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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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How would you respond if your child were being bullied at school? That's the question one Maryland mom says she's been grappling with for years. Bryan Russo talks with that mom and with one of her sons about the line between rowdy behavior and harassment, and why they feel schools aren't doing enough to prevent bullying....
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When the last nail was hammered in on the new Ocean City Boardwalk last April, one of the things that was a bit hush-hush as far as amenities go was the fact that underneath the city's most famous wooden walkway now sits miles and miles of fiber-optic cable, which gives Ocean City the capability of installing surveillance cameras anywhere on the boardwalk. Mayor Rick Meehan ...
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The world's largest billfish tournament wrapped up yesterday evening in Ocean City, as more than 262 boats competed for more than $2.4 million in prize money. For 40 years, people have flocked to the docks in a small bay front neighborhood to watch as anglers competing in the White Marlin Open bring their catch to the scales in hopes of earning big money and an unrivaled fis...
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development has approved Maryland's plan to use federal funding to help Lower Shore communities, such as Crisfield, Md., to recover from the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. Somerset County, alone, will receive $8.6 million, according to U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski. The county is one of the poorest in Maryland, and since the storm, some resid...
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As health and law enforcement officials try to get a handle on a recent uptick in heroin use on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Bryan Russo speaks with a local man who used the drug for years, and finally beat his addiction. He'll tell his story, explain why he's not surprised the problem is reaching "epidemic" proportions on the shore, and what he thinks should be done about it....
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In Maryland, U.S. Coast Guard officials say two men died after their catamaran capsized northeast of Ocean City. Two other men survived after being rescued by nearby fishing vessels. A helicopter air crew from the Coast Guard Station in Atlantic City, New Jersey recovered the bodies of two men, ages 53 and 65, who died when their 28-foot catamaran capsized in rough seas a litt...
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Ocean City, Md. branded this summer the lucky summer of 13 in its ad campaign, but it's been anything but lucky. To be frank, this summer has been a PR nightmare for Ocean City with weekly local headlines that read more like a metropolitan newspaper than a coastal one — stabbings on the boardwalk, the attempted stabbings of two local business owners, two bank robberies, pe...
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The busy summer season in Ocean City is apparently a little less busy this year. Smith Travel Research's June data shows Maryland and Delaware's beach hotel occupancy rates dipping 3 percent from last year. And while the news isn't great, it's merely just a snapshot of the overall tourism picture, and not nearly as concerning as the huge decline in numbers New Jersey beaches are seei...
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More than 25 years ago, Terry Bliss launched a new theater, the North Street Playhouse, from her kitchen table. For years, the fledgling theater struggled to survive in the small town of Onancock on Virginia's Eastern Shore. But Bliss gradually built the theater's reputation, and now it's become a source of robust, challenging plays that consistently attract loyal audiences to this rur...
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Josh Dolan remembers well the moment he was first drawn to skydiving. It was 1991, when the movie Point Break was released. "Patrick Swayze was doing backflips and freefalling," he remembers. "I think that was the first movie where people saw in skydiving that you could really fly your body and link up with your friends. I went with a couple friends to see that movie and was l...
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Whenever Ocean City Councilman Brent Ashley sees a group of kids on the boardwalk with their pants sagging well below their waistlines walking in front of a family, his blood starts to boil. "What about the vacationers' rights, the mothers, the grandmothers," he asks. "Is it my right that I have to look at someone's behind?" Ashley has been on a highly publicized q...
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A replica of a 16th century Spanish Navy Tall Ship will be docking in Ocean City in August for a few weeks. The 170-foot-long Nao Victoria Galleon is a replica of the tall ships Spanish explorers sailed on to discover Florida, and much of the new world. It's nearly 50 feet wide, has six decks and carries a crew of 25. The ship will be docked in downtown Ocean City...
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Like most American summertime holidays, Memorial Day cuisine often consists of grilled meats and mayonnaise-infused salads. But this year, residents in Ocean City welcomed a new restaurant that doesn't serve hot dogs, hamburgers, or egg salad. Actually, it doesn't even have a grill. Janet Phillips is the owner of My Nature, Ocean City's first raw-vegan restaurant and store. Th...
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Investigators are still trying to figure out why a small plane carrying two off-duty police officers crashed off the coast of Ocean City last month. The National Transportation Safety Board's preliminary report says the plane appeared intact as it hit the ocea...
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Bill Hassey Jr. hasn't been able to play his violin on the boardwalk since last summer when he was threatened with a fine and three months in jail for apparently violating the town's noise ordinance. But last week, Judge Ellen Hollander granted a preliminary injunction stating that Ocean City can't enforce the 30-foot noise rule because it imposes a burden on free speech. Th...
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Tempers flared in Ocean City between councilmembers during a debate about the proposed ordinance known as the "saggy pants law." The majority of the council seems poised to avoid foolish fashion follies, and focus rather on its new Walk Smart pedestrian safety campaign. Councilman Brent Ashley's quest to pass a law in Ocean City that would require everyone on the boardwalk to ...
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Maryland State Police officials have recovered two bodies from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Ocean City, Md., on Sunday. It's been confirmed that both victims were members of Ocean City Police Department. The bodies of 43-year-old Thomas J. Geoghegan Jr. and 27-year-old Joshua D. Adickes were recovered by dive teams earlier t...
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There's a new addition to Assateague Island's wild pony heard. The sorrel or brown-colored foal was born in a remote location on the island in late May, according to park rangers, and is the first new addition to the 2013 pony herd. Its name, N9BFQ-GL, may seem a bit robotic, but it's the system the National Park Service has used since the 1970s to track the lineage and an...
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Ocean City, Md. has built a reputation as a family-friendly beach resort, but some residents are voicing concerns after two separate stabbing incidents took place earlier this month. One of the stabbings occurred on the boardwalk, and one farther uptown in North Ocean City. In the latter incident, there were three stabbing victims — an 18-year-old woman, a 19-year-old man, a...
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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...