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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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A state of emergency has been issued for Maryland, but residents in Ocean City are asked to evacuate the area immediately in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Irene, according Mayor Rick Meehan. Residents should be evacuated by 5 p.m. Friday, Meehan tells WRAU 88.3 Ocean City.Residents will not be allowed back into the town after 5 p.m. tomorrow until the evacuation order is ...
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In Maryland, more than a hundred autistic children gathered on the beach in Ocean City this week to experience the feeling of catching a wave thanks to the organization, Surfer's Healing.Deborah Parker drove from Hershey, Pa. so three of her five children, Jacob, Sofia and Liam, all of whom have autism, could go into the ocean for th...
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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...