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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

Maryland has joined Delaware as the only two states in the country to have reached an agreement with the federal government to use federally-owned waters of the Atlantic Ocean as the home of future offshore wind farms. The deal could bring offshore wind farms and thousands of green jobs to the state.Industry insiders say the announcement is a really big step forward. They also ...
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One of the Lower Shore's most closely watched races will be decided by absentee ballots as Democrat Jim Mathias clings to a 200-vote lead over Republican Michael James.The fierce rivals battled to claim the seat left vacant by Republican Lowell Stoltzfus, who retired after 18 years.The two candidates have met before. Mathias, the former state delegate and Ocean City mayo...
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One of the Lower Shore's most closely watched races will be decided by absentee ballots as Democrat Jim Mathias clings to a 200-vote lead over Republican Michael James.The fierce rivals battled to claim the seat left vacant by Republican Lowell Stoltzfus, who retired after 18 years.The two candidates have met before. Mathias, the former state delegate and Ocean City mayo...
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Democrat Chris Coons' strong victory over Tea Party-backed Republican Christine O'Donnell could be looked at as a small victory in an otherwise tough night for the Democratic party.At Rehoboth Beach's Dogfish Head Brewery last night, all eyes were on the television in anticipation of the results of the race for U.S. Senate seat between Coons and O'Donnell.Coons was procl...
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Democrat Chris Coons' strong victory over Tea Party-backed Republican Christine O'Donnell could be looked at as a small victory in an otherwise tough night for the Democratic party.At Rehoboth Beach's Dogfish Head Brewery last night, all eyes were on the television in anticipation of the results of the race for U.S. Senate seat between Coons and O'Donnell.Coons was procl...
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The highly watched race in Delaware between Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons appears to have ended in a landslide victory for coons.There was a collective sigh of relief at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Rehoboth Beach when the numbers started rolling in just after 8 p.m. showing Coons winning Vice President Joe Biden's vacant Senate seat in D...
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UPDATE: AP reports that Democrat Chris Coons beats Republican Christine O'Donnell for Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat.One of the most closely watched battles in today's election is the Delaware Senate race between Republican Christine O'Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons. At the polls, there has been spirited participation.Delaware Election Commissioner Elain...
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UPDATE: AP reports that Democrat Chris Coons beats Republican Christine O'Donnell for Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat.One of the most closely watched battles in today's election is the Delaware Senate race between Republican Christine O'Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons. At the polls, there has been spirited participation.Delaware Election Commissioner Elain...
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UPDATE: AP reports that Democrat Chris Coons beats Republican Christine O'Donnell for Vice President Joe Biden's former Senate seat.One of the most closely watched battles in today's election is the Delaware Senate race between Republican Christine O'Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons. At the polls, there has been spirited participation.Delaware Election Commissioner Elain...
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The highly watched race in Delaware between Tea Party candidate Christine O'Donnell and Democrat Chris Coons appears to have ended in a landslide victory for coons.There was a collective sigh of relief at the Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Rehoboth Beach when the numbers started rolling in just after 8 p.m. showing Coons winning Vice President Joe Biden's vacant Senate seat in D...
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The Eastern Shore of Maryland has one of the highest unemployment rates in the state. But, the new slots facility set to open near Ocean City, could be a way for hundreds of people to get back into the workforce.The line just to get into the casino's job fair at the Holiday Inn in midtown Ocean City wrapped literally around the building. Cynthia Ramos is one of those who came t...
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For decades, young college kids in blue swim shorts have run up and down the beach in Ocean City, Md., snapping portraits of families and putting them into a three-inch plastic key chains called scopes.Yet, the scoping business is in jeopardy, as technological advances have crushed profits and essentially destroyed much of the customer base."The bottom line is: you need ...
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For decades, young college kids in blue swim shorts have run up and down the beach in Ocean City, Md., snapping portraits of families and putting them into a three-inch plastic key chains called scopes.Yet, the scoping business is in jeopardy, as technological advances have crushed profits and essentially destroyed much of the customer base."The bottom line is: you need ...
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Americans are still closely watching every dollar they make and monitoring every dollar they spend. Yet, one Ocean City public servant is a walking example of how to make the most of $1.Chris Larmore is the chief of both the volunteer and career fire departments in Ocean City, and although he could get as much as six figures for the 70-plus hours a week he puts in, he chooses t...
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Ocean City's mayor and city council has a new ultra-conservative majority after last week's election. And they're wasting no time in shaking things up.The ink wasn't even dry on the signatures from the newly elected council members before the new majority passed a surprising motion to disband all city sub-committees, like the tourism commission.The move sent a shock wave...
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Barbara Duncan got her start working as a seasonal police officer in Ocean City, but for the past 21 years, the Dover native has been with the Mount Vernon police department near Yonkers, N.Y.She was named the first female police chief in Mount Vernon in 2008, and she will become Salisbury's first female chief on Nov. 15.Salisbury has been struggling with a spike in viol...
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Barbara Duncan has been the chief of more than 200 officers with the Mount Vernon Police Department near Yonkers, N.Y., since 2008. She will become Salisbury's 10th police chief when she starts the job on Nov. 15, leading a force with half the manpower of her previous position.Residents are hoping Duncan can stem the Maryland city's rising violent crime rate. The spike in crime...
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Barbara Duncan has been the chief of more than 200 officers with the Mount Vernon Police Department near Yonkers, N.Y., since 2008. She will become Salisbury's 10th police chief when she starts the job on Nov. 15, leading a force with half the manpower of her previous position.Residents are hoping Duncan can stem the Maryland city's rising violent crime rate. The spike in crime...
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The jubilant celebration from supporters of the three winners was a stark contrast to the stoic looks of disappointment on the faces of the four candidates who came up short.The most disappointed of those was Council President Joe Mitrecic, who was unseated by newcomer Brent Ashley by a mere 41 votes. Mitrecic is the first council president to be ousted in more than 20 years....
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Today's election in Ocean City features seven candidates battling for three open city council seats.Officials say turnout has been on the light side thus far, but they expect it to exceed 25 percent by the time the polls close.What's at stake is a potential shift in the voting majority if challenger Brent Ashley and incumbent Margaret Pillas both win seats.Both ca...