About The Author: Bryan Russo

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Bryan Russo returned to The Dispatch in 2015 to serve as News Editor after working as a staff writer from 2007-2010 covering the Ocean City news beat. In between, Russo worked as the Coastal Reporter for NPR-member station WAMU 88.5FM in Washington DC and WRAU 88.3 FM on the Delmarva Peninsula. He was the host of a weekly multi-award winning public affairs show “Coastal Connection.” During his five years in public radio, Russo’s work won 19 Associated Press Awards and 2 Edward R. Murrow Awards and was heard on various national programs like NPR’s All Things Considered, Morning Edition, APM’s Marketplace and the BBC. Russo also worked for the Associated Press (Philadelphia Bureau) covering the NHL and the NBA and is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter and composer.

Q&A With Buddy Jenkins On His Five Decades Of Operating OC Amusement Parks, Hotels, Thrashers Fries And Much More

Charles "Buddy" Jenkins is pictured in his office this week. Photo by Bryan Russo

OCEAN CITY — To say that Charles “Buddy” Jenkins has been one of the most influential figures in the history of Ocean City is almost an understatement when you look at the sheer number of different things that he and his company, Bayshore Development Corporation, own and operate today. From the two Jolly Roger Amusement… Read more »

Q&A With George Tunis: Hardwire Founder Talks About How Company ‘Global In Reach’ Aims To Enhance Human Survivability

POCOMOKE — When Hardwire LLC founder George Tunis watches tragic events on the evening news, his hearts sinks like everyone else’s, but his mind goes right to work. Horrific events in our often violent world have inspired Tunis to develop products that have saved countless lives and may end up saving countless more. Hardwire’s massive… Read more »

Curing Our Coast: Demand Grows For Overdose Life Saving Remedy

Photo courtesy of http://www.narcannasalspray.com/

(Editor’s Note: The following represents the latest installment in an ongoing series diving into the issues associated with drug addiction across the lower shore.) BERLIN — An officer with the Worcester County Criminal Enforcement Team walks swiftly up to Worcester County Sheriff’s Office Sergeant Nate Passwaters driver’s side window at the Maryland State Police Barracks… Read more »

Housing Shortage Wreaking Havoc On Foreign Workers; ‘It’s Been The Most Stressful Year I’ve Ever Seen In This Business, And The Kids Are Even More Stressed Out.”

Photo by Chris Parypa

OCEAN CITY — In downtown Ocean City, three Romanian medical students here for the summer as part of the J-1 Visa Work and Travel program sit on the porch of their small second floor apartment. They are smoking cigarettes and sitting in the shade where it is much cooler than the house, because they say… Read more »

Q&A With Perdue Farms Chairman Jim Perdue; Poultry Leader Talks Shore-Based Past, Present, Future Of Company, Industry

SALISBURY — Last week, Salisbury-based Perdue Farms Inc., which is the fourth largest poultry producer in the country, announced a series of precedent setting reforms that aims to improve the lives of the 700 million chickens it raises and slaughters each year. Many industry experts have pointed to this sharpened focus on animal care by… Read more »