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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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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...
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Maryland's Eastern Shore was among the hardest-hit spots in the state by the snowstorm that blanketed much of the East Coast. Yet, the foot of snow on the ground isn't the only problem: The wind is also affecting cleanup.More than 2,000 State Highway Administration employees and contractors have been working around the clock digging the Eastern Shore out of the first major snow...
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The winter snowstorm that pummeled much of the Eastern Seaboard also dumped a foot of snow on Maryland's Eastern Shore.Cleanup crews all over the Eastern Shore are working overtime to clear the region's streets and neighborhoods of the biggest December snowfall in years.Ocean City officials admit they have limited resources to keep up with snowfall of this magnitude, but...
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The leading electricity provider on the Delmarva Penninsula says it needs an increase in monthly rates to cover increased costs and system upgrades. But the public is already lashing out at the thought of higher electric bills.Delmarva Power officials are hoping they'll have more luck with the Maryland Public Service Commission than they did with the one in neighboring Delaware...
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The mayor and council in Ocean City, Md., are responding to a grassroots effort to reduce smoking at beaches, but they're stopping short of a ban.More than a dozen people argued the pros and cons of smoking on the beaches in Ocean City during a public hearing before the mayor and council.It was the result of a campaign started last summer by a local resident, who cited m...
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The leading electric company on Maryland's Eastern Shore is asks state legislators to allow it to increase monthly rates. The increase would essentially result in higher bills to over 200,000 homes.Delmarva Power officials say a 2.8 percent increase in monthly delivery rates would generate almost $18 million they say they desperately need to cover rising costs and system upgrad...
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In Maryland, the Worcester County Liquor Control Board may have settled with the state Comptroller after a nine-month investigation found that they had broken state law, but the board still may be in hot water with county commissioners.On paper, the $16,000 fine the board agreed to pay in lieu of an eight-day suspension, is a slap on the wrist to some, especially after the quas...
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The Maryland Comptroller's Office says the Worcester County Liquor Control Board has admitted to breaking several state laws and agreed to pay a fine in lieu of suspension. But the settlement may not mark the end to the scandal.The Worcester County Liquor Control Board settled to the sum of $16,000 after the comptroller's nine-month investigation found the government-run liquor...
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Public Works officials in Ocean City, Md., are adopting a new policy on bulk trash pickup after a bed bug scare forced a temporary ban on discarding old furniture and mattresses.The new policy states that the resort's trash trucks will no longer pick up furniture of any kind, unless it is wrapped in town-issued plastic wrap before it's placed on the curb.The policy stems...
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Ocean City, Md., faces some tough decisions in the coming months over the planned reconstruction of its 2.5-mile boardwalk.A public hearing scheduled for February will help town officials decide whether to add a concrete strip down the wooden boardwalk when the decaying resort landmark is torn down and rebuilt.The mayor and some council members hope the public will supp...
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Popcorn has long been a part of the American culture -- as no other country eats as much -- but, as coastal reporter Bryan Russo explains, it has been the legacy for one family in Ocean City, Md., for more than 70 years....
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Maryland is one step closer to opening its second slots casino as Ocean Downs, located just a few miles from Ocean City, has received final approval for a lottery license.Ocean Downs casino has been granted the business license from the Maryland State Lottery Commission to operate 700 slot machines at the newly renovated 34,000-square-foot casino here in Worcester County....
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Ocean City, Md., will move forward with plans to reconstruct its famous boardwalk. But the mayor and council are calling for the public's help.The council is divided on whether to uphold the tradition of the resort's iconic boardwalk, or to preserve its longevity by putting an 11-foot-wide concrete sidewalk down the middle of the wooden walkway.The council is scheduling ...
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Click HERE for the latest developments on this story.Town officials in Ocean City, Md., will recommend a full reconstruction of the resort's famous boardwalk to the mayor and city council. The massive project could give the boardwalk a much different look.The mayor and council will be forced to decide whether to c...
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Maryland's second casino is pushing back its grand opening for a third time. But the opening of the 700-slot-machine casino, just a few miles from Ocean City, will mark an end of a prolonged construction process.Ocean Downs officials pushed back the grand opening of the $45 million gaming facility until Jan. 4, after either missing or pu...
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Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot says an investigation confirms that the Worcester County Liquor Control Board has engaged in price discrimination.Franchot says the government-sanctioned board has been selling some spirits at below cost to some retailers, but not offering the same deal to others.Franchot calls the seven-month investigation the most intensive his offic...