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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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In Maryland, today is the final day of fishing in the world's largest billfish tournament: the White Marlin Open in Ocean City, where there's $2.7 million in prize money up for grabs. As things stand right now, the 78-pound white marlin caught yesterday by North Carolina angler John Bayliss aboard the Dreamtime is a million dolla...
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The annual Chincoteague Pony Auction has raised more than a half a million dollars for the local volunteer fire company on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in just the last four years alone. The event is as much a part of American folklore as it is a beloved local tradition. It begins like a western on the water; each year men on horses known as the "saltwater cowboys" lead the he...
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Police in Ocean City are advising locals and tourists to keep an eye out for suspicious activity on their credit- and debit-card accounts after discovering a widespread cyber attack. Nobody likes getting hacked, especially not when they are on vacation. But police officials say if you were in Ocean City around the Fourth of July weekend, you should check your bank stateme...
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The summer season in full swing and thousands upon thousands of people are taking a dip in the ocean each and every weekend. A new study is exploring whether or not there’s a rise in surf-zone injuries. Researchers are cross referencing the number of surf-zone related emergency room visits with things like wave height, length, and where the waves are breaking along the Del...
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A replica of a 16th century Spanish Galleon will be making its way back to Ocean City for the month of August. Both locals and visitors have their eyes fixed on the horizon line in anticipation of the ship’s arrival. Having the 170-foot-long El Galeon Andalucia docked in Ocean City last summer was such a success, the town had planned to bring another replica of a Spanish w...
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In Maryland, the state's lottery and gaming commission is pushing forward with a new law that would lump boardwalk arcades in Ocean City into the same category as state casinos. Walking into Marty's Playland on the Ocean City Boardwalk is kind of like walking back into your childhood. There are dozens of skee ball lanes, the old fortune-teller machine, the claw prize booths, a...
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Virginia State Police have identified the two people killed in yesterday's tornado on Viriginia's Eastern Shore. A couple from New Jersey was killed after the tornado caused a tree to fall on their tent at a popular campground, near Cape Charles, Virginia. State Police spokesperson Corinne Geller identifies the victims as Lord Balatbat and Lolabeth Ortega of Jersey City, N...
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On Virginia's Eastern Shore, two people are dead after a confirmed tornado touched down this morning. As Coastal Reporter Bryan Russo explains, 36 people were injured at a crowded campground. More than 1,300 people were camping at the Cherrystone campground near Cape Charles when the the tornado struck shortly before 9 a.m. "Well it was total devastation," says Dav...
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Plans for two huge chicken farms in the southern portion of Delaware are making even the staunchest supporters of the poultry industry question whether or not it’s a good idea for the region. The Delaware Right to Farm law puts no restriction on the number of chicken houses that can be built on land zoned for agriculture. Basically, it was put in place to help family farme...
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Charles Albert Tindley is widely considered to be one of the founding fathers of American Gospel Music. Some historians are concerned the legacy of one of the region’s most accomplished native sons could be fading. You may not have every heard of Rev. Charles Albert Tindley before, but you have likely heard his work — Elvis Presley one of Tindley’s most famous hymns: ...
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Despite an effort by Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) to block it, a law decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of marijuana in D.C. will go into effect this wee...
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Maryland Congressman Andy Harris says he would withdraw his objection to the D.C. marijuana decriminalization law if the bill would simply be rewritten to more closely mirror the Maryland law. Depending on how you look at it, Harris' comments are either a possible end ...
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Hurricane Arthur is threatening to put a damper on the July 4 weekend festivities up and down the east coast, but many beach resorts remain hopeful that the storm that's expected to hit tonight won't ruin the biggest weekend of the summer. It's been a perfect couple of days for folks who are already in Ocean City. Sunny skies, cool ocean breezes and water temperatures that h...
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NASA says a suborbital rocket launched Tuesday morning from its Wallops Island facility on Virginia's Eastern shore splashed into the ocean just 19 seconds after liftoff. NASA's terminology for yesterday's 4:36 a.m. launch is that the suborbital rocket's flight ended prematurely...
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On Maryland’s Eastern Shore, scientists and environmentalists are taking a somewhat new approach in their continued efforts to clean up the region’s rivers and streams that empty into the Chesapeake Bay. The Choptank River starts in Delaware and stretches across Maryland’s Eastern Shore for 71 miles before it eventually empties into the bay. It’s also one of only two...
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Part of the spectacle at the Dew Tour in Ocean City is the erection of massive stadiums right on the beach in the run up to the four-day action sports event. Some town officials are quietly concerned about this year’s tear down process. It usually takes about two weeks and more than 100 tractor trailer trucks full of equipment and steel for Dew Tour organizers to build the...
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For anyone planning a trip to the coast this weekend, Maryland transportation officials say to expect delays and much more traffic than usual on the region's major traffic arteries and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected in Ocean City this weekend for the annual four-day extreme sports event known as the ...
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In Maryland, governors from states neighboring the Chesapeake Bay signed what some environmentalists are calling a landmark agreement. It not only recommits the effort to clean up the bay, but it also broadens the approach to solving the problem. Nick DiPasquale runs the Chesapeake Bay Program, the regional partnership that has led the restoration of the Bay since 1983. Th...
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In Maryland, the Ocean City beach patrol is ramping up its efforts to educate swimmers about the dangers of rip currents in the ocean. The focused message is in response to two recent drowning deaths at the resort. It's early morning at the inlet in Ocean City, and dozens of tanned lifeguards in those trademark red shorts are enduring a vigorous training exercise: they are s...
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With just days to go before Maryland's June 24 primary, many of the state’s gubernatorial candidates visited Ocean City to make their final plea to Eastern Shore voters. Even though Maryland on the whole is considered a very Democratic state, the Eastern Shore has been historically conservative and has leaned to the right in gubernatorial elections for decades. I...