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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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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 ...
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A judge in Accomack County, Va., has delayed making a decision on whether or not to grant alleged arsonist Tonya Bundick's request for separate trials in each of her arson cases. Tonya Bundick is charged with 62 counts of arson, and she and her attorneys are asking for 62 different trials — claiming that each fire was different and should not be tried as one large body of ...
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The church is on the National Register of Historic Places. (Rehoboth Presbyterian Church) ...
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The warmer weather and the start of baseball season already has some thinking about summer barbecues, trips to the beach, and one of Maryland’s most beloved pastimes: cracking crabs. So far, however, the long winter has put a damper on the early stages of crab harvesting season. Robert T. Brown is president of the Maryland Watermen’s Associations. He says crabbing season...
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Today is the deadline for open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, but getting people signed up on Maryland's Eastern Shore has proved difficult. Kat Gunby sits in her Snow Hill office and watches the blinking blips on her computer screen. She’s admittedly stressed and tired because the deadline for healthcare is here and she is also six months pregnant. “W...
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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 ...