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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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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...
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DNR officials are reopening the rockfish season for two days, starting Friday and ending Monday. They say there's still 200,000 pounds of rockfish that can be caught under the state's allowable quota.Fishermen on Kent Island have been itching to get back in the water for weeks so they can try to salvage the income they've already lost before the season officially closes for goo...
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Guerrero is one of Salisbury's favorite sons. He's also one of boxing brightest young stars.Friday night's title fight at the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center will be broadcast on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights," and it seems like everywhere you look around this small town, there's a Fernando poster close by. At last night's official weigh in, hundreds of people gathered to watch ...
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The Department of Natural Resources says it's hoping to install a new system that would make it easier for anglers to obtain a saltwater fishing license in the state of Maryland.On the Eastern Shore, there's only a few places where saltwater anglers can get their required fishing license: one government building, one retail store or the state's ...
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In Maryland, the poultry business ranks as one of the Eastern Shores oldest industries, which is why so many are taking notice of Perdue's recently announced plan to install the largest array of commercially owned solar panels on the East Coast.Perdue officials say the 11,000 solar panels will stretch over 10 football fields -- producing the equivalent of 4 million gallons of g...
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In Maryland, one of the poultry industry's leading companies has announced plans to install more than 11,000 solar panels. Once it's completed, the project will become one of the largest commercially-owned solar power systems on the East Coast.Installation of the multi-million dollar solar project is expected to begin in April. When it's completed next fall, the panels will str...
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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...