastal Highway from the dri...
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Water is rapidly approaching the protective dune system and bouncing off the boardwalk sea wall in Ocean City. But, these conditions are just the beginning a very long night.Hurricane Irene isn't quite here yet, but you can certainly feel her coming.As expected, the entire downtown region of Ocean City is flooded about a foot of water, but town officials say another two ...