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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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Two Maryland cities on the Eastern Shore are hoping to purchase state-of-the-art fire boats in an effort to better protect thousands of waterfront homes.The Ocean City Council says the fire boats are needed to patrol hundreds of resort waterfront properties. The council voted to purchase the boats because it says those properties are more vulnerable to fires based on limited ac...
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In Ocean City, Md., the founder of the world's largest billfish tournament has had his quest to install a 39-foot wind turbine on his bay-front property turned down -- despite a law that allows it.White Marlin Open founder Jim Motsko was the most prominent voice calling for the mayor and city council to pass a law last year allowing wind turbines to be built in Ocean City, whic...
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In Maryland, the city of Salisbury's new police chief has instituted a new safety check policy for taxis, after a 49-year-old cab driver was shot three times.Salisbury cab companies are praising Police Chief Barbara Duncan's new plan, which instructs her officers to randomly pull over taxis running throughout the town.Cabbies say this will add yet another layer of safety...
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With the grand opening of the Ocean Downs Casino, Maryland now boasts 2,200 slot machines statewide. The new gaming facility, located just a few miles outside Ocean City, joins Perryville's Hollywood Casino as the only two slots sites in the state.When the doors of the $45 million facility opened to the general public, a mob of hundreds rushed in, some with cash in hand. They q...
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The day that many people in Worcester County have been waiting for, and the day slots opponents hoped would never come is finally here: Ocean Downs Casino is set to open, and those 750 slot machines inside are ready for coins to start dropping in.The $45 million gaming facility will become Maryland's second slots parlor Tuesday when it opens its doors just a few miles from Ocea...
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Each year, the Eastern Shore of Maryland and coast of Delaware draw millions of visitors who come to kick back on the beach. But another set of visitors flocks to the beaches, too: foreign workers. The federal government has created a pilot program to help foreign students who come to the U.S. for jobs. WAMU coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about the pros and cons...
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A cleanup initiative on Delaware's Rehoboth Beach picked up more than 7,000 cigarettes in just one block. Now it's kick-started a campaign to ban smoking altogether in the southern Delaware resort. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about how resorts up and down the coast are all considering smoking bans in one way or another.[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Wait...
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Roller derby is quickly gaining popularity in the country, and the new team in Salisbury, Md., is taking the region by storm. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo introduces us to some of the Salisbury Roller Girls' heavy hitters, including Buster Skull, the 19-year-old founder and coach, who is battling cancer on the sidelines.[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers / "Roll O...
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Ocean City, Md., has become the coveted host city for the only East Coast leg of the 2011 DEW Tour. It's the first ocean-side site for the event, so a surfing competition will join the BMX, motorcross and skateboarding extravaganza. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about why it's such a big big deal for the resort town.[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits fro...
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The burst of the housing bubble had a big impact on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and coastal Delaware. Realtors say they're closing more deals, but many of the homes they're selling are foreclosures. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with host Rebecca Sheir about how the end of the housing boom is affecting the market for vacation homes.[Music: ""Sea of Love" by Tom Waits fro...
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In our regular segment, "On the Coast," Coastal Reporter Bryan Russo takes a look at the rarely-discussed problem of homelessness in Maryland's most famous resort town. We'll learn how one homeless shelter in Ocean City is coping as it faces a rising demand for its services.[Music: "Homeward Bound" by Zoom Karoake from Zoom Karaoke: Simon and Garfunkel]...
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All along the coast, scores of restaurants claim to have the "best" crabcakes, french fries, ribs, etc. But virtually no restaurant reviewers cover Ocean City and surrounding communities, and chefs basically can claim the title without having to prove their culinary prowess. Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about the big claims, and whether tourists can believe they're really eati...
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Bob Melvin, 91, fought Ocean City and Worcester County for nearly two years to get door-to-door public transportation for elderly and handicapped residents. Prior to that, residents often spent hours switching buses as they tried to get to doctor's visits and other critical appointments. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo shares Melvin's story with host Rebecca Sheir.[Music: "Sea of ...
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Vacationers en route to the beach hate the multi-mile backups on the Bay Bridge. But businesses on the coast have a very different take on those huge traffic jams. Some say they can determine how busy the weekend will be based on the length of the backups. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with Rebecca Sheir about how traffic jams on the Bay Bridge are not only a a welcome sight, b...
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The deep sand of Ocean City's beaches is generally an inhospitable place for a person in a wheelchair, but that's changing. Disabled vacationers now can borrow beach wheelchairs at specially-designated points along the boardwalk. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks with host Rebecca Sheir about the program and how it's changing people's lives.[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits ...
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Sixty-two-year-old Mike Beatty, a.k.a. DJ Batman, is celebrating 30 years as one of the most well-known and well-loved rabble-rousing club and radio DJs in Ocean City's history. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo spends some time with the resort's "night-time mayor," and finds out the method to his self-proclaimed madness.[Music: "Sea of Love" by Tom Waits from Brawlers / "You Got Me...
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Bob Melvin, 91, fought Ocean City and Worcester County for nearly two years to get door-to-door public transportation for elderly and handicapped residents. Prior to that, residents often spent hours switching buses as they tried to get to doctor's visits and other critical appointments. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo shares Melvin's story with host Rebecca Sheir.[Music: "Sea of ...
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Maryland's second slots casino is preparing for its grand opening next week outside Ocean City, and many local businesses and residents, are getting ready.Drive down the road leading to the $45 million Ocean Downs Casino set to open next Tuesday, and you'll see a rickety little flea market selling everything from Christmas trees to antique trinkets.For the last 30 years,...
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The sun may be shining, but the effects of the snowstorm that blanketed much of the Eastern Shore of Maryland are lingering on the side streets.Ocean Pines is a residential community stretching nine square-miles in the heart of a forest just outside Ocean City. The 5,000 or so houses are scattered throughout mazes of sidestreets and winding back roads. Many of the homes and car...
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A new federal law that will alter sport fishing license requirements will take affect on Jan. 1. The law will mark a notable change for the region and the industry.The new law, enacted by the Department of Natural Resources, is being billed as merely a databasing tool to find out who is fishing in Maryland's waterways, as well as a way to help monitor fish populations.Bu...