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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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Ocean City officials will be considering a move in the coming weeks that would ban smoking on the boardwalk and the beach. Ocean City officials have been reluctant in the past few years to move forward with any sort of a ban on smoking under the pretext that doing so could hurt tourism, and turn awa...
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Delaware's Clayton Theatre People in Dagsboro, Del., have been going to the Clayton Theatre to watch movies for 65 years. The Clayton is a living monument to the single-scr...
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A hazing scandal at Salisbury University has put Greek life on college campuses under the microscope. Officials at Salisbury are starting to see other ripple effects. When the story of former Salisbury student Justin Stuart, who claimed he was brutally hazed in the spring of 2012 while pledging the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity reemerged in ...
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Some coastal businesses in Maryland are concerned that the rough winter and numerous school closings will have an adverse impact on the beginning of the summer tourist season this year. Logic would argue that if you endure a gnarly winter and the kids have to make up a bunch of snow days, the average family’s summer plans are going to be pushed back a bit. That’s why man...
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Ocean City officials are hoping to replicate and double the thrill thousands of tourists enjoyed last summer when a replica of a 16th century Spanish Galleon docked in the resort. Ocean City officials believe the only way to top the success of having a 16th century Spanish Galleon docked in the resort is to dock two galleon replicas this summer. The National Air, S...
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Lexi Hubb grew up in York County, Pa., where she participated in theater and the arts from a young age. Like so many aspiring theater kids, she studied her craft through college and eventually moved to New York City to do “the directing thing.” But her career took a sudden turn when she decided on a whim to relocate to Chincoteague Island, Va. Chincoteague Island is most...
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The Delmarva Shorebirds, the minor league baseball team in Salisbury, Md., say their stadium is in need of millions of dollars in upgrades. The push for those improvements comes as the team talks with local leaders about whether to renew the stadium’s lease and stay in Wicomico County. Chris Bitters, the Shorebirds' general manager, says there’s “structural” work tha...
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In Maryland, a new bill on the senate floor in Annapolis aims to make hazing a jailable offense, legislation that was prompted by a scandal at Salisbury University on the Eastern Shore. Hazing is technically already a crime in Maryland, but state Sen. Jamie Raskin has introduced a bill to give the law a lot more teeth. "You could serve up to a year in jail, and current...
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In Maryland, one of Worcester's County's most historic spots has just been crowned "America's Coolest Small Town" in a national online. Still, the town of Berlin has been going through an economic renaissance for years and has now become the model for small town success on the shore....
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In Delaware, Rehoboth Beach could be the next seaside town in the First State to ban smoking, and proponents are pushing hard to ensure that the ban happens before the summer season. Banning smoking has been brought up in Rehoboth Beach before, but the issue has always been like a can that's being kicked down the road, even as neighboring resorts like Dewey, Fenwick Island an...
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A 2013 study in Delaware found that 80 percent of the inmates in the state's prison system end up back in jail within three years of their release. But now a small art program in one of the prisons near the coast is trying to change that. Coastal reporter Bryan Russo talks to Chase Fehrenbech, one of the prisoners involved in the program. Bryan Russo:...
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A 2013 study in Delaware found that 80 percent of the inmates in the state's prison system end up back in jail within three years of their release. But now a small art program in one of the prisons near the coast is trying to change that. Chase Fehrenbach was in his early 20's when a rampant heroin addiction pushed him to commit armed robberies. He's now six years into a 21...
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In Ocean City, Md., the century-old fishing pier which was partially damaged during Superstorm Sandy, has been battered once again. Months of frigid temperatures and storms have walloped the coastline this winter and those prolonged harsh conditions are being blamed for the snapping of 5 massive pilings that hold up the iconic pier. Back in 2012, ...
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On Maryland's Eastern Shore, the Worcester County Board of Education has voted to change the start of the next school year to after Labor Day — making it the only county in the state to do so in the last five years. This longstanding debate is pretty simple: Some say the pre-Labor Day ringing of the school bell hurts resort businesses in Ocean City because it cuts short the...
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In Maryland, a new solution to help ease the tension between the state's agricultural industry and environmental groups, which have long been at odds over what to do with the half million tons of poultry manure produced in the state each year, has been brought to the state Senate floor. Farmers see poultry manure as a valuable resource: good to spread back onto their land as ...
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In Maryland, an outbreak of overdoses linked to a deadly opioid has officials on the Eastern Shore ramping up their enforcement and treatment programs. For the past several years, Salisbury has been battling a huge uptick in violent crime and gang violence. And while declining crime statistics and dozens of arrests and convictions of the city's most violent criminals may seem...
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One hundred years ago, oysters were a big business on the coast, especially on George's Island, near Stockton, Md. But after the famous 1933 hurricane that created the Ocean City inlet, the seafood industry, and particularly the oyster farming trade, rapidly declined. There were 15 oyster packing houses that were essentially destroyed during the storm, many of which were never...
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Poultry farmers on Maryland's Eastern Shore who are vehemently opposed to a bill in Annapolis that would levy a five cent tax on every chicken grown in the state have new reason to be optimistic about the political debate. Gov. Martin O Malley voiced his support for the poultry industry last night at the annual Taste of Maryland dinner, borrowing part of a famous line from for...
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Residents on Maryland's Eastern Shore and Coastal Delaware reported earthquake-like tremors earlier this afternoon that shook the ground and rattled windows. While officials were initially puzzled, the booms are now being attributed to supersonic flights. Social media was abuzz this afternoon here on the coast as people took to their accounts to report earth-shaking tremors th...
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In Maryland, a provision in the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014 could help the struggling seafood industry on the Eastern Shore. Senator Barbara Mikulski, the Democrat from Maryland with a self-proclaimed soft spot for the Eastern Shore, and the uber-conservative Republican Rep. Andy Harris may not see eye to eye on a lot of issues, but they are in full agreement on ...