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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, an explosive discovery was made on the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore that shut down the federal side of the island and caused huge traffic backups on Monday morning. Think of the craziest thing you've ever found during a long stroll along the shoreline—a conk shell in perfect condition, a horseshoe crab, a beached whale, or maybe even pieces of w...
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Two Ocean City business owners charged with heading up a multi-million dollar cigarette smuggling ring with alleged ties to terrorist organizations face another appearance in a New York courtroom on Monday. Basel Ramadan, 42, and his brother Samir, 40, are due in Kings County Supreme Court for what the New York Attorney General's office is calling a control date. ...
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Most of the attention at this weekend's Dew Tour in Ocean City is on the pro-athletes pulling high flying tricks in one of the massive stadiums built right on the beach. But for the past two weeks, those stadiums have been erected from the sand up, and most of the workers doing the heavy lifting have been locals. Dew ...
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If you sit on any of the wooden benches along the Ocean City Boardwalk long enough, there's a pretty good chance you'll see something that offends or disturbs you. That's especially true this month, as thousands of recent high school graduates have flocked to the coast for their annual senior week festivities. But it isn't teenage shenanigans irking Ocean City Councilman Bre...
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A legal battle between the town of Ocean City and a boardwalk musician concerning noise and first amendment rights could be decided by a federal court judge by next week. The case against the city was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of William Hassay Jr., a longtime street musician known for playing his violin over pre-taped orchestral versions of Am...
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Imagine you're experiencing adulthood for the first time in your life. At the beach. A beach where there's plenty of alcohol and lots of other people your own age. How would you comport yourself in that situation? It's a question that thousands of newly-minted high school graduates ask themselves every year as they descend on Ocean City and other beach towns for "Senior Week."...
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NASA is set to launch a rocket late tonight from its Wallops Island Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. The Black Brant XII suborbital rocket is scheduled to launch at 11 p.m. and may be visible to residents of the mid-Atlantic region. It will be carrying a Cosmic Infrared Background ExpeRiment (CIBER) that NASA says will study when the first stars and galaxies formed...
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More than 2 million people visited Assateague Island National Seashore last summer to see the famous wild horses, hang out on the beach, and explore some of the most picturesque bits of nature on the coast. But this year, with sequestration slicing almost a quarter-million from the park's $5 million annual budget, there is concern that the cuts in Washington could impact a lot...
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Ocean City officials aren't just preparing for another busy tourist season this summer, they'll also be getting ready for another hurricane season; the early outlook indicates this season could be worse than last year. Forecasters from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA say there is a 70 percent chance the Atlantic could see as many as 20 named storm...
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More than 200 years ago, a British Royal Navy ship called the DeBraak sank to the bottom of Delaware Bay. It sat there for nearly two centuries before being brought to the surface in the late 1980s. And now, the public can finally view the shipwreck and its artifacts. Chuck Fithian, an archaeologist with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, says DeBraak is...
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At United Work and Travel's Ocean City office, program director Anne Marie Conestabile is giving orientation to a roomful of students from Eastern Europe and the Dominican Republic. "You are our guests, you are invited by the government of the United States to have a wonderful cultural experience here in Ocean City, Md.," she says. But Conestabile says hundreds of kid...
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Ocean City was largely spared during last October's Superstorm Sandy, but perhaps the most striking image in the aftermath was the 200 plus feet of the century-old fishing p...
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Charles R. Smith and Tonya Bundick have been charged with setting more than 77 arson fires in Accomack County on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. A psychological evaluation ordered by the court, found that while the two are severely depressed, they are not clinically insane and are therefore mentally stable enough to stand before a judge and jury. The couple admitte...
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In a federal sting operation that spanned the East Coast, authorities said they stopped a massive cigarette smuggling ring that might have used profits to fund terrorist groups. Homeland Security agents on Wednesday stormed at least two Ocean City, Md., properties owned by Samir and Basel Ramadan, taking items from their homes and seizing their vehicles. Prosecutors sa...
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The first instrument singer-songwriter Angela Sheik ever played was her grandmother's piano. She wanted to learn how to play the Star Wars theme song, she says. But she's since branched into more unusual instruments — namely, a theremin and a loop pedal, which she uses to create lush, unique sounds. Sheik recently joined Metro Connection reporter Bryan Russo in the studio to talk ab...
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Steve Elkins and his partner Murray have been fighting for equality for the LGBT community in their home of Rehoboth Beach and throughout the state of Delaware for more than two decades. So last week, as he watched Gov. Jack Markell sign the bill making Delaware the 11th state in the country to allow same sex couples to marry, he says he felt completely numb. "It was a...
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It's an age-old problem: bullying. Ask most anyone, and he or she will remember being taunted by a bully on the playground or in a school bus. Over the years, our definitions of bullying have evolved, and the issue has gotten more attention as new forms of harassment, such as cyber bullying, have entered the lexicon. But that doesn't mean bullies are always called out for thei...
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Exactly six months since Superstorm Sandy ravaged the Delaware coastline, state officials announced they have received roughly $30 million in federal funding to replenish beaches this summer, just in time for the next hurricane season. The announcement is being received as mostly fantastic news for Delaware beach towns. It's good news that Delaware beaches, from Re...
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When Berlin, Md. native Chris Maxa heard the Ocean City Boardwalk was going to be completely torn up and rebuilt a few years back, he thought, what are they going to do with all that wood? Hence, the creation of his new artistic venture Boardwalked. "I transfer photographs and make different games out of the r...
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Sequestration has forced military jet teams like the U.S. Navy Blue Angels to cancel their appearances at air shows across the country. Organizers for the Ocean City Air Show, however, found a way to get a military jet in the lineup. When you lose one of the most dynamic and...