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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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Minor League baseball players have a rough and uncertain road to the big leagues, but is that road any harder when you have one of the most famous last names in all of baseball on the back of your jersey? The Delmarva Shorebirds' newest outfielder, Mike Yastrzemski is in just such a position. Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski is often called the greatest living player in Boston...
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Ocean City officials are concerned about an unsanctioned event rumored to be coming to the Maryland vacation spot next weekend. The event is called the College Takeover Beach Week, and in April of 2013, the group of approximately 30,000 college students caused quite a stir in Virginia Beach. There were three shootings, multiple stabbings, robberies, and more than 1...
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Each summer Ocean City, Maryland, transforms from a small coastal community to the state’s second largest city for three months. That presents unique challenges for a town of just 7,000 people face in getting ready to accommodate millions of guests. Everyone knows Memorial Day is busy in Ocean City and everyone knows it’s the kickoff to the summer season. Hopefully you s...
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Ocean City officials have banned the sale and possession of switchblades and laser pointers in the resort just days before Memorial Day weekend. An outsider may look at the unanimous city council vote to enact emergency legislation banning knives and laser pointers in Ocean City as a swift move to counter a major problem. But a closer look will reveal that its really more a ...
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Ocean City officials say nine state-of-the-art security cameras are in place and set to go live on the Boardwalk for Memorial Day weekend. And it’s not the only change visitor’s will notice on the resort’s famous wooden walkway this summer. More than $200,000 worth of security cameras will be watching tourists this summer in Ocean City on its 2.5 mile Boardwalk. It’s...
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Metro Connection Segments Captain Rachel Dean: High School Teacher by Weekday, Waterman by Weekend Local Crab-Picking Industry Struggles to S...
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.mainpic { display: none; } .caption { display: none; } .photosource { display: none; } The Blue Angels are returning to Annapolis after three years away and will perform for the U.S. Naval Academy's commissioning week....
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Fifty years ago, wooden ships dominated the waterways of the Chesapeake Bay. With the advent of fiberglass boats, wooden ship building is quickly becoming a dying art. At least one family on Maryland’s Eastern Shore is keeping the craft alive. In the picturesque waterfront town of Oxford, Maryland, on the Eastern Shore, just a few blocks from the ...
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A third fraternity at Maryland's Salisbury University has been suspended after allegations of inappropriate behavior by its members. University officials have placed the Kappa Sigma fraternity on interim suspension while an investigation is conducted concerning an incident that occurred earlier this week at a school variety show. The fraternity is accused of behavi...
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In Maryland, proponents of a smoking ban on the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City will have to wait until 2015, per a surprise City Council ruling this week. All of Ocean City’s neighboring resorts in Delaware have passed smoking bans in recent years, making Maryland’s premiere seaside resort the only place you can lawfully smoke on the beach. And with a pressu...
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Officials in Salisbury, Maryland, have announced the largest single increase in its police force in the city’s history. Mayor Jim Ireton says putting 15 new officers on the streets of Salisbury in the next 18 months is a major proclamation of the city’s commitment to win its longstanding battle against violent crime and gangs. The crime level in the Eastern Sho...
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An Accomack County judge has rejected prosecutors’ request to hold a single trial for Tonya Bundick, who is facing 62 arson charges. She may not get 62 different days in court, but it’s clear she will at least have more than one. Prosecutors had asked Circuit Court Judge Glen A. Tyler to hold a single trial for Bundick, the woman accused of setting multiple arson fires o...
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Ocean City, Maryland, is in the final months of preparation for the 2014 summer season, and recently rolled out its new marketing campaign. But the resort is now trying to debunk a story that wrongly named it the most dangerous place to live in Maryland. Movoto.com is an online real estate firm that publishes popular and easily consumable ...
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Officials in Ocean City, Maryland, will meet this week to decide whether or not to ban smoking on the beach and the Boardwalk. Pressure is mounting on the mayor and City Council to finally pass smoking legislation in the resort. Ocean City officials have been reluctant to pass such a measure in recent years, but now, the resort is currently the only place in the region where...
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In Maryland, college students from around the globe are starting to arrive in Ocean City with work and travel visas in hand for the summer season. But students from one country in particular are looking forward to the prospects of living and working at the beach. Anne Marie Conestabile is the Program Director for United Work and ...
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Last November, a homeless man with a history of mental illness doused himself in gasoline, walked into the rectory at St. Paul’s-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in Ocean City and lit himself on fire. The blaze damaged the rectory and the church and claimed the life of the homeless man and the church’s beloved pastor, Rev. David Dingw...
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The town of Berlin, Md., is still in a state of shock after an apparent murder-suicide claimed the lives of an 89-year-old man and his 90-year-old wife. Lester Wright and his wife Ada had been together since high school, and they had lived in the picturesque little white house on a quiet street in Berlin since 1965. When Bill Todd and Krista Valliant moved in next ...
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Christians all over the world are celebrating Easter this weekend, which honors the resurrection of Christ. But the members of a congregation at one church in Ocean City, Md., will be celebrating Easter with heavy hearts, as they continue to grieve an unspeakable tragedy and strive for a symbolic resurrection of their own. Last November, a homeless man with a history of ment...
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Ocean City officials announced that the resort will be getting into the radio business, acquiring two FM stations through a FEMA sponsored hazard mitigation grant. The FM stations that Ocean City has just acquired with a $55,000 grant won’t be featuring Rodney the Lifeguard or the Mayor spinning top 40 tunes and waxing poetic about the state of rock and roll. Rat...
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Many coastal businesses in Maryland are breathing a little easier now that the state senate passed a measure that will phase in an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 over the next four years. Millions of people who make minimum wage and struggle to stay above the poverty ...