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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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Ocean City police raided two dozen boardwalk stores and confiscated mass quantities of bootlegged and fraudulent merchandise in what is being called the largest raid of its kind in the town's history.Ocean City police entered 24 boardwalk stores simultaneously in a sting operation that seized an undisclosed but sizable amount of fake or bootlegged products ranging from t-shirts...
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The Atlantic coast will soon have the largest artificial reef of its kind when the 563-foot USS Radford is sunk 30 miles off the coast of Ocean City Md., but the big event is in jeopardy of being delayed for the second time in as many weeks.Right now, the Radford is on standby, sitting in the U.S. Naval Yard in South Philadelphia, stripped to its shell.But organizers hop...
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The sound of revving scooter engines on Ocean City's coastal highway has become as synonymous to a trip to the beach.Scooter rental shops have tripled in the last few years, but accidents have risen just as rapidly, with scooter wrecks up 46 percent from last year, and with still another month left to go until the end of the season.Joining the hundreds of scooters on the...
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The event will bring together the biggest names in BMX, skateboarding and surfing to Ocean City.But with all the hoopla this weekend, it’s easy to forget that skateboarding is prohibited in certain areas of Ocean City. Some say the Dew tour is a sign that the town is having a change of heart.Vince Boulanger is a 22-year-old surfer, and one of a few locals competing in...
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A week ago, the famous ferris wheel and the inlet fishing pier were the two most noticeable landmarks you could see from the Ocean City Boardwalk. But now, there's a stadium in the way; actually, it's three stadiums.Where you would normally see people laying on beach blankets,you can now see tattooed athletes pulling daring aerial tricks and grinding out rail slides on bikes an...
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Thousands of gigs over 30 yearsAnd yet Beatty is a mayor of sorts; he's been dubbed "the nighttime mayor of Ocean City," after decades of entertaining people under the name DJ Batman."I've done over 7,500 bookings in 30 years, okay," says Beatty. "Back in the hey day, it was 260, 270 jobs a year."In addition to all those club gigs, he also spends a few hours eve...
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The annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council rates the water quality of the nation's top 200 beach destinations. The report looks at data gathered by the federal Environmental Protection Agency that gauges acceptable bacteria levels, as well as the number of closings and advisories over the course of the year.In addition to the superstar status given to Rehoboth...
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Annapolis native Helen Marr was one of dozens of people clapping and cheering as Guinness, the 110-pound gray seal slid out of his wooden crate and crawled down the beach to the water’s edge.But Marr has a special connection with Guinness, as she was one of the many volunteers working for the Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Program that helped nurse him back to health....
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Ocean City Engineer Terry McGean says the proposal is essentially a no-go.It was up against strict laws prohibiting any sort of construction east of the boardwalk, as well as presumed backlash from property owners and visitors who might be upset with an eight-story high monorail obstructing their ocean view.City officials say the aerial tram would be an unnecessary dupli...
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What seemed like a good idea on paper, turned out to be difficult to pull off.The town had promised one free gallon of gas for each night visitors stayed in town. But, officials couldn't figure out where it was going to get the gas, or how to dispense it to long lines of tourists leaving the resort.They admit they also received complaints from local hotels, who say the ...
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Take one look at 60-year-old Malibu Chuck Aaron and you'll first notice his blond surfer like shaggy hair, his handlebar moustache and tattered flip-flops.But Aaron is one of only three people in the world, and the only man in the United States licensed to do aerobatics in a helicopter. He does things with a helicopter that even the most extreme pilots will tell you shouldn't b...
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The Super Hornet will headline the show alongside the Marine Corps AV-8B Harrier demo team.It was added to the bill to replace the F-22 Raptor, which was grounded by the US Air Force two weeks ago because of alleged malfunctions to the aircraft's on-board oxygen systems.Event organizers say the addition of the F-18, as well as confirmed fly-over from the rarely seen B-2 ...
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But critics fear the buzz created by the free gas might actually have a negative impact on the resort community.The plan to give $100,000 worth of gas to tourists has been called an out-of-the-box marketing move by supporters and a shameless gimmick destined to fail by opponents.The city council has proposed giving away a free gallon of gasoline for each night a person s...
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Mark Chase is a bus driver nine months out of the year, but during the summer, the father of three makes his living as a spray paint artist on the Ocean City Boardwalk.Yet Chase and a handful of other street performers are planning to protest this weekend underneath the famous Boardwalk entry arch against a new lottery system passed by the mayor and City Council which they say ...
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The F-22 Raptor has been placed on official stand-down orders after malfunctions with the planes on-board oxygen generation systems were reported.Pilots and crews of the F-22 have reportedly experienced a sharp increase in symptoms of hypoxia, which is a condition caused by a lack of oxygen often leading to disorientation or even temporary unconsciousness.The raptor was ...
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For the thousands strolling through the circus-like tents at Springfest this weekend, they'll have plenty to take in: hundreds of arts and craft vendors, classic coastal cuisine and pretty much any type of food on a stick you can think of. There will also be live music, including headliners George Jones and Richard Marx.Ocean City Mayor Rick Meehan says the annual event was sta...
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The Maryland Senate Finance Committee is not advancing the governor's marquee agenda items.Chairman Thomas Mac Middletown says the committee ran out of time to resolve a number of issues raised about the governor's offshore wind energy bill before the legislative session closes next week.The bill would have required utility companies to enter into long-term power purchas...
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The raucous cheers and over-the-top announcer might sound like any other college basketball game during player introductions, but if you listen closely, you'll quickly realize there won't be any layups or bounce passes tonight at the Crown Sports Center skating rink.Cinderosa stands a little more than five-feet tall, and wears a tight yellow jersey, with black and yellow polka ...
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When the city of Baltimore hosted the 2009 Dew Tour, a multi-day event featuring some of the biggest names in BMX, motorcross and skateboarding, the city reportedly pulled in about $10 million.So when Ocean City was announced as the only East Coast stop on this years tour, many around the resort began comparing the potential draw of the July 21 event with the hugely popular Oce...
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The council's 5-2 vote Monday night mirrored the results of an online poll the city ran for the last few months, allowing voters to choose between the traditional all-wooden structure, or the more durable and cheaper option of putting a concrete aisle down the middle."A lot of people look at the nostalgia of the wood and a lot of people look at the cost effectiveness of the con...